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Plan Your Five Days of Durga Puja Pandal Hopping in Kolkata

By magicpin

Updated - Sept. 23, 2023 2 min read

Durga Puja, the grandest festival of West Bengal, is an unparalleled spectacle of devotion, artistry, and culture. Celebrated with unparalleled zeal, it marks the homecoming of the goddess Durga. And there's no place that embodies the spirit of this celebration quite like Kolkata.


With thousands of beautifully decorated pandals and an array of delectable dishes to savor, planning your five days of Durga Puja pandal hopping in Kolkata is an adventure like no other.


Day 1: North Kolkata's Timeless Charm


Begin your journey in the heart of North Kolkata, where the city's oldest and most revered pandals are found. Visit Kumartuli Park, Bagbazar Sarbojanin, and Ahiritola Sarbojanin for a taste of tradition. Don't miss the artistic idols crafted by the skilled artisans of Kumartuli.



Must-Try Food Stops:

  • Enjoy delicious sweets like rosogolla and sandesh at Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick.
  • Savor mouthwatering kathi rolls at Nizam's, an iconic eatery.



Day 2: South Kolkata's Artistry


Head south to explore the artistic brilliance of pandals in neighborhoods like Ballygunge and Gariahat. Key pandals to visit include Ekdalia Evergreen, 66 Pally, and Tridhara Sammilani. Admire the unique themes and intricate decorations.



Must-Try Food Stops:

  • Try a traditional Bengali thali at 6 Ballygunge Place.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with the famous mishti doi (sweet yogurt) at Mithai.



Day 3: Central Kolkata's Modern Marvels


Experience the fusion of tradition and modernity in central Kolkata. Visit College Square, Mohammed Ali Park, and the iconic Shiv Mandir pandals. Marvel at the creative art installations and innovative themes.



Must-Try Food Stops:

  • Indulge in street food delights like puchka (pani puri) at Vivekananda Park.
  • Try the Kolkata-style biryani at Arsalan.



Day 4: Thematic Pandal Exploration


Explore pandals with unique themes today. Visit famous pandals like Santosh Mitra Square and Bosepukur Sitala Mandir. The attention to detail and creativity will leave you awestruck.



Must-Try Food Stops:

  • Relish a traditional Bengali meal at 9' Ballygunge Place.
  • Try the mouthwatering jhalmuri (spicy puffed rice) at street stalls.



Day 5: South Kolkata's Grand Finale


Wrap up your pandal hopping journey in style by visiting some of South Kolkata's most extravagant pandals. Head to Deshapriya Park, Singhi Park, and Ekdalia Evergreen. These pandals often compete for the grandest award.



Must-Try Food Stops:

  • Savor a sumptuous fish curry at Kasturi Restaurant.
  • End your gastronomic adventure with Kolkata's famous sweets at Bhim Chandra Nag.



Kolkata's Durga Puja pandal hopping extravaganza is a unique experience that combines art, culture, and culinary delights. By following this comprehensive guide, you'll ensure that your five days of celebration are filled with awe-inspiring pandals and mouthwatering food. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit and create memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Durga Puja!


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