Durga Puja 2023: 10 Most Prominent Pandals Of Kolkata

Ask any Bengali and they’ll tell you that while you can celebrate Durga Puja anywhere in the world, the festivities just hit a bit differently in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. Is it because this city, with its rich colonial and pre-colonial history, has age-old Durga Pujas associated with old royal and zamindari houses like those in Jorashanko, Paikpara and Shobhazar? Or is it because Kolkata has embraced global cultural, political and social themes in the post-colonial era to create incredible themed pandals for Durga Puja

Well, the fact is, what makes Kolkata’s Durga Puja pandals special is a mix of both these elements and more. Yes, there is always a touch of history and nostalgia when it comes to Kolkata Durga Pujas, and there is always an element of breathtaking creativity when it comes to the themes of each pandal. What’s more, there is always a line of stalls and vendors with some of the most incredibly delicious dishes, from street food favourites like Phuchka and Kochuri to resplendent and royal Biryanis, Kebabs and Kathi Rolls. And don’t get us started about the varieties of sweets on offer, because that would simply lead to a super-long conversation. 

Bengalis and non-Bengalis living in Kolkata (or those who have stayed in the city during Durga Puja on any given year) will therefore always tell you that if you want to experience this festival devoted to Maa Durga, coming to Kolkata for a visit is a must. While in the city, you could step into any Durga Puja pandal and expect beauty, devotion, sheer joy and deliciousness. But if you are looking for the most iconic Durga Puja pandals of Kolkata, then there are a few you should never miss. 

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Here are all the prominent Durga Puja pandals of Kolkata you should visit at least once while you’re out pandal hopping. Also find suggestions for what to eat around each popular Durga Puja pandal. 

Baghbazar  

So, why is this particular Durga Puja pandal at the top of our list? Simply because the Baghbazar Durga Puja is one of the oldest of North Kolkata and because it was started in 1919 by some of the most eminent Bengalis like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The festivities here reflect Kolkata’s heritage and simplicity. As for pet pujo, don’t miss out on the delicacies on offer at Potlar Kochuri, Nilachal, Laltur Cabin, Gansha-r Maacher Kochuri, Nabin Chandra Das, etc. 

Address: Nandalal Bose Ln, Bag Bazar Colony, Baghbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700003 

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

USP Dishes: Paan, steamed momo, phuchka

Cost for two: Rs 200-230 (Budget)

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


Mohammed Ali Park 

One of the oldest Durga Pujas of Central Kolkata, the iconic Mohammed Ali Park Durga Puja pandal is situated in the park which has a pond and a fountain—which often form the natural centre-pieces of the pandals. The annual celebrations of Maa Durga here are always about the grandest themes, huge idols and the true glory of the deity. Located close to Zakaria Street, non-vegetarians visiting this pandal always have access to the best kebabs in town, whether at Al Baik or at Sufia. 

Address: H9G6+V7H, Chittaranjan Ave, Calcutta University, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 200-300 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Phuchka, chicken roll, kathi roll

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


College Square  

Situated bang in the middle of Kolkata’s centuries old educational hub—a stone’s throw away from Calcutta University, Presidency University, Sanskrit College and Calcutta Medical College—the College Square Durga Puja panadal always attracts people of all ages. Thanks to the huge water body nearby, this pandal looks best at night. While there, you should definitely try street foods like Phuchka, Chowmein and Roll, and visit iconic eateries like Indian Coffee House, Putiram and Paramount. 

Address: H9F7+RQ9, College St, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 300 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Jhal muri, phuchka, rolls

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards

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Santosh Mitra Square 

One of the oldest and most popular Durga Puja pandals of Central Kolkata, this 80-year-old iconic puja pandal is located near the old Bowbazar area. This particular Durga Puja pandal has always attracted crowds, but since their portrayal of Buckingham Palace in 2017, the popularity of this one has risen. Here, you can try many old eateries that serve Kochuri, Phuchka and even Luchi-Aloor Dom, or head to the nearby College Street for more food options. 

