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Sundarban weekend tour package

Sundarbans is the World largest mangrove wetlands of which two – third is lands and one – third is water bodies forms of river, canal and creeks. total 6017 Sq.km in Bangladesh part only accessible by water transport which has availability of accommodation, food, security and staff to provide the service during stay inside the forest. visitors can join in the weekend package tours or rent a boat with food for 3 or 4 days from Khulna / Mongla.

 

We have several boat for Sundarban adventure

  • 10 person capacities small boat for family or small group private tour
  • 22 person capacities Standard facilities boat
  • 34 person capacities boat with comfort facilities
  • 50 person capacities luxury vessel ( 90 feet by 26 feet ) with all air condition room has also 11 room with attached bath.

 

last year a great sustainable travel writer and founder of Soul travel blog ” Ellie cleary “ visited Sundarbans with Bangladesh Expeditions and she write about the Sundarbans Eco system please read her great article about the Sundarbans —

https://soultravelblog.com/sundarbans-trip-bangladesh/

 

Why Sundarban is the magical wonders?

The Sundarbans world heritage sites – home to magnificent animal on land is Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, wild boars, macaque, barking deer, jungle and fishing cat, otters, water monitor and snakes.

there are 290 species of birds and mostly seen are – pond heron, purple heron, egrets, cattle egrets, greater egret, open billed stork, smaller adjutant stork, brahmini kite, fish eagle, magpie robin, jungle moyna, bulbul, wood peckers, bea eater, leaf bird, 9 species of kingfisher, drongo, racket tallied drongo, rose ringed parakeet, dove, parrot, mangrove pitta, and crow.

The word Sundarban means ‘beautiful forest’. It is a immeasurable area in the Ganges delta comprising a network of 108 swampy, two-third low-lying landmass amidst one- third water bodies of 450 river, canal and creeks, mainly fresh water flows north to south direction and sediments deposited in the delta covered with enormous brackish mud flats contain 28 species true mangrove plants boast of a variety of flora and diversified faunal array to bring an unequaled diverse wildlife

Sundarban Mangrove ecosystems are of massive ecological significance which Situated mostly in southwest Bangladesh, a small portion of it lies in India. The Indian part of the forest is estimated to be about 19 percent, while the Bangladeshi part is 81 percent. Three wildlife Sanctuaries superb by sedges, legumes, algal, grasses a variety of terrestrial shrubs and Magical mangrove trees where stealthily spotted deer, Macaque and wild boar survive and ferocious Bengal tiger its roam beyond various wildlife. Its declared as a UNESCO world natural heritage site in 1997.

Every year many travelers expedition in and around of these wildlife sanctuaries and mostly viewed sites – namely – KATKA, KACHIKHALI, Dubla island and HERON POINT.

 

Bangladesh Expeditions organize special interesting wildlife expeditions, bird watching trip, family tour in privately, personal demanded tours, weekend package tours and filming / research documentary on any species.

 

Confirm Departure: every Friday weekend package tour from Khulna and Mongla (November to March)

 

The Sundarbans incident four tides each day, on a six-hour round and wildlife view in the low tide than high tides.

Flora: overall 334 plants, The major tree species is Sundry which covers about 73% to total landmass and the second species is Gewa which covers about 16% of entire forest area. The plant species include 35 legumes, 29 grasses, 19 sedges, and 18 spurges,165 algal, 13 special orchids, 17 fern, 87 monocotyledon and 230 dicotyledon belonging to 245 genera and 75 families from the sundarbans and adjacent area are found available. 50 true mangrove plant species recorded throughout the globe, the Sundarbans only hold 35 species.

FISH – The Sundarban ecology supports rich fisheries diversity supports 24 species of shrimps, 8 species of lobsters, 7 species of crabs, 42 species of mollusks and 225 species of fish among them 120 species of commercially important fishes are available harvesting by the fisherman.

Avifauna – Birds is the best indication of beauty in nature. in Sundarbans 315 species have been recorded – 8 species king fisher including the common brown-winged kingfishers, Jungle red fowl and  the globally threatened lesser adjutants, masked fin foots birds of prey such as the ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, grey-headed and Pallas fish eagles.

Aquatic fauna

Some fish and amphibians originate in the Sundarbans are butter fish, electric ray, common carp, king crab, silver carp, barb, river eels, starfish, saw-fish, fiddler crab, hermit crab, prawn, shrimps, river dolphins, skipping frogs, common toads and tree frogs. One mostly exciting amphibious fish species is the mud skipper that climbs out of the water into mudflats and even climbs trees.

