Though we started operating in 2006 Backpackers Eco Village was created in 2012.
In the beginning years we were hosting our guests in the homes of local villagers which was amazing,with the real feel of a Sundarban village, however with time and influx of greater number of tourists the local villages started transforming into guest houses with commercial outlook leaving us with no option but to create a space which we could keep authentic and true to Sundarbans,hence the creation of Eco Village.
It took five years to plan and just five months to get the Eco Village started. It took a lot of searching for the right piece of land and a lot of soul searching too.We didnt want to make another resort, yet we wanted our guests to have certain luxuries and pleasures above the hotel and guest house experience.
Clean toilet and comfortable bed,with a center for meeting and knowing fellow travelers,some farm animals, with a open kitchen for the guests to see their meal being cooked by the local sundarban women. What we have now is 4 acres of land, with 30 mud cottages each unique in its own way, a community center for the travellers to meet and share experiences, a farm house with cows, buffalo a beautiful horse 'Lucy',chickens and ducks too,few ponds a vast land for paddy field and vegetable farming.
The best part is that we used all local materials and local community to create our Eco-village and subconsciously built an amazing bond with the villagers which helped us recruit them in taking care of the place too.Now we have around 25 local villagers who didnt need any training in hospitality , we just had to ask them to treat every guests at Eco village as their home guest and thats what we all do collectively.
We try as much as we can to buy our vegetables and fish from the local farmers and fishermen, engaging local folk artist to present their art to our guests.The idea is to let people break away from their daily life chaos spending few days in the lap of nature and doing things which pleases their senses.Take a dip in our ponds, take a boat into the mangrove to watch birds in the daytime and stars at night,feed our cows,give our water buffalos a shower.. Learn some bengali cooking and meet travelers in the community center for sharing travel stories...
Eco-tourism a term widely used but hardly practiced, and we see Sundarban mushrooming with more and more companies with so called "eco tourism tags" however its neither Their idea to be ecological and neither do they have the love for this way of work.
For us each and everyday is a conscious effort to find new ways of making our Eco village more ecological.Situated on the bank of Gomor river,Eco village is surrounded by local villages on all the other three sides,In the middle of the mud flats, Land erosion, mangrove jungle and the local villagers of honey collectors we invite you to come and exchange the knowledge of Mother Nature.
Few Facts about our Eco huts and cottages :
*Non AC, double, triple and four bedded organic huts with western styled toilets, which keeps cool in summers and warm in winters.(Even in the peak of summers you will not be uneasy at Eco village)
*24 hour running water from the tap, immersion rods for hot water.
*There will be 24 hour power supply and the hut will have proper fan , light and charging points.
*All the toilets are fitted with western style Commode.
Cleanliness and hygiene practice remain our first priority and will always remain so in every aspect of the Trip.
We invite you to the Magical Sundarban, we invite you to our Modest Eco village and we invite you to our Home.