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at the Kumbha Mela Festival and across North India

The spectacular purna Kumbha Mela festival, celebrated once every 12 years, is the worlds' largest human gathering. India comes to life in a swirling concoction of color, song and spirituality at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna. Millions of pilgrims gather to celebrate. Tens of thousands of monks make their way out of seclusion to bathe in the holy Ganges river on the auspicious day of the new moon. It's a festival of epic proportions and an experience of a lifetime.

2013 kumbha mela tent accommodation

As we make our way across north India we'll experience a range of accommodation varying from clean tents at the Kumbha Mela festival to over-nighting on an Indian train to a luxury 5-star safari lodge.

In the bigger cities our hotel are mainly 4 or 5 star properties. In Varanasi we are staying in a lovely place along the Ganges river. Our overnight journey on the train will see us in 1st class and/or 2nd class AC carriages.

At the Kumbha Mela we'll be staying in tents. Each of these tents come with beds and attached private bathroom. The tents are in a secure camp ground and close to the main festival area giving us easy accessibility to all the events.

The safari lodge at Panna National Park is a 5-star property comprising of a cluster of stone cottages huddled atop a small hill, with magnificent views over the forest and a large nearby waterhole, which has been host to numerous tiger and resident antelope sightings. This lodge draws inspiration from the dry-packed stone houses of the Panna region. These houses differ from other Madhya Pradesh styles, with dramatic roofs constructed from massive slabs of irregularly shaped slate. A perfect resting ground after an adventurous first part of our travels.

All rooms have private bathroom facilities with western-style toilets (except for the train which only provides shared eastern-style toilets). Hotels are chosen for the best available combination of location, comfort and facilities. Most rooms accommodate 2 to 3 people.

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