Predators:

42 species of mammal among them 25 vital mammalian species – significant habitats for the endangered Bengal tiger.The forest also contains leopard —  other smaller predators namely- Asian house shrew, Greater short-nosed fruit bat, Indian flying fox, Greater false vampire bat, tail-less leaf-nosed bat, Rhesus macaque , Red-cheeked squirrel, Greater bandicoot rat, Black rat, Little Indian field mouse, Porcupines, Humpback dolphin, Short-beaked common dolphin, Irrawaddy dolphin, South Asian river dolphin, Bengal fox, Golden jackal, Indian grey mongoose,Fishing cat, Jungle cat, Wild boar, Indian muntjac and monitor lizard.

It is expected that there are now 106 Bengal tigers and about 30,000 to 50,000 spotted deer in the area. Semi aquatic mammal namely The small-clawed otter moves in families often seen during low tides in the creeks.

Reptiles: Sundarbans is also home to 50 reptiles species including Estuarine  crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles is common and others are king cobras, Indian flap-shelled turtles, house geckos, monitor lizards, The river terrapin, hawksbill turtles, pythons, common kraits, green vine snake,  olive ridley turtles, sea snakes, dog-faced water snakes, green turtles, estuarine crocodiles, chameleons, Russell’s vipers, checkered keelbacks and rat snakes. Peacock soft-shelled turtles, Bengal monitors , water monitors and Indian pythons.

 

Sundarban wildlife Tour itinerary:

Thursday-Night-01Dhaka to Khulna by train or Scania Volvo or evening flight

Leaving Dhaka for Khulna by train at around 08:00 PM or Scania Volvo bus at 09:30 PM.

Overnight journey – by train or Scania Volvo  

Friday- 01: Mongla to Sundarban around Katka Tiger point

In the morning leaving Khulna and one hour car journey to Mongla where you will board into our tourist boat. The boat  immediately started its cruise through water bodies of the forest about to Sundarban estuary along the Bay of Bengal, after 8 hours of cruise, you will reach Katka Tiger point where maximum wildlife are visible. On our way to Katka you will observe fascinating mangrove plants and wildlife. The most eye catching are –

  • Sundari canal close to Katka– very beautiful narrow canal both side several mangrove species attracts while low tide spotted deer, endanger bird and aquatic mammals may seen.
  • Late in the afternoon Tiger trail through magical mangrovefloor where maximum deer and macaque visible on way to Tiger hill.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin

 

Saturday-02: whole day seeing the diverse wildlife in the mangrove forest

Sundarbans is the unique ecological place for bird watchers, early in the morning wake up for an exciting bird watching trip by silent boat through Katka canal / creeks chance to see the bird life and wildlife from very close. Before entering in the canal right side sea faces mud flats where often found flying birds of prey hunting fishes and crabs. In the canal many species of birds you will observe mostly brawn winged king fisher, ruddy king fisher deep of the creeks, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin, common king fisher, fish eagle on the top of die tree, bee eater and if high tide closely viewed macaque and deer, green vine snake if low tides may find oriental small otters and pug print in the muddy bank, return to the boat having breakfast.

 

After having breakfast a lot to see in and around Katka and Kachikhali. The main activities are-

  • Katka to Kachikhali 8km trail through Katka forest grass lands where mostly viewed spotted deer, macaque, wild boar and birds, Looking the beauty of the forest grassland where commonly observed many deer from observation tower, after 2km walking, have fun in the Katka sea beach then a long breathtaking walk through silent Jamtola beach, In the grassland we may find deer, birds and many butterflies as total 37 species of butterflies under 7 families were recorded, our awaiting boat meantime arrived at Kachikhali and we take a lunch. At around 15:30 hours walk through Kachikhali forest wildlife view point and in the evening canal cruise seeing wildlife and birds.

this adventure trail only can enjoy those have physical fitness to walk slowly.

  • Opt for a another plan like 5km trail – Katka to katka beach through grass land
  • return to the boat for resume cruise to Kachikhali for walking through Kachikhali wildlife forest
  • Evening bird watching and wildlife at Kachikhali canal
  • BBQ dinner
  • We cover the two dominant wildlife estuaries and if visitors lucky then on the way of cruise may find obscure Bengal tiger swimming in the canal.

 

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin in Sundarbans vessel

 

Sunday-03: Berrikhal meandering wildlife canal and Harbaria Tiger forest

in the morning our vessel more than 3 hours of cruising to Harbaria Eco tourism centre, on our way through narrow channel both side view of the mangrove trees very spectacular by bird watchers as maximum species of bird observe here, water monitor, rhesus macaque also common, we may find masked fin foot, lesser adjutant and greater egrets, several time we found crocodile basking in the sun, water monitor lying in tree, macaque make your return journey memorable.

In the afternoon leave the vessel for Harbaria Eco tourism center where we offered seeingTiger foot print in the forest floor while walking through wooden made path, continue on to the boat for Mongla for 3 hours car journey to Jessore catching evening flight or train journey or Scania Volvo bus journey from Khulna to Dhaka.

