Durga Puja Pandal Hopping in Mumbai is about so many things. Travelling from the most historic to the most lavish Durga Pujas is an exciting thing to do during the festive season. It’s a mix of revelery, devotion and thrills when you go pandal hopping in Mumbai. The cosmopolitan crowd is an attraction, proving that Durga Puja has a universal appeal here.
If you’re looking to do some pandal hopping in Mumbai this Durga Puja, just sign up for Just Bengal’s Pandal hopping Mumbai Puja Parikrama. A one-night affair, on October 7, this is about going to meet the beloved Goddess Durga face-to-face, and admire her resplendent beauty. Meeting her precious family that she arrives with, you dress up in your newest finery for darshan. And then there’s all the delicious food you can dig into. Just Bengal’s Mumbai Puja Parikrama makes all of this is fun as you team up with a bunch of Durga Puja enthusiasts.
What is Mumbai Durga Puja Parikrama?
I spoke to Devyane Roy of Just Bengal, who is busy prepping for her 5th year of Mumbai Puja Parikrama. “I started this pandal hopping in Mumbai as a way to being together all those interested in visiting the various Durga Pujas in Mumbai. We see a lot of Bengalis and non-Bengalis join in and enjoy the evening together. In one night, we cover about 10 major puja pandals.”
I think it’s a great way to ensure a safe, guided and eco-friendly pandal hopping in Mumbai. The day time wears you out with its traffic and the typical October heat here. Add to that, parking woes. So why not enjoy a well-curated pick of popular, heritage and interesting Durga Pujas in Mumbai in a comfortable AC bus? Devyane has received rave reviews from Mumbaikars as well as many Kolkata residents who’ve joined her. They claim to have never experienced such a great pandal hopping evening even in Kolkata!
How Can You Sign Up For Mumbai Durga Puja Parikrama?
All you need to do is book your seat and come all dressed up to the meeting point in Andheri west, near the Azad Nagar Metro Station. From then on, it’s a joyful ride with a yummy Bengali dinner by Just Bengal, music and singing, games, stories and frolic on board an AC bus.
Devyane is a warm, warm enthusiasm person who looks forward to yet another successful Mumbai Durga Puja Parikrama. “The names of pandals we will visit will be disclosed a day before to the participants”, she shares. Bookings have already begun online.
It sounds like a great idea for anyone who wants to soak in the spirit of Durga Puja in Mumbai – be they singles, senior citizens or just small groups of friends and family. The tour ends at dawn of the October 8th at the pure space of Ramakrishna Mission in Khar west and leaves you with mesmerising “Maa” memories. Grab your seats soon if you want an unforgettable pandal hopping in Mumbai experience!
What are the Mumbai Durga Puja Parikrama inclusions?
You obviously have Devyane’s expertise at hand on this guided tour. And now, brace yourselves for all the food! A home kitchen, Just Bengal, serves up some major Bengali delicacies: Ghugni, Mutton Kosha and Bengal Style Pulao; Mishti Doi and Just Bengal special Khejur Aam Shatto Chatni . Vegetarian options like Matar Paneer and more such are also available. These are prepared by Devyane’s mother, chef Reena Roy of Just Bengal. Interestingly, this kitchen gives you more Bangaal flavours than Ghoti tones, informs Devyani. I leave it to Devyani to share further insights on this cultural difference!
Just Bengal is also launching an all-new home café really soon. Details on that coming up for you!
A special highlight mid-tour is the thoughtful inclusion of Kolkata Tea by a tea seller from Bengal, at Kalbadevi. As the day breaks on 8th, it’s the best way to start celebrating Good over Evil.
By the end of the Mumbai Durga Puja Parikrama, the entire group on the bus comes together like one big family. And that’s what the essence of pandal hopping in Mumbai is: one big family going to meet another divine one. And then coming back with divine takeaways. Book yourselves soon and get going on this experience of Durga Puja in Mumbai. I’m sure it’ll be worth it. I will sign off with the salutation that befits a Bengali au revoir: Dugga Dugga!
Mumbai Puja Parikrama event on Facebook
Date: Monday, October 7 to Tuesday, October 8
Timing: 8 PM to 7 AM
Charges: ₹1400 (with dinner) / ₹900 (without dinner)