8AM : Meet at our office at Backpackers sundarban tour, 4 tottee lane and leave Calcutta by car/van/mini bus.Clients can also have a pick up point from Science city at 9am.
9am: Breakfast of veg sandwich will be served. Three and half hours of journey to Godkhali, the last road point.
11AM : Cross over to the island of Gosaba,by local ferry which is the biggest market for hundreds of villages around.
1.30PM : Reach our Eco village abode on the island of Satjelia, followed by lunch.
3.00PM : A walk through the beautiful paddy fields and the village of honey collectors and fishermen, looking out for local rituals and beliefs.
3.30PM : Country boat ride for bird watching, during two to three hours, spotting seven types of kingfisher, egret, brahmani eagles, pond heron, black cormorants etc and above all getting introduced to the lovely mangroves, with surreal creatures like fiddler crabs, mud skipper fish etc.
6.30PM : Return to the eco village, just after the sunset.
7PM : An enchanting evening with the local musicians with their age old musical instruments, trying to understand the local music in their backyard. A session of refreshments.
8.30-9PM: Dinner is served according to the leisure of every individual guest, getting prepared to spend the night in the mud cottages of our Eco village which has around 20 numbers of Non AC, double, triple four six and eight bedded organic cottages,which keeps cool in summers and warm in winters,with western styled toilets, No Geyser but bucket hot water will be provided.. There will be 24 hour power supply and the hut will have proper fan , light and charging points... Though it has basic amenities but cleanliness and Hygiene remains as our first priority.. so you can have the creature comfort of fan and light in your cottage with the silence of the jungle and be sure to sleep like a baby.
6.30AM: We try to start as early as possible, on one of the four persoanlized engine boats(Elmar, Para siempre, Clandestino and Mangrove Mataal), get the required permissions from the forest office, which is just opposite to our village, and head off into the jungle, for our rendezvous with one of the biggest mangroves of the world, rich in flora and fauna.
This boat cruise will last till sunset and during this period we will visit 3 watch towers, namely Sajnekhali,Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki.
Cruising the small channels and creeks we will try to spot different wildlife, spotted dear, wild boars, civet cat, monitor lizard, crocodiles, dolphins and of cos the ROYAL BENGAL TIGER.
Breakfast, lunch and other refreshments will be cooked and served on the boat.
At sunset we start our journey back for Kolkata and reach by 9 to 10pm.Dinner is not inclusive for this night.
We are three brothers, Rajesh, Mowgli and Ajay operating this tour; however we have a set of other guides who accompany the tour as well.
We try not to have more than 15 guests on any given day, so that we can give proper attention to each and every traveler in the group. The prices include all the mineral water, food, stay, permission, guide fees, car, and boat cruise. There are no hidden costs;
One night two days (night accomodation in the cottage of our eco village or in the sleeping cabins of our house boat Elmar and Para siempre) : INR 4200(including 5%G.S.T)per person.
Our group starts at 3 travelers,however,if on any given day,there are only two travelers then there will be an additional cost of rupees 1000 each, though we mostly have groups almost everyday which you can join.
Please note that its a complete trip of Sundarbans that we are offering and no unnecessary luxuries should be expected.This trip involves local ferries, Rickshaw rides and every moment is worth your effort, a feast for your senses and an exercise for your sleeping reflexes.This trip is absolutely fit for those who are alive in their mind and want to try new things in life. we have had one year olds to 80 year olds, we have had physially challenged people and we will have no problems having You.The Eco Village that we have built is as wild as the Sundarban itself and Please do not treat it as a fancy resort.
In case of single travelers please let us know in advance so that we can book you on any of the existing tours: however we keep the option of traveling alone, open for you. pls mail us and we will give you the details..
Full payment has to be made before the start of the travel.
Pick up and drop from our office, or from Science city.
Apart from the classic tours of backpackers above, We are open to planning modified tours, depending on the time, availability and convenience of the travelers.
Starting the tour according to the train or flight timings
Staying for more days in sundarban (with or without the jungle cruise)
Staying in the village exploring the island on bicycles or simply walking.
Special discounts for mud sculptors, painters , musicians and any artist who would like to come and spend time with us in the jungle, giving a taste of their art.Pls mail us and get the discounts.