Sundarbans- The magical mangrove
Aug 2017 | 4N/5D | Rs. 36,500
The mangrove forests of Sundarbans are home to many hidden treasures including the venerable Royal Bengal Tiger. Watching as the boat floats on the mangroves cutting through the misty morning, a sight of a Tiger, coming out to the bund’s edge to cross the stream, is just magical. Beautiful kingfishers getting ready to fish alongside the fishing eagles, the monitor lizard coming out to bask or a curious jungle cat shows itself, anything is possible in these mystical forests.
WHAT YOU LEARN
A great opportunity to observe, learn about and photograph the majestic cat of the swamps. The entire mangrove forest is so mystical and holds so many hidden treasures. Bird life is very good and so is the reptilian life. You will understand the nuances of wildlife photography. How best to use the available light to create high impact images. How to posit yourself properly and wait for the right moment rather than go trigger happy. A lot of interactions on the field and off it regarding compositions and post processing will help you to up your photography skills many notches.
Sundar means beautiful and Ban means forest, so Sunderbans literally translates into a beautiful forest. It’s wet swamps are one of the exotic biodiversity hotspots in Asia and is home to more than 2000 species of flora and fauna.
Sundarbans has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its pristine mangroves and for being the natural habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is spread over ten thousand sq. kms with most parts of it in Bangladesh and the rest in the West Bengal state of India (which we will be visiting).
It is one of the last few places where you can spot a good number of tigers in the wild and hence is every nature loving photo-enthusiast’s dream destination. Sunderbans offers a variety of subjects (birds, crocodiles, leopards, tigers, moneys, deer, sharks and even Gangetic dolphins) and landscapes (mangroves, rivers & avifauna rich forests) to make beautiful macro, natural and landscape pictures.
Day 1 – Aug 16th ( Wed )
Participants arrive at Kolkatta airport on Aug 25th to be picked up by our Birdwing expert. We embark on a three to four hour journey to Gadkhali to reach in time for lunch. After a quick brief from our expert, we will go on a boat safari to get a feel of the mangrove forests of Sundarbans.
Upon our return from the safari, while we munch our snacks our expert will give another brief yet detailed overview on the forests and its denizens, how to approach them, followed by a quick image review session.
Overnight stay: Boat
Day 2&4 – Aug 17th – 19th ( Thu & Sat )
Early morning as the sun rises, we would already be inside the forest for safari’s looking for kingfishers, salt water crocodile. We will pretty much stay inside and maximise our chance of photographing various flora and fauna of Sundarbans with break for lunch and snacks in between on the boat.
Our schedule will be pretty much same for the remaining days. We will anchor our boat for our night halt at the eco-camp only to return to the boat early morning the next day.
Day 2: Overnight stay on the boat
Day 3: Overnight stay: Eco-Camp
Day 4: Overnight stay: Eco-Camp
Day 5 – Aug 20th (Sun)
This as you may expect will be a short day. We’ll start at the crack of dawn as usual for a morning session. Post lunch we’ll depart to Kolkata to catch our respective return journey flights/trains. Until of course, Birdwing brings us together again.
THINGS TO NOTE
Sunny during the day
Cold in the night
Telephoto & Wide angle
Warm clothes for the night
Hat and glasses
Bring your own toiletries
TERMS AND CONDITION
- INR 15,000/- advance required for provisional reservation
- Needed towards securing of forest permit with valid ID proof.
- The tour cost is Ex-kolkata.
- Remainder (100% ) within 30 days from the first payment
- 60% refund if cancelled before 2 months from the date of travel
- 20% refund if cancelled after 2 months and before 1 month from the date of travel
- No refund if cancelled within 1 month of the date of travel
Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.
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