September 21, 2019
1600 buses for tourists during Durga Pujo
The State Transport Department has lined up special bus, vessel and tram services and prepared packages for some notable Durga Pujos in Bangla.
Among the special arrangements this year are 1,600 buses that will ply revellers day and night across Kolkata. People can buy a single-day ticket for travelling in State Transport buses and trams all day.
The service needs to be booked in advance. Pre-booking of the tickets can be done online as well as at the depots, terminals and smart card booking counters of WBTC, CSTC and CTC (for the list of counters, click here).
Several new initiatives have been taken this year by the Department. These include tours of traditional household pujos and other notable sites in Hooghly, showcasing the immersion ceremony from Ichhamati River in Taki, Damodar River in Durgapur and Hooghly River in Kalna, and tour of pujos in Salt Lake and New Town (including the pujo being held for the first time at the senior citizens’ home, Snehodaya).
Initiatives already in place from last year include tours of some of the famous traditional household pujos of Kolkata and in some of the districts, Durga Pujo in the villages, heritage tram tour, waterway tour of the pujos, trip to Jayrambati and Kamarpukur, and watching immersion from vessels.
Both air-conditioned (AC) and non-AC buses are available depending on the nature, fare and places covered by the tours.
The North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) is increasing the number of buses to tourist spots like Darjeeling, Dooars, Sikkim and Bhutan.