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Unique attractions and features at Kumbh Mela at Allahabad in India


The ongoing Kumbh Mela at Allahabad – now called Prayagraj – has many attractions and unique features, the sheer size being one of them. Along with that is the devotion and faith of the millions, yes millions, who come for a holy bath at the sangam at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers.

The event is an exercise in management skills and in logistics as well as handling of seers, saints, and the common man, not to mention the VIPs.

In the midst of all this, at a height away from the hustle and bustle of activities, is the Sangam Nivas, set up by The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC) which is providing accommodation, facilities, and ambience at the complex with 44 tents equipped with the best of luxuries. The tasteful dining area serves vegetarian food, catering to domestic and international guests, who come to get the best of the spiritual and the material world all at once.

Chief Operating Officer Rajnish Sabharwal says that they are keen to give a local flavor at their camps, and the Kumbh one is no exception, as the TUTC has experience in Ladakh, Dudhwa, Nagaland, and other places.

Interaction with gurus, seers, and saints is an integral part of the camp, where yoga, spa. and wellness centers offer a valuable addition to the whole experience. Of course, a bath in the holy river is a moving experience and so is the trained staff who conduct trips to the various akharas set up with seers from far and near, much to the delight and amazement of guests who come back to the comfort of the camp after a dip and tour.

The Swadhya spa, much in demand, has a carefully-designed menu with local and regional treatments backed with much research so that guests take back not only happy memories but also a holistic experience with a better mind and a better body.

The evening pravachans (lectures) by eminent swamis (saints) adds a new dimension to the whole stay. Swami Chidrupananda from the Chinmaya Mission Noida for example spoke on subjects such as meditation, stress management, and peace, and he answered questions from Indian and foreign guests.

The sprawling dining tent serves tasty meals at fixed times with tea and coffee available 24 hours a day.
Young Yoga instructor Raghav Dev takes pains to take guests along as he shows yoga poses of use on a day-to-day basis, providing peace, calm, and good health.

The extent to which the camp company is going to offer the best can be gaged from the fact that the spa therapies in different locations are offered after using the local wealth over the centuries. The proximity of the camp near to an ancient temple and other historic sites adds to the rich experience for guests.

The key to the great TUTC experience is the motivation, training, and dedication of the 90 or so expertly-trained staff. Of special note, TUTC and the FeM Surgery Group offered medical assistance to 700 pilgrims at Kumbh Mela.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp and FeM Surgery, a multi-specialty group from Singapore, joined hands to bring wholesome medical assistance to the pilgrims of Kumbh. With free medical camps set up at Sangam Nivas Camp, Sector 16, Jhusi at Kumbh in Pragyaraj, the duo reached out to more than 700 pilgrims including the local population.

Started on February 18, the medical drive culminated on February 19 and included free medical coverage for orthopedic, neurosurgical, general surgery, cardiovascular, breast screening, eye screening, and dental screening.

Speaking about the initiative Ms. Dhun Cordo, co-founder of TUTC said: “The Ultimate Luxury Camp is not only about glamping but its unwavering commitment to sustainability. While we bring Kumbh in an exquisite setting to the discerning travelers from around the world, we acknowledge our responsibility towards the ground realities. Over 700 persons attended the camp in 2 days conveys the overwhelming response to our initiative. We remain committed to giving back wherever we operate across India.”

TUTC and FeM Surgery Group spread the word in the nearby villages through flyers and banners put up at Kumbh’s important locations. Besides pilgrims, villagers from the nearby areas attended the camp. Noting that most beneficiaries hail from lesser-privileged background, the international medical team ensured that the prescribed medicines are easily available.

The Ultimate Travelling Camp exercises sustainability across segments and is known for its consistent work in the social sector. Medical camps have also been organized in the past in Leh (2016) and Nubra Valley (2017) in association with FeM Surgery.

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Anil Mathur - eTN India