The Magic of Sundarban lies not only in what you get to see in the first glimpse but also in what remains hidden and which reveals itself during the course of your stay. Well Tiger just being one of them
Misunderstood and Misinterpreted Sundarbans
For the majority of the population who have visited and not visited Sundarbans , TIGER remains one of the only reasons to undertake this journey however one will be simply amazed if we just look at what all we are missing in the Tiger Quest.
Just a 100 kms away from the Bustling city of Kolkata we have a landscape which is breathtaking in its specific fragile Ecosystem.
The labyrinth of delta like a snake crisscrossing the dense mystical mangroves is simply a sight which is worth the visit. In the span of 24 hours these narrow channels and creeks goes through two low tides when the entire jungle is almost underwater, and two high tides when this magical forest exposes itself and its inhabitants like the mudskipper fish, fiddler crabs, other microorganisms which are the essential players to this biodiversity.
The 85 species of different mangrove trees are actually one of the key ingredients to our modern medicines .The beauty of Sundari tree, the Stilt root of Gorjon the fruits of Kewra trees , around 200 species of migratory and resident birds , Irrawaddy Dolphins , Estuarial crocodiles are just few of the reasons that one can visit Sundarban .
The ever eternal ebb and flood tide supports the mangrove jungle which in turn facilitates a vast variety of living forms. The most flamboyant being the Royal Bengal Tiger and possibly the most subtle being the Horse shoe crab ,however both plays an equal role in the sustenance of this fragile eco system.
At night the Photo planktons glow like gold dust in these rivers however their real purpose as we all know is Not to please the visitors with its mesmerizing beauty, but to absorb the carbon emission of our planet.
This vast piece of land was almost inaccessible by humans till around 100 years ago due to the Man eating Tigers, Crocodile infested rivers, poisonous snakes, swampy and salty rivers. Now an almost million strong human population resides in this difficult terrain resulting in the shrinking of forest and its non-human inhabitants.
Living on the Borders of fear and hardship the Humans residing in Sundarban have developed a unique cultural and survival trait which revolves around the Tide and Tiger.
Sundarban literally means the ‘Beautiful Forest’ and rightly so however one has to see it with those kind of eyes which does not restrict beauty in a certain fixed parameter.
Apart from the Flora and fauna one is easily mesmerized by Nature’s play in this part of the world .The narrow channel and creeks dotted with the stilt roots of Mangroves , the mudskipper fish , the fiddler crabs playing hide and seek with their predator the sandpiper bird, Egret ,Herons, the never ending sunsets, the rain washed clear sky dotted with the celestial bodies , the phyto planktons glowing in the salt water rivers , the fireflies and night sounds are some of the least talked about perks of visiting Sundarban.
Unlike other parts of Bengal which are famous for their artisans Sundarban’s human inhabitants are mostly survivors and like any survivor it deals with the hardship of this land, erosion, salt water, fear of wild animals are just to name a few, however in the helm all these struggles Sundarban has one of the most hospitable human race one can witness , their smile , their willingness to offer food and then their theatrical play of BONOBIBI PALA which depicts the struggle between humans and Tigers is not to be missed.
A chance interaction with the Honey collectors/fishermen and their brush with the Tigers, crocodiles and life itself during their excursion of the Honey collection.
One can simply sit by the river witnessing the fishermen cast their spell with their net while watching the sun set with thousands of clouds filling the sky with surreal colours.
We invite you on our trips to see explore and meet Sundarban in the most magical way that only You can create.
Few facts of Sundarban
Looking forward to having you on our trip cos we see that as an Achievement too
This time of the year sees the onset of Summers and in these three months there is a special time which is called ‘Kaal Boishakhi’ which sees a festival of thunderstorm cyclones and rare natural phenomenons .Personally this period ,remains the best time of the year to visit sundarban when not only do we see wildlife coming out to splurge in the rivers, but also to witness nature playing the ever evolving game . The nights are longer so we can see the elusive night life of Sundarban.. The symphony of the sounds coming from the mating bull frogs, cricket fireflies, are a feast to the senses.
One day tour (minimum 6 people or the cost equivalent)
One night two days(minimum 5 people or the cost equivalent)
Two nights three days (minimum 4 people or the cost equivalent)
Just stay Eco VIllage Organic cottage *
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* On a twin sharing basis which includes one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner along with unlimited bottled water and chai.(2 HEADS)
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Three nights four days, Purely wild, Educational tour,Private tour.