Durga Puja CelebrationsWhen : 9th To 14th October 2014
Venue :: Kolkata, in West Bengal, India
Durga Puja is a festivity of Good (Ma Durga) winning over the Evil (Mahishasur the demon). It is a worship of power of Good which always wins over the bad. This year Durga Puja is scheduled to start on 9th October, 2014 with the Panchami Puja and will end on 14th October, 2014 with Vijaya Dashami. Durga Puja, is widely celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. It is also celebrated in Mumbai, Maharashtra, largely by the Bengali community and the Bollywood Bengali celebrities. Nowadays many Bengali cultural organisations in the UK, the US and a few others countries, organise Durga Puja with a lot of fanfare. Kolkata, in West Bengal during the Durga Puja turns into a city of lights and mass celebrations. People pour into the streets in hoards, visiting " pandals " that houses the clay models of the goddess, till the wee hours of the morning. Holiday India arranges Durga Puja tours in and around Kolkata.
Duration: 04 Nights / 05 Days
Category of Hotel: 3, 4, & 5 star category of hotel.
Detail tour Plan:
Day 1:ARRIVE KOLKATA
Assistance on arrival at Kokata Airport and transfer to the City. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Overnight stay in Kolkata.
Durga Puja is the biggest festival in Bengal. This is also known as Dussehra and Navaratriin other parts of India. Durga is the Goddess of divine power against all evils. The story goes that Mahisasur, the Buffalo Demon, through years of praying, received blessing from Lord Brahma, that no power can kill him which means he is invincible. But once gaining this power he started ravaging the whole world and killing people. And finally he wanted to uproot the Gods too. The Gods, in dismay, combined their powers to create a beautiful maiden, and each placed his or her most potent weapon in one of her ten hands riding a lion. Her return in each year in the Bengali month of Aswin (September-October) commemorates Rama's invocation of the goddess Durga before he went into battle with Ravana. The traditional image of the Bengali Durga follows the iconographic injunctions of the Shastras. It is similar to the Durga of Aihole and of Mahabalipuram (seventh century). The tableau of Durga with her four children - Kartik, Ganesh, Saraswati and Lakshmi, representing respectively the Protector, the Initiator of the puja, Knowledge and the Provider - signifies the complete manifestation of the goddess.
So on this auspicious day you will visit various famous temples of Kolkata and enjoy this festival with local people of Kolkata. In the evening come back to hotel and stay overnight.
Day 3: SUNDARBAN TOUR
8.30 A.M : Departure from Hotel
11.00 A.M : Arrival at Gothkhali (Here the road journey ends and the cruise to beautiful Sunderban begins).
*11.30 A.M : Departure by Boat for Dayapur. Tea/Coffee on Boat
1.15 P.M : Arrival at Sunderban Tiger Camp, Dayapur (The resort is located right opposite the Sunderban Tiger Reserve Forest separated just by River Pitchkhali).
1.30 P.M : Lunch.
*3.30 P.M : Departure by boat for Sajnekhali Tiger Project Area for viewing
Wild life, Sajnekhali Museum, Mangrove Interpretation Centre & Watch Tower.
*5.30 P.M : Return to Sunderban Tiger Camp.
6.00 P.M : Evening Tea/Coffee with Snacks.
Enjoy a Panoramic View from Watch Tower.
Folk Dance by Local Artists/ Wild Life Movie and Bonfire (during winter season only)
9.00 P.M : Dinner.
6: 30 - 5:30 A.M : Morning Tea.
*8.00 A.M : A thrilling Boat Cruise inside creeks and dense forest (breakfast on boat during cruise) through numerous rivers while visiting Dobanke Watch Tower where the canopy walk inside the forest sends chills down your body (experience the life in which caged animals live in, while getting an all around view of the forest). Also visit the Spotted Deer Rehabilitation Centre. After which we cruise through Matla Sea Face (the point from where Bay of Bengal can be seen) Cruising back through the 5 river junction to Pitchkhali.
1:00 P.M : Lunch.
4.00 P.M : Promenade around the Neighbouring villages to interact with the Local Community at a typical Sunderban settlement to understand their local Art, Culture and Way of Life (how man and tiger coexist in such a difficult terrain. In simple words a "Rendezvous with the Rural Bengal."
5:30 P.M : Evening Tea / Coffee with Snacks, followed by a Folk Dance by Local Artists/Wildlife Movie.
9:00 P.M : Dinner.
6.30 A.M : Morning Tea.
*7.00 A.M : Visit to Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower and Cruise through Rivers and Narrow Creeks of Pitchkhali- Sarakhkhali-Sudhanokhali- Bonobibi Dharani (narrow creek) and visit the Watch-Tower followed by a cruise around the Islands of the Sunderban Tiger Project Area (Breakfast on Boat during Cruise).
*10.00 A.M : Return to Sunderban Tiger Camp.
11.30 A.M : Lunch.
*12.00 Noon : Departure for Gothkhali by Boat.
*3.00 P.M : Arrival at Gothkhali.
3.30 P.M : Departure for Kolkata.
6.30 P.M : Arrival at Kolkata
Cost of the Package
Cost of the tour:
|3 Star||INR 77800|
|4 Star||INR 82300|
|5 Star||INR 85500|
|City/Hotels||NO. OF NIGHTS||3 Star||4 Star||5 Star|
|Kolkata||2||Tulip Inn||Floatel Hotel||The Pride|
|Sundarban||2||A/C Exclusive Cottage||A/C Exclusive Cottage||A/C Exclusive Cottage|
Inclusions and Exclusions of the package:
|Inclusions of the package:|
|• Accommodation on Double occupancy in the mentioned hotels.|
|• Daily breakfast at the hotel of Kolkata|
|• All meals in A/C Exclusive Cottage in Sunderban.|
|• All airport/Railway Transfer by A/C Chauffer Driven car.|
|• All Intercity transfer and sightseeing by A/C Chauffer Driven Car.|
|• Local Boat Charges in Sunderban.|
|• All taxes including GST.|
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