BANGLADESH SUNDARBANS MANGROVE FOREST
The largest mangrove forest in the world is a mist-shrouded, river-riddled swamp region of shifting tides, man-eating tigers and off-the-beaten-track adventure. It's surrounded on three sides by two of the most densely populated countries on earth – India and Bangladesh – yet it remains remote, inhospitable and largely uninhabited by people. This is truly wild terrain, and chug-chugging along its river channels into its swampy heart of darkness is as thrilling as it is serene. The star attraction is the Royal Bengal tiger. Around 400 of these magnificent creatures call the Sundarbans home, making this the largest single population of tigers on earth.
Sundarbans has more than 250 species of birds including some mangrove specialists. Probably no other forests on the planet hosts 8 species of kingfishers alone. Sundarbans proudly support a very rare and illusive bird, the masked fin foot. White bellied sea eagle, Changing hawk eagles, crested serpent eagles, mangrove pitta, 8 species of woodpeckers, three species of bee eaters are commonly seen.
The Sundarbans is shared roughly 60-40 between Bangladesh and India and you can visit it from either country. The India side is more easily accessible, but Bangladesh offers the chance to explore the forests in more depth. Dipping into the mangrove forests on a day trip is a great taste of the mangroves, but to truly experience the thrill of an adventure – and the serenity of the Sundarbans – you need to delve deep into the swamps on a three- or four-day boat trip.
Dates and Prices
Individual departures between November and February are available.
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SUNDARBANS - Covering an area of 10,000 square kilometers, and about 6,000 square kilometers of which is in Bangladesh and the balance in West Bengal, India, the Sundarbans is a complex ecosystem intersected by a network of tidal waterways, small islands of mangrove forests and mudflats. Twenty-six of the known fifty broad mangrove types found in the world flourish in the Sundarbans. The freshwater rivers originating in the Ganges meet the saltwater tides from the Bay of Bengal, creating a unique environment supporting extensive plant and animal life. Sixty-four plant species have been recorded in the Sundarbans, and in the months of April and May the area looks as though it has been set on fire, with the flaming red leaves of the Genway and the red flowers of the Kankara, mingling with the bright yellow flowers of Khalsi. Other commonly found plants are Passur, Garjan, Goran and Sundari.
The resident Bengal Tigers get around the Sundarbans by swimming in the saline waters. These magnificent animals are considered to be an endangered species. Other mammals found in the Sundarbans include Fishing Cats, Wild Boar, Common Grey Mongoose, Macaques, Flying Fox, Chital and Pangolin. Birding enthusiasts will have plenty to see in the Sundarbans and can look out for Coots, Water Hens, Pariah Kites, Marsh Harriers, Jungle Crows, Herring Gulls, Grey Herons, Cormorants, Peregrine Falcons, Woodpeckers, Pintails, Curlews and much, much more.Creatures in and around the waters of the Sundarbans include Gangetic Dophins (endangered), Sawfish, Butter Fish, Silver Carp, Electric Rays, Star Fish, Crabs, Prawns, Shrimps, Common Toads and Tree Frogs. Reptiles include Estaurine Crocodiles (endangered), Chameleons, King Cobras, Olive Ridley Turtles (endangered), Monitor Lizards, Pythons and Chequered Killbacks.The only way to explore the Sundarbans is by boat, and the tourism department of Bangladesh operates luxury launches for this purpose. Alternatively, many locals offer safari tours on their private boats. Between November and February, visitors are most likely to see Bengal Tigers sunning themselves on the riverbanks.
Day 01 - Arrive Dhaka
Arrive in Dhaka with your International flight....Upon arrival at the airport our ground team will meet you and take you to your hotel in the city and later If time allows then visit the University of Dhaka. Dhaka University is the oldest and highest educational centre, it is important from cultural and historical point of view. Inside Dhaka University, we will visit the famous iconic building Curzon Hall which was built by Lord Curzon in 1904. The style is unique and considers one of the most beautiful buildings in Dhaka. Also visit the Sculpture square, then Dhakewsari Nation Hindu temple of Bangladesh, Lalbag fort.
Overnight at the hotel in Dhaka.
Day 02 - Dhaka to Banerghat and visit Mongla
After and early breakfast we leave for Bagerhat and upon arrival visit the famous Bagerhat Mosque. later drive to Mongla for overnight stay.
Day 03 - Sundarbans
Sundarbans, the single largest mangrove forest situated two third in Bangladesh portion. Unique vegetation, mangrove landscape, wild sea beach, plenty of bird life and alarm of tigers gives the best tour and adventure experience in Bangladesh. In this 6000 sq km, it will take about a month to explore the whole forest by boat because it’s a clustered of thousand of island and only by boat you can reach. Today our destination is the last point of sundarban south east part and probably known as the most beautiful and rich wildlife area of sundarbans. We will stop in the first forest station for taking the permission and two armed forest guard for rest of the tour. While reaching kotka wildlife sanctuary will be late night, so in the day time, we offer you boat tour and some walking tour inside the mangrove at Harbaria forest office area.
Day 04 - Kotka – Kochikhali wild life sanctuary area
Early morning before breakfast, we offer you country boat tour inside the small cannels of sundarbans. Early morning is the best time for boating and plenty of changes to come across wild animals like deer, wild boar, monkey, lizard, snakes etc.
After the boat ride, breakfast and then mangrove walk through the beach for 3-4 hours. Before we go back to the boat, we will take you for mud-bath. After noon, again a boat tour inside another cannel and later enjoys the sun set. Evening, we will show some of our documentary about sundarbans
Day 05 - Boat back to Khulna and drive or train back to Dhaka
Morning boat tour and then cruising back to Khulna. On the way near Daingpari forest area, we will drop off the forest guard and then visit sundarbnas peripheral villages, see simplicity of village life and how people are accepting difficulties so easily. Back to the boat and disembark to Mongla port area or Khulna depending on the group size. After dinner at hotel, you will be transferred to the hotel / you can also take overnight train to Dhaka. Upon arrival Dhaka, End our tour
An extension to India side of the Sundarbans can be organised with this tour......or visit to Kaziranga UNESCO world heritage site can be organised and is highly recommended.
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