Kolkata Azimgung Sunderbans Kolkata – 9 Nights / 10 Days

 

Kolkata Azimgung Sunderbans Kolkata – 9 Nights / 10 Days

Embarkation: Hwh station at Kolkata, West Bengal.
Disembarkation: Vivada jetty, Millennium park, Kolkata

Day 1
Guests shall be picked up from Kolkata Hotel or airport and transferred to Hwh station at Kolkata and shall be given a transfer by railway from HWH to Azimganj railway station.

13465/Howrah – Malda Town Intercity Express. Packed snacks in train.
Reaching  Azimganj railway station transfer to Azimganj Jetty by tuktuk.
Check in Azimganj jetty.  After safety and tour briefing the cruiser sails and the guests are relaxed to discover the ship. Dinner on board.

Day 2
The vessel will drop anchor at Murshidabad, the historic town, the earliest evidences of history perhaps as early as circa 1500 B.C.  The Nawab Murshid Quli Khan made Murshidabad the capital city of Sube Bangla, comprising of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. The East India Company reigned from here for many years after the Battle of Plassey.

Day 3
The vessel will drop anchor at Mayapur & Matiari. Mayapur is Headquaters of ISKCON. Preaching  the power of prayer to attain salvation.

At Matiari, visit Kansha workshops, ( Bell metal wares) was a poor man substitute to the rich silverware used in Bengali homes for prayers, table wares and also for cooking. The traditional Kansari artisans make from scrap metals handcrafted wares and art facts.

Day 4
The vessel will drop anchor at Kalna, Maharajas of Bardhaman built  several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation, the main one being 108 Shiv Mandir built in 1809 in traditional AAT chala architecture and the Raj bari which house most of the temples.  Shantipur – the weavers of fine Bengal cotton, the village rich in handloom weaving, is the second largest occupation in the state of West Bengal. The weavers here blend the traditional art with the modern life style needs, offering rich variety of textiles, sarees, stoles, fabrics etc.

Day 5
The Europe on GangesThere are 5 European reminiscence within 40 km north of Kolkata and were trading post. The vessel will drop anchor at Bandel – meaning the Port in Bengali, the place appears to the port during the time of Portuguese.

Chandannagore -the French colony from 1673 to 1952, except between 1757 to 1794 when it was under the British.  Depending upon the tide the cruiser sails past the Howrah Bridge late evening or early morning next day.

Day 6
Kolkata city tour. Know the oldest city of the east and once the capital of British East India Company.

Day 7
After Breakfast, the ship sailes for Sunderbans, the kingdom of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers as well as the World’s largest Mangrove Forest belt. The cruiser sails along the beautiful Ganges towards the south, passing through the various heritage sites to reach an the gate way of Sunderbans Namkhana.

Day 8
Early this morning enjoy the unique scene of hundreds of fishing boats busy with their daily chores in the small fishing hamlet of Namkhana. The busy fishing harbour will give an insight to the lifestyle of the fishermen. The guests can buy fresh fish and other sea foods to be cooked in the live kitchen counters.

Afternoon guests can disemark to walk through the thick mangrove forest  of Lothian island having extensive range of mangrove species  where the guests can feast their eyes on the wide range of migratory and local birds of this region. excellent birding opportunity.Later the guests will visit the crocodile project on Bhagabatpur island which is a hatchery and sanctuary to the biggest estuarine crocodiles in the world.

Day 9
Cruise – Early morning visit the Nethidopani Watch Tower. Nethidopani has ruins of a 400-year-old temple and legends lend mystery to the atmosphere.

Later after breakfast enjoy extensive creek ride through the dense Mangrove forest. Later have a Canopy walk and explore Dobanke, the Deer Rehabilitation Center.
Afternoon visit the Wildlife Watch Tower at Sudhayanakhali; famous for its watchtower and wildlife sighting

Day 10
Cruise / Kolkata Departure – Spend the morning at Bali Village, a typical Sunderban village for an interaction with the villagers to experience their life style. Guests will experience farming, paddy husking, honey packing, fishing and various occupations of the region.
After breakfast check out and transfer Kolkata Jetty by surface AC Coach (3 Hours).

IMPORTANT NOTICE
The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may 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.