KOLKATA – SUNDARBAN

Day 1 : Kolkata

Simultaneously noble and not so disciplined, cultured and desperate, Kolkata is a daily festival of human existence. It is indeed crazy to talk about falling in love with a concrete jungle but being here for some time makes one feel kind of addicted to the daily chaos, street meetings, numerous hawkers on the streets offering whatnots, poverty on the streets and also excellent group theatres, paintings, film shows, rich findings on numerous little magazines, cruising along the Ganges or just a lazy ride by a tramcar and above all the truly cosmopolitan crowd. Several of India’s great 19th and 20th century heroes were Kolkatans, including guru-philosopher Ramakrishna, Nobel prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore and celebrated film director Satyajit Ray. As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of dramatic colonial architecture. This is a fabulous place to sample the very tasty Bengali cuisine especially with numerous preparations of sweet water fish and to share the city’s passion for sweets. Friendlier than India’s other mega-cities, Kolkata is really a city you “feel” more than just visit as exactly happened for the French author Dominique Lapierre who lovingly called it The City of Joy.

Arrive Kolkata Airport / Howrah Railway Station. On arrival pickup and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day Kolkata local sightseeing.

Overnight stay at Kolkata.

Places to see in Kolkata

Indian Museum / Victoria Memorial / Mother House (Mother Teressa) / Birla Planetarium / Science City / Kolkata Alipore Zoo / Kalighat Kali Temple / Dakshineswar Kali Temple / Digambar Jain Temple near Ultadanga / Jorahsnako Thakur Bari / Marble Palace

Other than above places there is lots to do and see in Kolkata. Roam around Maidan area and visit Eden Gardens, Shahid Minar. Take a ride in Metro Rail. Visit the cultural hub of Kolkata, Nandan. Take a look at Howrah Bridge.

Taste Bengali food in any famous Bengali restaurant and do lots of shopping in some of the biggest mall in India or at Gariahat or New Market.

Day 2 : Kolkata

Sightseeing in and around Kolkata. Overnight stay at Kolkata.

 

Day 3 : Kolkata - Sunderban

Pickup from your hotel and drive to Gathkgali, the gateway of Sunderban. Board motorized boat and depart for Sundarbans. On arrival check into your Jungle Lodge. Evening Birding by boat. Overnight stay at a Jungle lodge at Sundarbans.

Sunderban Tiger Reserve

Sundarbans Lie south-east of Kolkata in the 24-Paraganas (S) District of West Bengal and forms part of the Gangetic Delta, which borders on the Bay of Bengal. About half of the Sundarbans is under water and the rest of the landscape is characterized by low-lying alluvial islands and mud banks, with sandy beaches and dunes along the coast. As with the rest of the Bengal Plain, alluvial deposits are geologically very recent and deep. The entire mangrove forest extends over an area of 4,262 sq.km, of which 2,320 sq.km is forest and the rest is water and is called Sundarban owing to the dominance of the tree species locally known as 'Sundari' because of its elegance. Home to one of the largest concentrations of tigers on the planet, the reserve is a network of channels and semi-submerged mangroves that is part of the world’s largest river delta. Royal Bengal tigers not only lurk in the impenetrable depths of the mangrove forests, but also swim the delta’s innumerable channels. A trip to this watery World Heritage site is rewarding with or without a glimpse of the big cats. Cruising the broad waterways or through numerous creeks of the world’s biggest mangrove forest and watching wildlife, whether it be a spotted deer, water monitor or luminescent kingfisher or even enjoying the mudskippers on the river bank is sublime and a world away. Mingling with local life during a short stay within the park could depict a fascinating picture probably unknown to the rest of the world.  

Day 4 : Sunderban

Whole day boat cruise in seach of birds and mammals. Overnight at jungle lodge.

Day 5 : Sunderban

Whole day boat cruise in seach of birds and mammals. Overnight at jungle lodge.

Day 6 : Sunderban - Kolkata

Morning cruise inside Sundarban National Park. Later arrive to Gathkhali by Boat. Board your vehicle and transfer to Kolkata Airport by Car.

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