During the Kumbh Mela, temporary railway stations are created around the fairgrounds to facilitate the entry of the large range of pilgrims that come to Allahabad for this holy event, with Prayag ghat station being within walking distance of the holy Sangam. The Allahabad airport, which only facilitates one flight every day from Delhi during the rest of the year, sees several airline services like Spice Jet and Jet Airways operating multiple flights for the mela. Devotees are also known to arrive by charter flights. Temporary roads are created within the grounds for ease of travel.
Air: On a daily basis, Allahabad airport receives one flight from Delhi each day. However, during the Kumbh Mela, there are temporary flight services from major Indian cities to the present airport.
Rail: Allahabad is the headquarters of the North-Central division of Indian railways and is extremely well connected by train to most major cities in India. During the Kumbh Mela, temporary railway stations are set up across the fair to assist the pilgrims coming back from different regions of the country.
Road: Allahabad falls on the NH-2 which runs from Delhi to Kolkata and is part of the Golden Quadrilateral – therefore the road connectivity from Delhi/Agra/Kanpur/Varanasi/Patna/Kolkata is great. The highway is smooth and really well maintained, and not at all crowded. Once inside Allahabad, one can avail services of auto-rickshaws or cycle rickshaws to succeed in the venue. App-based cab service olla is also accessible within the town.
Where to stay?
The Kumbh Mela sees devotees setting up temporary shelters like tents on the fair grounds itself for the duration of the event. It’s important to book your stay beforehand, because the hotels of Allahabad get heavily maxed out because of the massive range of devotees that arrive for the two-month period. Schools of Allahabad remain closed throughout this period and are converted to temporary shelter homes, health care centres and alternative necessary service centres in order to make sure that Mela proceeds smoothly and without any major obstacles.
as this is one amongst the most important festivals within the world, there have been several stampedes in the past leading to injuries and deaths. One must exercise caution so as to not be dragged around by the mob.
During the 6 most auspicious Snan dates of the mela, public transport is totally shut down in the town, and no vehicles are allowed anywhere. One will have to arrive at the destination on foot.
With the large and diverse population of Hindus, it’s necessary to be respectful of the traditions and beliefs of everyone.
If you get separated from your group, move to the ‘lost and found’ camps set up around the venue for any help.