Durga Puja: New ‘hop hop service’ in Kolkata is perfect for pandal hopping

Bengal's biggest carnival is all set to begin
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West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation organises many Puja Parikramas programmes through the festival of Durga Puja. This year, they are introducing the ‘hop hop service’ which takes pandal hoppers across different routes in the city of Kolkata.

There are AC and non-AC buses plying on different days during the Durga Puja. Owing to the large influx of pandal hoppers and celebrations, some of these buses start on Chaturthi (October 13, 2018).

The Hooghly Safari Sharodutsav Tour, for instance, is a full-day programme focussing on the old pandals of Hooghly district. Guests visit rajbaris and temples in Serampore Goswami Bari, the 105-year old puja at Surendra Nath Ghosh House, Sheoraphuli rajbari’s 300-year old puja, Hanseswari Temple and Ananta Basudev Temple in Hooghly and more. The programme includes breakfast and lunch in an AC bus, only for ₹3000.

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Multiple bus services for the very popular Udbodhoni Sharodutsav Tour are available on Chaturthi, Panchami and Shasthi. This eight-hour journey will take guests across the main and most prominent pandals in the city. These include College Square, Hatibagan Sarbojanin, Badamtala Ashar Sangha, Ekdalia Evergreen Club, Park Circus, Hindustan Club and then back to Tourism Centre.

For those constrained on time can book the Sanatani Sharodutsav Tour which is a short four hours and takes visitors across the heart of the city. Expect to visit the many rajbaris and traditional Durga Pujas in Sovabazar Rajbari, Latu Babu Puja Chandra Bari, Rani Rashmoni Bari and of course, Thanthania Dutta Bari. In a non-AC bus guests will be served breakfast and lunch during the tour, only for ₹1500.

Apart from this, the heritage tram and ferries are also participating in many tours during the mega Durga Puja festival. Vessels have many options of immersion tours for their visitors which last a short one or two hours.

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