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Old 6th April 2013, 19:14   #16
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Day 01
9th March 2013
Bangalore - Delhi - Allahabad

We picked up some rotis and rice and crashed into the room.

The room was just good enough to sleep

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We were quite thankful to find this room. There were over 7 million yatris in Allahabad for Mahashivrathri.

Chit chatted a while having dinner and crashed by midnight with a promise to start to the sangam by 04:00AM next day.

Well that concludes a 12 hour journey for me from Bangalore to Allahabad, with an 8 hour drive from Delhi to Allahabad on the wonderful Aveo. Such is the power of dreams
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How were the road conditions Lalu ? Would be good if you could share the route/road condition details as well.

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I drove non stop from here to reach Allahabad by 21:00 hours , much to the shock of other inmates in the Aveo.
How could they doubt such a accomplished traveler+driver ? You have enough 'written' proof right here, point them to the several travelogue threads you have penned down here on Team-BHP
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How were the road conditions Lalu ? Would be good if you could share the route/road condition details as well.


How could they doubt such a accomplished traveler+driver ? You have enough 'written' proof right here, point them to the several travelogue threads you have penned down here on Team-BHP
Timings shocked them a bit, but after day 1 everybody got used to it

About road conditions I'll break them into segments

Delhi - Agra because of Yamuna Express way it is in splendid condition.
Agra - Kanpur, seemed never ending due to the traffic, but road surface was great. In UP the Toll booths are funny, they just barricade in the middle of the road to collect toll, and this leads to quite a pile up.
Kanpur - Allahabad was again in superb condition. 4 laned all the way.

From Noida Express way to Makhanpur took around 2 hours 15 minutes for 240 KM. Makhanpur to Allahabad took around 5.5 hours for 425Kms.
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Hi laluks, thanks to you this will be my second Kumbh. The first one, I had a real dip in Haridwar a few years ago and now in keeping with the times this will be a virtual dip. All thanks to you, your BIL & his Aveo. Apna to Moksh pucca.


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How could they doubt such a accomplished traveler+driver ? You have enough 'written' proof right here, point them to the several travelogue threads you have penned down here on Team-BHP
@NPV, I doubt if lauks wants to / can point his BIL any which way, LOL.
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Hi laluks, thanks to you this will be my second Kumbh. The first one, I had a real dip in Haridwar a few years ago and now in keeping with the times this will be a virtual dip. All thanks to you, your BIL & his Aveo. Apna to Moksh pucca.




@NPV, I doubt if lauks wants to / can point his BIL any which way, LOL.

Thanks Khoj bhaiyya, and I am satisfied that my log is helping you make a virtual dip.

@NPV, Khoj seems to be correct here



For the sheer respect of the holy men and the yatris at the kumbh, I have restricted myself from clicking any portraits, even when ample opportunities lied in front of me. I did not want to invade anyone's privacy like most of the travelers with a photographic device have done.

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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

We woke up by 05:00AM and checked out and dumped all our bags in the Aveo. We started walking towards the Sangam. Our idea was to beat the crowd by starting early. But it seemed everybody had the same idea

We started walking towards the Sangam
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We were welcome at the Kumbh Nagari. The streets towards Sangam were barricaded and only pedestrians were allowed.
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The sign board confirmed our direction
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Sangam is another 3 kilometers away
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We dissolved amongst other Yatris and walked along
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Another two kilometers to go
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These phone calls were to give us some surprises
as we figured out later
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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

After all the phone calls, my BIL states that we have to go to Arail Ghat and we have to cross the Yamuna bridge. Well that looked like atleast 7 odd kilometers to me and was confused as to why Sangam is shown as 2KM and we have to go 7KM. But then something else was the plan. The yatris all walked towards sangam and we walked away from it for now.

We crossed a small bridge
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We walked past some tents

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We were walking away from the Sangam towards Yamuna Bridge
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There was a Post office just for the Kumb Mela Yatris, such was the attention to details by UP Govt.
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There were some entertainment too
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We had to jump some barricades to reach Yamuna Bridge
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After jumping this barricade, we saw some rickshaws running and hired one to take us to Arail ghat.


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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

Some Pictures of Yamuna Bridge from the rick
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It was a hanging bridge.

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The sun was rising from the Sangam, and the tiny boats that were going towards the Sangam made a surreal scene. It would have been a wonderful picture, Amber sun rising from the sangam, Orangish waters of the river dotted with a hundred boats, thronged by millions on the banks - That one scene was to die for! But I did not want the rick to be stopped in the middle of the bridge, and took a frame in my mind to be cherished forever.

We finally exited the bridge
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The rick guy dropped us at a place from which we had to walk 1KM to Arail Ghat.
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The road towards Arail Ghat

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We have finally reached the Arail Ghat. I stand corrected Yamuna Bridge was 10 Kilometers from here and hence from the place we decided to change course to Arail Ghat, it would have been easily 12KMs till here
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I was still figuring out why we have come this far!

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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

We reached Arail Ghat by 07:15AM.

The yatris going towards Sangam
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But then we were searching for a Tower
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Another phone call from under the Tower, now I was very curious about what's going on!
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My BIL took us to relatively less crowded bank
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It was the VIP Ghat made for UP High Court, and the moment we landed up there we were given a boat to go to the Sangam. I realized how helpful this was after seeing the other bank where the Yatris were waiting for the boats to go to the Sangam for the dip. Considering the fact that there were 7 million yatris for this day, it helped a lot in time management for our drive.

A few clicks from our boat ride

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You can see Yamuna Bridge far away

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Calm waters of the river
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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

Care free
, unaffected by the crowd the birdie goes on with its daily routine!
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Look at the crowd on the banks
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To the Sangam
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10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

We reached the Sangam by 07:45AM and spend an hour there taking dip and offering our prayers.

One thing I particularly dislike is the self proclaimed people who sits there and forces you to offer prayers through them. They were making a killing at the offerings like 300Rs to a Kilo of laddus in shuddh ghee etc..Even the coconuts that were offered were reused, and the person who helps you in offering the coconuts too made a killing with Rs 100 to put coconuts in water . Any ways this is not new, it happens everywhere, but the blatant courage with which they operate, is to be noted. These guys are capable of making or breaking your wonderful experience anywhere.

At the Sangam

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Waiting for a holy dip

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After the dip we are ready for our ride back

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Allahabad - Varanasi

We started our ride back by 08:45AM

Our Boatman
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Some pictures from our ride back
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We reached the VIP Ghat back by 09:00AM

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Back at the ghat
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My BIL quite refreshed and happy after the dip
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Your's truly was also quite happy.
This was my first public appearance after knocking of a cool 10Kgs too
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We went towards the vehicle
which will drop us back to the place where we parked our Aveo
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Many VIP cars were parked at the banks
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We were VIPs for the day too

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We bid bye to the VIP ghat

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We were back on the road by 09:15AM heading towards our Aveo

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Allahabad - Varanasi

Some clicks from the return journey back to town from Sangam
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Tents at the banks of the river

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We were driving away from Yamuna Bridge
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Relative distances

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Road and Rail over bridge
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The bridge was congested, and were in traffic for a long time
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This bridge was built by the British
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Relative Distances again
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We were now going away from Yamuna Bank road

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You are lucky to get to the VIP Ghat for the Khumbh.
And congrats for the holy dip also.

But your comment and photo about the calm waters of Yamuna was surprising to me.

When I did the Triveni bath a few years back, Yamuna was very turbulent and the boat ride was horrifying.

That was in the month of July and monsoon season was not even started.

But that was the afternoon time. So wind flow might have been larger.
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