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Private Tour: Experience the Kolkata Durga Puja Festival

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    What to Expect
    Book your required tour day during the Durga Puja festivities, and after morning pickup at your Kolkata hotel, set off by private, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide.

    On route, hear about this annual Hindu festival, which celebrates the goddess Durga and draws thousands onto the streets. Seek out the Puja pandals—the temporary temples that appear across Kolkata to venerate Durga. Usually built by community associations, the shrines house painted idols that are worshipped for five days before immersion in the River Hooghly.

    Hop between pandals to admire the artistic Durga figurines and rich decorations, with the goddess usually depicted with eight or ten arms, and bedecked in garlands. Watch the rituals, seeing the priests recite prayers, locals bring anjalis (offerings), and dancers and musicians, often playing dhak drums, performing as your guide sheds light on the different activities and ceremonies. If you book your tour for the festival’s last day, perhaps visit a ghat (riverside steps) to see the idols being lowered into the Hooghly.

    Browse the craft stalls gathered around the pandals, and sample some street food (own expense) like delicious mughlai paratha (soft, filled fried bread).

    Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Mineral water
    • Entry/Admission - kolkata durga puja
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Kolkata street food
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    • Duration: 4h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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