Sundarban

Sundarban

Sundarban

The Sundarbans s a natural region in Bengal. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world.The Sundarbans covers approximately 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) of which 60 percent is in Bangladesh with the remainder in India. The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sundarban is the largest mangrove forest of the country, which forms a major portion of the world's largest delta. The extensive delta area is formed by the rivers Ganga, Meghna and Brahmaputra. The word Sundarban means ' the beautiful jungle ', which has perhaps got its name from the large presence of Sundari trees. The Sundarbans of West Bengal is the original home of the incomparable Royal Bengal Tiger. Beside that - the vast forest and swamp area covering almost 4262 Square Kilometers, boasts of rich flora and fauna. The dense forests, plenty of river channels, marshy islands and large swamps make the Sundarbans a place filled with mystic adventures. The best time to visit the exciting forests is between September and March.

Worried with the rapid decrease in tiger count due to poaching and other reasons, the government is maintaining a tiger preservation project. The Sundarban Tiger Preservation Project is spread across 2585 Square Kilometers.

Country India
Area 139,500 ha (345,000 acres)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Languages spoken Bengali, English, Hindi etc.
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

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SAJNEKHALI WATCH TOWER
Sajnekhali Watch Tower is counted among the most renowned watch towers in the park. The reason behind its popularity is its close proximity to a number of resorts in the Sunderban area. This place also serves as the head office of the forest department. A tourist can obtain the permission to enter the national park from this spot only. The watch tower can accommodate 20 people at a time. The major attractions in this region are Bono Bini Temple, Mangrove Interpretation Center and the tourist lodge of the Bengal Tourism Department. This watch tower makes exploring the wilderness fun and easy. Especially, the bird lovers get a special spectacle of avifauna species such as Pelican, Kingfishers, Plovers, Lap Wings, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Whimprel, Curfews, and Sandpipers.

SUDHANYAKHALI WATCH TOWER
Sudhanyakhali Watch tower is the perfect place from where a wildlife freak can spot a tiger. The watch tower can hold 25 people at a time. There is a pond having sweet water behind the watch tower. Wild animals use to come and drink water at this point. There is vast grassland behind the pond which endows an invigorating site of the wilds. Other than the tigers, one can also spot other wildlife species such as crocodiles, wild boars and axis deer.

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DO BAN KI WATCH TOWER
This watch tower renders canopy walk that a tourist can carry out to view the riveting flora and fauna. This canopy walk is at an elevation of 20 feet from the ground and is about half a kilometer in length. Apart from tigers, tourists may also encounter Bahmini Kites and Chital Deer.

NETIDHOPANI WATCH TOWER
This watch tower is linked with the famous tale of Lakhindari and Behula. It is said that on the extreme right of the woods, there is a road edified by King Pratap Aditya in order to protect the coastal area. The tower can accommodate 20 people at a time and it also embraces a sweet water lake in close proximity.

BHAGATPUR CROCODILE PROJECT
This area is an abode of the largest estuarine crocodiles. It embraces a famous hatchery and sanctuary making it a well-liked tourist charm in Sunderban.

PIYALI
It is a small area or town on the trail to the Sunderban National Park. It is an extremely scenic place that also offers a doorway to Sunderban.

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HALLIDAY ISLAND
These isles are positioned on the southern side of Sunderban Tiger Reserve. Halliday Wildlife Sanctuary is also located within the region. The sanctuary has the honor of being the last retreat of the rare barking deer. The Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary situated nearby is no less than a paradise for those who love to relish the sight of exotic birds.

KANAK
The crystal clear waters and shores in Kanak are counted among the most preferred basking spot for Olive Ridley Turtles. There are many myths connected with Kanak these turtles. It is said that they travel in upright position to a distance of about 100 kilometers from the mouth of the sea to the Sunderban National Park.

Culture and history

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The human settlement at Sunderbans dates back to 600 years. The people here are dependent on agriculture, fishing and honey collection. The major edible fishes include bhetki, pomfret, hilsa, parshey and other fishes. Prawn seed collection also paves the opportunity for quick financial gains for the locals. The quintals of honey from the beehives, made by bees from the distant Himalayas are collected by the people.

