Day 02: SunderbanFollowing morning tea at 6AM, we visit Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower and cruise through the creeks and around the cluster of island of Sunderban Tiger Project Area. We will enjoy our breakfast on the boat during cruise.
Afternoon, departure by boat to view the wildlife, the local museum as well as game viewing from the watch tower. The Sunderbans National park, located in the Eastern Indian state of West Bengal, and bordering neighbouring Bangaldesh, is a vast area covering 4264 square kms in India alone, making it the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. Sunderbans, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. The Sunderbans parks are covered in mangrove forests of which there are three main zones, classified by the level of salinity in the soil and water. Fishing, timber extraction and honey collection are the main human activities allowed within the Sunderbans. The four Sunderbans national parks have been lumped together as they all share common features of the estuarine mangrove ecosystem. The main attraction of the Sunderbans is the Tiger, of which the delta harbours the largest single population in the world, estimated at about 300. The animals inhabiting this mangrove wilderness have become adept at living a semi-aquatic lifestyle and have also gained a reputation for aggression, attacking the honey collectors and fisherman entering their domain. Despite their relatively large numbers, the Sunderban Tigers are not easy to find and mostly nocturnal in habits resting up during the heat of the day. The mangroves also provide cover for large reptiles such as the Monitor Lizard, Estuarine Crocodile and the Olive Ridley Turtle, the latter the subject of a conservation programme in the Indian park. Tiger sightings are rare, but tourists to the Sunderbans get to see and experience a unique and severely threatened aquatic habitat.
Return to the Camp in the evening. Tea & coffee as well as snacks would be served. Later in the evening traditional dance and music would be on offer.
Day 03: Sunderban / Kolkata Morning, we proceed on a tour of around neighboring villages to get acquainted with the local habitat, their way of living and culture. Alternatively, you may prefer to stay back and spend the time at leisure in the peaceful and serene surroundings of Sunderbans.
Afternoon we will drive to Kolkata, upon arrival we will drop you at your address / Hotel in Kolkata.
Day 01: Kolkata / SunderbanOur representative would meet & greet you at your address in Kolkata and would introduce your tour to you. Welcome to our tour, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you
We depart for Sunderbans. After a 3 hour journey we reach Sonakhali. Here, a two hour boat ride brings us to Dayapur. Tea and coffee would be served on the boat.
Upon arrival, check into the Sunderban Tiger Camp. This is the best resort in the Sunderbans area and is set amidst a sprawling 15 acres of forestland just opposite Sajnekhali Tiger Reserve Forest, in the heart of Sunderbans. Accommodation is Airconditioned Cottages, all with private western style facilities, modern amenities and large verandahs. In addition to wildlife viewing boat rides, another activity available here is angling. The Camp also has a Library, a Bar and a Pool table.