Durga Puja boosts revenge trips in North Bengal 70% hotel rooms booked

Kolkata: The Durga Puja festival has given a major boost to the otherwise sluggish tourism in Bengal. After two years of pandemic-induced closures, tourism has slowly recovered from the downturn. This year, the festive season has encouraged tourists to embark on a kind of “revenge trip”. This is due to the fact that more than 70% of the hotel rooms in the tourist destinations of northern West Bengal are booked for the Durga Puja holiday.Also Read – Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: DPCC Issues Guidelines, Bans Dumping POPs Idols In Water Bodies


The region’s economy, which boasts of some scenic Himalayan destinations such as Darjeeling and Kalimpong, and the forests of the Dooars, has been battered by the pandemic as tourists stayed home during the lockdowns. Read also – Postcards from Calcutta: Durga Puja celebrations begin in City of Joy | PICTURES

As coronavirus cases dwindle, businesses are hoping for a buzzing festive season with train tickets to New Jalpaiguri – the region’s gateway, sold out and hotel rooms filling up fast. Read also – Not everyone in RSS Bad: Mamata Banerjee; This is what she said in 2003

Assistant Secretary of the Bengal Hotel Federation, Ujjwal Ghosh, said “the region has seen good footfall during the summer holidays this year, and hoteliers are expecting a better festive season.”

‘Over 70% of hotel rooms have already been booked in the Hills and Dooars, and we expect the rest to be filled soon,’ he said. “Host families are also seeing huge demand and most are expected to be fully booked in the coming days,” he added.

The West Bengal government announcing a 10-day Durga Puja holiday for its employees, coupled with “revenge trips,” has prompted this massive demand. A surge in “revenge trips” as people make up for lost vacations during the pandemic has also sent hotel prices soaring to twice normal levels.

All government housing in the area is almost full between October 1 and 10 – the Durga Puja holiday, officials say. Niranjan Saha, manager of West Bengal Tourism’s Jaldapara Tourist Lodge, said all rooms at the property were fully booked during the festive season. “We are currently working on a special menu for guests who will be coming during the holiday season,” he said.


To cope with the influx of tourists, the Eastern Railway announced two special trains between Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri in October. Reservations for these trains will begin on September 5.

The Northeast Frontier Railway has also decided to operate four new miniature train rides in Darjeeling during the festive season. The rides will run between Darjeeling and Ghum from October 1.

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