Durga Puja Festival with a small group
India - Bengal Orissa - East - North East India
Come to Bengal, India for eight days and experience the magic of the Hindu Durga Puja festival
, one of the most famous festivals in India and one that is very important for the Indians. The Durga Puja takes place in the majestic and ancient Indian capital, Calcutta
, which is adorned with colonial-era architecture and extravagant temples.
Durga Puja is the largest street festival in the world
, paying homage to Durga, the 10-headed warrior goddess. Thus, families and friends gather to celebrate the victory of the goddess Durga against the demon Mahishashura: the victory of good against evil. Each day of the festival, the Indians put on a new saree
or a new outfit and think of themselves as Durga. Everyone is happy and in a good mood. Despite the crowd, everyone has their place; the feeling of communion with humanity is strong.
The festival generally starts at 10pm in the evening to the sound of percussion
), which accompanies the procession. The goal of the fifteen million people who come to Durga Puja is to see as many "pandals
" (temporary temples) possible. These temples are made of bamboo, wood, recycled materials, sand or even fabrics and are crafted by specialised designers, sometimes imitating original temples. The lights are incredible during this time. During "artis
" (ceremonies), everyone dances "Dhunuchi
", a dance with a burning coconut.
This year, you arrive by plane, but the Goddess Durga will arrive on horseback. Every year, the goddess changes her vehicle. One year she came by boat, another by elephant and this year she will come on horseback.
During the ten days of celebration, Calcutta excitedly returns to the rhythm of the Durga Puja festival
. This trip to India with a small group gives you the opportunity to fully experience the true Bengali culture
. You will have the opportunity to be immersed in the heart of one of the most mystical cities of India: Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal.