The 2019 Kumbh Mela, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world that commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, is well known for its sheer vastness and magnificence. Deemed one of the largest congregations of religious pilgrims and recognised by UNESCO, during the eight-week festival, up to 15 crore people (including 10 lakh foreign visitors) are expected to bathe at the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and a mythical third river, the Saraswati.
Without a doubt the Kumbh Mela is the best place in the world witness the raw spiritual culture that is still alive in India. For the event people have gathered to the historic city from every nook and corner of the country often by overcoming the travails of a long journey.
While the first day (January 15) was reserved for ascetics from various akharas, the second day (January 16) was for hundreds of thousands of people, including tourists, to take the holy dip.
However, apart from people making a beeline for various akharas and posing with the Nagas (naked men with ash smeared on their body and long dreadlocks), there is another star attraction that is getting all the due attention from the people.
In order to assure the best facilities to the pilgrims, the Uttar Pradesh government, has established a dedicated tent city. Under this, the tents are said to have all the modern facilities akin to five-star hotels. The government has even provided facilities like food courts, restaurants and entertainment centres inside the premises.
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The tent city is meant for those who want to stay away from the Kumbh Mela rituals but witness India’s rich culture and heritage. As per the organisers, there are 2,000 tents in the tent city. The tent city has three categories — cottages- deluxe, super deluxe and villa. Villas, dormitory style tents, are the most expensive ones, as each Villa consists of two bedrooms and a common area. Each bedrooms come with attached bathrooms.
These Villas are situated on the banks of Ganga and give an enchanting view of the river that holds immense spiritual significance.