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  • Sonal Agarwal
    Bengaluru, India383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest place of kolkata
    I visited the place my trip to Kolkata and Durga Pooja. The whole area has a big park where they had organised the pandal and it was really beautiful. Every year they come with such unique themes. Apart from the park, you can also visit ghat which is just nearby and sip cup of tea there and feel the breeze of the river. After that, you can also walk around the streets of Kumartuli and its a must to-do list. This is the street where all the idols of Durga maa are made and designed in Kolkata. You will get the vibes of the festival in the street. You can watch them making the sculpture and statues of the Goddess. One can savour the beauty of old buildings and houses which are still there since 18the century. Its really great to feel the old vibes of the city since this is the most centre point of Kolkata. I visited during the festive time and missed visiting in day time hours. Although one is not allowed to enter their shop especially women but you can watch it from outside which is enthralling. Also enjoy the street food there. There is no ticket to any of these areas. I am not sure about the park since I went during the Pooja.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom7,184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing to see the statues being made.
    It was difficult to imagine that the statues looking like marble or bronze were actually based on straw figures covered in mud from the Ganges. You could see each of the stages here from the straw shape to the finished painted statue. These statues are used in rituals in the river and so the mud is eventually returned to the Ganges from where it came.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,062 contributions
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    Lovely.
    Had I not been with a local, I would never have known. Lovely local area, traditional potters' quarter. So nice to watch these talented individuals go about their work. You could also see traditional houses and shops. Lovely walk. Go beyond the main parts to discover hidden alleys, colourful buildings and local life. Like stepping back in time. Peaceful. When I went in January 2024, they were preparing for Saraswati Puja in February, so this was nice to see.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 12, 2024
  • kushi
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    The most incredible place in Kolkata and in India! I've spent over a year travelling around India and Kumartuli was by far the most beautiful experience I've had. It's a peaceful refuge from the chaos of Kolkata. The potters barely noticed I was there as they went about their work with deep concentration. You will see deity statues at all different stages of their creation in the dozens of little workshops in alleyways in this little area, Kumartuli Potters Lane. You could spend just one hour here or get immersed in it for as long as you like. You do not need a guide. You can read on google in depth about this place, and talk to the potters and shop keepers for more personal insights. I enjoyed the peaceful ambience without a guide and there were barely any tourists there. The locals living in this area are genuinely friendly and helpful and won't bother you unless you ask for help, in which case they gladly will! You will feel like you've stepped into another world here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 23, 2024
  • cutelady Baluch
    Muscat Governorate, Oman3,238 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    making the images of gods and goddesses
    It's a village were the residents work in making Clay idols The city is renowned for its sculpting prowess. It not only manufactures clay idols for various festivals but also regularly exports them. (making the images of gods and goddesses)
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 17, 2024
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kushi
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The most incredible place in Kolkata and in India!
I've spent over a year travelling around India and Kumartuli was by far the most beautiful experience I've had.
It's a peaceful refuge from the chaos of Kolkata. The potters barely noticed I was there as they went about their work with deep concentration.
You will see deity statues at all different stages of their creation in the dozens of little workshops in alleyways in this little area, Kumartuli Potters Lane.
You could spend just one hour here or get immersed in it for as long as you like.
You do not need a guide. You can read on google in depth about this place, and talk to the potters and shop keepers for more personal insights.
I enjoyed the peaceful ambience without a guide and there were barely any tourists there.
The locals living in this area are genuinely friendly and helpful and won't bother you unless you ask for help, in which case they gladly will!
You will feel like you've stepped into another world here.
Written January 23, 2024
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Urvashi Kumar Trikha
Dubai, United Arab Emirates979 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Kumartuli Potters Lane is an experience that cannot he missed while in Kolkata. Generation after generation of craftsmen continue to create magic with clay and seeing them in action is a privilege. Handcrafted sculpture, beautiful idols, traditional creativity and so much more is what one gets to see while strolling down potters lane. Highly recommend!
