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Awesome place and the staffs are so nice , prompt and well behaved. All of them are very friendly. Special thanks to the owner Mr Rajesh ji and our tour leader Om bhaia for giving us this delightful experience at the Tour de Sundarbans resort. The resort is a real escape and well maintained. Also Rajesh ji helped us arrange a great b'day party for one of our friends on a moment's notice. Kudos for his efforts,,,???????? Do come here and experience the 3days and 2 nights package for the complete experience of this one in a kind of jungles on the entire planet.✨✨✨✨✨
A great place to escape the daily mundane of life into the Nature. Great stay and tour experience ,got to see many wild animals also the salt water crocodile. Sadly couldn't see the enigmatic GBT???? Staffs are jolly good and over extend their service by providing a very personal and friendly environment. Spl mention: The owner Mr Rajesh is a very helping and benevolent person and takes personal care for the needs of a guest thus changing the service experience into service delight.5 stars Also our tour leader Om Bhaia is very devoted and works day and night to create the ultimate guest experience. Do get in touch with these two personally☺️. Overall experience pretty good.
Tour de Sundarbans 3 days 2 nights leisurely package Payment is made in two tranches. The first is 2k per person as advance for booking and rest once you board the vehicle from Kolkata. Day 1. The vehicle was on time and took us to the destination fairly well. There was a slight wait for the boats at the Godkhali boarding point, boarded at approx 01:00 pm. lunch served at 1530, food was very tasty. Day 2. There's a boat safari and small walkup to dobanki observation tower. It's very beautiful and we could see various wildlife like storks, saltwater crocodile, many birds, monitor lizard and quite a few spotted and antlered deer. This day is the highlight of the trip. Breakfast and lunch was served on the boat and was again very tasty. Day 3. Day three is departure at about 9 am. You can use the time before that for leisure walks. Breakfast on the boat. Tldr, overall completely worth it. Food 5 ⭐, wildlife Safari 5 ⭐, ambience 5 star, accommodation and service 6 ⭐. Must visit totally recommended. Note:- the owner Mr Rajesh was excellent and even arranged an impromptu surprise birthday for one of our fellow travellers.
This review comes about 7 months late but there are travel experiences that linger on with you forever. This certainly is one of them, where around 2.5 days of bliss on an island becomes a relationship of a lifetime with the tour guides, with the mangrove and the narrow-shallow creeks that create a unique network of waterways that not only houses multiple human settlements but a diverse range of flaura and fauna. The best part of this trip is that it doesn't pretend. Now, I won't get into the deep details about the itinerary, which could be read on the company's website but I would just touch upon the points where it triumphs. Curated trips often feel like "target practice", you hardly get the surroundings that engrose you enough to hog your attention. The Tour De Sunderbans eco-village is one such environment, that does captivate you. Green, artsy, handcrafted, resplendent with the smell of the earth and well guarded by the watchful gazes of "Chikkoo-Dada" ( 2 GSDs - Canine friends of "Mowglibhai"). The village stands right on the banks of Satjelia Island which welcomes you inside the eco-Village through an open gate as you anchor the iconic 'Elmar' Vessel. Day 1 is a touch hectic with you having a quick yet simple Bengali Lunch on your arrival which is quintessentially by the local, and of the local cooked on a traditional "Chullah"/ "Uunun". The rest of the day has a boat ride to the creeks, mud walks, a starry night safari guided by Om Da's "Watch outs". As you hit the hay, You cannot wait for day 2 to arrive with newer excitement early in the morning. Day 2 is a bit about patience, anticipation and luck. The iconic 'Elmar' or any other vessel(they have around 4) takes you through the "permitted" regions of the mangrove forest as you enjoy black tea with lemongrass, a hearty breakfast and a comfort lunch. Unfortunately, we didn't get an appointment with the Golden skinned King but we were lucky enough to gaze upon a few of the more popular members of the animal kingdom including an apparently younger member of the Saltwater Croc family. Day 2 gives a little more breathing space, enough with the orange sun as it plunges into the river while you are perched comfortably on the lap of the eco village upon your return in the evening. As the sunlight go out, and as the property falls back on the dim psychedelics to light up the pathways you can enjoy some live music that is on display that adds to the immersive experience. Day 3 is about soaking in the village and the surrounding area one last time as you bid a sad goodbye to a rejuvenating jaunt. If you are not too hung up on hotel-esque services and are a little atypical of what "Indians on vacation mode" are this is a trip that awaits you, a trip that educates you and engages you in interesting conversations, and a trip that introduces you the mystical Mangorves of India. It accommodates the global while being intrinsically local. So, "Watch-Out"!
