Amidst the severe Covid-19 Pandemic, there will be NO ENTRY ZONES in almost all 37000 Durga Puja Pandals in West Bengal, declared Calcutta High Court. Witnessing the increasing number of Covid cases, the Court ordered that only the organizers will be allowed to enter the Puja pandals. After hearing the PIL on Durga Puja issues, Court witnessed that the Police does not have enough resources to control the vast crowd that would descend the Pandal.
Being the vital Bengalis’ festival, the State and the High Court is concerned about increasing cases due to the vast crowd, worsening the pandemic situation. According to the guidelines, only 15-25 people (generally the organizers) will be allowed to enter the Pandal and display their names outside the Pandal. Organizers have to show ‘NO ENTRY ZONES’ banners to prohibit the public from entering into the Pandals. They need to barricade 5 meters and 10 meters from the boundary of the small and large Pandal, respectively.
Although such an order of Calcutta High Court and the critical scenario badly impact Bengalis’ emotions and love for their most awaited festival, there are limitless options to explore Durga Puja 2020. You might be curious how the Durga Puja is the soul of ‘The Bengalis?’ The most awaited festival of West Bengal celebrated in the month of ‘Ashwin’ brings Kolkata’s busy life to a halt. People here devote their 5-6 days to welcoming Goddess Durga. The blissful aura, fun, enjoyment, and delicacies that Durga Puja brings remains unparalleled.
Visit Kolkata, and you will enter into dreamland during this auspicious Puja. One can witness the ambiance of cheerfulness and celebration wherein everyone participates to enjoy to their fullest. Not only in West Bengal, but Durga Puja is also celebrated with great pomp and show throughout India. In the current year, when the world is struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has somehow impacted the enjoyment level. Don’t let your enjoyment level go down at any cost. Check out the given stuff that will help you explore this Puja despite no entry zones in Pandals.
All you can do this Durga Puja other than Pandal marching
Calcutta High court ordered No Entry into pandals does not mean there aren’t any good things to explore this Puja. Don’t let Covid-19 ruin your enjoyment level. Here are some exciting options which will surely optimize your excitement level.
Enjoy Bengal cuisine in the top-notch restaurants with an unforgettable dining experience
The integral part of the entire Puja celebration is food. To enjoy the delicacies of Bengali cuisine with an unparalleled dining experience, check out the following list.
The Oberoi Grand: Oberoi Grand’s Grand Pujor Mahabhoj includes Bengal’s rarest recipes to give you a finger-licking experience. If you have a budget of INR 3-4k plus, Grand Oberoi is the perfect destination to enjoy authentic Bengal cuisine.
Sonar Tori: Popularly known for offering Zamindari style eating, dive deep into the Bengali culture with the lavish platter at Sonar Tori in Salt Lake.
Ibis Kolkata: The most curated meal and the best spot to enjoy with your dear ones is Ibis Kolkata (Adda and Bhojan both at the same time).
Chilekotha: Do you want to go back to the retro days of Kolkata? Chilekotha at Gariahat is the best place to enjoy such an ambiance.
Many restaurants offer an exclusive package on Durga Puja that will match your mood and budget both. There are authentic food stalls to provide you clean food without much contact.
Take a short trip this Durga Puja to nearby places
Diamond Harbour: Skip out from the city’s hustle and explore Diamond Harbour. Situated on the southern coast of River Hooghly, witness the confluence of River Ganga to its final destination (Bay of Bengal). The place is rare due to eye-gleaming natural beauty that rejuvenates your soul.
Chinsurah: Once known as Bengal’s most beautiful city, Chinsurah offers a plethora of architectural beauties to explore. Churches, clock towers, mosques, and gardens are eye-catchy.
Machranga Dwip: It is also known as the “Kingfisher Island of West Bengal.” Located in the mid of the river Ichamati, it is the perfect spot for nature lovers. The best part of the island is lush green fields with India on one side and Bangladesh on the other side of the island.
Darjeeling: Enjoy a quarantine Durga Puja in the lapse of Mother Nature. Are you still curious? Explore Darjeeling with the welcoming smiles of locals and the inherent beauty of the place.
Siliguri: Siliguri is the hub of a holiday destination, the gateway to North East. Enjoy different qualities of tea cultivation and timber, along with many beautiful places to explore.
Watch films to lift your mood
The Central government has given a permit to open cinema halls and plexes from October 15. With this, different films will release to hit the box office. Here are some top Bengali movies that you should not miss out on this Durga Puja.
Rokto Rohoshyo: Director Soukarjyo Ghosal has brought into light the crime thriller and love story starring popular heroine Koel Mallick.
Saheber Cutlet: A film by Anjan Dutta showcase the journey of a chef. Arjun Chakraborty beautifully portrays the life of a chef.
Brahma Janen Gopon Kommo Ti: The hit film by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay portrays an unconventional story of a priest’s daughter and her fight against the patriarchal stereotypes.
Kakababur Pratyabartan: Srijit Mukherjee directed the film. It has some shots in abroad starring Prosenjit Chatterjee. It has some time in its release.
SOS Kolkata: The thriller-based film stars Nusrat Jahan of MP and Mimi Chakraborty.
Pandal hopping is not the only sole option to soak in Bengal’s culture during this Durga Puja. There are immense options, and how you explore, it matters the most. It’s time to act like a responsible citizen and stop creating a crowd near the Pandals. Respect the High Court’s orders and enjoy the ethnicity with the lip-smacking food, taking short trips, or watching movies with the dear ones. Go virtual this time and enjoy the pros of digitization.