The site of the Kumbh Mela

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It’s a truly remarkable feat of engineering and civic planning: during the couple of months between the flood waters of the Ganges and Jumna receding and the auspicious month for the festival, the authorities construct a city capable of housing many millions of people. An entire city with roadways, electricity, water, 28 temporary police stations, with 12,500 officers and lost a persons bureau is constructed on the sandy flood plain. This year the authorities say that they built 150km of roads, 550km of pipes and supplied 80 million litres of clean water. It works with beautiful efficiency and is truly epic in scale: these shots were taken from the top of the small south Indian temple to Hanuman that nestles underneath the Moghul fortress.

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