The Maha Kumbh Mela

The biggest religious ceremony in the world, known as “Maha Kumbh Mela” (Great Festival of Urn), took place for the last time in this millennium in the northern Indian town of Hardwar on the banks of river Ganges. In 2010, millions of people will have their ritual cleansing bath on eleven auspicious days from the beginning of January up to the end of April. Haridwar is on the west bank of the Ganges, at the foot of the Himalaya Mountains. Haridwar means “the gateway to Hari” (Lord Vishnu). It is also called Ganga-dwara, because the holy Ganges enters the plains here. This is one of the seven main holy cities in India. Hari­dwar is about 225km northeast of Delhi.
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Pushkar Fair

The sacred and beautiful town of Pushkar lies in a valley some 14 km from Ajmer, Rajasthan. Believed to be one of the oldest Indian towns, Pushkar is grandly nestled between three hillocks and sand dunes. This provides a perfect setting to the world famous camel and religious fair at Pushkar. The Pushkar Camel Fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world. This annual camel festival attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.
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