Main Attractions for Tourists: There are actually two main attractions at the Kumbh Mela. The processions of sadhus arriving at their camps at the festival grounds , and the processions of sadhus to the bathing area to take a holy dip on auspicious bathing days.
Do’s and Dont’s (For Tourists).
Follow These Instructions for Your and others Safety.
- Pilgrims are requested to use the bathing areas/ Ghats that are authorized by the Mela administration for their safety and security
- Pilgrims are requested to use the bathing places/Ghats nearest to their place of stay in Mela area or the city.
- If any unidentified or suspicious object is located, the Mela administration or the police control room should be informed about it.
- Pilgrims are requested to follow the traffic rules and regulations in the city and the Mela area
- The directions and advice given through the Central Public Address System may be followed to avoid any inconvenience.
- Garbage should be thrown only in the dustbins.
- Pilgrims and travelers are requested to be appropriately attired considering the religious and cultural sensibilities of the event. The local service providers will be happy to give advice on this issue.
Activities Which are not allowed in kumbh mela
- Use of plastic bags in Allahabad is prohibited by the Government and the Honorable High Court during the Kumbh Mela.
- Washing of clothes on the river banks should be avoided.
- Overcrowding of boats must be avoided.
- Pilgrims and travelers are advised not to encourage beggary.
- Use of soaps while bathing in rivers should be avoided.
- Throwing of the materials used for worship or rituals in the river should be avoided
Visa Information :
A tourist visa is issued for maximum period of six months and maximum duration of stay of 90 days per visit. An Indian visa is valid from the day it is issued, not the date of entry. For example, a 6-month visa issued on July 1 will expire on December 31, regardless of your date of entry. There is minimum of two months gap between two visa.
Special Visa: TOVA (Tourist-visa-on-arrival) scheme.
This scheme is in effect from January 2010 under this scheme you can get a visa on your arrival at airport. This facility is available on selected airports Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and visa under this can be issued for 30 days at max and two months gap between two tourist visa is applicable. The cost of this visa is 60$. This scheme is available to citizens of selected countries.
TOVA (Tourist visa on arrival) scheme Update 2014:
As part of a major reform that is sure to bring cheer to travel, tourism and hospitality sector, tourist ‘Visa on Arrival’ facility will soon be extended to travellers arriving in India from nearly 180 countries. Final discussions among senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry and intelligence officials were held at the high-level meeting at the Planning Commission on February 5 to push forward the initiative.