This Kumbh, get ready for a taste of royalty.
The UP Tourism department has set up a colony of Maharaja tents near the venue of the Kumbh Mela to cater to elite tourists. For a steep Rs. 12,000 per night, these tents would offer customers a master bedroom furnished with an exquisite wooden bed, coffee table and chairs, a dressing room and a bathroom fitted with blue tiles — besides other modern amenities.
“These tents would also have their own private verandahs, decorated with terracotta statues from Gorakhpur,” said DP Singh, a senior manager with the state tourism department.
The Maharaja tents, located on Fort Road at the very entrance of the Kumbh Mela venue, are made of special waterproof cloth imported from Muscat. In all, 10 such Maharaja tents have been set up alongside 43 other semi-luxurious tents — the tariff for which is Rs. 6,000 per night. On days other than the shahi snans (main bathing days), the tents would carry a 40% discount in rates.
Rajesh Giri, another staffer of the tourism department, said they had tied up with a seven-star company from New Delhi to erect the super-luxury Maharaja tents. “The booking for these tents has already begun, and tourists have begun pouring in from Singapore, Australia, America as well as those from other parts of India,” he added.