Durga Puja in Mumbai is about so many things. Meeting the fierce goddess Durga face-to-face, admiring the precious family that she arrives with. Dressing up in your newest finery for five straight days of Maa darshan. And then there’s all the delicious food you can dig into from morning to evening. But all of this is fun when you team up with a bunch of Durga Puja enthusiasts. If this sounds tempting, I suggest you sign up for the Mumbai Durga Puja Porikrama on October 18, 2018 by Just Bengal.
What is Mumbai Durga Puja Porikrama?
This is an organised bust tour that takes Puja enthusiasts around some of Mumbai’s finest Durga Puja pandals. It’s being organised for the fourth year now, by popular online Bengali restaurant, Just Bengal.
This truly sounds like an exciting way to enjoy Durga Puja in Mumbai! The daytime wears you out with its traffic and October heat in the city. So why not enjoy a well curated pick of popular, heritage and interesting Durga Pujas in Mumbai in a comfortable organised tour in the evening?
All you need to do is book a seat and come all dressed up to the meeting point in Andheri west. From then on, it’s a joyful ride with a neat Bengali dinner, music and singing, games, stories and frolic on board an AC bus.
I chatted with Devyane Roy, co-founder of Just Bengal. The warm enthusiasm in her voice was palpable as she looks forward to another successful Mumbai Durga Puja Porikrama. “We will handpick 10 Durga Puja pandals in Mumbai city. The names will be disclosed a day before to the participants”, she shares. This festive venture started out as an informal shoutout on social media for her and gradually built into an organised and coveted one over the years.
It sounds like a great idea for anyone who wants to soak in the spirit of Durga Puja in Mumbai – singles, senior citizens or just small groups of friends and family. The tour ends at dawn of the October 19th and leaves you with mesmerising Maa memories.
What does this include?
Brace yourselves for all the salivating. There are some Just Bengal delicacies in store: Kolkatta Mutton Ghugni, Bengal Style Chilli Chicken and Fried Rice, Mishti Doi and Just Bengal special Malpua. Vegetarian options of Ghugni and Chinese paneer are also available. These are prepared by Devyane’s mum, chef Reena Roy of Just Bengal. Interestingly, this kitchen gives you more Bangaal flavours than Ghoti tones, informs Devyani.
There’s a thoughtful inclusion of Kolkata Tea from a tea seller from Bengal as the day breaks on 19th morning. How’s that for celebrating Good over Evil?!
Your charges that cover dinner and the luxury AC bus tour for the Mumbai Durga Puja Parikrama is ₹1650 per person. You do have an option to take the tour without meals included.
Book your seats soon and get going on this experience of Durga Puja in Mumbai. I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth it. I sign of with the salutation befitting the season: Dugga Dugga.
Dates: Oct 18, 8 pm – Oct 19, 6. 30 am
Pick up: Azad Nagar Metro Station (Andheri west) | Drop: Ramakrishna Mission Temple (Khar west)
Book your tickets here