While there are hundreds of pujas organized in Kolkata, most of the major ones can be clustered in a group. This planning can be majorly beneficial for you, saving you time, money and energy, coupled with the best experience. These charting of Durga Puja routes will help you, whether you are on foot or on wheels.
The best time to visit the pandals is very early in the morning, before dawn. If you can get ready and hit the streets within 3.30 am to 4am, you will have the best possible ambiance, weather, photography opportunities, and minimum crowd, for pandal hopping. Moreover, the parking restrictions, walking restrictions, long queues and the crowd are not there. Couple it with the cool weather and you will love the experience.
So if you can beat the laziness of waking up early and beat the tiredness of last evening's activity, do make it in the dawn for once at least.
Also, Bikes are the best vehicle to suit pandal hopping, as in the dawn, you can reach the pandal gates of most pujas if you are on a bike. There is also no parking problem, and less of walking, if you are on a bike.
Now, about the zones:
Mudiali, Shiv Mandir, Young stars: Park at the menoka cinema road beside lake, near the shiv mandir gate. Then walk in and cover all three pandals. All three are terrific.
Go back to your veheicle,and you can cover Suruchi or Haridevpur from here too. Come back to same point after visiting the any of the two mentioned. And then proceed to Pratapditya Road. You can proceed directly to Pratapaditya road also.
Pratapaditya road, Badamtal Ashar Sangha, 22 Pally:
They fall in the same straight road, and are side by side. After visiting them proceed to
Tridhara, Ballygunge Cultural and Samaj Sebi.
Henceforth, you can visit Babubagan, Selimpur and Jodhpur Park (3 pujas here) , which will fall one after another.
Remember, visiting Suruchi Sangha at New Alipore is a must, for year after year, its presentation has been unique, and truly it is the best by miles from other pujas. It had done Himachal before, and this year, it has recreated Kashmir.
Plan Behala seperately.
Start from Sribhumi, then hop to Lake town Adhivasi Brinda, then to Netaji Sangha and then to Dum Dum park Bharat Sangha. You can choose to some back via kestopur or take the same route back. Henceforth, you can choose to go to Salt Lake, or enter North Kolkata.
Telenga Bagan, Kar Bagan, Lohapatty, Ahiritola, Bagbazar Sarbojanin, Kumortuli sarbojanin. Proceed to Central Kolkata:
Md. Ali Park, College square, Santosh Mitra Square.
You have covered most of the better known pandals. You can do it starting in One Dawn, but better to divide it into two very early morning hopings.
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Have a very Happy Puja!