My journeys continue to be Blessed. This time I traveled to Dehli India, to participate in the celebration of Kumbh Mela. 168 delegates from around the world were specially invited guests of the Government of India. Special thanks to the Jamaican Indian High Commission especially High Commissioner M Sevala Naik for affording me this awesome experience.
The Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred pitcher) is anchored in Hindi mythology. It is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith, anywhere in the world. Kumbh Mela draws tens of millions (yes millions), of pilgrims over the course of approximately 48 days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the three rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Sarasvati.
The Indian people I found to be very warm and inviting and open in sharing of their culture. I tried everything and it was spicy and full of flavour. I was surprised how chilly India was in the mornings and late evenings, always thought it was hot year round. The cool weather is of such until March.
The journey began with a 3 1/2 hour flight from Jamaica to JFK, then 13 hours from JFK to Dehli. Needless to say, it was a day of flights, some turbulence here and there, but manageable. With 10 hours ahead of the local time, and a detailed itinerary of the next 5 days, India was ready for me, as I was ready for the new experience and meeting new people. A new country for 2019, Namaste…