Kumbha Mela – Nasik Trimbakeshwar 2015

Tour Information

NASIK – TRIMBAKESHWAR

TRIMBAKESHWAR is a holy town that houses one of the twelve Jyotirlings in India. It is also the origin of river Godavari and is situated 38 kms away from Nasik. The Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years in Nasik and Trimbakeshwar. According to historical records, Trimbakeshwar is one of the four places where the elixir of immortality, the amrit, fell on earth from a pitcher while gods and demons were engaged in a tussle for the full jar of “Amrit”.

THE ESSENCE OF KUMBH

NAGAS: Naked sadhus who smear their bodies with ash and have long matted hair. Constant exposure to the weather makes them resistant to temperature extremes. Their eyes are bloodshot from constantly smoking charas (marijuana) which they believe aids enlightment.
URDHWAVAHURS: Who have emaciated bodies from rigid spiritual practices.
PARIVAJAKAS: Who have taken a vow of silence.
SHIRSHASINSE: Who remain standing, sleep with their heads resting on a vertical pole, and mediate standing on their heads.
KALPVASIS: Who remain by the river banks and devote their time to meditating, performing rituals and bathing numerous times a day.

 

SHAHI SNAN DATES (Royal Bathing Dates)

Shahi Peshwai of Shaivaite Akhada
01st SHAHI SNAN – August 29, 2015 (Shravan Purnima)
02nd SHAHI SNAN – September 13, 2015 (Solar Eclipse – Main Royal Bath)
03rd SHAHI SNAN – September 28, 2015 Bhadra Purnima (Lunar Eclipse)

The name Kumbh means a ‘pitcher’ and Mela means a ‘fair’ in Sanskrit. Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river.The pilgrimage is held for about one and a half months at each of these four places where it is believed that drops of nector fell during the scuffle between gods and demons. The festival is billed as the world’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims. It is also considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world with over 100 Million people praying for salvation.

 

SUGGESTED PROGRAM

 


Day 1: ARRIVAL MUMBAI


Upon arrival at Mumbai airport you will be met and assisted to the hotel.
Mumbai is India’s most cosmopolitan, easy-going city. Long used to absorbing people from all over the country, who flock there lured by the eternal hope of fame and fortune, Mumbai has an open-hearted, welcoming feel to it. The island-city has a dramatic location on the shores of the Indian Ocean, and since land is limited, Mumbai grows ever upwards. Skyscrapers mushroom, constantly changing the city’s skyline, and at night the city is a blaze oflights.
Overnight at Mumbai

 


Day 2: MUMBAI-NASIK BY DRIVE (170 Kms/4 Hrs)


After breakfast at hotel check-out from hotel and drive to Nasik and check-in on arrival.
Nasik is one of the major cities in Maharashtra, located 170 kms from Mumbai. The city has gained immense popularity owing to its pleasant climatic conditions, beautiful architecture, temples and caves.
The famous temples of Nashik are: Sundranarayan temple, Kampaleshwar temple, Balaji temple, Kalaram Mandir, the Goraram Mandir and the Rameshwar or Bell temple. Nasik has thus, rightfully been called the Benares of South India and the Godavari, the Ganges of the South.
Overnight at Nasik

 


Day 3: IN NASIK


Today proceed to witness the mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith as people gather to bath in a sacred river.
As the lunar month of Magh when Sun and Jupiter are in Leo (Singh Rashi) zodiac sign Kumbh Mela is held at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik which is in Maharashtra. Trimbakeshwar is a holy town of Nasik as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga temple is situated there. Kumbh Mela in Nasik is celebrated once in every twelve years and is known as Sinhasta.
According to mythological stories and verses of epics the drops of Amrita or nectar fell at the Godavari River in Nasik when Lord Vishnu flew from earth to heaven after Samudra Manthan. That is the reason why the place is considered sacred and is of great importance amongst Hindus. The fair is celebrated with full passion and keenness in Nasik as one can evidence and about millions of pilgrims come here to wash away their sins in the holy river, Godavari. The two bathing ghats, Ramkund and Kushavarta holy reservoirs appreciate faith and belief of thousands of sadhus, holy men and millions of pilgrims as they take dips in holy River Godavari on the specific date and at specific time. The panorama of this festive season is worth watching.
Overnight at Nasik

 


Day 4: NASIK


Proceed to be an eyewitness of another day of Kumbh Mela filled with great pomp and show. Witness as the devotees congregate and perform several rites and rituals. Numbers of ceremonies are performed like religious discussions, devotional singing, mass feeding of holy men and women and poor, out of which bathing is considered as most sacred and takes place at the bank of river in every town, where Kumbh is celebrated.
Overnight at Nasik

 


Day 5: NASIK-AURANGABAD BY DRIVE (211 Kms/5 Hrs)


After breakfast drive to Aurangabad and check-in at hotel.
Surrounded by hills, Aurangabad is known for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage. The city was founded in 1610 by a local Muslim noble Malik Ambar. Aurangzeb, the last great Mughal ruler, took over this city in 1653 and renamed it as Aurangabad, and made Aurangabad his capital. He used this city as a base to quell the rising power of the Marathas. The city has the beautiful Bibi-ka-Makbara, a tomb that has a distinct resemblance to the Taj Mahal. The importance of Aurangabad is great, owing to its proximity with world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. These sites have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples. Aurangabad is also famous for its silk and cotton textiles.
Overnight at Aurangabad

 


Day 6: AURANGABAD (Excursion to Ajanta Cave by drive) (110 Kms/2 Hrs/way)


After breakfast proceed for excursion to visit the 2nd century BC 30 rock-hewn Ajanta caves, with their Buddhist sculptures and frescoes.
The Ajanta caves date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock-hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculptures and frescoes.
(Closed on Mondays)
Overnight at Aurangabad

 


Day 7: AURANGABAD-MUMBAI BY FLIGHT


After breakfast proceed for excursion to Ellora (approx. 30km/45 min) , a complex of 34 rock-cut shrines, with the Kailash Temple.
The Ellora Caves, dating from 4th to 9th century AD, encompass 34 rock-cut shrines representing Jain, Hindu and Buddhist art. The most remarkable of them is the Kailash Temple meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode, Kailash.
(Closed on Tuesdays)
After sightseeing you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai airport you will be met & transferred to the hotel.
Overnight at Mumbai

 


Day 8: MUMBAI DEPARTURE


After breakfast in time you will be transferred to the airport to board flight back home.

 

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