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Where the land meets the sea at the southern tip of West Bengal lies the Indian Sunderbans, a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sunderbans is a vast area covering 4264 square km in India alone. The Indian Sunderbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. A paradise for birdwatchers, the list includes such rarities as the Masked Finfoot, Mangrove Pitta and the Mangrove Whistler. The Sunderbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the mighty rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Situated on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, it is also the world’s largest estuarine forest. The Sunderbans is criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries. It is one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earth, a truly undiscovered paradise. Shantiniketan (Bengali: Shantiniketôn) is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 180 kilometres north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). It was made famous by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a university town (Visva-Bharati University) that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The English-daily,The Nation (Thailand) notes,"Using the money he received with his Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, the school was expanded and renamed Visva-Bharati University. It grew to become one of India's most renowned places of higher learning, with a list of alumni that includes Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen, globally renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray and the country's leading art historian, R. Siva Kumar, to name just a few" Santiniketan is also a tourist attraction because Rabindranath Tagore wrote many of his literary classics here, and his house is a place of historical importance. Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata was the commercial capital of East India, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. The city of Kolkata has 4.5 million residents, and the metropolitan area, including suburbs, has a population of approximately 15.7 million, making it the third most populous metropolitan area in India and the 13th most populous urban area in the world. The city is also classified as the eighth largest urban agglomeration in the world. Kolkata served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911 when due to geographical disadvantages and growing nationalism in Bengal the capital was shifted to New Delhi. The city is noted for its vibrant political culture, ranging from the Indian struggle for independence to contemporary politics. Once the center of modern education, science, culture, and politics in India, Kolkata witnessed economic stagnation in the years following India's independence in 1947. However, since the year 2000, an economic rejuvenation has led to an acceleration in the city's growth. Like other metropolitan cities of India, Kolkata continues to struggle with urbanization problems like pollution and traffic congestion. Despite its problems, Kolkata remains the dominant urban area of eastern India and a major educational and cultural hub.Air Fare/Train fare. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, Portrage. Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary. Entrance Fees & Guide charges. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot). Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure. Service Tax. (3.09%). Insurance. Anything which is not include in the inclusion.
Day 1 : Kolkata Airport / Rly. Station - City Hotel
Meet & Greet on arrival at Airport / Railway Station & transfer to hotel. Check-in to hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay will be at Kolkata.
Day 2 : Kolkata - Sundarban
After early breakfast transfer to Sonakhali / Godkhali through the rural villages of Bengal. From Godkhali depart by Boat to Sajnekhali - one of the entry points of Sundarban National Park. After noon visit Sajnekhali Watch Tower. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 3 : Sundarban Sightseeing
After breakfast A thrilling Boat Cruise inside creeks and dense forest (or breakfast on boat during cruise) through numerous rivers while visiting Do-banki Watch Tower where the canopy walk inside the forest sends chills down your body (experience the life in which caged animals live in, while getting an all around view of the forest). Also visit the Spotted Deer Rehabilitation Centre. After which we cruise through Matla - Sea Face (the point from where Bay of Bengal can be seen) - Cruising back through the 5 river junction - to Pitchkhali. (Lunch on Boat during Cruise). Evening back to hotel & rest of the day at leisure. (Or enjoy Folk Dance by Local Artists only for Group). Overnight stay at Sundarban.
Day 4 : Sundarban - Kolkata
After breakfast Visit to Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower and Cruise through Rivers and Narrow Creeks of Pitchkhali-Sarakhkhali-Sudhanokhali-Bonobibi Dharani (narrow creek) and visit the Watch-Tower followed by a cruise around the Islands of the Sunderban Tiger Project Area, Enjoy a Panoramic View from Watch Tower. After lunch (Lunch on Boat during Cruise) departure for Sonakhali / Godkhali by Boat. Arrival at Sonakhali / Godkhali & Departure for Kolkata by Car. Check in hotel. Overnight stay will be at Kolkata.
Day 5 : Kolkata - Shantiniketan (4 hrs)
After early breakfast check out from hotel & transfer to Shantiniketan. Shantiniketan was founded in 1901 by Noble Laureate Shri. Rabindra Nath Tagore who visualized a perfect harmony of humanity with nature. Arrive & Check in at hotel & rest of the day leisure. Overnight stay will be at Shantiniketan.
