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3 NIGHTS ON THE KALAW PANDAW OUT OF KOLKATA

THE SUNDARBANS

3 NIGHTS FROM US$1,200.00

The Sundarbans, where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers outflow through a vast delta into the Bay of Bengal, consists of 10,000 square kilometres of mangrove, part in West Bengal and part in Bangladesh, and declared as National Parks and World Heritage Sites in each country. This is the largest mangrove forest on the planet. The excitement of any Sundarban exploration is the sighting of an often-swimming great Bengal tiger.

Sailing from Kolkata down the Hooglie River we enter the Sundarban park area and over two days explorations are made by smaller country boats accompanied by experienced park rangers on the West Bengal side. There are 453 fauna in the Sundarban, not to mention varied bird and reptilian life with lots of crocodiles. Treks on foot are offered and village visits offer an insight into life in the Sundarban. In the evening locals come on board to perform folk theatre.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 KOLKATA - THE SUNDARDANS

11:00am embarkation at Kolkata Botanical Garden to cruise through the splendours of riverside Kolkata and down the Hooglie River to enter the Sunderbans and explore the mangrove forested back waters. During the cruise lunch will be served and afternoon activities include yoga classes, local speciality cooking demonstrations, a lecture by our on-board naturalist and after dinner a cultural dance programme.

Kolkata - The Sundardans
Kolkata - The Sundardans

DAY 2 BHAGABATPUR ISLAND - JHARKHALI TIGER REHABILITATION CENTRE

Moor off the Bhagabatpur Island to visit the crocodile project there. These are the largest estuarine crocodiles in the world. After lunch travel by country boat to the Jharkhali Watchtower and on to Jharkhali Tiger Rehabilitation Centre. It will be possible to trek into the Sunderban Tiger Reserve from here accompanied by a park ranger.

DAY 3 SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE - DOBANKI DEER REHABILITATION CENTRE - BARREN ISLAND

Early rise to travel by country boat to the Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower which is also located in the Sudhanyakhali camp of the Sundarban Tiger Reserve. Return to ship for breakfast and later visit the Dobanki deer rehabilitation centre travelling by country boat through swamps. Visit a local village for a walk ashore to see the unique way of life in the Sunderban and go ashore on ‘Barren Island’ with its white sandy beaches for an evening barbeque and cocktails. Return to Kolkata sailing through the night.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve - Dobanki Deer Rehabilitation Centre  - Barren Island
Sundarban Tiger Reserve - Dobanki Deer Rehabilitation Centre  - Barren Island

DAY 4 KOLKATA

After breakfast disembark by 09:00am at the Botanical Garden Jetty, Kolkata.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Main meals, coffee, tea and mineral water, entrance fees, excursion costs and entertainments on board.

Cruise Price Excludes: Transfers at the beginning and end of the cruise, drinks at bar, wines and personal laundry.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 KOLKATA - THE SUNDARDANS

Embark at IWAI Botanic Garden Jetty, H822+X6H, Hooghly River, Howrah. Please meet us at the ship at 11:00am.

DAY 4 KOLKATA

Disembarkation by 09:00am at IWAI Botanic Garden Jetty, H822+X6H, Hooghly River, Howrah. Please note no transfers are included.

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