Wild East Tour
Duration : 06 Nights / 07
Places Covered : Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Calcutta -
Sunderbans National Park - Guwahati
Situated on the Brahmaputra River, the
Kaziranga National Park covers an area of about 430 sq. km. Its swamps and
grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and patches of evergreen
forest, support the largest number of rhino in the subcontinent. In 1940,
Kaziranga was declared a sanctuary.
Herds of barasingha and wild buffalo are to be seen in the marshes. Rhinos
browse unconcernedly as the visitors pass by and an occasional herd of
elephants or wild boar is also sighted. The grasslands are raptor country
and the crested serpent eagle, the Pallas fishing eagle and greyheaded
fishing eagle can be seen circling over the marshes. The water-bird variety
includes swamp partridge, bar-headed goose, whistling teal, the Bengal
florican, storks, herons and even pelicans.
Sunderbans in the Indian state of West Bengal is the estuarine phase of the
Ganga as well as of the Brahmaputra river systems. This littoral forest is
the only ecological habitat of the tiger of its kind not only in India but
also in the world, except in Bangladesh. The typical littoral forests of
Sunderbans comprises of a host of trees species adopted to the peculiar
estuarine condition of high salinity, lack of soil erosion and daily
inundation by high tides.
Sunderbans Tiger Reserve provides characteristic type of habitat suitable
for animals inhabiting vast tidal swamp area. Because of their intimate
association with the estuarine environment, a sizeable portion of aquatic
and semi-aquatic animal communities is inter-related with the animals
inhabiting the land areas. The uniqueness of the habitat is
said to have contributed to certain behavioral trends which are
characteristic only of Sunderbans tigers.
Day 01 : Guwahati - Kaziranga
to Guwahati in the morning and transfer to Kaziranga National Park (4 hr.).
In the evening tribal or Bihu dance by log fire under bamboo grove along
with dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 : Kaziranga National Park
Wildlife viewing and nature watch in the park. Late afternoon tribal
village visit, Assamese village to see silk worm rearing. Dinner and
overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 : Kaziranga National Park
Early morning visit to the National Park on elephants (optional). Late
afternoon visit to tea garden and tea factory. British Raj nostalgia as
dinner is served in a tea garden bungalow. Overnight at Wild Grass.
Day 04 : Kaziranga - Guwahati - Calcutta
Drive to Guwahati to connect flight to Calcutta. Arrive Calcutta in the
evening. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 05 : Calcutta - Sunderbans National Park
Drive to Sunderbans by road (2 ½ hours drive). Arrive at Sonakhali
jetty, transfer to the boat. 2 hours of spectacular cruise to the Sunderbans
Jungle Camp at Bali island near National Park's West Range office. Lunch at
the camp. Cruise to Sudhanyakhali watch tower through narrow creeks and
channels. Return to the camp in the evening. Film show on Sunderbans over
tea and snacks. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06 : Sunderbans National Park
Full day cruise for wildlife viewing and birding to Netidhopani watch tower.
Lunch on board. Return to the camp in the evening. Evening local cultural
show performed by the villagers. Dinner and overnight stay .
Day 07 : Sunderbans - Calcutta
After breakfast birding cruise to Dobanki watch tower where is a walking
trail. After an early lunch, transfer to Calcutta by car. Fly to the next