Kolkata, the cultural capital of India, beckons seniors to embark on a unique journey that transcends time and tradition. Samarth Tours invites you to experience the vibrant essence of the city, especially during the enchanting Durga Puja festival. This senior-friendly trip offers an opportunity to explore the rich tapestry of Kolkata’s history, culture, and cuisine while accommodating your specific requirements.
Durga Puja, affectionately known as Pujo, is more than just a festival; it’s an extraordinary amalgamation of devotion, artistry, and merriment. This celebration of the Goddess Durga brings together diverse communities, showcasing their eclectic sartorial tastes, mesmerising music, and mouthwatering cuisine.
Highlights of the Trip
Confluence of Cultures: Begin your journey by exploring the heart of Kolkata, from Bow Barracks to Burra Bazar. Witness the harmonious coexistence of various communities, including Anglo-Indians, Muslims, Marwaris, Biharis, and more, making Kolkata a melting pot of diverse cultures.
Walk in the Footsteps of the Raj: Embark on the White Town Walkthrough Dalhousie Square, where you’ll step back in time to the colonial era. Immerse yourself in the fascinating architecture and history of British India.
Puja Pandal Hopping: Experience the magic of Durga Puja by hopping from one pandal to another on a couple of evenings. Marvel at the artistic grandeur and devotion displayed in these beautifully crafted temporary temples.
Bonedi Bari Puja Walk: Delve deeper into the cultural fabric of Kolkata by exploring the historic Bonedi Bari (ancestral homes) that host private Durga Puja celebrations. Learn about the traditions and stories behind these magnificent celebrations.
Durga Puja Immersion on a Boat: Join the locals in the exhilarating process of Durga Puja immersion on a boat. Witness the grand finale of this festival as beautifully adorned idols are immersed in the holy Ganges.
Culinary Delights: Kolkata is renowned for its delectable cuisine. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Bawali and savour an authentic Bengali dinner prepared by a top home chef. These culinary experiences will tantalise your taste buds.
Exploring Beyond Durga Puja
Kolkata, however, has much more to offer beyond the festivities of Durga Puja. Samarth Tours ensures that your trip extends beyond the celebrations to explore the region’s rich history and colonial past.
Colonial Calcutta: Discover the legacy left by the former colonial powers as you visit colonial sites, each with its own story to tell. From Armenian to Scottish, these influences have shaped Kolkata into the city it is today.
Kali’s Calcutta: Visit the temples dedicated to Goddess Kali, the fierce and revered deity. These temples are not just places of worship but also architectural marvels that showcase Kolkata’s spiritual essence.
Home-Style Meals: Enjoy a home-style meal experience with a well-known home chef, where you can savour traditional Bengali flavours and hospitality.
Tolly Club: Immerse yourself in the refined atmosphere of Tollygunge Club, a colonial-era institution, and relish a meal that reflects Kolkata’s colonial past.
Time Permitting, Overnight Visit to Bawali: If time allows, extend your trip with an overnight visit to Bawali, a heritage property that transports you back to the opulent era of zamindars (landlords).
Breakaway understands that every traveller is unique. The trip duration and itinerary can be customised to your specific preferences and requirements, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Kolkata is easily accessible, with both a railway station and an airport. Breakaway will assist you in making travel arrangements to ensure a smooth journey.
Kolkata, with its rich cultural tapestry and captivating history, is a destination that promises a unique and enriching experience. Samarth Tours invites you to join them on a senior-friendly trip to Kolkata, where you can immerse yourself in the grandeur of Durga Puja, explore the city’s colonial heritage, savour its delectable cuisine, and create lasting memories in the City of Joy. Come and embark on a journey that celebrates the vibrant diversity of Kolkata, a city that beautifully blends chaos, culture, and tradition. Click here to learn more and plan your trip today!