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)