Religion is a vital issue for the people at Sunderbans. To avoid the natural hazards, quite prevalent in this region, the people have taken recourse to the same religious belief. It is the only place in the world, where you will find both Hindus and Muslims pray to the same Gods, such as Bonobibi, Monosha and Gazi Pir. There is a substantial Christian community, but it too dwells in communal harmony. This bonding among the people, irrespective of religion is the setting of a beautiful example for all to follow.
There would be only a few families in Sunderban which would be spared of a tiger attack. A native of Sunderban would not utter the word "tiger" but prefer to call it "uncle", just for the sheer fact that "taking the name of a tiger, is synonymous to calling the tiger. Few researchers believe that as high as 80% of the Royal Bengal Tigers are born Man-Eaters. The wife generally stays as a widow, back home when the husband goes for honey collecting into the jungle, not practicing any rituals of a married Indian woman. Some believe it is done to make the tigers believe that she is already a widow.
At one point of time there were so many widows, due to tiger attacks, that there was a village actually being called "Vidhwa palli", or the widow village. There are generally 50 casualties every year from tiger attacks, but there is no instance of a tourist boat being attacked ever.

The history of the area can be traced back to 200–300 AD. A ruin of a city built by Chand Sadagar has been found in the Baghmara Forest Block. During the Mughal period, the Mughal Kings leased the forests of the Sundarbans to nearby residents. Many criminals took refuge in the Sundarbans from the advancing armies of Emperor Akbar. Many have been known to be attacked by tigers. Many of the buildings which were built by them later fell to hands of Portuguese pirates, salt smugglers and dacoits in the 17th century. Evidence of the fact can be traced from the ruins at Netidhopani and other places scattered all over Sundarbans.

The legal status of the forests underwent a series of changes, including the distinction of being the first mangrove forest in the world to be brought under scientific management. The area was mapped first in Persian, by the Surveyor General as early as 1764 following soon after proprietary rights were obtained from the Mughal Emperor Alamgir II by the British East India Company in 1757. Systematic management of this forest tract started in the 1860s after the establishment of a Forest Department in the Province of Bengal, in British India. The management was entirely designed to extract whatever treasures were available, but labour and lower management mostly were staffed by locals, as the British had no expertise or adaptation experience in mangrove forests.
The first Forest Management Division to have jurisdiction over the Sundarbans was established in 1869. In 1875 a large portion of the mangrove forests was declared as reserved forests under the Forest Act, 1865 (Act VIII of 1865). The remaining portions of the forests were declared a reserve forest the following year and the forest, which was so far administered by the civil administration district, was placed under the control of the Forest Department. A Forest Division, which is the basic forest management and administration unit, was created in 1879 with the headquarters in Khulna, Bangladesh. The first management plan was written for the period 1893–98.

SITT SUNDARBAN PACKAGE (01 NIGHT / 02 DAYS)

Day – 01 – EXCURSION TRIP TO SUNDARBAN FROM KOLKATA:
Early in the morning (8.30 am) start for a trip to Sundarban which is only 100kms from Kolkata City & there will be waiting for you a Luxury Cruise Vessel for Jungle Safari. Sundarban - a beautiful forest of Bengal – is the largest Mangrove ecosystem in the world. Only way of exploring the area is by cruising through innumerable rivers, rivulets and creeks in a motorised boat or launch. Today we will visit Banbibir Bharani, Sundarkhali, Choragezikhali, and Nowbanki. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at hotel.

DAY - 02 - SUNDARBAN SIGHTSEEING & TRANSFER TO KOLKATA:
After breakfast start for half day sightseeing in Sundarban area Sudhanyankhali Watchtower, Netidhopani Watchtower, Sajnkhali NIC (Nature Interpretation Centre) & watchtower, Dobanki Canopy Walk, Kalir Char, Kusumkhali. After lunch depature transfer to Warm See-Off the Kolkata for onward Journey.
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SITT SUNDARBAN PACKAGE (02 NIGHT / 03 DAYS)

DAY-01: (EXCURSION TRIP TO SUNDARBAN FROM KOLKATA):
Early in the morning we start for a trip to Sundarban which is only 110kms from Kolkata City & there will be waiting for you a Luxury Cruise Vessel for Jungle Safari. Sundarban - a beautiful forest of Bengal – is the largest Mangrove ecosystem in the world. Only way of exploring the area is by cruising through innumerable rivers, rivulets and creeks in a motorised boat or launch. Today we will visit Sudhanyankhali Watchtower, Banbibir Bharani, Choragezikhali, and Nowbanki. Then we will reach the resort. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at resort.

