A month-long event bringing together powerful spiritual leaders, devoted pilgrims, and everyday people, Kumbh Mela is the largest spiritual gathering in the world. Pilgrims travel from across India to bathe in a sacred river at specific times of astrological alignment said to bestow the nectar of spiritual enlightenment and immortality.
Holding the highly revered title of Jagadguru, Her Holiness Sai Maa has the honor of hosting a camp, called a shivir, that will serve thousands of pilgrims free meals every day, as well as provide a place for students from around the world to come and stay—immersed in the spiritual atmosphere of the Kumbh Mela.
Why Come to the Kumbh Mela?
Join us for a week at the Kumbh Mela 2019 and experience being with Sai Maa (known as Mataji in India), practice daily meditation with the Order of Sai Maa Brahmacharya, and more...
Each week features:*
*Specific weeks will also include Snaan, a grand procession to bathe in the river Ganga.
Week One: 8-day Tour Saturday, January 12 to Saturday, January 19 English, Spanish, Hebrew & French Shahi Snaan* on Tuesday, January 15 (Makar Sankranti)
Week Two: 8-day Tour Saturday, January 19 to Saturday, January 26 English & French Snaan* on Monday, January 21 (Paush Purnima)
Week Three: 6-day Tour Saturday, January 26 to Thursday, January 31 English & French (Shorter week; no Snaan* offered; however participants will have the opportunity to bathe in the river Ganga.)
Week Four: 8-day Tour Thursday, January 31 to Thursday, February 7 Japanese only Shahi Snaan* on Monday, February 4 (Mauni Amavasya)
Week Five: 10-day Tour SOLD OUT Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 16 English & French Shahi Snaan* on Sunday, February 10 (Vasant Panchami) Ashram Celebration in Varanasi - February 12 (evening) to February 15
*A Snaan is a special procession that forms the heart of the Kumbh Mela. Pilgrims from around India and beyond converge to bathe in the sacred river Ganga at special times through the Kumbh, where it is said one receives the Amrit, or nectar of divinity.
Registration is limited to 70 participants per week.
Week One, Two, or Four 6 Nights in Kumbh Mela, 1 Night in Varanasi $1,995 (Pay in full)
Week Three 4 Nights in Kumbh Mela, 1 Night in Varanasi $1,195 (Pay in full)
Week Five/Ashram Celebration Week SOLD OUT 5 Nights in Kumbh Mela, 4 Nights in Varanasi for Ashram Celebration $2,595 (Pay in full)
**A youth rate of 15% off tuition will be offered for those 25 years and younger.
This program is open to participants 18 years old or older.
Each week includes:
What are the sleeping accommodations? The planned accommodations are for large, sturdy Swiss tents with subdivisions (rooms) and hardwood floors with carpets. There are metal bed frames, mattresses, and bedding (sheets, pillow, blanket). We recommend you bring a sleeping bag as it can get very cold at night. There will be six participants per room, same gender. Men and women sleep in separate tents, including couples.
What are the bathroom and showers like and is there laundry service? There will be dormitory style bathrooms for the same gender. There are western style toilets and heated water for showers (the vast majority of the time, with occasional lapses to reheat). Laundry service is available with variable days and turnaround times..
What is provided for food & water? You will be provided 3 meals a day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Gourmet Indian food will be supplied by a professional caterer and prepared to western tastes (less spicy) with more variety than in previous Kumbh Melas. Filtered water and reusable water bottles will be available.
How are wellness needs met within Sai Maa’s camp? There will be a wellness area in the camp with two wellness treatment rooms and a team dedicated to the participant’s wellness. An Indian doctor will be available as needed, and during some weeks of the Kumbh Mela, western medical doctors from the Sai Maa community will be available. Western medicine and Alternative medicine will be included.
How may I best prepare for optimum wellness during the Kumbh Mela? After registering, we will provide more information on how to stay healthy when in India, as well as ways to boost your immune system prior to attending. It will be foggy and smoky, so persons with breathing problems will need to take extra precaution.
What is provided for transportation? Your transportation will be provided by bus from the moment you arrive at the Varanasi airport through your return to the Varanasi airport at the end of the tour.
What type of clothing and footwear should I bring? You will receive a list of suggested items to bring after you register for the Kumbh Mela. In India, Sai Maa’s students wear white Indian-style clothing, which will be available for pre-order or for purchase onsite at the camp. Due to significant fluctuations in temperature (warm in the day, cold at night), several layers for clothing are recommended.
Do I need a visa to go to India? Yes, you need a visa. Upon registration for the Kumbh Mela tour, you will receive the details to put on your India visa application.
Do I need immunizations to go to India? Immunizations are not required. Check with your healthcare professional for his/her recommendations.
When booking travel, what airport in India will I fly into? Typically people fly into Delhi or Mumbai, India and then take a second flight to Varanasi, India (where the tour begins).
How can I communicate by phone during my travels in India and will there be a contact number? You will be provided an emergency contact number to give to your family or friends. You can add an international plan to your cell phone if you need to be in communication. Please note, we recommend that you fully “unplug” from communications during this unique spiritual experience for you to create maximum value for yourself.
Do people in India speak English or French? Many people in India speak English. People in India rarely speak French. In either case, you will be traveling with our group and well taken care of. Upon registration, in your welcome letter you will receive instructions for meeting our group after arriving at the Varanasi airport.
Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the largest spiritual gathering in the world.