Ecological wildlife Expeditions in Sundarbans Bangladesh by paddle wheel steamer cruise from Dhaka
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 heritage site in 1997.
Every year many travelers expedition in and around of these wildlife sanctuaries and mostly viewed sites – namely – KATKA, KACHIKHALI and HERON POINT.
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.
Some fish and amphibians originate in the Sundarbans are butter fish, electric ray, common carp, king crab, silver carp, barb, river eels, starfish, sawfish, fiddler crab, hermit crab, prawn, shrimps, river dolphins, skipping frogs, common toads and tree frogs. One mostly exciting amphibious fish species is the mudskipper that climbs out of the water into mudflats and even climbs trees.
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.
Bangladesh Expeditions organize special interest expeditions, bird watching trip, family tour in private basis, personal demanded tours, weekend package tours and filming / research documentary on any species.
Day-01: Paddle wheel steamer cruise
our guide will pick you to the sadarghat reaching by 04:00 PM for an exciting Paddle wheel steamer cruise globally known was launch in Bangladesh in the late 18th century by the British India General Navigation Railway Company built with unique design rare chance of sinking dilapidated torpedo-shaped two storey vessels comfortable as symbol of speed, safety and aristocracy once renowned and elite classes people cruises to Mongla and Khulna via Chandpur, Barisal and Hularhat. There were six paddle steamers built with steam engines from Europe and India now converted into diesel-run engines and electro-hydraulic engines. Presently only 4 paddle wheel steamer namely – PS Masud, PS Ostrich, PS Lepcha, PS Tern and introduced 2 new ships--MV Bangali and MV Madhumati launches according to the paddle steamer model operated from Dhaka every day except Friday started 04:00 PM from Badamtoli departing by 06:30 PM from Sadarghat terminal.
Day-02: Mongla to Katka
In the beginning of the Sundarbans forest protected zone a few hundred fisherman devastating natural breeding system catching fish and young shrimp.
On the way of our cruise we find before 200 meters of forested land and front of Daingmari forest office Known to be a popular course for dolphins and other aquatic animals once we find very rare hambok dolphin species. Dhangmari is not only place where endure dolphin, specialized declare Chandpai and Dudhmukhi areas of eastern Sundarbans as dolphin sanctuaries recorded 6,000 Irrawaddy Dolphin mammal species in Sundarbans Bangladesh.
Very soon our boat arrive at Chandpai Dolphin sanctuary adjacent joy moni fisherman village we stop our boat at forest office jetty to get permitted copy and armed forest guard accompanying the tour.
We direct cruise about to Bay of Bengal view Katka wildlife and Tiger point where mostly viewed diverse wildlife. Our small wooden boat immediately leave us to the nearby wildlife observation tower out looking the eye catching grass land surrounding green trees while birds back to the nest and spotted deer stealthily taking grass before sun set, return to the boat hearing evening alert sounds of Jungle fowl. Free time having prawn soup in the boat will be anchored convenient place in sea facing both side forested lands.
Day-03: visit another World heritage site- Bagerhat sixty dome Mosque
at around 09:30 AM leave the rocket for one hour car journey to the Ruins 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, 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 of the Sundarbans.
Day-04: whole day diverse wildlife and magical mangrove forest expeditions
Sundarbans is the unique ecological place for bird watchers, early in the morning alarm wake up for an exciting bird watching trip by silent boat through Katka canal / creeks chance to see the bird life and wildlife very close. Before entering in the canal right side sea faces mud flats where flying birds of prey hunting fishes and crabs. In the canal many species of birds you will find 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 many 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.
Only one hour time for walking through forest en-route to the Tiger hill we find many deer and macaque under the keora tree and our conducted guide will broken branch of the tree where all of the deer eating with fear.
immediately board to the boat having snacks heading for 7km walking to the Jamtola beach trail through jungle.
In the grassland we may find deer, birds and many butterflies as total 37 species of butterflies under 7 families were recorded after 3.50km walk through picturesque scenery we wondered Katka beach where you find only dried trees and verities shell of Mollusks species.
We can happier if we could hiking Katka to Kachikhali through Jamtola beach and deep forest but this expeditions possible from December to March.
We can write about the adventurous expeditions those visit during the month of December to March.
After having bath and fruits / cookies eating return to the boat and its start cruise about to Kachikhali meantime late lunch will be served on vessel, on the way of cruise look out may find obscure Bengal tiger swimming in the canal.
Late afternoon on arrival Kachikhali wildlife in the sea front canal beyond a place will be anchor our vessel. Here you may see a large crocodile in the mud bank
Our small boat leave us at jetty Walking through grassland spotted deer in several group stealthily eating grasses and wild boars are common in this forest carefully walk as poisonous snakes found several time in our past trip.
Before sun set a significant bird watching through Kachikhali fascinating canal A brown-winged kingfisher whizzes by, heading before stopping to perch, enduring us closed view of its spurious wing and attracting red bill. May you must see a deer, we may also find Crescent Serpent Eagle, otters if low tides as many fishes.
A BBQ dinner will be served and our boat few hours back to anchor nearby canal.
Day-05: bird canal expeditions + Berrikhal canal and Herbaria
early in the morning bird canal expeditions here surrounding mangrove apple and mangrove trees very spectacular by bird watchers as maximum species of bird observe here, water monitor, rhesus macaque also common. Return to the vessel for heading Berrikhal crisscrosses canal where diverse wildlife marked from the boat. Both side green trees and wildlife attracts any travelers, we find masked fin foot, lesser adjutant and greater egrets, several time we found crocodile baking in the sun, water monitor lying in tree, macaque make your return journey memorable.
In the afternoon leave the vessel for Harbaria Eco tourism sight-seeing from wooden made path searching Tiger foot print in the forest floor, continue on to the boat for Mongla catching train / Scania Volvo bus journey to Dhaka.
If visitors use return flight from Jessore to Dhaka just 02:30 pm should be leave the vessel for catching evening flight.
This price only for foreigner
Price per person: US$ 410 (Transport : Rocket + Boat + Car + Air)
Price per person: US$ 355 (Transport :Rocket + Boat + Car + ac Bus)
Price shall include:
1. Cruise inside the Forest with exclusive tourist boat.
2. Accommodation on twin sharing basis
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
Sundarban Package Tour
Air-con Bus – Car – Boat
Price Per Person : US$ 160
Price shall include:
· Cruise Inside the Forest with tourist boat.
· Accommodation on twin sharing basis
· Food (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Tea/coffee, snacks)
· All activities inside the forest as per itinerary.
· Small country boat to make trips inside small canals/creeks.
· Mineral water for drinking during the trip.
· Forest fees, permission & armed forest guard from the forest department
· An accompanied Guide during the trip.
· Aircon Bus ticket (Dhaka – Khulna - Dhaka)
· A/C Car for Transfer (Khulna – Mongla – Khulna)
PACKAGE COST EXCLUDES:
• Drinks both hard and soft.
• Items of personal nature and items not mentioned above.
• Foreigners permission @ 5,000 BDT.
Note: we also organize 2 days bird watching trip, 3 days trip to Katka and Heron point and 4 days trip to Katka, Heron point, Dubla island and Mandarbaria
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