Sundarbans is the world’s largest delta and a vast stretch of small islands covered with mangrove trees and interspaced by estuarine creeks which drain into the Bay of Bengal. Hostile to human habitation, this place serves as a perfect blooming spot for wildlife, including the fabled Royal Bengal Tiger.
Equipped with four watchtowers, Sundarbans seems to be the perfect place for wildlife photography and bird watching. Sajnekhali watchtower, which is also the head office of the forest department is one of the most renowned watchtowers in the area. Capable of carrying 20 people, the tower overlooks the major attractions in the area such as the Bonbibi temple and Mangrove Interpretation Centre. It makes exploring the wilderness fun and easy. Bird watchers, especially, get to marvel at the spectacle of avifauna species of the region such as Pelicans, Lapwings, White-bellied Sea Eagles and many more.
Sudhanyakhali watchtower is a perfect stakeout spot for sighting a Royal Bengal Tiger along with plenty of other animals such as Crocodiles, wild Boars, and Axis Deer.
Dobanki watchtower, famous for its half a kilometer-long canopy walk leaves you breathless as you find yourself hovering 20 feet above the wilderness of Sundarbans.
From Netidhopani watchtower, you get to gaze at the ruins of a 400-year-old Shiva Temple as your guide enlightens you of the history of the tower and its association with the legend of Behula and Lakhindar. Not just the mangroves but the rivers of Sundarbans also harbour a myriad of creatures such as the Irrawaddy Dolphins, Mudskippers, and Ridley Turtles to name a few.
All sorts of strange creatures can be found on this delta which have adapted themselves to live under such a hostile environment. The diversity of fauna in this region is just awe inspiring which makes it a hotspot for bird watching and wildlife photography.
Meals: lunch, dinner and tea service
When you arrive in Kolkata in the morning you are met and transferred by a comfortable vehicle to the jetty at Gadkhali. The 2½ hour drive takes through the lush-green rural Bengal landscape, dotted with its picturesque villages and quaint markets. Our boat awaits you here. You cruise down the rivers Hogol, Gomor, Durgaduani, Bidya and the Gumdi. As you sip tea or coffee, our resident naturalist explains the many mysteries of the Sundarbans. On this stretch alone you can see six different types of Kingfishers! A couple of pleasant hours later you arrive at the Mangrove Whistler on the Island of Bali. Here a sumptuous lunch awaits you and after a short rest in the well-appointed rooms we take you down to Sajnekhali, to see the Mangrove Interpretation Center and return via the Sudhanyakhali watch tower. You can either dine aboard the boat or at the resort. Overnight stay at Resort.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea service
These two days we take you on a full-day cruise. We leave just after breakfast and head towards the canopied walk at Dobanki. We then proceed to the furthest point-Netidhopani, where you can see age-old excavations and view the game from the watchtower. If you are lucky, you can spot the famous swimming tigers of Sunderbans. We keep a sharp watch for basking Estuarine Crocodiles and the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins. Lunch is on board and we return late in the evening after watching the spectacular sunset. Overnight stay at Resort.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, and tea service
We take you on a tour of the island village of Bali, where you can watch residents conducting their everyday chores - fishing, weaving, and boat-making. A short cruise in country boats along the narrow canals completes the Sunderbans experience. After lunch, we transfer you back to Kolkata.
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