Any one knows the dates of the festival of Durga pooja in Kolkata this year?
The preparations for the festival begins a week before with a day called Mahalaya, and ends with Laxmi Puja a few days after Durga puja. But Durga Puja itself lasts for about 5 days, this year its from 24th to 28th Sept.
A shame we miss it!
Any festival going in the period end October first week November in Kolkata or driving distance from Kolkata?
There was also mentioned to visit Shantiniketan when we are in Kolkata, looks like we should stay overnight in the area if we go, you know more about Shantiniketan?
Shantiniketan is associated with India's greatest poet and literary icon Rabindranath Tagore. It's about a 2-hour trip from Calcutta straight on the highway. There is also an express train service.
If I may I recall, the government of West Bengal runs a conducted tour for tourists to Shantiniketan. There are also private tours available from travel agencies. Also, the West Bengal government maintains a tourist lodge there. Their prices are more reasonable but you may not get the amenities available from other private hotels/lodges.
By western standards, there are hardly any 3-4 star hotels available there. But given the ideal that Shantiniketan stands for one doesn't go there for luxury. However, you would still like to have a clean and safe place.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Kolkata during durga Puja is a very very different experience.... very joyous, very charged time....
Personally, my experience of Shantiniketan is limited and I would not venture to give advice about it. But I can tell you that I stayed in the Mark & Meadows resort and it was quite good, possibly the best you will find in the area. They can also help you arrange sightseeing.
Kali Puja is on 17th Oct. 2009
First week of November will be lovely weather in Shantiniketan. I think it will be a superb experience to spend few days there. Travel the nearby places and just enjoy the solitude. There is a new Home Stay namely Country Roads. I am told, the comfort there is 3 star whereas tariff is very reasonable. You can check www.countryroadshomestay.com. You will get all info there.
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