Kumbh Mela is the most important pilgrimage of Hindus. It is the biggest religious gathering in the world held four times over the course of twelve years at four various places that are located on the bank of the holy rivers. Haridwar (River Ganga), Prayagraj (at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati Rivers), Ujjain (River Shipra), and Nasik (River Godavari) are the four Kumbh Mela places.
This year, the Kumbh Mela 2021 will be held in Haridwar. The Kumbh Mela 2021 special trains have started running on Makar Sankranti, 14 January. These special trains for Kumbh Mela are operating on many routes to reach Haridwar for the most celebrated religious festival. The railway stations have been cleaned to run Kumbh Mela special trains to Haridwar.
When and Where Is Kumbh Mela Being Celebrated This Year?
Ardh Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years, while the Kumbh Mela comes after twelve years. The festival is held at Ujjain, Haridwar, Allahabad, and Nasik every twelve years in a cycle. However, this year the Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 being held in its eleventh year due to some planetary movements. This year, Kumbh 2021 being held from 14 January and will continue till April.
This year, there will be a total of six Ganga Snan (bath) and four Shahi Snan in Kumbh Mela 2021. First Shahi Snan (Bath) will take place on the festival of Makar Sankranti on 14 January, which will mark the start of months-long festivity.
Kumbh Mela 2021 Bathing Dates
Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 dates for Shahi Snan and popular snan:
Haridwar Kumbh Mela Popular Bathing (Snan) Dates
Kumbh Mela Snan Dates:
- First Snan: 14 January 2021, Thursday, Makar Sankranti
- Second Snan: 11 February 2021, Thursday, Mauni Amavasya
- Third Snan: 16 February 2021, Tuesday, Basant Panchami
- Fourth Snan: 27 February 2021, Saturday, Magha Purnima
- Seven Snan: 13 April 2021, Tuesday, Chaitra Shukla Pratipada
- Ninth Snan: 21 April 2021, Wednesday, Ram Navami
Royal Bath/Shahi Snan Dates
Kumbh Mela Shahi Snan Dates:
- Fifth Snan (Royal Bath): 11 March 2021, Thursday, Mahashivratri
- Sixth Snan (Royal Bath): 12 April 2021, Monday, Somvati Amavasya
- Eighth Snan (Royal Bath): 14 April 2021, Wednesday, Mesha Sankranti and Baisakhi
- Ten Snan (Royal Bath): 27 April 2021, Tuesday, Chaitra Purnima
How to Reach Haridwar Kumbh Mela
The Hindu pilgrimage city of Haridwar falls in the state of Uttarakhand, North India. The Haridwar city does not have its airport, but it is well connected to a different part of India through railways and roadways.
How to Reach Haridwar by Air
The nearest airport to Haridwar is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, and it is 41 km away from the city. The airport has direct flights operating from Dehradun to major cities like Mumbai and Delhi and connecting flights to all the cities of India. One can hire a cab from outside the airport to go to Haridwar.
How to Reach Haridwar by Train
The nearest railway station to Haridwar city is Haridwar railway station. Its station code is HW that connects it to the rest of the country. It enjoys good rail connectivity with the major cities of India like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Dehradun, Patna and many more.
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How to Reach Haridwar by Road
Haridwar also enjoys good road connectivity with Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand. Frequent state buses, private buses, taxis and cabs are operated between these places.
Kumbh Mela 2021: Special Kumbh Trains
The Indian Railway Ministry said that Haridwar station is being prepared for devotees and tourists coming to the Maha Kumbh Mela festival. For the Kumbh Mela 2021 that is to be held in Haridwar, Indian Railways will also ease the way of travellers by running several special trains on multiple routes. Some of the major routes on which Railways will run the Kumbh special train services are between Howrah-Yoganagri Rishikesh-Howrah, Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah via Haridwar, Patna-Kota-Patna route.
