Best Places to Witness Grand Durga Puja & No Its Not Bengal

The first destination which comes in the mind whenever we heard of Durga Puja is undoubtedly Bengal. This destination has earned a name for its marvelous Durga Puja pandals and celebrations but there are several other places in India which are also known for grand celebration on Durga Puja. So, if this year you want to break the monotony then you can actually explore other places of India where Durga Puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Below is the list of places where one can catch Durga Pujo celebrations in the best of festive glory. So, plan your visit to these astounding destinations with cheap flight tickets from EaseMyTrip and enjoy Durga Puja celebration.

Mumbai

Mumbai is one of the Indian cities which dazzles during Durga Puja. It is one of the best destinations to visit during Durga Puja as one can here witness Goddess Durga in all her splendor. The majestic Durga pandals of Mumbai will definitely leave the Durga Puja lovers astonished. There are several amazing Durga Pandals in Mumbai but Balkanji Bari in Santacruz is a must visit.

Where: Balkanji Bari in Santacruz, Mumbai

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: It is hosted by Bollywood’s Mukherji family and this even is a star studded affair.

Don’t miss out: Vegetarian and Non vegetarian delicacies are a must try at Durga Puja pandals.

Other things you can do: Eat at Taj Mahal Tea House or you can spend some quality time gazing at the breathtaking view of the sea at Marine Drive. Moreover, you can also indulge in shopping at Bandra and have tempting dishes at Khan Gali in Ghatkopar.

You can stay at: Taj Santacruz, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Domestic Terminal), Off Western Express Highway.

Bengaluru

Bengaluru is another iconic destination which one can explore at the time of Durga Puja. This city is also decorated like a newly wedded bride at the time of Durga Puja with several beautiful Durga Pandals. However, the best is Socio Cultural Association Durga Pandal in Indiranagar. So, Bangalore is another best destination in India where Durga Puja is celebrated with much pomp.

Where: Socio Cultural Association, Indiranagar

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: The beautiful idol, performances and the delish food

Don’t miss out: Kobiraji cutlet and Luchi Mangsho

Other things you can do: Explore Cubbon Park, Bangalore Palace and Innovative Film City. Gulp down some fresh beer at popular breweries and witness the spectacular landscape in the lap of nature at Ulsoor Lake

You can stay at: Fab Hotel, Oakwood Serai

Pune

This city is known for its exclusive menu of Bhog which is served at the famous Durga Pandals. Pune is one of the best places to visit during Durga Pujo where one can come across delish bhog and astonishing pandals but Nandonik, Koregaon Park Durga Puja is one of the best which one should not miss.

Where: Nandonik, Koregaon Park Durga Puja

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: The delish, tempting & expansive bhog menu and mind-blowing cultural performances.

Don’t miss out: The nabami bhog which is delicious and tastes like heaven.

Other things you can do: You can explore places like Dagadusheth Ganapati Temple, Aga Khan Palace, Mulshi Dam, and Malshej Ghat. Moreover, don’t forget to visit famous eateries

You can stay at: Hyatt Pune

Hyderabad

The festivities of Durga Puja are really high in Hyderabad with numerous amazing Durga Pandals and the delicious bhog attracting hundreds of people. One of the best Durga Pandal in Hyderabad to witness the charm of Durga Puja is at Hyderabad Bengali Samity at Domalguda.

Where: Hyderabad Bengali Samity, Domalguda

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: The puja is here taking place since 1942 and has a lot of history associated and heritage imbibed in its celebrations.

Don’t miss out: The tempting delicacies

Other things you can do: Take the boat ride on Hussain Sagar Lake and explore the Golconda Fort. You can also visit the famous Ramoji Film City.

You can stay at: Radisson Hyderabad Hitec City

Chennai

If you’re in Chennai at the time of Durga Puja then don’t worry because Durga Puja is celebrated with great fervor in Chennai also. Chennai being one of the famous Indian destinations is known for its Durga Puja celebration and beautifully decorated Durga Pandals. The best Durga Pandal which one should definitely visit while in Chennai during Durga Puja is Bengali Association at Besant Nagar.

Where: Bengali Association, Besant Nagar

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: The dazzling lights and the charged environment filled with festivities and the fervor

Don’t miss out: The ashtami-nabami bhog

Other things you can do: Visit Marina Beach, the Huddlestone Garden and Crocodile Bank. You can also shop for saris which are quite famous here.

You can stay at: Crescent Homes, Adyar

Nagpur

Nagpur is also one of the best places in India to explore during Durga Puja as here one can witness all the Bengali customs and traditions. Moreover, the dazzling Durga Pandals of Nagpur is also known for serving tempting bhog. The best Durga pandal in Nagpur is Dhantoli.

Where: Dhantoli

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: One can here witness the Bengali customs of this beautiful festival up and close.

Don’t miss out: The tempting delicacies from rolls to cutlets to Chinese food.

Other things you can do: Do not miss to visit Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, the famous Deekshabhumi and Ambazari

You can stay at: Hotel Hardeo

New Delhi

The capital city of India becomes really beautiful at the time of Durga Puja. Stunning decorated pandals attracts numerous people every year. However, one of the best pandals in Delhi is ‘Arambagh Durga Puja Pandal’ which is a must visit pandal.

Where: Arambagh Durga Puja Pandal

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: It is more than 25 years old

Don’t miss out: Try the tempting delicacies like Mughlai porota, rolls and kobiraji

Other things you can do: Visit Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Lodhi Gardens and enjoy shopping at Sarojini Nagar

You can stay at: Bloomrooms

Lucknow

If you’re in Lucknow and you want to witness the best Dugra Puja Pandal then straightaway visit Bengali Club & Youngmen’s Association at Shivaji Marg. It is the oldest Durga Puja Pandal in Lucknow which is also known for serving yummy bhog.

Where: Bengali Club & Youngmen’s Association, Shivaji Marg

USP of this Durga Puja Pandal: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose visited this place in 1938 and Durga Puja is been hosted here since long (more than a hundred year)

Don’t miss out: The bhog of ashtami and nabami

Other things you can do: Explore attractions like Amedkar Memorial Park, Bada & Chota Imambaras and Kukrail Forest Reserve

You can stay at: Golden Tulip Hotel