4 days into a rush of enthusiasm, 4 days away from a mundane city, and 4 days into deep happiness – all happened at the City of Joy, Kolkata during my last visit to Kolkata during the Durga Puja.
I can assure that the excitement started from the day I had booked the flight ticket, though I had to pay a hefty amount even while booking 3 months before. Yes, prices of flights go beyond the sky during this time. So if you think of visiting Kolkata any year during the Puja, plan your trip at least 3-4 months before.
In the city during my vacation, I lived, roamed, and experienced the Puja with all the gusto that the city, known for being slow otherwise, possesses during these few days. All happened under the lights, with the actions, but without a recording video. The entire crowd pulled out themselves from the safe corner of the house and plunged into the stream of gala, where waiting times for pandal visit were more than the time to check out one pandal.
Spending last three Pujas outside Kolkata, this time it was special to me with more excitement. Might be many don’t like these over-crowded places that surrounds each and every big pandals, may be few have lacked the interest of joining in the Durga Puja and staying away at some other cities, still I would always love to keep my nostalgic side of childhood to be kept alive inside me and take part in this enjoyment.
Here are the photos that I clicked in the short span of the Durga Puja in Kolkata, and in a day and half roaming around doing some pandal hopping and experiencing few of the rituals:
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