Here is the list of Kumbh Mela special trains with time table and halts:
02369/02370 Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah Super Fast Special
- 02369 Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah Super Fast Special train will run till 29 April. This train will run only 5 days a week from 13 January and will not run on Tuesday and Friday.
- 02370 Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah Superfast Special train will run till 30 April. The train will leave Dehradun at 10:10 p.m.and will not run on Wednesday and Saturday.
- En route, the train will halt at Madhopur, Asansol, Jasidih, Kiul, Mokama, Jhajha, Jamui, Buxar, Dildarnagar, Patna, Ara, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Bareilly, Moradabad, Nihalgarh, Lucknow, Luxor and Haridwar stations.
02327/02328 Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah Super Fast Special
- 02327 Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah will run from 12 January to 30 April every Tuesday and Friday.
- 02328 Howrah-Dehradun-Howrah will run from 13 January to 1 May from Dehradun at 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.
- En route, the train will halt at Madhopur, Asansol, Jhajha, Jamui, Jasidih, Patna, Ara, Kiul, Mokama, Dildarnagar, Buxar, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Nihalgarh, Lucknow, Bareilly, Moradabad and Haridwar stations.
03009/03010 Howrah-Yoganagari Rishikesh-Howrah (Daily)
- 03009 Howrah-Yoganagari Rishikesh-Howrah will run from 12 January to 30 April.
- 03010 Howrah-Yoganagari Rishikesh-Howrah will run at 8:50 p.m. from Yoganagri Rishikesh 14 January to 2 May.
- Enroute, the train will halt at Chandannagar, Bundel, Bardhaman, Panagarh, Serampore, Badakar, Dhanbad, Durgapur, Raniganj, Asansol, Pahadpur, Gaya, Guraru, Gomoh, Parasnath, Hazaribagh Road, Parsabad, Koderma, Kudra, Bhabua Road, Rafiganj, Anugraha Road, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction, Kashi, Dehri-on-Sone, Sasaram, Varanasi, Babatpur, Khalasipur, Jalalganj, Zafarabad, Jaunpur, Shahganj, Bilwai, Malipur, Akbarpur, Gosaiganj, Ayodhya, Faizabad, Sohwal, Rudauli, Lucknow, Balamau, Hardohi, Daryabad, Safdarganj, Barabanki, Shahjahanpur, Tilhar, Rampur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Nagaria Sadat, Sihora, Nagina, Najibabad, Luxor, and Haridwar stations.
03239/03240 Patna-Kota Patna Special Train
- 03239 Patna-Kota Patna Special will run from Patna at 11:11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. every Monday and Friday till advance notice.
- 03240 Kota-Patna Special train is run from 12 January.
- En route, the train will stop at Danapur station, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay station, Varanasi, Bihta, Ara, Jamania, Lucknow, Kanpur Central, Tundla, Agra Cantt, Mathura, Gangapur City, Bharatpur, Bayana, Sawai Madhopur and Indragadh stations.
09029/09030 Bandra Terminus-Ahmedabad-Bandra Terminus Superfast Special Train
- 09029 Bandra Terminus – Ahmedabad train will run from Bandra Terminus at 07.40 p.m. Sunday, 10 January 2021 and will reach Ahmedabad at 04.20 a.m. the next day.
- 09030 Ahmedabad – Bandra Terminus train will depart from Ahmedabad at 08.45 p.m. Wednesday, 13 January and arrive Bandra Terminus at 05.25 a.m. the next day.
- En route, the train will halt at Andheri, Borivali, Vapi, Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, and Maninagar railway stations in both directions. 09029 train will have an additional halt at Boisar, Dahanu Road station, Umargam Road, and Bilimora railway stations. 09030 train will have an additional halt at Mahemadavad Kheda Road, Nadiad and Kosamba railway stations.
- The train will have AC 1st Class, AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Second Class seating and Sleeper Class coaches.
