GIWA, GANGA ACTION PARIVAR & PARMARTH NIKETAN CAMP
Sankatmochan Marg, Sector 18
Near Arail Ghat, Opposite Triveni Pushp
Naini, Kumbh, Prayag Raj – PIN 211008
Prayagraj is one of the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh, and thus is very well connected by all modes of transportation.
There is one commercial flight per day run by Air India (www.airindia.com) from Delhi directly to the Prayag Domestic Airport (formerly known as Allahabad Domestic Airport, also known as the Bamrauli Air Force Base), located 12 km from Prayagraj . This, however, is the only flight per day directly to Prayagraj.
An easier option would be to fly to Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi (120 km away) or Amausi International Airport in Lucknow (200 km away), as these airports are much better serviced and well connected to major cities throughout India. Daily flights can be taken on most major airlines including Air India, Air India Express, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, and Spice Jet. From these cities, you can come directly to Prayagraj by train, bus or taxi/car.
Numerous trains run through Prayagraj each day, and it is well connected to many major cities. There are four main railway stations located throughout the city: Daragang (near the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna), Prayag (near the University), Rambagh (city center), and Allahabad Junction (the main station). A temporary fifth station named Prayag Ghat is also specifically set up during times of major pilgrimages, like the Kumbh Mela. To look up and book train tickets, you can visit the Indian Railway’s website at www.indianrail.gov.in and www.irctc.co.in or www.yatra.com.
Taxis, auto rickshaws and city buses are available near all railway stations to take you to the Kumbh Mela camp.
By Road – Bus or Taxi
Prayagraj is well-connected by road to major nearby cities such as Delhi, Lucknow and Varanasi by both national and state highways. The NH2 runs right through the city while NH27 starts from Prayag and ends at Mangawan in Madhya Pradesh. NH96 connects to NH28 in Faizabad and brings together two major centers of Hindu Pilgrimage – Prayagraj and Ayodhya.
Three bus stands in Prayagraj cater to different interstate routes. Tourist taxis, cabs, auto rickshaws, and local buses are also available to connect you to various parts of Prayagraj and some of the beautiful neighboring cities.
In January-February in Prayagraj, one can experience varying types of weather. Nights are cold, while the days can become quite warm when the sun is shining. While rain is not common, there is always the possibility of it raining. We suggest that you pack for all of these weathers – for nights, bring along items like shawls, socks, jackets, coats or sweaters; for the day, light jackets can be sufficient.
Any foreigner who wishes to come to Kumbh Mela must follow the normal rules and regulations of entering India. All foreigners are required to hold passports as well as visas to India, which can be acquired at the Indian Embassy in their home country.
It is important to note that there are no real stores within the Kumbh Mela grounds. Thus, anything you think you need or might need during your stay at the festival should be brought with you. Furthermore, this Kumbh Mela is the first-ever “Green” Kumbh Mela, so please try to think “green” and eco-friendly when packing! Some suggestions we can make, but which are not exhaustive, include:
- Refillable water bottle
- Reusable eco-friendly bag(s) for carrying items around the festival
- Bug spray
- Any medicines or supplements which you take
- Small first aid kit
- Eco-friendly laundry soap
- Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, etc. (try to bring eco-friendly soaps if possible)
- Sufficient clothing for cold nights and warm days, including warm coats/jackets/shawls, hats, etc.
- Rain jacket or umbrella
- Meditation cushion (if necessary)
- Ear plugs
- Visa/Passport, as well as printed copies of these documents
It is also important to note that there are no ATMs within the Kumbh Mela grounds.
It is important to note that there are no ATMs within the Kumbh Mela grounds.
All reservations to stay in the GIWA-Ganga Action Parivar-Parmarth Niketan camp can be made by filling the form on www.kumbhamela2019.org/reservations. Accommodations are available for both rooms and tents (more information available on the Reservations page).
A canteen will be available in the camp with food/prasad that is wholesome, satvik, fresh, nutritious and prepared under standard hygiene norms. There will be sufficient variety to provide for vegans and gluten restrictive diet preferences. Details of meal plan options will be available shortly.
There will also be a beautiful vegan cafe within the camp.