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Kolkata Visit During Dussera

posted Nov 2, 2013, 9:55 AM by Amiya Behera   [ updated Nov 2, 2013, 9:57 AM ]
    This year during Durga Puja, 10th Oct to 14th Oct, I was in Kolkata. Few of my relatives have come to Kolkata for visiting. My role was like a guide for them through-out their stay in Kolkata.

    On the very day they reached Kolkata we visited few Durga Puja Mandaps near Ultadanga, Sribhumi and Kestopur. The theme of the puja mandaps and the light decorations were outstanding. The famous puja at Sribhumi has attracted thousand of visitors. We have wait in the queue at least for 1 hour to get a glimpse of goddess Durga. Few other interesting themes were, "mandir in jungle", "volcano on earth", "Belur math model" and "Kedarnath disaster and a view" etc. On astami, we visited the pandels in Kestopur and Saltlake.

    On 11th morning, we visited Kalighat, a Kali Pitha. The time we reached the temple, the queue has become very long. To save time for visiting, we contacted a local pandit and with his help we somehow manage to enter into the queue and visit the deity(Kali mata). We had our lunch at Kalighat. 

    We took a cab to Alipore Zoo and spent a good amount of time there. As I have visited Alipore Zoo earlier, it was easy for us to see most the zoo. 

    Around 3PM we went to Victoria Memorial cum Museum. It was a good experience for all of us. Because, two of my relatives are teachers and two are students. Due to lack of time we could not spent good amount of time in the garden. 

    Next, we went to Birla Planetarium, which was just a walking distance from Victoria Memorial Palace. As we reached at wrong time (5:30 PM), we have to see a show in Bengali language, which most of us could not understand. Somehow, we are able to relate few words with the image shown.

    As the day was totally hectic, we decided to come back home. We went to Rabindra Sadan and took Metro Rail to Shobha-bazar. Due to puja time, the metro was fully crowded.

    Next day, 12th Oct, was astami puja and we decided to stay at home. In the evening we visited few puja pandels. We cooked food in home and enjoyed movie on my laptop.

    On 13th Oct, we went to Science City. The day was a combination of learning experience and enjoyment. We visited the science park and had enjoyed a lot. Then visited evolution park. The major attraction was the dynamotion. For young and adults, it was a source of knowledge related to science and for children a game point. The illusion section and fish aquarium section was really awesome. Then we went to mirror magic room. Though most of us could not understand much, we enjoyed a lot. Visited space center and then earth exploration building. We took an AC bus to come back home.

    On 14th Oct, we visited Dakshineswar and Belur Math. We had a little shopping in Esplanade. Then we came back home and in the evening,we saw the bhasani procession of goddess Durga. On the very next day, we have to travel back to Orissa.

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