09019/09020 Bandra Terminus-Haridwar-Bandra Terminus Special Train
- 09019 Bandra Terminus–Haridwar train will depart from Bandra Terminus Monday, 11 January at 00.05 hrs and will reach Haridwar station at 08.20 a.m. the next day.
- 09020 Haridwar–Bandra Terminus train will run from Haridwar from Tuesday, 12 January at 01.30 p.m. and arrive Bandra Terminus at 10.05 p.m. the next day.
- The train will halt at Vapi, Borivali, Valsad, Bilimora, Navsari, Surat, Ankleshwar, Bharuch, Vadodara, Samlaya, Derol, Godhra, Sant Road, Piplod Junction, Limkheda, Dahod, Bordi, Anas, Meghnagar, Thandla Rd, Panch Piplia, Bamnia, Bhairongarh, Ratlam, Bangod, Runkhera, Khachrod, Vikramgarh, Chaumahla, Shamgarh, Bhawani Mandi, Dakaniya Talav, Kota, Lakheri, Indragarh Sumerganj Mandi, Sawai Madhopur, Narayanpur Tatwara, Gangapur City, Shri Mahabirji, Fateh Singhpura, Bayana Jn, Bharatpur Jn, Mathura Jn, Kosi Kalan, Faridabad, H. Nizamuddin, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee and Jwalapur stations in both directions.
- 09019 will have an additional halt at Vasai Road, Dahanu Road, Mangal Mahudi, Bildi and Morwani railway stations.
- The train will have AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, second class seating and sleeper coaches.
09031/09032 Ahmedabad-Yog Nagari Rishikesh-Ahmedabad Special Train
- 09031 train will depart from Ahmedabad from 11 January at 10.55 a.m. and will reach Yog Nagari Rishikesh at 12.30 p.m. the next day.
- 09032 train will depart from Yog Nagari Rishikesh on 12 January at 02.50 p.m. and arrive in Ahmedabad at 03.40 p.m. the next day.
- The train will stop at Sabarmati BG, Gandhinagar, Mahesana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Pindwara, Falna, Rani, Marwar, Haripur, Ajmer, Kishangarh, Jaipur, Gandhinagar Jaipur, Bandikui, Alwar, Khairthal, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantt, Delhi, Delhi Shahdara, Ghaziabad, Naya Ghaziabad, Meerut City, Meerut Cantt, Sakhoti Tanda, Kasauli, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Tapri, and Haridwar railway stations in both directions.
- The train will have AC 1st Class, AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, second Class seating and Sleeper coaches.
09565/09566 Okha-Dehradun-Okha Special Train
- 09565 train will depart from Okha every Friday from 15 January at 10.00 a.m. and will reach Dehradun at 07.45 p.m. the next day.
- 09566 Dehradun-Okha train will depart from Dehradun every Sunday from 17 January at 05.50 a.m. and arrive at Okha at 02.00 p.m. the next day.
- The train will halt at Dwarka, Jamnagar, Hapa, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Mahesana, Unjha, Siddhapur, Palanpur, Abu Road, Beawar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Alwar, Rewari, Gurgaon, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Sarai Rohilla, New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Modinagar, Meerut City, Muzaffarnagar, Tapri, Roorkee and Haridwar railway stations in both routes.
- The train will have AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, second Class seating and Sleeper coaches.
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Covid-19 Guidelines for Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021
Tourists are advised to check these Covid-19 safety guidelines after checking the Kumbh Mela 2021 trains list. Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) launched a campaign to aware the pilgrims and travellers for Covid-19. All commuters need to register themselves first, to attend the biggest religious event in India.
During the Kumbh Mela, a rapid antigen test (RAT) is conducted for every tourist to keep all the safety measures of Covid-19 in mind. At every entrance, thermal screening is mandatory for every pilgrim coming from Kumbh Mela special trains and bus before starting their trip to Haridwar. Though the pilgrims are provided with free masks, they cannot enter the ghat without one. The devotees are also supposed to register themselves online for four shahi snans.