Kumbh Mela Allahabad Ardh Pre-tour



February 1 – 5, 2019

A profound transformative experience of a lifetime, the Kuhbh Mela in Allahabad cannot begin to be understood through words or photographs; one must simply go and stand in awe of the mass gathering of pilgrims and sadhus.

Every 6 years, millions of Hindu pilgrims descend upon Allahabad to bathe in the sacred holy river. They traditionally regard river confluences as auspicious places, and none more so than the one at Allahabad, where the Yamuna and Ganges Rivers meet the River of Enlightenment. The bracing plunge into the sacred river is said to wash away a lifetime of sin.

For weeks, the sadhus will lead processions accompanied by elephants, camels, horses, chariots and musical bands. Known to be the largest peaceful religious gathering in the world, visitors are intrigued by the physical beauty of the people and the loving devotional nature of this sacred festival.

Piper Mackay has teamed up with Jassi Oberai, a talented professional Indian photographer, whose camera has taken him on a journey through the length and breadth of India. Jassi is a Canon-sponsored mentor and has many years of experience photographing festivals all over India. This is critically important in maneuvering a mass event like this, enjoying the experience, and capturing compelling photographs.

This will be a thrilling experience filled with amazing photographic opportunities, but one that can nonetheless be emotionally and physically draining. Therefore, we have taken great care in choosing a very reliable, experienced, deluxe camp where you can retreat at the end of the day to relax, recharge, and recover from the day’s excitement. This is also why Jassi and Piper are offering this as an extension to the Incredible India Tour. Bear in mind that while this is a mind-blowing experience beyond the incredible photographs, this type of festival is not for everyone.

(NOTE: Vehicles are not allowed into the fairgrounds. Clients should be prepared to walk for up to 2-5 miles each day while at the main event of Kumbh Mela.)

We are limiting this exciting festival to ONLY 6 PARTICIPANTS (along with two professional photographic leaders) for a more intimate and exclusive experience, as well as additional assistance and guidance for each participant.



 Day 1, February 1, 2019 – Arrive into Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met and greeted by our representative and privately transferred to the hotel. Encompassed with beautiful patio gardens, a swimming pool, sauna, and spa, the Aerocity is the perfect place to relax after your long flights and rejuvenate for the grand adventure that lies ahead.

Accommodation: Pullman New Delhi Aeocity

Day 2, February 2, 2019

On this morning, awaken slowly and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. We will meet for breakfast and a briefing about the life-altering experience of the Kumbh Mela. After breakfast, we will depart for the airport to catch our flights to Varanasi and have lunch before continuing our journey by road (approx. 3.5 hrs) to Allahabad. In the evening you will have an orientation walk with all the guides, introducing you to all the important places you will want to visit over the next few days.

Accommodation: Deluxe Tents at the Aagman camp (BLD)

Day 3&4, February 3&4, 2019

We will spend the next two days witnessing and participating in this amazing centuries-old mass gathering of pilgrims and sadhus.

Accommodation: Deluxe Tents at the Aagman camp (BLD)

Day 5, February 5, 2019  

Enjoy one last sunrise at the Kumbh Mela. After breakfast, we will drive to Varanasi and join the rest of the group for the Incredible India Tour.

End of pre-Tour.

Important Details


6 Participants $2,895

5 Participants $2,995

4 Participants $3,095

Single supplement is $500.00

If you are a solo guest that is willing to share accommodations we will do our best to match you with a roommate of the same gender, but if we are not able to match you with a roommate the singe supplement will be charged. If you request single accommodations on your registration form the single supplement will be applied and is due with your second payment.

Payment Terms

  • USD $1,450.00 non-refundable depositto confirm your place on this special pre-tour with a limit of only 6 participants
  • Final payment/balance is due November 1, 2018

We highly recommend trip and cancellation insurance. Travel guard.com is excellent. You can insure your deposit and increase your insurance as you make parents. 


  • 4 nights accommodations
  • 1 in-country flights, Delhi to Varanasi
  • Meals as noted on the itinerary –B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • Comfortable climate Tempo travelers with qualified drivers for transportation to and from Allahabad
  • Airport transfers
  • All local guides
  • Sundowners in the Thar Desert
  • English speaking guides
  • Bottled drinking water 2 bottles per day in transport vehicles
  • Two professional photographer leaders
  • Tips for local guides and transport drivers

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal purchases (including shopping, spirits, laundry, internet fees, phone calls, etc)
  • Accommodations and transportation before the arrival date or after the departure date of the Itinerary.



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    Dates & Prices

  • Date(s): Feb 1st - 5th, 2019
  • Prices:
    6 Participants: $2,895.00
    5 Participants: $2,995.00
    4 Participants: $3,095.00
  • Single Room Premium: $500.00 USD
  • Participants: 6
Trip Leader: Piper Mackay
portrait of Jassi Oberai
Trip Leader: Jassie Oberai