The Best Durga Puja Events in Kolkata

Every year, thousands of Indians celebrate Durga puja by visiting pandals. It's a time of prayer but also joy expressed by dancing to the rhythm of the dhaak and eating delicious food. Durgotsav is particularly special in Kolkata. Nothing says 'Eat. Pray. Walk' like the ten days of the festival here. If you're in Kolkata for Durga Puja 2018, then let us help you make the most of the festival.

We've got a terrific bouquet of Durga puja events from pandal hopping trips to special buffets. Go on a parikrama of famous pandals from Shobhabazar Rajbari to Baghbazar Sarbajanin with a pitstop for a delectable Bengali lunch. If you're fond of history, take a tour of Kolkata's bonedi bari pujas, from Rani Rashmoni Bari to Chatu Babu Latu Babu puja. These pujas are unique to Kolkata as they're performed in mansions belonging to the city's old, zamindar families. Admire the architecture of these houses and learn about how the histories of these business families are tied to that of Kolkata as you're guided from one place to another. You will find that many pandals follow themes and that the idols differ from place to place.

It will interest you to know that idol-making here is quite unique. Most figurines are made in Kumartuli, traditionally a neighbourhood of potters and sculptors. The statues are made using clay that is moulded on to a skeleton of bamboo and straw. One of the best aspects of pandal hopping is snacking at stalls that offer Kolkata's famous street food items from rolls and chow mein to biryani and cutlets. If you'd rather eat in the comfort of a restaurant, go for a lunch or dinner buffet of traditional Bengali food accompanied by live music at an iconic city hotel. We've got all these events and more on BookMyShow.

For a hassle-free Durga puja, check out the tours and food events we have on offer.

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