On arrival at Kolkata International Airport you will be welcomed by J&D specialized representative. Talk about details and minutes of your stay in India. Transferred to your booked Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Kolkata.
Kolkata City Information Kolkata has long been known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. As the former capital of India, Kolkata was the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought. Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Oriental and Indo-Islamic (including Mughal) motifs. Several major buildings of the Colonial period are well maintained and have been declared "heritage structures", while others are in various stages of decay. Established in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collection of Indian natural history. The Victoria Memorial, one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata.
Pickup from Kolkata in an exclusive vehicle and drive to Godhkhali, a journey of about 3 hrs. After obtaining requisite Forest permission we transfer you from Godhkhali jetty by motor boat to the tourist lodge located in the Sunderbans Islands. This journey would take you down the rivers Hogil, Gomar, Durgaduni and Gumdi in about one and a half hour. In the afternoon after lunch, set off on motor boat to the Sunderbans National Park and view wildlife from the Sajnekhali watchtower and visit the Sajnekhali Museum and Mangrove Interpretation Centre. This Watchtower provides one with an opportunity to view wildlife from close quarters.
After watching the sunset, we return you to your resort either to rest or if you are interested, you may enjoy an entertaining evening of Folk Dance â€œBanbibi Pala"(Optional). Dinner and night halt at the forest resort/boat.
The second day involves a full day cruise through the rivers and narrow creeks of the Sundarbans National Park and a lovely birding experience. Food would be prepared and served on the launch itself. Start after bed tea and visit the various watch towers of Sudhanyakhali, Neti Dhopani (Subject to weather and tide permitting) as well as Do Banki. The canopy walk at Do Banki gives you an opportunity to view wildlife from a netted enclosure.
The sweet water pond at Neti Dhopani attracts a lot of wild animals and offers you the chance to view them from close quarters. Neti Dhopani also has the ruins of a 400 year old temple.
Thereafter, enjoy the thrill of cruising deep in the â€œIndian Amazonâ€ as India Beacons calls it and also around the islands of the Sunderban Tiger Project Area. Let yourself be guided by our Naturalist and Guide to view the Mangrove forest from close quarters, deep inside the creeks and return in the evening. Overnight stay at the forest resort/boat.
In the morning, we cruise along the waterways and take you for a tour of Chargheri Char, the Southern most village of South 24 Parganas. This is a special attraction of the India Beacons tour where you have a chance to get a feel of the "Mudflats". An important physical feature of Sundarbans are the "Mudflats". Do not forget to carry your Bermudas as the inviting waters of the Sundarbans entice you to wade through them and frolick on the "Mudflats". You may be lucky enough to see small Octopus, Star Fish, Jelly Fish, Horse shoe Crab, prawn seeds as well as many other variety of fishes etc. Optional activity involves country boat ride along the jungles.
We then set off for a visit to a village and learn about the experiences of the villagers in the forest. Meet the fisherman's, the Honey Collectors as well as the woodcutters and share their experiences of the Jungle.
After lunch at the resort/boat, at around 12:00 p.m, we depart for Godhkhali to be transferred to Kolkata. Arrive at Kolkata by evening.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Day free to explore the city of Kolkata and shopping if any.
Breakfast at the Hotel. At a convenient time transfer to the airport to board onward flight back home.
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