Tour & Travels in Prayagraj

Prayagraj Tour & Travels

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1. What is the Prayagraj Sangam?

Ans: The Prayagraj Sangam is the sacred confluence where the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and invisible Saraswati meet in the city of Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad). This spot is highly revered in Hinduism and attracts millions of devotees for holy dips and rituals.

2. Why is the Sangam so significant?

Ans: According to Hindu belief, bathing at the Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the three rivers) can absolve you of all sins and liberate you from the cycle of birth and death. This is why the Kumbh Mela, the largest peaceful congregation on Earth, is held here every 12 years.

3. What is the Kumbh Mela?

Ans: The Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage where devotees gather to bathe in the holy rivers. It rotates between four cities – Prayagraj, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik. The Prayagraj Kumbh is considered the holiest and largest, attracting over 120 million visitors!

4. When is the next Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj?

Ans: The next Prayagraj Kumbh Mela will be held in 2025. The exact dates will be determined by astrological calculations but it typically occurs between January and March.

5. What are the main sights at the Sangam?

Ans: The iconic highlights are the Triveni Sangam itself, the massive tent cities of Kumbh Nagar that are erected for pilgrims, the sacred ghats (riverfront steps) like Triveni Pushp, Arail Selfie Point and Triveni, colorful processions and rituals like the royal entry of akharas.

6. How can I experience the Sangam area?

Ans: You can book walking tours, cycle tours, boat rides, and even helicopter joy rides to properly explore the Sangam and its surroundings. Many operators provide multilingual guides to explain the history and significance.

7. Is the Sangam area crowded?

Ans: Yes, it’s one of the most crowded places during the Kumbh Mela when it teems with millions of devotees. However, even outside of the Kumbh period, the Sangam and Ghats see a steady stream of pilgrims and tourists. Going early morning is recommended to avoid peak rushes.

8. What are some must-visit temples nearby?

Ans: Some famous temples around the Sangam are the Beni Madhav Mandir, Bharadwaj Ashram, Hanuman Temple, Alop Shankari Devi Mandir, Mankameshwar Mandir and the Akshaya vat tree where the immortal leaves are found.

9. Can I do rituals or pujas at the Sangam?

Ans: Absolutely! Apart from the holy dip, you can hire priests to perform sacred rituals like pind daan, shraadh, mundane, and havans on the ghats for your spiritual needs. Many pilgrims opt for this to attain moksha for their ancestors.

10. What is the best time to visit?

Ans: The best months are between October to March when the weather is pleasant and cool. However, if you specifically want to witness the electrifying Kumbh festivities, you’ll have to plan your trip during the Kumbh period, braving the peak winter months.

11. Are there any recommended stays or accommodations?

Ans: There are plenty of hotels, ashrams, and dharmshalas close to the Sangam area to suit all budgets. However, these tend to get packed quickly during Kumbh, so bookings are highly advised. The Mela authorities also create temporary tent cities to house the millions of pilgrims.

12. What is the best way to reach Prayagraj?

Ans: Prayagraj is very well connected by air, rail, and road. The nearest airport is Prayagraj Airport, about 20 km away. Numerous trains from across India go to Prayagraj Junction railway station. By road, it’s accessible via the NH2 and NH27 national highways from major cities.

13. Are there any safety/security concerns?

Ans: The area around the Sangam is generally safe with heavy police presence, especially during the Kumbh Mela. However, it’s advisable to take usual precautions – don’t venture out alone at night, keep valuables secure, avoid isolated areas, and be wary of touts/scammers.

14. Can I hire professional photographers?

Ans: Absolutely! Due to the photogenic nature of the location, many professional photographers offer their services to capture memorable moments. Their familiarity with vantage points and timings can result in stunning frame-worthy shots.

15. What are some interesting experiences around the Sangam?

Ans: Apart from the river activities, you can go for heritage walks, food tours sampling local delicacies like Ras Malai and Ram Laddoo’s, visit artisan villages to see crafts like zardozi embroidery, attend folk music/dance performances, and enjoy lively mela markets.

16. Is the area accessible for the differently-abled?

Ans: While the older ghats have limited facilities, the newer sections developed for the Kumbh have proper ramps, toilets, and pathways to enable better access for senior citizens and the differently-abled. Specialized assistance is also available.

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