Anyone who has booked flights to Delhi should consider taking a trip to Haridwar to experience a unique religious festival.

One of the biggest religious gatherings on the planet is currently  taking place in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas.

Kumbh Mela, which happens four times every 12 years, will be held in the Indian town until April 28th, the Guardian revealed.

Each gathering shifts to a different location, the news provider explained, with Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik all taking a turn to host the festival.

Journalist Georgia Brown described the pilgrimage as “a sea of humanity pouring over crowded trains, chartered planes, buses, bikes, on horseback and on foot”.

She explained that millions of Hindu pilgrims make the journey in order to bathe in one of the sacred rivers, which they believe will cleanse them of their sins and free them from the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

The event at Haridwar is considered the gateway to the four pilgrimages because it takes place on the banks of the Ganges, near the place where the river flows from the mountains onto the plains.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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