Countless effigies of deities are immersed in the holy river Hooghly during Kolkata’s colorful puja (offering or prayers). Most of these are created at specialist Kumar (potter-sculptor) workshops in the enthralling district of Kumartuli. The craftsmen here are at their busiest from August to October, creating straw frames, adding clay coatings and painting the divine features for the idols of Goddesses Durga and Kali. The potters use clay brought in from the riverside to shape into their idols. Kumartuli was established as an artisan’s colony during the British rule. Later on, their numbers dwindled and quite a few of them turned their complete focus upon idol-making for pujas held at mansions. Over time, their services were sought by community puja organizations as well.
- Visit Kumartuli
- Learn about how the craftsmen do their job
- Know more about the history of Kumartuli
- English speaking local guide
- Pick-up to and from your hotel
- Entrance fee
- Children (6-12 years)
Pick-up from your hotel in Kolkota. The pick-up is only from city hotels (within 10km) and if guests wish to be picked up in the outskirts there will be a supplement to be paid on site.
During booking, you will be asked to provide your pick-up address. Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator whose contact information can be found in the voucher after booking.
- Children below 6 years old are not allowed to join this tour
- This tour requires a long drive so guests are desired to be fit
- Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with our local partner. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking
- Pick up starts from 8 am