Secrets of the Sundarbans

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata, Embarkation (D)

Late afternoon embark the ship in Kolkata. (a city formerly known as Calcutta founded by the British Raj in 1773), the gateway to our journey along the world & holiest river, the sacred Ganges. Welcomed on board with a refreshing beverage followed by a safety briefing.

This evening, delight in the Cruise Director's Gala dinner and welcome reception.

Highlight of the Day: Welcome to the Big City of Kolkata, often regarded as the Cultural Capital of India. Be entertained onboard by Baul musicians, whose music represents a long heritage of preaching mysticism through songs in Bengal. Although Bauls constitute only a small fraction of the Bengali population, their influence on the culture of Bengal (Both in India & Bangladesh) is considerable. The Baul tradition has been included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Overnight onboard Ganga Voyager.

Day 2: Kolkata - Namkhana (B/L/D)

Late night or early morning depending on tide timings, you set sail along the Hooghly River to reach the fishing port of Namkhana, the gateway of the Sundarbans National Park, a World Heritage Site. You cruise past the boat-building yard of Nurpur and the historic Diamond Harbour towards the Bay of Bengal. Sundarbans are the world's largest delta mangrove forest and habitat of the famous Royal Bengal Tiger.

Post breakfast enjoy a talk and interaction with the Naturalist on the unique ecosystem of the Sundarbans.

Visit the fishing port of Namkhana (time permitting) or sail forward towards Sundarbans to visit protected areas

Highlight of the Day:   Full day sailing viewing historic sites and unique landscapes following the river to the Bay of Bengal and learning about the Sundarbans from the Naturalist.

Overnight onboard Ganga Voyager

Day 3: Namkhana - Bony Camp - Bali Island (B/L/D)

Anchoring in the Western Sundarbans today is your first foray into this rich and unique mangrove ecosystem, scaling the Bony Camp Watchtower on an excursion to sight endangered crocodiles, terrapins and many species of Migratory Birds.

Sailing along the Matla river to the Hero Bhangra Islands, keep a keen eye out for Irrawaddy Dolphins and other marine life. Disembark in country boat after lunch to visit the serene Nethidopani Watchtower and experience the spectacular nature of the surroundings. Sail onward to Bali Island, a typical village whose inhabitants are engaged in farming, paddy husking, honey packing and fishing

Highlight of the Day: Bali Village & NGO Interaction - The Bali Nature & Wildlife Conservation Society in collaboration with the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) helps support the communities living around the Tiger Reserve, and to encourage them to view wildlife and their environment as an asset rather than a threat. Enjoy a village walk and interact with the villagers engaged in creating handicrafts, visit a local home, and witness a tribal dance.

Overnight onboard Ganga Voyager.

Day 4: Bali - Sudhanyakhali - Do Banki - Namkhana (B/L/D)

With a gorgeous sunrise you'll scale the Sudhanyakhali Watchtower, the most popular locale to spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger; this vast habitat endows invigorating possibilities of crocodiles, wild boars, axis deer and a wide range of migratory and local birds.

Thereafter you'll take a small country boat through the narrow creeks to climb the Dobanki Watchtower and enjoy a canopy walk at an elevation of 20 feet from the ground and about half a kilometer in length, to reveal the riveting flora and fauna.

Return to the ship for late lunch and sail to Namkhana.

Highlight of the Day:  Interaction with Fishermen at work during creek ride.

Overnight onboard Ganga Voyager

Day 5: Namkhana - Kolkata, Disembark (B/L/D)

Early this morning we sail back to Kolkata enjoying breakfast and lunch on board, arriving late in the afternoon.

Disembark and proceed for your onward journey.

Important Note:

The itinerary maybe readjusted due to local conditions and days of the week, in order to avoid closure of monuments/museums. Last minute sailing adjustments may also occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff. The letters in parentheses indicate the included meal of the day B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner

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