Kumbh Mela Pilgrimage

Category: Sense of Place


Photo and caption by Alejandra Lopez-Zaballa Ruiz

The largest gathering on earth, up to 30 million in just one day. Hindu pilgrims bath at very early times to wash their sins away and stop the cycle of reincarnation. A religious tradition honoured over thousands years. This year's festival (2013) was the most important one in the last 144 years, according to the hindu sadhus and astrologers. It was definitely something unique, intense and overwhelming.

Location: Allahabad, India


More Sense of Place Entries »

  1. Jugaad

    By Matthew Belmonte

  2. Eiffel Tower Abstract

    By Jennie Stein

  3. Young Meets Old

    By Brian Wirth

Take A Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Join Nat Geo Travel's Communities

Subscribe to Nat Geo Traveler

  • 3050C_TRV_Banner_160x120.jpg

    Order Now

    Available in print and for iPad®! See destinations come alive with 360-degree photos, videos, and more!