Excellent stay at the lap of nature within the pristine beauty. Eco village was nothing less than home, a one of a kind experience with the local employees tending after you. The guide was awesome....and they do conduct unique tourism experience. I had been there with other tour operators but nothing like them. Lastly, thanks to Rajesh for his warm approach. May it expands bigger.
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The trip to sunderbans is a wonderful option to explore the sunderbans area. I along with my wife did a 1 night two days tour with tour de sunderbans or backpackers (as they are referred). The tour was very well planned and has a lot of activities to give you the flavor of village life, experience the flora and fauna of sunderbans. The trip is a good value for money and they deliver on what is promised in the brochures.There are no hidden costs. The people of tour de sunderbans are very genuine and and will make sure they deliver to the expectations of the guests. Mr Om escorted us througout the trip and he was very warm and friendly. He is extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Sunderbans and is jack of all trades who smoothly conducted the tour and made sure we did not miss even a single experience. The staff of eco Village are warm and friendly, the lady cook prepares delicious homely food. The stay at eco Mud huts is comfortable with tasty food and great hospitality. The music night with folk music was performed by extremely talented musicians from local gosava island. These people are extremely talented but lost in struggles of earning a decent living in the village. This tour is somehow giving them a platform to showcase themselves. The night boat safari was unforgettable, the walk in the slimy clay/mud was adventurous and fun, and do not miss the view and ambience of the watch tower at the resort. The forest safari was detailed and full day tour in big house boat with food being cooked and served on boat. We througouly enjoyed our boat ride. Our guide on boat Mr.Shanti was another wondeful person we met on this trip. He is extremly good in his work and very humble person who comes from local island village satjelia. There were some sigthings of lot of species of species of birds and some other wild life too - dolphins, Monitor Lizards, Deers, monkeys .. Overall, the trip was very comfortable and memorable.... thanks to Rajesh ji (owner) for organising the trip ???? overall 10 /10 ratings.
One of my best travel experience. Safe for solo travelers, friendly trip guide, beautiful place, overall adventurous and fun trip. However, not many options in food.
Trip to Sunderbans was made memorable, thanks to Tour De Sunderbans! Two of my friends and myself had an experience of a lifetime.. Our guide for the Trip - Mr Om cordially coordinated our pick up from the airport for an experience in a paddle boat, ferry and motor boat, there by landing in the Eco Village. The staff of eco Village are warm and friendly, with language being no barrier as they made our stay at eco Mud huts comfortable with tasty food and great hospitality. Mr Om - our guide is extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Sunderbans, which helped us have a fruitful experience during our 2 day 1 night stay. The music night with bengal folk music and Anand Lahiri(instrument) was a great show put up by the talented locals. The night safari was unforgettable, the walk in the slimy clay/mud was adventurous and fun, and do not miss the view and ambience of the watch tower at the resort. The forest safari was detailed, though we went during the off season, we managed to locate quite a lot of birds(Drongo, sterling, Egret, Blue collared Kingfisher, Green bee eaters and storks) and some other wild life too - Horse show crab, Water snake, Monitor Lizard, Samba Deer, Yellow and Red Crabs too.. Overall, booking was fast and comfortable and the whole experience was well planned and executed. Thank you to the team of Tour De Sunderbans for keeping it real and making this forest safari - an enjoyable experience!! Thank you ????
