Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger"

Tripoto
22nd Dec 2018
Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava

Sundarban every one know this place from their childhood because in geograhy book we found this name and place so many time thats why I was very excited when I made a plan to visit Sunderban.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" 1/1 by @diti $rivastava

I did some online research to increse my knowledge about that place and getting some idea from some other traveller who already explored tthat place. Finally I decide to book a Package which include everything so that I will go and chill in the nature.I recommend to book package online because that place is not like the normal city where you go and roam. The whole forest area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges in the Bay of Bengal.

There are so many packages available with lots of diffrent diffrent option even government packages are also available. You can choose by online review and as per you choice like either you want to stay in boat or in the resort which is situated in village and the best part villages are also situated on island in the Bay of Bengal.

Finally after so many research and based on review we took a package from www.tourdesundarbans.com for 1 night 2 Days and yes they give accomadation in ECO Village Resort which is not luxerious resort but you can experience a village feel with all the basic and necessary thing available.

Government packages are also so good but they accomedate in Boat thats why we choose this and when I reach there I didn't regret on my decision because Its so beautiful.

If you dont want to stay you can take 1 day tour in which they show you mangrove forest and also take you to 2 or 3 watchtower where if you are lucky you can spot Tiger otherwise you can spot some more species which only you can see there but I think Its little bit hactic.

I booked 1 Night 2 Days same as 1 day tour with included stay for one night.

and if you have time and want to stay more then take 2 Night 3Days same as 1 day tour with included stay for two night with some village walk and boat rides.

Day 1

On 22nd Dec finally that day come we started our journey around 9AM from kolkata they picked us and take to the godkhali, the last road point. It took around 3 and half hour inbetween they provide some refreshment as well.

When we reach godkhali we saw there are so many boats by diffrent diffrent tour opertators.There tour guide take us to there boat. Its not very luxerious there are plastic chair where we all sit but it didnt matter because the view and your excitment take your heart away.

Photo of Gadkhali, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

We Cross over to the island of Gosaba which is the biggest market for hundreds of villages around and enjoy the beauty of Mangrove tree and yes we enjoyed tea and rusk also on the boat.

Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

Around after 3 hours we reach to eco village which is on the island of Satjelia.We take our keys from Mr Rajesh and go to see the room to freshen up. Every room have attached western washroom which is big plus point.

Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Backpackers eco village, Sundarbans, Satjelia, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

After that we go to have lunch they have open dining area where local ladies serving the food both options available veg as well non veg.Food are so simple with the local touch and yes it so dellicous as well.

After lunch they inform that to take us for Country boat ride for bird watching so we roam and see their beauty of eco village and timely reach at pick up point because they are punctual about the timing. We saw so may birds and their tour guide will narrate story of Forest (Why this place called sunderban) and about villager how they strugle to survive and how they fool tigers. Also they share some knowledge about Tigers like they swim in the water to hunt and also cross the boarder via river. an dyes we saw sun set as well.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava

When we come back refreshment are waiting with local folk singers and dancers. after refreshment we again explore some more places in eco village and had dinner and also enjoy the enchanting evening. By luck that night was Full Moon night so they took us for boat ride which was amazing I cant explain in words. One more important and interesting thing in night all the forest goes into the water only top of the trees are visible.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava
Day 2

Next day early morning we packed our bag and start our journey by their boat firstly they go to forest office to get the required permissions. This boat ride will last till sunset and during this period we visit 3 watch towers, namely Sajnekhali,Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki. All the meals are prepared and served on the boat.

Photo of Sundarban Forest, kolkata, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban Forest, kolkata, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban Forest, kolkata, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

So we started our most awaited journey to see mangrove forest and try our luck to see Royal Bengal Of Tiger and we also know that its quite hactic day for us. So firstlly we go to the forest office where our tour guide take permission and also bring one government approved tour guide who is going to explain everything related to sundarban and also help you to spot animals with their name. After they both come we started our journey the guide explain the details and clear douts and answer the question related to sundarban.

Photo of Forest Rangers Office, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Forest Rangers Office, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

Then firstlly we go to watch toweer to try our luck.

Photo of Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

The most interesting thing there that we feel like we are in cage not the animals and I think this is the best way to see animals because that are there place the should be free.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava

And yes there they update the time as well whenever they saw the tiger

Photo of Dobanki Camp, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

After visiting the all watch tower with our bad luck we cant see tthe Tiger but yes we spoted some other animals "Esturian crocodiles, monitor lizardlots, lobster and many bird species( Kingfisher, Small Minivet, Mangrove Whistler, etc)" Kingfisher is mostlly seen there.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava

And yes how can I didnt mention Mangrove forest till this time because every where your left and your your right you can find Mangrove forest.And also you have to see these forest to see animals.

Photo of Mangrove, Hooghly, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Mangrove, Hooghly, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Mangrove, Hooghly, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Mangrove, Hooghly, West Bengal, India by @diti $rivastava

We saw so many mangrove forest and also witness of sunset in sundarban.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava

we going back to Godhkhali.

Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava
Photo of Sundarban "World's largest Mangrove tree forest and home of our national animal Tiger" by @diti $rivastava

around 6:30 PM we reached to godkhali to continue our further journey to Kolkata via tempo traveller.

Around 10 PM we reach to Kolkata. We had already booked hotel in Kolkata so we book taxi and go to the hotel because we have also plan to explore Kolkata as well.

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