Hundreds of people from different parts of the state and the city started gathering at various tourist spots from Thursday onwards to enjoy holiday for four consecutive days.
Many of them have chosen Digha, the favourite sea side tourist spot in the state. All the Kolkata-Digha buses were found booked on Thursday morning.
Digha was found attracting more tourists after it was turned into a Wi-Fi zone and at the same time the inauguration of Kolkata-Digha helicopter service. Tour operators expect that more people will come to Digha on Friday. Various programmes are being organised in Digha considering hundreds of people will turn up in this weekend. People were also found surfing internet while sitting on the sea shore. Sunderbans is another place in South Bengal where people started gathering in large number. According to tour operators in the city, residents mainly of Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly and some parts of North and South Kolkata booked tickets for a trip to North Bengal in this winter.
Many have also planned for a short trip to places like Bishnupur and Murshidabad.
Meanwhile, several people have also started visiting Park Street from Thursday evening. They were found enjoying food and taking a walk on the illuminated road. Several food stalls have been set up and people were also found waiting outside the restaurants and eateries for their turn. Many people were found enjoying house ride near Victoria Memorial Hall.
The city police have also tightened up the security by deploying additional policemen. Watch towers have been set up at different points on Park Street. Not only Park Street, places like Alipore Zoological Garden, Victoria Memorial Hall and Indian Museum were also packed with visitors. Park Street area has been divided into five zones with each zone coming under the surveillance of an officer of the deputy commissioner rank, an officer said. Over 500 police personnel - both men and women - would be posted at the Park Street area.