 

overnight journey – train / Volvo bus

If visitors use return flight from Jessore to Dhaka just 02:30 pm should be leave the vessel for catching evening flight.

Sundarban package tour price per person: BDT.

Dhaka – Khulna – Mongla – Sundarban – Dhaka –12,500 ( by Volvo bus + car + boat )

Sundarban package tour by Non Ac bus ( Dhaka – Mongla – sundarban – Dhaka – 9500

Sundarban private tour around Katka + Dubla island + Heron point in 4 days @ 14,000

Sundarban 3 days private tour less than package tour if exclusively run for the group and if run and booked early by 10 person or 22 person or 34 person tourist boat

Dhaka – Khulna – Sundarban – Dhaka by Volvo bus and air condition 50 person capacities luxury vessel for 3 days price @ 14,000 Taka.

 

The price inclusive of all cost for 3 days like 3 days food + permission + Volvo bus

 Tour Option-02:

Sundarban weekend package trip by rocket steamer and air

Wednesday-01:  Paddle wheel renowned Rocket steamer cruise

our guide will pick up from hotel at 03:00 PM and take you to the sadarghat river terminal , on arrival board into the 1st class cabin of Rocket steamer only 4 are in operation was built in the late 18th century by the British India General Navigation Railway Company operated from Dhaka every day except Friday started cruise by 06:30 PM from Sadarghat terminal.

Thursday and Monday from Dhaka run only new shape launch and other day’s old rocket.

 

Overnight stay – 1st class rocket cabin

Thursday-02visit another World heritage site-  Bagerhat sixty dome Mosque

at around 09:50 AM leaving the rocket for one hour car journey to the archaeological heritage  of Bagerhat are the remnants of the famous city of Khalifatabad from the medieval period established by Saint Ulug Khan Jahan. UNESCO declared World heritage sites- his sixty dome mosque although made many beautiful Mosque, we also visit Nine domed Mosque, lakes and the tomb of Khan Jahan Ali. In the afternoon drive another an hour to Pashur hotel. Late in the afternoon experience the coastal villages by auto rickshaw van having fresh air along the Pashur river.

Overnight stay – hotel Pashur Ac twin deluxe room

Friday- 03: Mongla to Katka wildlife Tiger point

In the morning leaving Pashur hotel and board into our tourist boat then immediately started cruise about to Sundarban estuary for which UNESCO status World heritage natural site, after 8 hours of cruise through forest water bodies crossing many rivers, canal and creeks, you will reach Katka Tiger point where maximum wildlife visible from close in the estuary. On our way to Katka you will observe fascinating mangrove plants and wildlife. The most eye catching are –

  • Sundary canal – very beautiful narrow canal both side scenery of mangrove species attracts to visitors,
  • Late afternoon Tiger trail through magical mangrove floor where maximum deer and macaque visible on way to Tiger hill.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin

 

Saturday-04: whole day seeing the diverse wildlife in the mangrove forest

Sundarbans is the unique ecological place for bird watchers, early in the morning wake up for an exciting bird watching trip by silent boat through Katka canal / creeks chance to see the bird life and wildlife from very close. Before entering in the canal right side sea faces mud flats where often found flying birds of prey hunting fishes and crabs. In the canal many species of birds you will observe mostly brawn winged king fisher, ruddy king fisher deep of the creeks, racket tailed drongo, magpie robin, common king fisher, fish eagle on the top of die tree, bee eater and if high tide closely viewed macaque and deer, green vine snake if low tides may find oriental small otters and pug print in the muddy bank, return to the boat having breakfast.

 

After having breakfast a lot to see in and around Katka and Kachikhali. The main activities are-

  • Katka to Kachikhali 8km trail through Katka forest grass lands where mostly viewed spotted deer, macaque, wild boar and birds, Looking the beauty of the forest grassland where commonly observed many deer from observation tower, after 2km walking, have fun in the Katka sea beach then a long breathtaking walk through silent Jamtola beach, In the grassland we may find deer, birds and many butterflies as total 37 species of butterflies under 7 families were recorded, our awaiting boat meantime arrived at Kachikhali and we take a lunch. At around 15:30 hours walk through Kachikhali forest wildlife view point and in the evening canal cruise seeing wildlife and birds.

this adventure trail only can enjoy those have physical fitness to walk slowly.

 

  • Opt for a another plan like 5km trail – Katka to katka beach through grass land
  • return to the boat for resume cruise to Kachikhali for walking through Kachikhali wildlife forest
  • Evening bird watching and wildlife at Kachikhali canal
  • BBQ dinner
  • We cover the two dominant wildlife estuaries and if visitors lucky then on the way of cruise may find obscure Bengal tiger swimming in the canal.

