At the tip of the Ganges is a mystic mangrove forest on the myriad of islands. Impenetrable mangrove forests, winding rivers, lush sundari trees, water changing its colour at every creek from muddy river to emerald blue sea, narrow creeks to several miles wide rivers, where the man and man-eaters eat fish to survive, crabs climb the tree, tigers swim long distances and the mighty crocodiles bask in the sun.
This is a wonderland to be explored through waterways only. From the north to the south east to west, the cruise transverses the entire area anchoring at the most exotic waters viz.
- Sunderban Tiger reserve
- Mangrove forest walking
- Experiencing the village life
- Visit to the local fish market
- Folk theatre performance by the Villagers
Embarkation: Gadkhali Jetty, Sunderbans
Disembarkation: Vivada Jetty at Millennium Park, Kolkata.
The Sunderbans Down itinerary will follow the reverse order.
Embark the Cruiser – M.V. Paramhamsa anchored at Sunderban. The Embarkartion point is at Gadkhali, which is 110km from Kolkata. Safety and tour briefing. After lunch, visit to a typical Sunderban village for an interaction with the villagers, to experience their life style. Guests will experience farming, paddy husking, honey packing, fishing and various occupations of the region. In the evening you will enjoy a rich mythological folk drama by the local artists followed by a traditional Bengali meal, overnight on board MV Paramhamsa.
Early this morning at 5.30 AM you may enjoy a spectacular sunrise, while the cruiser sails towards the east. This day the guests will experience the rich Biodiversity of the Sunderban Tiger reserve. Visits to watch towers and cruising through the small creeks along the mangrove forests for wildlife sighting, birding through the dense mangrove forest. Being a swamp forest, forest visits are only through boats only. Evening, there will be talk show on sunderbans along with wild life films.
This morning, walk through the mangroves and visit the crocodile project on Bhagabatpur island which is a hatchery and sanctuary to the biggest estuarine crocodiles in the world. A good birding opportunity for wide range of migratory and local birds of this region. Next the guests will visit the Fisherman’s Cove at Namkhana. The busy fishing harbour will give an insight to the lifestyle of the fishermen. The guests can buy fresh fish and other sea foods to be cooked in the live kitchen counters. Later in the evening depending on the tide, vessel sails to Kolkata passing through Haldia, Diamond Harbour, Raichak etc
Arrival at Kolkata by Morning. Check – out and Disembark from M V Paramhamsa after breakfast.
Note: The time of excursions may vary depending upon the tides and other environmental conditions.
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