16. The Festival also has plenty of other entertainment
Amusement parks, book exhibitions, yoga programmes and laser shows are just some of the other attractions running alongside the more spiritual and holy events and activities.
17. The Kumbh Mela is a UNESCO listed event
Such is the importance of the event, on the UNESCO list of ‘Cultural heritage of humanity,’ you will find the Kumbh Mela listed.
Flowers and bathing at the Kumbh Mela
18. More than 120,000 toilets are set up the Kumbh Mela
To remove the need for open defecation, and to keep the Kumbh site clean, more than 120,000 toilets and a detailed hygiene and sanitation plane was laid out at the 2019 Prayagraj Kumbh Mela.
19. Security, safety and sanitation are a colossal operation
For visitors, pilgrims and tourists, the safety and security of controlling such a vast event are paramount. A control city is set up with an eye on the whole city, and the Mela area so minor incidents can quickly be processed thanks to the security feeds going to the control centre. Police, water police, fire service, ambulances and medical professionals are always on site, and over 20,000 temporary jobs are created in the sectors of cleaning, trash sorting and processing, safety and security.
Awaiting the Aarti to begin
20. The 2019 Kumbh Mela is attempting 3 Guinness world records – transport, sanitation and city paintings
The Uttar Pradesh government are chasing three Guinness world records with the 2019 Kumbh Mela thanks to the extensive improvements and infrastructure they have set up to manage the event. The three records focus on transport, sanitation and new street art and city painting that took place in the lead up to, and during, the event.
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS Review
Overall I was super impressed with the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, and I’m sure you can see from the photos it did me well at such a mammoth event. The videos were edited together in Final Cut Pro and photos processed in Adobe Lightroom.
Sunrise in Varanasi captured on the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
One of the handiest things with having this camera was it fits in my pocket, which meant not having to carry a bulky DSLR around the whole festival. Having 4K and excellent image quality is essential for me when doing travel shoots, so knowing that was in my pocket and out of view was great from both a security and ease point of view.
The incredible 40x optical zoom was ideal for boat rides and huge crowds, and the image quality was high in the right lighting when zooming in. The camera has a built-in stabilisation system, meaning my images were sharp and in-focus. To give you an idea of how insane the zoom is, the two photos below are taken from the same boat. In the bottom middle of the first photo, if you squint, you’ll see a man sitting down. That’s the same man in the second photo on the right; the zoom is that good.