The Sundarbans !

The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world. The total area of ​​the Sundarbans is about 10,000 square kilometers, which is jointly located between Bangladesh and India. The Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans covers an area of ​​6,017 sq km. The Sundarbans of Bangladesh is part of Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Patuakhali and Barguna districts. The Sundarbans of India consists of the South 24 Parganas District and the North 24 Parganas District of West Bengal . In 1997, UNESCO recognized the Sundarbans as a World Heritage Site.

The Sundarbans, rich in biodiversity, covers 1,84 sq km of waterlogged areas, including rivers and beels. The Sundarbans is known for being home to a wide variety of birds, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Chitra deer, crocodiles and snakes. There are about 350 species of plants, 120 species of fish, 260 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 35 species of reptiles and 6 amphibians. The Sundarbans is named after the beautiful tree. Waterways are the only way to get into the Sundarbans. Winter is a good time to visit the Sundarbans. If you travel to the Sundarbans , do not forget to take the SIM card of the Teletalk mobile operator, then the communication will be lost. Because there is no mobile network tower other than Teletalk. At present, mobile networks of other SIM companies including Banglalink Grameenphone Robi are available.

Region 

The Sundarbans is the single largest mangrove forest in the world.
  • Sundarbans South Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh
  • East Wildlife Sanctuary of Sundarbans, Bangladesh
  • Sundarbans West Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh
  • Sundarbans National Park , West Bengal

Places of interest 

To visit the Sundarbans from Kolkata , the following places should be selected:

  1. Jamtala Beach: There is an observation tower in Jamtala, from which one can see some of the beauty of the Sundarbans. And if you are lucky, you can see deer or tiger from here.
  2. Mandarbaria Beach: Part of Mandarbaria beach is still considered undiscovered. Sunrise and sunset can be seen from here.
  3. Deer Point: Deer, monkeys, guisaps and crocodiles can be seen walking on the beautiful wooden road of Hiran Point. Here also Bengal Tiger is seen occasionally.
  4. Dublar Char: Dublar Char is a small char in the Sundarbans area. The river that flows through Dublar Char merges with the Bay of Bengal.
  5. Cuttack Beach: Cuttack Sea Beach is very clean and beautiful. There are paintings of red crabs painted all over the beach.
  • Harbaria Eco-Tourism Center ,Chandpai Range, Sundarbans, Bagerhat.The center is located at a distance of 60 km from Khulna and about 12 km from Mongla port. Linecons banknote.svg Domestic tourists 80 ৳, foreign tourists 1000

Travel 

From Dhaka ( part of Bangladesh )

There are buses, trains and launches directly from Dhaka to Khulna. Sohag, Hanif and Eagle Paribahan buses ply regularly from Dhaka to Khulna from 6 am to 11 pm. It takes about 6 hours to reach Khulna by road from Dhaka. There are launches of different companies going to Khulna from Sadarghat launch terminal in Dhaka. If you want to see the Sundarbans from Khulna, you have to go to Mongla, 50 kilometers away. There are private cars and buses from Khulna to Mongla. Karamjal of Sundarbans can be reached in two hours by renting a trawler or launch from Mongla Ghat. If you want, you can return to Khulna in the evening by visiting the Sundarbans from Mongla in the morning.

However, the most convenient way to visit the Sundarbans is to go around with a package from a good tour company. Here are the names and phone numbers of some of the tour companies:

  • Dinghy and Vela Vessel Bengal Tours Ltd. Holidays Tour Phone – 01552555550
  • The Guide Tours Ltd. Phone-01711540431
  • Transformation Eco Tourism Ltd. Phone-01711729414
  • Silver Wave, Phone – 01713453136
  • Barsha Tourism, Phone 01715251983
  • Sundarbans Wanderers and Adventures Limited, Phone 01711439556
  • Royal Tour of Royal Gondola Vessel, Phone 01711295636

From Kolkata ( part of India )

The Sundarbans is located on the southeastern border of the Indian state of West Bengal . The habitat of the Indian part of the Sundarbans is well connected to Calcutta by both roads and railways .

Godkhali Port – This is the last human settlement before entering the Sajanekhali Sanctuary of the Sundarbans and the Sundarbans Tiger Project area, opposite Gosaba Island and Gosaba . The distance from Kolkata to Gothkhali Port is at least 72 km and 95 km from Kolkata Airport (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport).

Kaikhali – Tourist attractions like Banani Camp, Kalas Island and Beach, Holiday Island , Holiday Wildlife Sanctuary in the Sundarbans Protected Forest are near Kaikhali. Kaikhali is located 63 km from Kolkata and 92 km from Kolkata Airport.

Namkhana – 118 km from Kolkata and 123 km from Kolkata Airport. Namkhana is also connected to the railway line from Kolkata and the distance is 109 km. There is the Bhagwatpur Crocodile Project and the Lothian Wildlife Sanctuary in the Sundarbans .