Overnight stay – twin bedded cabin in Sundarbans vessel

 

Sunday-05: Berrikhal meandering wildlife canal and Harbaria Tiger forest

in the morning our vessel more than 3 hours of cruising to Harbaria Eco tourism center, on our way through narrow channel both side view of the mangrove trees very spectacular by bird watchers as maximum species of bird observe here, water monitor, rhesus macaque also common, we may find masked fin foot, lesser adjutant and greater egrets, several time we found crocodile basking in the sun, water monitor lying in tree, macaque make your return journey memorable.

In the afternoon leave the vessel for Harbaria Eco tourism center where we offered seeing Tiger foot print in the forest floor while walking through wooden made path, continue on to the boat for Mongla for 3 hours car journey to Jessore catching evening flight or overnight train journey or Scania Volvo bus journey from Khulna to Dhaka.

 

This price only for foreigner if we run exclusively at any date

Package Price per person: US$ 410 (Transport: Rocket + Boat + Car + Air)

 

Price per person: US$ 375.00 (Transport: Rocket + Boat + Car + A/c Volvo bus / train )

 

Private Price per person: BDT.  (Transport : Rocket + Boat + Car + air)

02 person —03 person—04 person—05 person—06 person -10 person

$ 655 ……$ 550 ………$ 455……$ 420…..$ 390……$ 365 and $ 360

 

Note: we must use our 20 person capacities boat if 10 person foreigners.

 

Price shall include:

  1. Cruise inside the Forest with exclusive tourist boat.
  2. Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  3. Food – all meal with verities item + 2 time snacks + BBQ dinner and all time tea / coffee.
  4. All activities inside the forest as per itinerary.
  5. Small country boat to make trips inside small canals/creeks.
  6. Mineral water for drinking during the trip.
  7. Forest fees, permission & armed forest guard from the forest department
  8. An Ecological Guide during the trip.
  9. Air ticket (Jessore to Dhaka)
  10. Rocket Cruise (Dhaka – Hularhat).
  11. A/C Car for sightseeing and transfer

tour option-03: 

Sundarban wildlife estuaries tour by air + car

Day-01: evening flight to Jessore and drive at Mongla Pashur hotel

Depart Dhaka by evening flight with US- Bangla airlines to Jessore, Upon arrival our guide met and greets to Mongla, it takes minimum 3 hours A/c van drive.

Overnight stay – Pashur hotel deluxe room

Note: if visitors take morning flight to Jessore then we suggest visit Bagerhat archaeological heritage sites 

Day-2: Mongla to Kachikhali wildlife estuary

early morning at 06:30 AM cruise started about to Kachaikhali wildlife estuary through the sundarban forest waterways crossing many rivers, canal and creeks on arrival Kachikhali in the afternoon explore the spots like –

  • Egg island sea sandy beach
  • short trail seeing many deer and wild boar in the forest grasslands
  • Kachikhali canal cruise seeing birds, aquatic mammals and wildlife by silent boat.

Overnight stay – boat cabin at Kachikhali

Day-03: Katka and Kachikhali wildlife estuaries expeditions

On this day, early morning having boil eggs and banana / fruits / cookies with tea / coffee a large trail Kachikhali to Katka 8km through  Kachikhali jungle, wild beach and jamtola beach trail to Katka.

we will offer different activities at around Katka & Kachikhali, like –

  • Katka to Kachikhali trail seeing breathtaking undiscovered sandy beaches and forested lands of the Tiger and diverse wildlife (travelers fitness necessary)
  • Katka wildlife grassland and Katka sea beach
  • Katka wildlife and Tiger point
  • Evening bird watching through Katka canal by silent boat
  • BBQ dinner party

Overnight stay – boat cabin at Tambulbunia of the Sundarbans

Day-04: Barrikhal channel and Harbaria Eco tourism centre

in the morning a magnificent cruise through Barrikhal channel is very narrow meandering canal and spotted few endanger species included Musket fin foot, egrets, crocodile, deer and Macaque, it takes 3 hours and half while we reached at Harbaria Eco tourism center searching Tiger foot print in the mud along the walk through wooden made path.

in the afternoon we leave the boat at Mongla for A/c van journey to Jessore catching evening flight to Dhaka.

Price per person: US$ 360 ( if run by package tour )

Tour Price includes:

* Dhaka – Jessore – Dhaka return air tickets with low fair

* 3 days Sundarban cruise around Kotka, kachikhali and herbaria with berikhal channel.

* all food with BAR B Q dinner ( 3 meal and 2 snacks in a day, all time tea / coffee and bottle water, fruits, drinks

* Jessore – Khulna – Jessore by A/c 11 seated van for both way transfer

* Pashur hotel for one night stay

* Experienced English speaking tour guide.

  1. Drinks both hard and soft.
  2. Items of personal nature and items not mentioned above.
  3. Fees for the commercial video & cameras of the guests