KOLKATA (Durga Puja & Sundarbans)
04th October till 09th October 2022
KOLKATA (Durga Puja & Sundarbans)
04th October till 09th October 2022
Nothing can compare to Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata. This part of the country seems illuminated from the sky as the city is bathed in lights. Pujo is a way of life for the locals, and to people from other parts of India Kolkata is intriguingly beautiful.
KareVoyage has combined 2 days Pujo fervor with Sundarbans. Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is home to Royal Bengal Tiger along with 30,000 spotted deer.
DAY 1: 04th Oct’22: Maha Navami: Arrival into City of Joy
Meet your tour manager at the Delhi Airport, if you are arriving from another city we will meet you directly in Kolkata,
Today after the check-in & some rest, proceed for city tour visiting various famous Durga Puja pandals of South Kolkata accompanied by a local guide.
Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata are famous for its unique themes, creative excellence and wonderful ideas. During Durga Puja there is a healthy competition among the Puja committees to surprise and attract more visitors by creating something totally unexpected – there are forgotten pages from India’s history, some pandals are creating awareness of burning social issues, some have opted for creating replicas of well-known monuments and buildings.
Afternoon short city tour including a drive around of Dalhousie Square. Dalhousie Square has old world charm & has landmark buildings from Colonial era, we will visit Victoria Memorial as well (Closed On Mondays & National holidays).
DAY 2 : 05th Oct’22: Vijaya Dashami: Sightseeing in Kolkata
After breakfast proceed to visit some traditional household puja sites of North Kolkata, witness rituals and interact with the organizers to understand the social significance of this festival.
Return to hotel for lunch or refreshment break.
Later visit various Durga Puja pandals to witness “Sindur Khela”
Sindur Khela is a major event of Dashami. They do aarati, put ready-to-chew paan-leaves in the hands of the goddess, put sweets on the lips of the idol, wipe out eyes as one does to wipe off the tears when leaving a loving place. This event is called “Durga Baran”. They apply vermilion to the Goddess’s head and to each other and greet each other with sweets. The ritual of applying sindoor also takes place at home when Bijoya Dashami is celebrated with family members.
From there you will be taken to the river side to see how idols are immersed in the river. The immersion brings end to the five day long festival full of happiness and enjoyment.
DAY 3 : 06th Oct’22: Kolkata - Gothkhali – Sundarbans Tiger Camp
Drive from Kolkata to Gothkhali Jetty (approx. 115 kms/03 hrs.). Your surface journey ends here and you board your exclusive boat to cruise through rivers Gomor, Durgadhwani to enter river Pitchkhali on banks of where lies the Sundarbans Tiger Camp. On your arrival you will be greeted by the Tiger Camp team and checked into your cottage followed by a hot & sumptuous lunch.
In the afternoon you will experience the true Sundarbans, as you walk through the native village of Dayapur. You will encounter many wonderful sights as you learn about the lifestyle, local crafts, cuisines, and way of life of the local villagers. Observe their indigenous farming methods and how their houses are completely mud made with small entrances. Your tour will pass through the village market and eventually end at the resort for refreshments followed by a dinner to end another day in the reserve forest.
One can also go to the watchtower at the resort after their return from the village to observe the birdlife within the resort (Sundarbans Tiger Camp houses 64 species of birds to date).
Evening watch Movie show on the Tigers. A warm dinner cooked with farm fresh vegetables and is served at the Fisherman’s Wharf dining hall which displays different tools used by the locals to catch fish.
DAY 4 : 07th Oct’22: In Sundarbans
Post breakfast proceed for a thrilling cruise towards Dobanke Watch Tower as we move into the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve Forest through creeks and dense forest and numerous rivers (breakfast on board). The canopy walk at Dobanke Watch Tower inside the forest sends chills down your spine. Also visit the spotted deer rehabilitation centre after which you cruise back through Matla – Sea Face (the point from where Bay of Bengal can be seen) to Sundarbans Tiger Camp for lunch.
Post lunch visit Pakhiralay Island which is about half an hour away from your resort by boat.
Evening cultural show – Bonbibi Yatra, performed by local villagers. “Bonbibi Yatra” is the local rural theatre performed by the local villagers. ‘Bonbibi’ means forest goddess; ‘Yatra’ means an open theatre. The theatre tells the interesting story about the tiger lord, forest god & goddess, fisher man, honey collectors, with lots of songs & dances which has been created by the local villagers.
Dinner & Overnight at Tiger Camp.
DAY 5 : 08th Oct’22: Sundarbans Tiger Camp - Gothkhali – Kolkata
As you wake up to the chirping of birds and morning wake up bell, a hot cup of tea is served in your balcony. View the array of birds in the fruit trees near your cottage. Post breakfast head for the morning cruise into the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve once again through creeks and rivers heading to the Sudhayakhali Watchtower. Walk through the caged walkways after disembarking towards the watchtower, searching for the elusive tiger.
Keep a look at the sweet water pond where you may sight a deer drinking water or a water monitor lizard basking by the sun as well as monkeys and wild boars may be sighted nearby. Cruise back to Sundarbans Tiger Camp for an early lunch you will be transferred back to Gothkhali.
On arrival at Gothkhali picked up by your vehicle and return back to Kolkata. On arrival in Kolkata explore local Market for shopping, later dinner at Local Bengali restaurant.
DAY 6 : 09th Oct’22: Departure Kolkata
Today is the day to bid adieu to your new friends, with a promise to meet again. We will proceed to the airport as On time departure transfer to city airport to board a flight for onwards destination.
- Airfares – Delhi – Kolkata – Delhi
- (if you are from other city please let us know
- we will facilitate accordingly)
- Stay in well-appointed rooms on Twin sharing.
- Meals: Breakfast & Dinner in the hotel
- 5 Lunches.
- 1 Bengali Dinner at a Bengali Speciality Restaurant.
- Transport by motorized boat to Sundarbans (Gadkali)
- All Transportation for local sight-seeing tours by
- A/C Vehicle as per itinerary.
- Personal expenses of any nature
- Activity charges
- Cost of services which is not mentioned in the “Inclusions”
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