Address: Natabar Dutta Row, Lebutala, Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700014

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 300 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Bhelpuri, papri chat, jalebi

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


Ekdalia Evergreen 

Established in the 1940s, this iconic old South Kolkata Durga Puja pandal is celebrating its 79th anniversary in 2023. Known for its massive scale and elegant style, this Durga Puja pandal is known for creating some of the most beautiful, themed pujas—this year their focus is on Jain temple architecture in Rajasthan. From 6 Ballygunge Place to Bhojohori Manna, some of the most incredible restaurants serving authentic Bengali cuisine are located near this puja pandal. 

Address: 15, Ekdalia Rd, Ekdalia, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 300 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Papri Chat, Fish Fry

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards

Sreebhumi 

Located in the Lake Town area of North Kolkata, Sreebhumi’s famous Durga Puja is organised by the Sreebhumi Sporting Club. Surrounded by water bodies, the iconic (though new) clock tower and plenty of old eateries, this puja pandal has always floored visitors with their stunning themes. What’s more, the many places to eat like Rahamania, Host and Salt Lake cafes on the other side of the road also provide plenty of chances to indulge for foodies. 

Address: HCX3+J4F, Canal St, Sreebhumi, Lake Town, South Dumdum, West Bengal 700048

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 250 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Phuchka, jhal muri

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


Tridhara Sammilani 

Founded in 1947 and popular ever since, this South Kolkata Durga Puja pandal is known for its artistic and cultural themes. This popular Durga Puja pandal manages to get awards every year for its stunning themes, and is a great hangout for both young and old visitors. Given that the Deshapriya Park area is quite close by, you will also be able to access plenty of eateries that serve authentic Bengali meals and snacks around this puja pandal. 

Address: 76B,Near Deshapriya Park, Satyendranath Mazumder Sarani, Dover Terrace, Kolkata, West Bengal 700025

Available Cuisines: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 200-230 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Kochuri, Singara, Laddoo

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


Dum Dum Park 

This North Kolkata neighbourhood has three distinct and equally popular Durga Puja pandals—Sarbajanin, Bharat Chakra and Tarun Sangha—that always compete with each other and the rest of the city for the most creative pandal awards. In recent years, Bharat Chakra has especially become quite popular as a place that offers some of the most beautiful puja pandals. While here, you must try out the many eateries around Jessore Road that offer everything from momos and noodles to Phuchkas and rolls, including at places like Aminia and Arsalan. 

Address: 225/1, Dum Dum Park, South Dumdum, West Bengal 700055

Available Cuisines: Street food, Bengali

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 200-230 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Alu r chop, jhal muri

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


Shobhabazar Rajbari 

One of the oldest and most regal Durga Puja pandals of Kolkata, this one has been around since 1757. From hosting the British at the Shobhabazar Rajbari Durga Puja pandal to now hosting celebrities and visitors from around the world, this iconic puja should simply not be missed while in town. From the iconic Nabin Chandra Das confectioners to the famous Mitra Café, there is no dearth of places to get your binge on near this pandal. 

Address: 87, Sovabazar St, Sovabazar, Hatkhola, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/5mV7o82un7zGuskP7

How to reach: Via Nakhoda Masjid

Available Cuisines: Street food, Bengali

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 200-250 (Budget)

USP Dishes: Mishti, rosogolla

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards


Suruchi Sangha 

Just 50 years old and yet one of the most popular Durga Puja pandals of Kolkata, the Suruchi Sangha pandal always focuses various states and their culture. Apart from getting a glimpse of the handicrafts, art and food of these states, you can also feel the glory of national pride while at this Durga Puja pandal. This year’s focus is on Bengal, so check out the food here for a true taste of the region. Close to this pandal, you will also find plenty of eateries serving delicious rolls for a quick bite.  

Address: 500 and 505, Station Rd, Block M, New Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700053

USP Dishes: Fish fry, momo, jhal muri

Available Cuisines: Street food, Bengali

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian

Meals Served: Lunch, Snacks and Dinner

Cost for two: Rs 200-230 (Budget)

Phone Number: N.A

Timings: 12 pm onwards