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Old 7th April 2013, 14:55   #31
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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.

Yes, probably it could have been due to the early morning. There were some currents at the Sangam, but nothing like the flow I saw in Haridwar last October. There if we did not catch hold of something before taking the dip, you are sure to be washed away.
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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

Around 10:30 we stopped for a chai break.

The old building near the chai wala
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Waiting for the ginger tea

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The gentlemen who accompanied us till our Aveo
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By 12:00PM we reached our Aveo and drove through the crowd outward from Allahabad towards Varanasi. We passed through Nehru's house which is now a Museum. Well that's for another visit Also filled petrol for the Aveo for the onward drive.

We reached the main highway exit to Varanasi from Allahabad by 13:00 hours
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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

We reached the outskirts of Varanasi by 14:30 hours

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BIL quite happy about the progress so far
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We were welcomed to the Varanasi Region

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The return distances for benchmarking

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We parked the Aveo and went in search of something for lunch
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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

This lady was quite surprissed at some city fellows landing up at odd time for lunch
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What we could find was this

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Every one enjoyed it

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I shared a bit with this lady, it was too sweet for me

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By 14:45 we drove towards Varanasi

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

Since we had some time in hand I drove direct to Sarnath Chaukandi Stupa. There are more to explore in Sarnath, but for now just a visit to Chaukandi Stupa was an icing on the cake, all thanks to the VIP ghats and the possibility to fork out a bit more time in our favour than expected.

We reached the site by 16:00 hours
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The entry gate
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Details about Chaukhandi Stupa

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Some pictures of Chaukhandi Stupa

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

Some more pictures of Chaukhandi Stupa
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Day 02
10th March 2013 (Mahashivrathri)
Allahabad - Varanasi

I climbed all the way to the top
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These guys were sitting and studying for their CBSE Exams I chatted with them for a while
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The view of Sarnath from there
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By 16:30 hours we left Sarnath towards Varanasi. By 17:00 hours we were in Varanasi, parked the Aveo near a police chowki and left towards the ghats. We were at the ghats by 17:15 hours.

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I love the signage photos - gives me the virtual drive feeling!

I am sure that the sunrise tableau with the boats in the water (from the Yamuna Bridge) would have one of the best photos - that is a big miss for us!

The new Yamuna Bridge is truly magnificent (I travelled on it last week), but do you think the Ganga Bridge also gives you similar vistas? Any photos from it as you exited Allahabad towards Varanasi?

How bad were the inner roads of Varanasi?
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I love the signage photos - gives me the virtual drive feeling!

I am sure that the sunrise tableau with the boats in the water (from the Yamuna Bridge) would have one of the best photos - that is a big miss for us!

The new Yamuna Bridge is truly magnificent (I travelled on it last week), but do you think the Ganga Bridge also gives you similar vistas? Any photos from it as you exited Allahabad towards Varanasi?

How bad were the inner roads of Varanasi?
The signage is something which makes me nostalgic after the drive is done

Seriously HVK, I missed that click....which means if I am around for the next Kumbh there is a reason to return.

Since Allahabad was thronged with the yatris, our exit was via Phaphamou and the bridge their did not give any interesting views.

Varanasi roads are bad, bad surface, and congested. Sarnath road was all dug up.

Please find the GPS trail of the drive
Kumbh Drive.kml

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Nice!! Another set of lovely Kumbh Mela pics. Sarnath and Varanasi are bonuses - all of this, including the signboards on the highway, is suddenly making me a little nostalgic. One look at the crowd, though, and I want to run the other way!
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I was still figuring out why we have come this far!
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Another phone call from under the Tower...
It was the VIP Ghat...
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We were VIPs for the day too
Aah... welcome to the way Dilliwallahs work! Find the right guy(s) to call, get a favour (for a favour at times), and save a lot of hassles, heartburn, jostling and pickpockets!
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This was my first public appearance after knocking of a cool 10Kgs too
Wow - how did you achieve that? Within what time frame?
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I am following this thread from the very first and am really glued to this thread. Along with the write up I must say the photographs are equally beautiful. I loved the night shots specially. Plus i must say the black Aveo looked beautiful, specially in the Yaumna Expressway picture. Waiting for more to come.
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Nice!! Another set of lovely Kumbh Mela pics. Sarnath and Varanasi are bonuses - all of this, including the signboards on the highway, is suddenly making me a little nostalgic. One look at the crowd, though, and I want to run the other way!
Thank You SST. Regarding the crowd part

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Wow - how did you achieve that? Within what time frame?
Well that is no secret. Avoided all whites - Salt, Sugar and Maida as a start. 2 to 3kgs slowly reduced over a period of 6 months. Then it was about walking. Started with 30 minutes of walking to 1 hour of walking atleast 3 days a week. Made dinner very lean. In a matter of 6 months another 8 kgs came down...Need to knock another 6 more for my ideal weight though!

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I am following this thread from the very first and am really glued to this thread. Along with the write up I must say the photographs are equally beautiful. I loved the night shots specially. Plus i must say the black Aveo looked beautiful, specially in the Yaumna Expressway picture. Waiting for more to come.
Thank you Samba. Will update on Varanasi by tomorrow
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Some awesome pics and narration there Lalu . Maha Kumbh is an experience to be experienced. We too were lucky to take a holy dip. Again an impromptu trip.

Driving Delhi - Allahabad - Delhi is just awesome. We clocked Delhi - Allahabad in 9.5 hrs. Started early morning so didn't find much traffic till Kanpur.

Let me dig-out some pics will share here.
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Paleo diet eh ! No wonder I almost missed you in the snaps, also your glasses seem to be missing.
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Well that is no secret. Avoided all whites - Salt, Sugar and Maida as a start. 2 to 3kgs slowly reduced over a period of 6 months. Then it was about walking. Started with 30 minutes of walking to 1 hour of walking atleast 3 days a week. Made dinner very lean. In a matter of 6 months another 8 kgs came down...Need to knock another 6 more for my ideal weight though!

v&v if you did the trip as a common man, as in no special phone calls then why not start a thread and let us have another perspective of the mela.

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Some awesome pics and narration there Lalu . Maha Kumbh is an experience to be experienced. We too were lucky to take a holy dip. Again an impromptu trip.

Let me dig-out some pics will share here.
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Some awesome pics and narration there Lalu . Maha Kumbh is an experience to be experienced. We too were lucky to take a holy dip. Again an impromptu trip.

Driving Delhi - Allahabad - Delhi is just awesome. We clocked Delhi - Allahabad in 9.5 hrs. Started early morning so didn't find much traffic till Kanpur.

Let me dig-out some pics will share here.
Thanks v&v.
It'll be nice to see your snaps, I'll finish with the log soon so that you can update the same.

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Paleo diet eh ! No wonder I almost missed you in the snaps, also your glasses seem to be missing.
I had the glasses in my hand
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