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Bespoke Holidays to Kolkata Trips

Bespoke Holidays to Kolkata Trips

Bespoke Holidays to Kolkata Trips India. Listed below is a selection of our chosen Trips that can be found at this destination.
 
Private Tour: Experience the Kolkata Durga Puja Festival

Durga Puja brings Kolkata to a fever pitch of colourful chaotic mayhem as it is the biggest and the most celebrated holiday of the year. Gain insight into the local customs and traditions of Bengali’s through Durga Puja, the celebration in honour of the maternal essence of the divine Goddess Durga. Durga Puja 2016 begins on October 8th and goes on till October 10th. Spice up your holiday by attending the most important socio-cultural event in the Bengali society and be sure to make memories to talk about for a lifetime!

Durga Puja is chiefly a religious festival out of all the festivals in India. An occasion of family reunion, the grand celebrations and above all the worship of Goddess Durga. The heart of the action is Kolkata. It is here that the Durga Puja celebrations are held in all its might. Durga Puja is all about traditional customs, feasting, culture,worship, fasting and in general a celebration of life. It is like one big party on the streets for five days that will leave you curious and amazed.

In the morning you will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Kolkata for a city tour and a visit to the Pandal (the temporary house of the goddess Durga). Your knowledgeable guide will take you for hopping the popular Durga Puja Pandals, which reflect the artistic mastery of Bengal. Innovation and imagination are displayed in conceptualization and materials used for construction.

While the priests recite the prayers in Sanskrit, men and women dressed up in traditional attires visit the pandals to worship the deity and offer anjalis (divine offering) thus deepening the spiritual bond of Goddess Durga and her devotees. Aarti with adhunuchi dance is integral to the evening ritual. The fragrance of dhoop fills the arena bringing with it a devotional fervor. The rhythmic recital of several dhaksin unison creates an ambiance of enthusiastic celebration.

The guide will brief you about each and every act being performed on the stage in the pandals. No festival in India is complete without food. You can taste finger-licking Kolkata street food, especially the mouth watering Mughlai paratha!

On the last day of Durga Puja,dashami, married women bid farewell to Maa Durga by applyings indoor to her and each other thus overcoming the sadness of farewell. You can also head towards the ghats to witness the emotional separation of Goddess Durga and her devotees.
 
Trip Code: D-101E-T101
Country: India
Depart From: Kolkata
Duration: 4 Hours
Type: Private Sights
Pickup: Yes
Drop-Off: Yes
Level: 1
Walk: Yes

The Second City of Empire: A Kolkata Heritage Walking Tour with Private Transfer

Once the proud capital of the British Raj (rule), Kolkata today is a unique blend of ancient and new. The city is rich in cultural, literary and religious flavors. Your walking tour concentrates on what was White Town in Old Kolkata. White Town was centered on Lal Dighi, a water tank which provided drinking water to the area. It is the oldest square in the city. Some of the citys earliest and grandest buildings are located in this square. These impressive edifices are still in use, providing a glimpse of Kolkata’s British colonial grandeur and influence. A walk through this area tells the story of the growth of this important British outpost, from its early years to modern days.

You will be transferred to the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, where your guided walk commences. Lal Dighi, the small rectangular water tank is at the heart of Colonial Kolkata. Its British name became Dalhousie Square after Lord Dalhousie who ruled India from 1848 to 1856. Today it is named BBD Bagh after three Indian Nationalists fighting for an independent India. You will walk past colonial buildings erected during the British reign. St. Andrews church is a simple looking white church with a tall spire, Kolkata’s first and only Scottish church. It was built in 1818, when the Scottish exercised considerable influence. Then you will see the Secretariat or Writer’s Building, which is the best known building in the BBD Bagh area of Kolkata. This deep red building stretches across the northern edge of Lal Dighi. Writers building once was the office of the clerical and administrative staff of the famous British East India Company. It is now the West Bengal State Secretariat. The building dates back to 1777.

Next is the Kolkata Collectorate Building which was built in 1890. Today it is the office of the Commissioner of the Presidency Division of Kolkata. Further down, the General Post Office stands out with its sparkling white color and its big dome, impossible to miss. Next to it is the Royal Insurance Building dating back to 1905. The size and facade of the building indicate the wealth of insurance companies before Independence. During colonial times Indians were not allowed to purchase insurance. Next on our walk is Metcalfe Hall. This building draws its inspiration from traditional, ancient Greek architecture. Tall Greek pillars are the easy giveaway. Built around 1840, it was home to the Imperial Library of Calcutta, which later became the National Library of India. Currently, it houses the library of the Asiatic Society. Onward you reach the Town Hall, a public building built in 1814 for public functions. It is now managed by Kolkata Corporation and houses painting exhibitions. Having enjoyed this overview of Kolkata’s early days, you will be driven back to your hotel.
 
Trip Code: D-101E-T102
Country: India
Depart From: Kolkata
Duration: 3 Hours
Type: Private Sights
Pickup: Yes
Drop-Off: Yes
Level: 1
Walk: Yes

Enjoy a Traditional Bengali Meal in a Local Calcutta Home

Enjoy a private, home-cooked meal in a local Calcutta home with your welcoming host Iti. Experience traditional Indian life and cuisine while dining on Iti’s favorite recipes. Leave with a full stomach, an appreciation of Indian culture anda true glimpse into a locals life.

Meet Iti, a warm and welcoming retired British Airways executive who has been on a series of Indian cooking shows to demonstrate how to prepare Bengali cuisine. She lives in the heart of Calcutta in an elegant, modern apartment with a garden terrace.

Share with Iti a traditional Bengali tasting menu served on beautiful hand-painted terracotta plates with matching bowls for curries. Dishes may include pulao (fragrant saffron-flavored rice), dal (yellow mung lentils spiked with mango-flavored ginger and cumin), beguni (crispy eggplant fritters), alu jhinge posto (potatoes, zucchini, and yellow pumpkin cooked with a poppy seed paste), chingri malai curry (aromatic coconut cream prawns), bhetki paturi (sea bass coated with a mustard paste and steamed in banana leaves). For dessert, you might try payesh (Bengali style rice pudding flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with date palm sugar) or another of her fantastic dishes. Enjoy a delicious meal while learning about Bengali culinary and cultural heritage.

Please note, your host is not a professional chef, rather this experience is a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.
 
Trip Code: D-101E-T103
Country: India
Depart From: Kolkata
Duration: 3 Hours
Type: Group Food
Pickup: No
Drop-Off: No
Level: 1
Walk: Yes

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