The best tour experience we had ever. The place was simply magical, the people managing are awesome, and the experience is "once in a lifetime" kind. We took 2 day 1 night package and we had a group of people ranging from 4 years to 55 years, this tour was comfortable and full of fun for all. It's a budget tour, and the visit is to the remotest of the places, so don't have a lot of expectations about facilities. Don't miss the night Safari and mud walk - the highlights of our trip. And finally thanks a lot to our tour operator Sunny, his service, care, explainations couldn't be better.
Well planned tour. We had three day boat safari. Excellent tour guide and forest guide too. Got to see two tigers on the same day due to the excellent guidance of our tour guide Ajay Shaw. We could capture the beauty of sunderbans in our trip. Good food and pleasant stay in the cottages. Star gazing and night boat ride was an added bonus to our trip. Cultural activities made sure we appreciated the belief of the local group on goddess banbibi. Last but not the least the two German Shepards at the resort made our stay memorable. ?
My 7 days stay at Tour de Sundarbans ecovillage was a memorable one. I made trip with my wife and 6 year old daughter during the 1st week of October 2022. It was the time of receding monsoon. Our host Rajeshda (Mr. Rajesh Kumar Shaw) made sure our needs were looked after. Even after 7 days we wished we could have stayed a few days more.nnLet me first write about the basic amenities provided. Rajeshda is very passionate about his camp. We stayed in one of the cottages with clay walls and thached roof. There is no air conditioner and I felt it will not be needed. The camp is on the riverbank so there is always a pleasant breeze. The fan was enough to keep us cool in the room. The cottages have attached bathroom and western toilet. A mug, bucket and handwash was provided. nClean drinking water is available. Food was abundant! Bangali food is served here. I shared what we would like to have and Rajeshda made sure that our meal was cooked just was we like it. During our 7 days we had katla, bhetki, ilish, crab, prawn, chicken, mutton and 2 types of river fish, found there, whose name I can not remember. nElectricity is not consistent in this part of the island. The camp has its own generator backup in case electricity fails. I would suggest keep a powerbank handy, like we did, if you have gadgets that need recharging.nComing from the congested city my stay at Rajeshdas eco village was a refreshing change. I had spent hours, sitting in the camp, watching the day roll by from morning till night. The view of the river from the camp watch tower, the well maintained lawn and garden, water lilies blooming in the pond, the stary night sky. Within the camp itself I saw so many birds. Doves, jungle crow, common mynah, pied mynah, wood pecker, bulbul, oriental robin, scaly-breasted munia, parrot, owl, eagle, drongo, kingfisher. There are other small creatures such as frogs, garden lizards, ragon fly, butterfly, spiders and so many different bugs that I had not seen before. Rajeshda has 4 dogs (2 alsatians) in his camp, a cow, a bull and a small horse (could be a hinny). My daughter was amused by the presence of these animals in the camp.nOut of the 7 days we did 3 jungle safari on a houseboat. No safari by Jeep here unlike other national parks of India. The boat is not allowed to stop in the middle of the river as per the rules set by the forest department. Hence at times photography on the move can be a bit difficult. Not so in the case of a country boat ride. Since the country boat ride happens to be outside the national park and near the camp hence the oarsman can stop the boat if needed. The country boat ride was enjoyable especially the midnight ride under a full moon.nnMost of the staff are women from the village outside the camp. Seeing them at work gives some idea of the village life. Rajeshda also took us for a ride through the picturesque village on 2 occasions.nnTour de Sundarbans eco village offered us virieties of experience just from 1 place. We got to explore the country side, had a peek into the lives of the Sundarbans village people, got a feeling what it is like to live close to nature along with the comforts of modern basic facilities and within a safe fence, got to visit the forest and saw many different birds and also some animals. nnI just could not get enough of this place. There is so much to explore and absorb from this place. We would like to come and stay here again. People still ask me why we choose to spent so many days in Sundarbans. Its hardly worth 2 days! And my reply is the same. You have to stay in this eco village to know why. Honestly, I was a bit sad when our trip came to an end. It is the same kind of feeling most people in West Bengal have at the end of Durga Puja.
