The DurgaPooja is a festival that takes place in West Bengal. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated with extravagant grandeur in honor of Goddess Durga. The festival marks the victory of Ma Durga over the demon Mahisasura. It also symbolizes that everything good always triumphs over everything evil. DurgaPooja continues for five days. During the pooja, you will notice colored lights and themed as well as regular pandals everywhere. The Sundarbans, also in West Bengal, is one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. It lies on the delta of the Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Meghna Rivers. The area is the home of the world-renowned Royal Bengal Tigers. The name of the place comes from the Sundari trees which grow abundantly here. An itinerary encompassing both the Durgapooja and the Sundarbans exposes tourists to the culture of West Bengal.
Highlights about DurgapoojaSundarban
- Understanding and recognizing the famed Durgapooja festival of West Bengal.
- Witnessing how the natives of the state forget everything and indulge in celebrations for five days.
- Enjoying the mouthwatering sweetmeats and street food of Kolkata.
- Riding yellow taxis and the vintage trams at iconic locations in Kolkata.
- Exploring the Sundarbans, the home of the Royal Bengal Tigers and a few other endangered species.
- Seeing cockfights, enjoying campfires with local folk dance performances, and moonlight boat safaris.
- Early morning safaris through the land of the murderous tigers while observing other forms of wildlife.
Basic details about DurgapoojaSundarban
Durgapooja dates: 5th to 8th October 2019
Difficulty level: None at all
Age group: 8-80 years
Duration: 4 nights/5 days
Distance between Kolkata and the Sundarbans: 109 km.
How to reach Durga pooja Sundarban?
Since you will be witnessing the Durgapooja festival and the Sundarbans, you have to reach Kolkata. You can get to the City of Joy from any part of India via rail, road, and air.
Reach Kolkata by road
If you want to get to Kolkata via road, then you must consider where you’re starting from. Traveling to Kolkata using the highways is a good option only for those who stay relatively close to West Bengal.
Reach Kolkata by train
Trains leave for the Howrah and Sealdah stations of Kolkata from almost everywhere in India. Kolkata is an important city, and it has well-established connections with the rest of India.
Reach Kolkata by air
Flights are also frequent to and from Kolkata. You can fly to the NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose International Airport from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and other places.
Detailed Durga Pooja Sundarban itinerary:-
Day 01: 5th October: Kolkata Pandal Hoping day.
Warm welcome to Kolkata. Hotel and Lodging is arranged for you by our agent who would be available to welcome you at Airport. Our site visit starts by evening with Pandal Hoping as we set our festive moodamong the Bengalis with the city full of vibrant colors and sparkling lightsinhuge number of topical and colorful Pandals revealing several forms of Goddess Durga idols. The day ends with the Overnight stay in Kolkata.
Day 02: 6th October: Kolkata Local sightseeing by Tram and Taxi.
Today we start early to experience the old city charm. We start our day by visiting some of the most iconic places using the Kolkata Yellow Taxi and Vintage Tram network. Throughout our journey we stop and shop for mouthwatering street food and Bengali sweets. Our day ends by witnessing the larger than life Vijayadashmi and Visarjan ceremony. Overnight stay in Kolkata.
Day 03: 7th October:Sundarban.
Today we are going to the Majestic Sundarban Mangrove forest (A home for the Bengal tiger and other endangered species). Here in evening we experience Cock fight competition. Late evening we are at relaxation by enjoying campfire and local neighborhood dance. Late night, we go on a Moonlight boat safari into the mysterious woods of Sundarban. Overnight stay in Sundarban.
Day 04: 8th October: Cruise Safari to Sundarban Tiger Reserve.
Our day start early with Cruise Safari to Sundarban Tiger Reserve. Tiger reserve is a gateway with dense mangrove forest ruled by the infamous man-eater Tigers and many other variety of birds and animals. As the sun raises high by afternoon, we feast on tasty lunch prepared by local fishermen on Boat. By evening we bid adieu to Sundarban and head back to Kolkata.
Day 05:9th October Bid Adieu Kolkata
Today we start our day with breakfast as we conclude our backpacking tour and head back to our respective town with beautiful travel stories to share.
What is included in the tour
Local Transportation for 3 days Kolkata to Kolkata for Sightseeing Kolkata – Sundarban – Sundarban Tiger Reserve
Food expenses for 04 days.
Accommodation on triple sharing basis.
Entry Fees & Guide charges
Sundarban Tiger Reserve
Treks and Trails expertise charges and Hampi Tour Guide
What is NOT included in the tour
Mumbai to Kolkata and back travelling by Train
Food during Train journey
Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
Any kind of personal expenses (Camera charges, etc.)
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
2/3 liters of water bottle.
Good Torch must with extra battery.
Extra pair of clothes, Towel, Jacket, etc.
Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars.
Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets.
Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on trek. (preferably Action trekking shoes)
Proper haversack to put all these things.
Rainwear / Poncho / Waterproof jacket etc.
Sun Cap and Sunscreen.
Personal First aid and Personal Medicine.
Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles.