The Iconic Kolkata Trams are Back for Durga Puja, To Be Used for Pandal Hopping


Did you know that this year commemorates the 150th anniversary of Kolkata's tram network, making it not only India's sole surviving green transportation system but also Asia's oldest and most enduring eco-friendly mass transit system?

Well, yeah! And if you've got plans to visit the City of Joy during this festive season, you're in for a treat!

Photo of Kolkata, Presidency Division by Riyanka Roy

Trams will be connecting some of the important pandals in the city:

Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey during Kolkata's Durga Puja festivities, as the city's iconic trams make a triumphant return after nearly a decade. Imagine the charm of these vintage trams gracefully gliding through the streets, offering a delightful and eco-friendly transportation option for pandal-hopping enthusiasts. This exciting development was unveiled by the State Transport Minister Snehasis Chakraborty, adding a nostalgic and environmentally conscious touch to an already enchanting celebration.

The transport department has chosen to integrate trams into the Durga Puja celebrations, acknowledging the harmonious connection between these iconic trams and the festival, especially since it was granted UNESCO Intangible Heritage status. Nevertheless, owing to the reduction in tram network coverage, there are limitations on their reach to various areas.

For this year's festivities, specific routes have been identified, including the Esplanade to Shyambazar and Esplanade to Gariahat to Esplanade routes, with air-conditioned trams scheduled to operate from 10 AM on Saptami, Ashtami, and Nabami.

What else can you expect from these 'tram rides'?

These charming trams will be adorned with festive decorations, creating the perfect ambiance for Durga Puja enthusiasts. As you ride, the rhythmic beats of the dhaak drums will resonate, adding to the festival's essence. Passengers will have the opportunity to soak in the festive scenery and capture memorable moments through the expansive glass windows.

To make your journey even more enjoyable, a dedicated guide will accompany you, helping you explore various puja pandals along the routes. The trams will traverse through iconic locations such as Kashi Bose Lane, Nalini Sarkar Street, Hati Bagan, Singhi Park, and Ekdalia. The fare for this incredible experience is just INR 600 per person, and it includes tea and snacks. You can conveniently book your tickets online for this unforgettable tram ride.

Photo of The Iconic Kolkata Trams are Back for Durga Puja, To Be Used for Pandal Hopping by Riyanka Roy

But that's not all! The transport department has more in store for you. For those looking to delve deeper into Kolkata's heritage and culture, the Puja Parikrama will take you to the doorsteps of aristocratic homes. Explore places like Badan Chandra Roy's home, Belur Math, Bagbazar Halder Bari, Sovabazar Rajbari, Behala Roy Bari, Chhatubabu-Latubabur Bari, Behala Sonar Durga Bari, and the Sabarna family house in Barisha. This enriching experience comes at a cost of INR 1,900 per person, which covers lunch, evening snacks, and tea.

For a change of scenery and a break from congested roads, the transport department offers leisure rides on the Hooghly river, allowing you to travel from north to south. This waterway adventure lets you visit the pandals of your choice while enjoying the serene river views. The options are vast, including trips to Dhanyakuria-Arbalia and Kamar Pukur-Jairambati.

Photo of The Iconic Kolkata Trams are Back for Durga Puja, To Be Used for Pandal Hopping by Riyanka Roy

So, whether you choose the tram's festive charm, the cultural exploration of aristocratic homes, or a tranquil river journey, Kolkata's transport department has something special in store for every traveler this Durga Puja. Don't miss out on these unique experiences that will make your Puja celebrations truly unforgettable!

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