Day 6 : Shantiniketan sightseeing - Kolkata (4 hrs)
After breakfast early check out from hotel & visit Kopai & Khoai River, Amar Kutir (Handicraft Center), Vishwabharaty University Campus, the complex at "Uttarayan", Art Gallery & Museum. Later drive to Kolkata. Arrive & Check in at hotel & rest of the day leisure. Overnight stay will be at Kolkata.
Day 7 : Kolkata City Panorama
After breakfast start for full day Kolkata city tour. Drive pass Howrah Bridge, Belur Math, Vivekananda Setu, Dakshineswar Temple, Drive pass GPO, Writers Building, Eden Garden Stadium, Rajbhawan, Visit Indian Museum, St. Pauls Cathedral Church, Victoria Memorial Hall & Mother House. Overnight stay will be at Kolkata.
Day 8 : Kolkata - Airport / Rly. Station
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to the Airport / Rly. Station for onwards journey.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||INR 21625 / Adult|
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.
|Plan||Hotel Detail||Meal Plan||2 PAX||4 PAX||6 PAX||8 PAX||EXTRA PERSON ABOVE 5 YRS|
|Standard||Kolkata: Hotel Airways Or Similar Shantiniketan: Banshori Guest House Or Similar Sunderban: Hotel Apanjan / Hotel Mainak Or Similar||CPAI / APAI / APAI||21625||13250||11200||10300||9000|
|2 Star Plan||Kolkata: Hotel Heritage / Gardenia / Kings Tower Or Similar Shantiniketan: Banshori Guest House Or Similar Sunderban: Hotel Apanjan / Hotel Mainak Or Similar||CPAI / APAI / APAI||23375||15000||13000||12000||10000|
|3 Star Plan||Kolkata: Hotel Lindsey / Corporate / Tulip Inn Or Similar Shantiniketan: Jiraan, The Retreat Or Similar Sunderban: Suranjana Holiday Resort Or Similar||CPAI / APAI / APAI||28000||19750||17700||16750||13000|
|4 Star Plan||Kolkata: Hotel Kennilwort / Hotel Chrome / Fortune Select Louden Or Similar Shantiniketan: Jirann, The Retreat Or Similar Sunderban: Banani Resort Or Suranjana Holiday Resort Or Similar||CPAI / APAI / APAI||31400||23000||21000||20000||15000|
|5 Star Plan||Kolkata: Peerless Inn / Park Hotel Or Similar Shantiniketan: Mitali The Homestay Or Similar Sunderban: Banani Resort Or Suranjana Holiday Resort Or Similar||CPAI / APAI / APAI||353750||27000||25000||24000||17500|
Other Terms & Conditions :
Check-in 12:00 hrs. / Check-out time is 11:00 hrs.
If arrival of guest is by train at Railway Station, please be informed that our executive will be there to receive the guest at the exit gate (near enquiry counter) or arrive at Airport our executive will be there with the PLA - CARD at Exit Gate on the Airport.
The tourism infrastructure in Shantiniketan, Sundarban & Bishnupur is not very developed and one should not expect or compare it with the standards of city & other developed destinations.
We request guests to contact our executive in case of any complaint/suggestions instead of asking driver to follow according to their wish.
On arrival of guests, we will provide them local contact numbers of our executive, who will handle the entire operation.
Keeping this in mind please ensure that you do not leave your belongings in the vehicle as there is very little possibility of getting them back.
If for any reason any tourist spot is closed we shall not cover it on next day and if guest wants to do the same on next day then they have to pay the extra cost for the vehicle.
If guests want any changes in their sightseeing schedule they should be inform to our executive previous day of the schedule program before 16:00 hrs, after that no changes are allowed. If the guest inform after 16:00 hrs it will be consider as a cancellation with no refund or guest will pay extra cost for the re-schedule the sightseeing.
Please inform your guest to maintain the timing for the sightseeing / transfers which will advisable by our executive.Transfers:
Transfer from Kolkata Airport / Railway station will be provided from 06:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs. Else extra night surcharge will be applicable.
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