2 Reviews

  • Salam Symbol Reply

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    We took a 3 day tour of the Sunderbans, starting in Mongla and traveling to Kotka, aboard the MV Gung Chil. The boat itself was functional and the staff were great, especially the cook (the food was great) and the guide (we saw many animals). However, it was not the cleanest boat I have ever been on, even by Bangladeshi standards. If you''re not squeamish, I would highly recommend this boat and crew. During our trip, we were able to see a large amount of wildlife, including many types of birds (kingfishers, woodpeckers, eagles, adjutants), deer, boar, monitor lizards, crocodiles and monkeys. Although, we did not see a tiger, we were able to see the footprint, and on a tour of one of the islands, near tiger point, could hear one in the forest nearby, although, as dusk was quickly approaching, we were not able to venture far into the bush to try and catch a glimpse. We took a number of expeditions on a small boat, going up the rivers and inlets, amongst the mangroves, and also took two walking expeditions, through Sunderbans East wildlife sanctuary and also to Jamtola Beach (where we heard the tiger). On top of seeing so many animals and the beautiful scenery, the experience was very peaceful. With very little human habitation and not many other boats around, it really was a novel experience. I would highly recommend visiting if possible.

  • Ram Prasad Reply

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    The Sundarbans are difficult to visit as the area is covered with mangrove forest and the region is a delta with many rivers and channels. It is this very remoteness that makes the area such a paradise for nature. Tigers are the main inhabitants in terms of attraction but to say that they are elusive is an understatement. Even professional biologists have only seen them rarely. This may be a disappointment but there are so many other birds etc that make a visit worthwhile. Visiting from the sea on an expedition ship we explored the various channels. From first light we met the people and animals who live in the Sundarbans. Protected by the forest guards we noted how they cared about the region and its animals. We also were able to land and walk along the boardwalks, all the time noting the various inter-relation between species. It is a magical place despite its relative inaccessibility and one of the world''s most precious environments.