DAY-02: (EXCURSION SUNDARBAN SIGHTSEEING):
After breakfast start for Full day sightseeing in Sundarban area Netidhopani Watchtower, Dobanki Canopy Walk, Kalir Char, Kusumkhali. Then we will reach the resort. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at resort.

DAY-03: (EXCURSION SUNDARBAN SIGHTSEEING & TRANSFER TO KOLKATA):
After breakfast start for Full day sightseeing in Sundarban area Sajnkhali NIC (Nature Interpretation Centre) & watchtower. After lunch departure and Warm See-Off at Kolkata and then onward Journey.
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Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
3. Non A/C Luxury Cruise Vessel for Jungle Safari
4. All accommodationsin Eco Tourism Resort.
5. All Good hygienic Indian veg. / non-veg. food.
6. One Guide.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT SUNDARBAN PACKAGE (03 NIGHTS / 04 DAYS)

DAY-01: (EXCURSION TRIP TO SUNDARBAN FROM KOLKATA):
Early in the morning we start for a trip to Sundarban which is only 110kms from Kolkata City & there will be waiting for you a Luxury Cruise Vessel for Jungle Safari. Sundarban - a beautiful forest of Bengal – is the largest Mangrove ecosystem in the world. Only way of exploring the area is by cruising through innumerable rivers, rivulets and creeks in a motorised boat or launch. Today we will visit Sudhanyankhali Watchtower, Banbibir Bharani, Choragezikhali, and Nowbanki. Then we will reach the resort. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at resort.

DAY-02: (EXCURSION SUNDARBAN SIGHTSEEING):
After breakfast start for Full day sightseeing in Sundarban area Netidhopani Watchtower, Dobanki Canopy Walk, Kalir Char, Kusumkhali. Then we will reach the resort. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at resort.

DAY-03: (EXCURSION SUNDARBAN SIGHTSEEING):
After breakfast start for Full day sightseeing in Sundarban area Jhingakhali, Bagna Forest, Jhilla, Kumirmari, Jharkhali. Then we will reach the resort. Evening free for individual activity and leisure, overnight at resort.

DAY-04: (EXCURSION SUNDARBAN SIGHTSEEING & TRANSFER TO KOLKATA):
After breakfast start for Full day sightseeing in Sundarban area Sajnkhali NIC (Nature Interpretation Centre) & watchtower. After lunch departure and Warm See-Off at Kolkata and then onward Journey.
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SITT SUNDARBAN PACKAGE (02 NIGHTS / 03 DAYS)

Come and see the world's largest mangrove forest. The mighty rivers like THAKURAN, MATLA, BIDYA embracing each other with delight & frolic, before flowing to the sea- The Bay of Bengal. You can see the wild reserve forest. If you are lucky, you may chance on the Royal Bengal Tiger lurking in Kalas, Sajnekhali. Tigers on the land and crocodiles in the water that is our SUNDARBAN. If our luck holds, you may see long big black block of wood floating at a distance. Suddenly it vanishes as the boat approaches. That's a real crocodile for you. But, you can observe them closely at a safe distance the crocodile project of BHAGABATPUR.

Day: 01) Kolkata to Sundarban (Sridharnagar) via Namkhana
Kolkata to Namkhana - by car, afterwards by luxury boat we will visit the crocodile project at bhagabatpur, lothian reserve forest. Then we will reach the resort. Overnight stay here.

Day: 02) Kalas Island & Bany Camp
Early morning move to by boat Kalas Island & bony camp. Whole day we will travel by boat. Back to resort at Sridharnagar. Overnight stay.

Day: 03) Sundarban to kolkata
Early morning we will visit a local Village, mouth of Bay of Bengal, Dhanchi forest & Ramganga. After we will return to Kolkata.
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Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
3. Non A/C Luxury Cruise Vessel for Jungle Safari
4. All accommodationsin Eco Tourism Resort.
5. All Good hygienic Indian veg. / non-veg. food.
6. One Guide.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.