Joy Roy Choudhury – Kolkata
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) has unveiled tour packages to attract domestic and foreign tourists into the state during Durga Puja, the biggest festival in Kolkata.
The packages include visits to major community puja pandals in the northern and southern part of the city, century-old pujas conducted by renowned families of the city, celebrating pujas on the Ganges and a river cruise connecting Belur Math, Dakshineswar and the Botanical Gardens.
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister, West Bengal is coordinating the efforts. Speaking to Express TravelWorld, Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, minister-in-charge – tourism, Government of West Bengal said, “The state tourism department recently hosted a roadshow in New Delhi to promote Durga Puja.”
Bhishmadeb Dasgupta, managing director, WBTDC, said, “We have received widespread response for this special package from different parts of the country.”