I booked an Oyo room. Got a pretty decent deal for Rs 900/-. The only problem was that it was some 8 km away. I had to change 3 autos and walk 4 kms to reach my hotel.
By the time I reached, I was too tired. I took a hot water bath, had my dinner and crashed into my bed.
Day 4(3rd Feb)
I started at 8 o'clock from my hotel. There was much more crowd tht day as 4th of Feb was the Shahi snan.
The vehicles were stopped almost 10 km away from the main sangam area. I walked all the way from Naini to the Sangam. Explored the areas, met the sadhus, talked with other fellow tourists, some of whom came across half the world to witness the largest gathering of human civilization.
And, by the way I encountered Bart again. What a coincidence!
At 4 o'clock, I started my way back to the railway station. I had to walked all the way to the railway station as I found no vehicles.
The next morning I read that 5 crores people took a dip in the Ganges during the Shahi Snan. Had that been a country, it would have ranked 28th place in the world. Such is the scale of the kumbh mela.
All this is organised within a period of 6-8 months. These many people are transported, accommodated and no major mishap happen during all this. This is the level of organization. Kumbh is truly an intangible cultural heritage.
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