Tour de Sunderban is excellent in their service. The are prompt, on time and hospitable. The guide Ajay shared tremendous amount of knowledge about Sunderban helping us spot amazing number of local flora and fauna. The food on the tour is simply the best. We all left with very sweet memories and hoping to come back to Sunderban and Tour de Sunderban
For a very distinctive experience of the Sunderbans, Backpackers was a great choice. The company is reliable and very good in regard to service, communication and hospitality. The eco-village was a welcome retreat from Kolkata city life. The guide Ajay showed us around the village, the riverbanks, and the mangrove forests, pointing out small and big animals. Highlight of the boat trip was the Bengal tiger we spotted in the woods.
I have visited Sundarbans last week with my wife. One of my friend who is frequent traveler suggested me to contact Ajay for Sundarbans trip. I believed him and contacted Ajay, He planned my trip very well . He received me from Science city at 9 am and our trip started. Already 5 people were boarded on Van in which 2 are from Germany, 1 are from Japan and 2 are from Northeast India , so we 7 people travelled together. We reached ECO village at 1 PM by road and Boat. They have built modern MuD house for stay. Very good ambience of that Eco village to enjoy and sight seeing. Their foods are very delicious made by local villagers in Desi Style. 1st day is for local sightseeing, exploring villages things, meeting new friends in Eco village and Boating in Night was very Adventurous . 2nd day start at 6 am with tea/snacks and then Sundarbans Exploration starts by boat ⛵. Whole day we were on boat to explore the most of the Sundarbans Delta Even lunch was prepared on boat. We enjoyed lot . And Finally we Thanked to Ajay and Tour-de-Sundarban team for this very well planned trip .
We had an incredible 1 night and 2 days in the Sundarbans thanks to the the warm hosting, knowledgeable guiding and experience curation by Tour de Sundarban. Guests are looked after really well and depending on the time they have, experiences are planned to make the most of ones time in the Sundarbans.nnI really loved that we could call Rajesh and Ajay late on Friday and they were so kind to accommodate us, which led to us having an incredible time and seeing Sundarbans in a whole new light. Right from being picked up from Calcutta and dropped back by Sunny, the whole trip is hassle free and enjoyable. I should also add that we had some lovely folks who were also a part of the larger group which made our experience even more enriching. nnI would highly recommend everyone to experience the Sundarbans through the lens of Tour de Sundarban.
Overall, the tour was exactly as advertised! The transport was timely and comfortable, more than enough food (we did have a private tour) and knowledgeable guides!nThe only issue I found with the tour was it was a very long tour and the boat we were on only had plastic chairs or wooden benches. Some more activity included in the tour might help break it up more, but also alleviate some discomfort you might experience, as you spend the entire day on the boat (9+ hours). It was well worth the money though, and the Sanderbans are beautiful!
It was really great trip with Tour De Sundarbans. Nice homely behaviour, well mannered staffs with delicious foods.
The overall experience was very good. The staff was genuinely happy in hosting us and they were always available when we needed. The planning was very good and we faced no inconvenience in terms of planning. The tour guides were very well trained and they not only had extensive knowledge about Sunderbans but they also had the willingness and the energy to explain the things to us. nnThe reason I gave 4 stars is because we were not informed of a scheduled overnight power cut, which might not be there when the no. of bookings are enough. Overall, we had an amazing experience here.
We really had the time of our lives - an unforgettable experience specially thanks to our wonderful tour guide Mr.Ajay, who left no stone unturned to make our tour so memorable. Also thanks to very enthusiastic driver Sunny who picked us from Kolkata and dropped us back. Other than these two, all other staff members were also exceptional from their food to service. nnOn our trip though unfortunately we couldnt see the tiger nonetheless we saw its fresh pug marks who must have crossed the creek but were lucky to spot a crocodile (the biggest we have seen), dog faced water-snake, many varieties of kingfishers, migratory mongolian ducks, spotted deers, many egret birds, crabs etc. and the most unique was to see plankton (diverse collection of organisms found in salt water) glowing when the water was splashed during our night boat-ride !! nnSo I urge anyone who is reading my comment here to visit this wonderland at least once for a lifetime experience and youll be in definitely good hands.
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