Kolkata Durga Puja Festival Private Tour 2024

Kolkata Durga Puja PARIKRAMA Private Tour With Guide

Kolkata Durga Puja commemorates the triumph of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. According to legend, Durga was invoked by the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva to combat the universe-threatening demon. Each deity bestowed upon her various weapons and divine artifacts to aid in her battle. Navratri observes the nine-day conflict between good and evil, with Durga Puja focusing on the final five days when Durga descends from her celestial realm to Earth. These five days, known as Shoshti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami, mark the pinnacle of the celebration. Central to the festivities are the pandals, temporary pavilions serving as places of worship. In Kolkata alone, over 1,000 permits are issued annually for these pandals, which house intricate clay and bamboo sculptures of Goddess Durga adorned in splendid attire. Bonedi Bari Puja, or ancestral home Durga Puja, is a traditional form of the festival practiced by aristocratic and affluent families. These pujas, steeped in heritage, have been observed for generations, some spanning over a century. Barowari Durga Puja, also known as Barowari Puja, presents a distinctive approach to celebrating Durga Puja. The term “Barowari” translates to “belonging to twelve (or more) friends” in Bengali, underscoring its community-centric nature. This form of Puja stands out as a significant cultural event in Bengal, emphasizing collective participation and camaraderie.

Durga Puja Kolkata Tours Package Heritage Parikrama Private Basis 2024

Experience the vibrant energy of Kolkata during the annual Durga Puja festival with this private half-day tour. Immerse yourself in the bustling street celebrations as you explore the elaborate pop-up “pandal” street temples adorned with clay idols of the goddess Durga. Witness captivating music, dances, and prayers, and gain insight into the rich traditions of the festival. Indulge in the flavors of the city with optional street food tastings (at your own expense) along the way. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for your convenience. Reserve your spot for a memorable experience during the vibrant Durga Puja festivities. Your tour begins with a morning pickup from your hotel in Kolkata, where you’ll be greeted by your guide and whisked away in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Along the way, delve into the significance of this annual Hindu festival, which honors the goddess Durga and attracts throngs of devotees onto the streets. a journey to discover the Puja pandals, temporary temples that emerge across Kolkata to pay homage to Durga. These shrines, typically constructed by community associations, showcase intricately painted idols worshipped for five days before their immersion in the sacred waters of the River Hooghly. Explore a variety of pandals, marveling at the artistic renditions of Durga, often depicted with multiple arms and adorned with exquisite garlands.

Witness the rituals taking place within the pandals, from priests reciting prayers to locals making offerings known as anjalis. Delight in the cultural performances of dancers and musicians, with the rhythmic beats of the dhak drums resonating through the air. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide insights into the various activities and ceremonies unfolding before you. If your tour falls on the festival’s final day, seize the opportunity to visit a ghat, where you can witness the symbolic immersion of the Durga idols into the Hooghly River. Take some time to browse the craft stalls clustered around the pandals, and treat yourself to delectable street food offerings such as mughlai paratha (soft, filled fried bread), available at your own expense. As the tour draws to a close, relax as you’re chauffeured back to your hotel, reflecting on the unforgettable sights and sounds of Durga Puja in Kolkata.

Kolkata Durga Puja Parikrama Private Tour With Guide

Half-day Durga Puja walking tour in Kolkata Experience the colorful Hindu festival, celebrating the goddess Durga See the ‘pandal’ temples to Durga that pop up on Kolkata’s streets Admire the ornate clay Durga idols and decorative altars View the ceremonial prayers, offerings, music, and dances Absorb the street-party atmosphere and sample street food (own expense) Private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and personalized attention from a private guide

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