I was there to photograph and write about the event for the BBC and Lonely Planet. The following is taken from my first blog post for BBC Travel and gives the general background to this most extraordinary of events.
The original can be seen here: http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130116-india-hosts-the-worlds-biggest-gathering
The following is a link to my Flickr site where the final edit of my favourite images from the festival can be found. http://www.flickr.com/photos/25936994@N00/sets/72157632958837870/