Options galore for tourists to celebrate Puja
Kolkata: The Bengal Tourism department is leaving no stone unturned to cater to the varied liking of foreign and domestic tourists during Durga Puja beginning this week.
Not to be left behind are the Metro Railway, the suburban rail services operated by Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway and private tour operators. The Bengal Tourism department has come up with numerous packages for pandal hopping in Kolkata and other places outside Kolkata.
"We have made efforts to include different flavours of Durga Pujas, the biggest festival of the state, to cater to all kinds of tourists and their varied likings... from the hustle and bustle of the city with its overwhelming lights, colours and large pandals to the serene atmosphere of a village where the pujas are celebrated in a different way," Bengal Tourism minister Goutam Deb said.
"Several tour packages for all kinds of people have been planned for viewing popular Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata as well as sightseeing in different places of the state," he said.
The Kolkata Carnival will also be organised during the pujas, he said. "Apart from these, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup will commence from the first week of October, which will also attract tourists," Deb said.