Prayagraj Kumbh has attracted people from all walks of life in big numbers.
Read in Hindi: हर बार से ज्यादा भव्य है इस बार का कुंभ मेला
A large number of saints, common pilgrims and tourists from across the globe are continuously reaching Prayagraj to take Holi dip on the first bathing festival on January 15 at the Sangam the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. First Royal Bathing is one of the big attraction to the pilgrims and tourists.
At Prayagraj Kumbh Mela held at every six years and Maha Kumbh at every 12 years. Earlier they were known as Ardh Kumbh and Kumbh. But this year, Uttarakhand government has announced the Ardh Kumbh will be known as Kumbh and Kumbh as Maha Kumbh. The exact dates of bathing during Kumbh are determined according to Hindu astrology.
This year Kumbh is spread over in 3200 hectares of land. It has been divided into 20 sectors while in 2013 only 18 sectors were developed. Most of the sectors have taken their shape.
UP State Road Transport Corporation has arranged 6000 buses into service to ferry pilgrims and railways has also introduced special trains from different parts of State and country. Most of the long route trains have been given stoppage at Allahabad junction and other railway stations located in Prayagraj district. It has also introduced 500 buses in the town to bring pilgrims to the fair area from makeshift bus stations and railway stations. Different air services have also started air connectivity from different major cities including New Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, Bhopal, Dehradun, Indore, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad and Lucknow to Prayagraj.
A newly constructed civil airport has also been opened for the operation to operate newly introduced flights.
Fair administration has set up 87 public accommodations in the celebration area in dormitory shape on economic rates to facelift the outstation pilgrims. Several other agencies also have developed high-quality tent cities with all modern facilities to the tourists at the location. Special tent colony has been set up in Arail area for Non-Resident Indians who are scheduled to arrive on January 24. Pilgrims can book tents as per their budget and requirements online through Kumbh website.
Eight-kilometre long bathing space has been developed for a holy dip and similarly, several other areas are also developed on the banks of the river. About 12 crores pilgrims are expected to reach here. Massive security arrangements are in place for the smooth passing of first bathing festival.