Canning – The nearest railway station to the Sundarbans Tiger Project. The distance from Kolkata to Kaning is 45 km and 29 km from Godkhali port. Public transport is available between Canning and Godkhali ports.

Expenses 

Daily per capita travel fee for domestic tourists in the sanctuary area is Rs. 150, for students – Rs. 30, for foreign tourists – Rs. 1500 per day. Outside the sanctuary, the travel fee for domestic tourists is Rs. 80, for students Rs. 20, for foreigners Rs. 1000 and for researchers Rs. 40. Travel fee for domestic tourists in Karamjal is 20 rupees per person, 300 rupees for foreigners. A one-time fee of Rs 30,000 is charged for a helicopter / sea plane and Rs 10,000 for a renewal. For launches above 100 feet you have to pay 15 thousand rupees, renewal fee is four thousand rupees. For a launch from 50 feet to 100 feet, one has to pay 10 thousand rupees at a time and the renewal fee is three thousand rupees. Seven and a half thousand rupees for vessels below 50 feet and two and a half thousand rupees for them. Ordinary trawlers can stay in the Sundarbans for a fee of three thousand rupees. Their renewal fee – 1500 rupees. There is a fee of five thousand rupees for speedboat and two thousand rupees for renewal. Forged boats, which are known as tourist boats, have to pay a one-time fee of Tk 2,000 and a renewal fee of Tk 1,000. In addition to the Forest Department’s travel fee, other expenses include a daily fee of Rs 500 for a guide, Rs 300 for a security guard, Rs 60 for a launch crew and Rs 200 for a telecommunications fee. Domestic tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 200 for video cameras and foreign tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 300. During the Ras Purnima in the Sundarbans, pilgrims have to pay a fee of Tk 50 per person for 3 days, a registered trawler fee of Tk 200, unregistered trawler fee of Tk 600 and a daily trawler fee of Tk 200. It takes two thousand rupees to renew. Forged boats, which are known as tourist boats, have to pay a one-time fee of Tk 2,000 and a renewal fee of Tk 1,000. In addition to the Forest Department’s travel fee, other expenses include a daily fee of Rs 500 for a guide, Rs 300 for a security guard, Rs 60 for a launch crew and Rs 200 for a telecommunications fee. Domestic tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 200 for video cameras and foreign tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 300. During the Ras Purnima in the Sundarbans, pilgrims have to pay a fee of Tk 50 per person for 3 days, a registered trawler fee of Tk 200, unregistered trawler fee of Tk 600 and a daily trawler fee of Tk 200. It takes two thousand rupees to renew. Forged boats, which are known as tourist boats, have to pay a one-time fee of Tk 2,000 and a renewal fee of Tk 1,000. In addition to the Forest Department’s travel fee, other expenses include a daily fee of Rs 500 for a guide, Rs 300 for a security guard, Rs 60 for a launch crew and Rs 200 for a telecommunications fee. Domestic tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 200 for video cameras and foreign tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 300. During the Ras Purnima in the Sundarbans, pilgrims have to pay a fee of Rs 50 per person for 3 days, a registered trawler fee of Rs 200, an unregistered trawler fee of Rs 600 and a daily trawler fee of Rs 200. Telecommunication fee is 200 rupees. Domestic tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 200 for video cameras and foreign tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 300. During the Ras Purnima in the Sundarbans, pilgrims have to pay a fee of Tk 50 per person for 3 days, a registered trawler fee of Tk 200, unregistered trawler fee of Tk 600 and a daily trawler fee of Tk 200. Telecommunication fee is 200 rupees. Domestic tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 200 for video cameras and foreign tourists have to pay a fee of Tk 300. During the Ras Purnima in the Sundarbans, pilgrims have to pay a fee of Tk 50 per person for 3 days, a registered trawler fee of Tk 200, unregistered trawler fee of Tk 600 and a daily trawler fee of Tk 200.

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Arrangements have been made to stay at Kachikhali at Tiger Point in Sundarbans, Nilkamal at Hiran Point and Forest Department Rest House at Katka. If you want to stay in Nilkamal, it will cost three thousand rupees per room for domestic tourists and five thousand rupees for foreigners. Kachikhali will cost three thousand rupees for each room and five thousand rupees for foreigners. It will cost Rs 2,000 per room in Cuttack and Rs 5,000 per room for foreigners.

There are no residential hotel arrangements for staying in Bagerhat. Mumtaz Hotel on Rail Road has less facilities but the quality of service is relatively good, but the cost is a bit high.

There are tourism corporation hotels to stay in Mongla. There are some standard hotels for tourists to stay in the animal port.

If you want to stay in Satkhira city, you can find some standard hotels here. In Munshiganj, Shyamnagar, there is an arrangement to spend the night in the rest house and dormitory of NGO Sushilan.

Among the various quality residential hotels in Khulna city, Hotel Royal, Castle Salam, Hotel Tiger Garden, Hotel West Inn, Hotel City Inn, Hotel Millennium etc. are notable.

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