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Sundarbans Hilsa Festival 2019|Ilish Utsab Sundarbans|Ilish Utsab

Sundarbans Hilsa festival 2019 hosted by INDIA BEACONS SOJOURN is a unique Ilish Utsab in Sundarbans spread over the months of June, July and August. 

Therefore, you have Ilish Utsab in June, Ilish Utsab in July and Ilish Utsab in August. If you miss one, there is always a second chance.

So come and join these Sundarban tour in monsoon and be a part  of the Sundarbans Hilsa Festival 2019.

Join the Sundarbans Tour starting every Friday of June, July and August 2019







• 01 Child below 05 years : Complimentary with no extra bed.

• Child between 05 years and 09 years: 50% of Adult Package cost without extra bedrolls.

• Child between 05 years and 09 years: 70% of Adult Package cost with extra bedrolls/Mattress.

• Children over 09 years: Considered adult and Full Adult charges applicable.

Please note, we are very strict about child policy. Proof of age is to be produced if the age of the child is claimed below 09 years. 

In case of 02 children below 05 years, 25% of one adult child is to be paid for two children combined.

Day 01 : Kolkata to Sonakhali / Godhkhali, Sundarbans

Reporting time (Opposite Indira Cinema, Bhowanipur): 8:30 hrs. - 09:00 hrs 

Nearest landmark: Bhowanipur Police Station / Ashutosh College, Bhowanipur

Tour Departure between: 9:15 - 09:30 hrs


Start at 9:00 hrs from Kolkata in an AC vehicle and transfer to Sonakhali/Godhkhali/Jharkhali, a journey of about 3.5 hrs by surface transfer.

Spl Note: with us, your Sunderbans Cruise starts the moment you reach Godhkhali. We do not inconveniencing you by making you cross the river from Godhkhali to Gosaba on a Kheya (A local ferry) as some tour operators do and then make you ride a local rickshaw on bumpy roads for about 45 minutes to reach Pakhiralaya or to your resort. We do not save the cost of hiring a boat on Day 1. For us, your comfort is of utmost importance and not saving costs.

Board the waiting motor Steamer at the Jetty for your journey to the World’s largest Mangrove forest, the Sunderbans Islands and the homeland of the Royal Bengal Tiger.

What makes the Sundarbans unique is that unlike other Tiger Reserves in India or abroad, there is no Jeep safari or Elephant Safari in Sundarbans. Here spotting the tiger is through boat journey. You can choose to call it a Boat Safari. In fact you are always on the Boat Safari in Sundarbans whenever you are in the Forests of Sundarbans.

Our Sundarban Tiger Reserve approved guide who awaits your arrival on the Steamer apprises you and keeps on providing information about this Unique Ecosystem as the boat cruises down the rivers Hogol, Gomar, Durgaduni and Gumdi for our destination Sajnekhali Watchtower and Interpretation Centre.

Also enjoy the various Hilsa/Illish delicacies for Lunch as you cruise along the narrow creeks and canals as in about 

an hour and a half you would reach the Sajnekhali watchtower. 

Enroute enjoy birding and game cruise and try to sight wildlife from the Sajnekhali watchtower and then visit the Sajnekhali Museum, the River Terrapin Pond and Mangrove Interpretation Centre.

Thereafter enjoy the Sunset over the Bird’s Island / Jatirampur Bird’s Sanctuary (As many other Tour operator’s itinerary mention) outside the forest of Sundarbans and return to your resort for the night.

Overnight stay would be at the resort/Boat depending upon your prior choice.

Breakfast (Packed, on the way) Lunch (Yes) Dinner (Yes, at the resort)

Day 02 : Visit the narrow creeks and canals and the Canopy Walk at Dobanki

The second day involves a full day cruise through the rivers and narrow creeks of the Sundarbans National Park as well as the World’s Largest Mangrove Forest and a lovely birding experience. Food would be prepared and served on the motor boat itself.

Cross through the numerous creeks and canals of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve, notable among them being the Bonobibi Bharani, the Sundar Khali, Gazikhali, Chora Gazi Khali, Deul Bharani, the Pancha Mukhani (5 River junction) and visit the Canopy Walk and the watchtower of Dobanki. The canopy walk at Dobanki gives you an opportunity to view wildlife from a netted enclosure.

Thereafter, enjoy the thrill of cruising deep in the “Indian Amazon” as India Beacons calls it and also around the islands of the Sundarban Tiger Project Area.

Let yourself be guided by our Naturalist and Guide to view the Mangrove forest from close quarters, deep inside the creeks and return in the evening to the resort.

Overnight stay would be at the resort/Boat as per your prior selection.

Breakfast (On the boat) Lunch (On the boat) Dinner (Yes, at the resort)


Day 03 : Sundarbans : Sundarbans Tiger Reserve cruise and Visit Sudhanyakhali

Early in the morning, you may visit the village around the resort and then start your journey to the Sundarban Tiger Reserve. This involves cruising through the creeks of Pirkhali and visiting the watchtower of Sudhanyakhali and Jharkhali (Optional)

Most of the tigers are sighted from the Sudhanyakhali tower. Some other wildlife like axis deers, wild boars and crocodiles may also be seen from this watch tower.

This watch tower has a capacity to host 25 persons at a time. There is a sweet water pond where animals come to drink water. Behind the pond are long stretches of observation lines, bereft of any vegetation where one can sight animals from a distance.

The Brahmini Kite, Brown Winged Kingfisher, Jungle cat as well as the Monitor lizards is very often sighted from the Sudhanyakhali Watchtower. 

Thereafter, we can opt to cruise through the creeks and canals of the Sundarban Tiger Reserve looking for a chance to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger and other wild animals and after lunch on the boat, at around 12:00 - 12:30 hrs, depart for Godhkhali.

Arrive at Kolkata by about 16:30 / 17:00 hrs. Your Sundarbans tour ends with sweet memories.

Breakfast (On the boat) Lunch (On the boat) Dinner (No)



• Transfer from Kolkata to Sonakhali / Godhkhali / Jharkhali and return by AC Vehicle.

• Welcome drinks (Non Alcoholic) on arrival.

• Accommodation in non AC rooms or non AC Boat as per selection.

• Boat rent and boat charges for all the days.

• Food plan is APAI (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening snacks and Dinner) at Sundarbans.

• Guide charges, Entry Fees to Watchtowers, and Boat Entry Fees.



• All kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills, and beverages.

• It also does not include any meals unless and otherwise specifically mentioned.

• Camera Charges, Optional, suggested or unspecified activities.

• Insurance – Personal as well as Travel insurance. India Beacons Sojourn does not take any insurance on behalf of their guests. Guests are however advised to take the same of their own.

• Collie and Porterage / Van hire charges.

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