To clear the extra rush and to provide comfortable journey to pilgrims of Gangasagar Mela 2010, Indian railways will run two special trains in January 2010 connecting Delhi and Namkhana. Namkhana is the nearest railway station for Gangasagar Mela. These special trains will start on January 10, 2010, from Delhi and go via Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to reach Namkhana in South 24- Parganas. During return journey, the special trains will start from Namkhana on January 16, 2010.
During Makar Sankranti, performing ritual bath or punya snan in Ganga River near Sagar Island is an auspicious deed for Hindus. Every year, on Makar Sankranti day, lakhs of devotees offer pujas to Ganga River and perform Ganga snan. Makar Sankranti 2010 date is January 14.