Written May 5, 2023
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It was difficult to imagine that the statues looking like marble or bronze were actually based on straw figures covered in mud from the Ganges. You could see each of the stages here from the straw shape to the finished painted statue.
These statues are used in rituals in the river and so the mud is eventually returned to the Ganges from where it came.
Written December 19, 2023
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cutelady Baluch
Muscat Governorate, Oman3,238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It's a village were the residents work in making
Clay idols
The city is renowned for its sculpting prowess. It not only manufactures clay idols for various festivals but also regularly exports them.
(making the images of gods and goddesses)
Written February 17, 2024
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Abovetheclouds
2,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Had I not been with a local, I would never have known. Lovely local area, traditional potters' quarter. So nice to watch these talented individuals go about their work. You could also see traditional houses and shops. Lovely walk. Go beyond the main parts to discover hidden alleys, colourful buildings and local life. Like stepping back in time. Peaceful. When I went in January 2024, they were preparing for Saraswati Puja in February, so this was nice to see.
Written January 12, 2024
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The Author
London, UK171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
Do not miss this amazing place. The best time to get here is early morning around 9-10am. Closest metro is Sovabazar and it's a 10-15 minute walk from there. Walk to Rabindra Sarani street and as you walk north look for Kumortuli street on the left.

This is a photographers paradise so make sure you have your camera with you. Be respectful and don't barge into their workshops. There is a fee that is charged to enter the area and the potters are quite amiable to tourists.
Written April 8, 2017
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Jasmina S
Mumbai, India1,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
This place in Kolkata sightseeing.
1----- This you have to see by walking
2----- In this you can see all Artists made idols by
Clay & bamboo.
3----- This is suitable for those who are interested to
Like to see & takes different photos.
4------This is not worth visiting by small children.As
This is in small lanes.
5----- As spending time here is half an hour is enough
Written January 6, 2017
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Eric G
Yerevan, Armenia112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
This open market is where they make and sell clay idols. You can see how craftsmen mold clay on simple bamboo structures to make small, large and even huge statues, and then they paint and decorate them. Certain character/s seem to be the dominant theme according to the timetable of religious festivities. When I visited the market in early January, most potters were making Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, in large quantities.
Written February 1, 2018
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
During our stay in Kolkata, one morning we asked a tuktuk driver to be carried at this disctrict, famous because here are concentrated the ateliers manufacturing - mainly with mud and straw, then painting them - , the idols of the deities that are then used in pujas (Hindu ritual prayers) taking place over the years.
In accordance with the description of our guidebook, each of the ateliers is specialized in a different phase of the manifacturing cycle: building the framework of straw or in general of vegetable fibers; shaping the clay from the nearby Hooghly river around this framework, painting the idols once the clay has dried.
We have taken note of the fact that the population devotes great expense and work to these operations. There are really impressive idols that come out of these workshops.
Our excursion ended on the bank of the Hooghly river, from which the clay should be extracted. However no such operation was in progress at the moment. Instead, we saw a few of inhabitants (as we later saw in Varanasi) who performed ablutions in the river, and even a girl who brushed her teeth.
The Hooghly in this section is flanked by a road of local interest (therefore with little traffic) and by a suburban railway. On the embankment of the railway the neighboring inhabitants throw an incredible amount of garbage, which nobody evidently collects. A disheartening show.
This is Kolkata, after all!
Written November 4, 2019
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KHAGENDRANATH J
Kolkata (Calcutta), India370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Today I visited the colony of clay artists which is popularly known as Kumortuli. It is situated in the eastern bank of the rive Ganges in north Kolkata. Here, a large number of artists are engaged throughout the year in making of clay idols which are worshiped by the Hindus. Just before Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Hindus of Kolkata,the artists of Kumortuli becomes very active. Their work is magnificent. Some of the artists have earned many laurels, both national and international. Tourists all over the world throng here. But the area is very congested and needs to maintained properly.
Written October 8, 2018
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