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“Kolkata by Motorbike - a totally amazing experience”

Tour de Sundarbans - Day Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tour companions to the sundarban jungles and Kolkata city.Come and see Sundarban the way it deserves to be seen, Free and Wild.Kolkata is wild in its own distinctive way, take a motorbike ride with us, during the day or during the night!!!
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Wow. This day-long high-energy back-of-a-motorbike tour around a generous mix of obvious (Victoria Monument & Mother Theresa's Motherhouse) and less obvious (the municipality tip & red light district) Kolkata sights was simply the best introduction to a city I've ever had. On a bike with laid back lovely local bikers, we were plunged in among the buzz, smells, noises and colours but not the traffic jams. Now the back of a motorbike travelling at speed on Kolkata's less than evenly surfaced roads behind someone you've never met before isn't going to be for everyone. And if you want in-depth knowledge about each of the many sights you won't get it - the lads know their stuff but it's more a local's-eye view. But for me it immersed me in Kolkata in a way another tour simply couldn't have done and left me grinning and my senses spinning. Wonderful.

Thank Helen T
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We went to Sunderbans during Mid December for a two night/3 days trip. I checked available options on net and found the backpackers tour to be most suitable as it met most of my requirements. I called Rajesh over phone and booked the tour for December 13th. On the designated day, we went to their office at Tottee Lane and in fact reached even before the office had opened. Soon others assembled and we took off around 8.30 AM from there in a Tempo Traveller. There were a total of 12 people, including a couple who were to be picked up from Science City. It was an even mix of 6 Indians and 6 foreign nationals (apparently the tour is more popular among the foreigners). We had Om as our companion and guide.We had packet breakfast consisting of sadwiches and fruits. On the way we stopped at a tea stall, had piping hot tea and also (thankfully) availed of toilet facilities (very basic, but ok), especially for women.
After that we were continuously on the move, reaching Gothkhali, then a boat ride to Gosaba, then a 40 minute rickshaw drive and then again a boat ride to finally reach the resort. The resort is on the bank of a river, quite beautifully constructed and makes you feel part of the natural surroundings.
The village has no electricity so do not expect anything beyond basic facilities. The food was basic but cooked very well and quite tasty. In fact all the foreigners quite loved the food and enjoyed themselves.
We went for a village wacl in the evening and were fortunate to watch a cock fighting competition where people from nearby villages had come over with their cocks. There is no betting involved and the prize for the winning cock's owner is the defeated cock which finds itself served as the main course in dinner!!!
After a refreshing village walk we went for a bird watching trip in two traditional boats. The trip lasted till evening and we saw a lot of birds. FInally as the sun set and it became dark, it was time to return, refresh yourself, have tea and pakoras and settle down to some local musical performance and a nice dinner.
Next day we went for the real thing. Started around 6.30 AM, went to Sajnekhali forest office, took the necessary permission and were away on the real trip.It was a day long trip on the boat with breakfast, lunch and evening snacks served on the boat itself. The forest department also provided a professional guide who is supposed to know the jungle and provide informations.
It was a great trip, moving on the calm waters of the rivers, trying our luck to catch a glimpse of the great illusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Alas! we saw a lot of wildlife, Crocs lazing around on the banks, one swam past our boat also, lots of dear, wild boars, monitor lizards, birds and monkey but no tiger. Finally we returned in the evening, exhausted but quite thrilled by the experience.
Next day we lazed around, had breakfast and as we were waiting for the boat to come around 9.30 AM, we came to know that the vehicle coming from Kolkata (carrying that days tourists and taking us back from Gothkhali) had broken down. They arranged two cars but it delayed our departure by almost 3 hours!!
However, Om immediately asked the caretakers to cook a fast lunch for us and took us on a hastily arranged boat trip to keep us engaged. We finally started around 12. My son had a evening flight from Kolkata and Mowgli who had come with one of the cars, ensured we reached in time with some expert driving.
Overall, a great experience!! Some things could definitely be improved but I would say that these are not important enough. The atmosphere, the nature surrounding you at every step, the beautiful rivers, complete absence of pollution makes it a great gate away.

Finally a word about Om, our friend, philosopher and guide. He was absolutely great, very charming, had answers for every situation, quick to take decisions and looked after us very well, including arranging bear in the evening when all of us forgot to get it on the way over!!!
Thank you Om, Rajesh and Mowgli. I would also like to thank all the staff who were always available, always smiling and helped make the trip interesting.

1  Thank Vishwajay
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

The trip to sunderbans exceeded my expectation ..totally!...the staff is super friendly, the food is simple but the tastiest you will have in kolkata. If you like to experience nature..pretty much untouched, clean , clam and revered ...sunderbans is a place to be. It is a heritage site and it is a must see...Tour de Sunderban does justice to that spirit. The deck is clean with food water and loo facilities. The guide speaks English and is polite and enthusiastic ..it's rustic, true and totally memorable....people from world over have done geo and wild life studies here...being on the tour you may get reminded of an episode from Nat goe or discovery!..I did...so go for it!!!

Thank soda4077
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We decided to spend last two days of 2013 in Sundarban only on 28th December so we couldn't believe when Tour De Sundarbans booked the trip for us at such a short two days notice. Just over emails Rajesh and his team co-ordinated every thing from pick up to drop back on the next day. It was best tour experience ever. The entire team is very enthusiastic and their enthusiasm is very infectious too. We have never seen such a spirited group where each member is an avid bird-watcher, wildlife enthusiast and last but not the least perfect host. Within minutes they made everyone feel at home. Moreover they treat not just the guests but everyone within their team - from boatmen to cook with great respect. Backpackers Eco-Village seems like a home away from home and the feeling was endorsed by many. It was great to meet such rare good, kind people who never got tired to take us to unique spots to see wildlife and rare birds. Overall the experience was fun, healing and rejuvenating. I would highly recommend this trip to every backpacker who seeks true adventure in the wild Sundarban.

Thank Madhuri2014
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

As a place, the Eco village is good, The Tour to Sunderbans was really beautiful & memorable. We were 6 Friends who wanted to Relax & have Fun. We booked thru Tour De Sundarbans. Initially we spoke to Rajesh who was really Friendly & Helpful. Then we met Om, Ujjal & Mowgli who really blended with us & made us feel we were their Friends. We would not have enjoyed the trip if it weren't these guys. Even we were allowed to customize the trip. Really enjoyed the Tour. Don't know if others will cater the trip according to your needs.

The Boat ride to jungle was Awesome too as the boatman could spot a Crocodile with bare eyes so far that even with Binoculars people could not be sure off. So we named him Captain Jack Sparrow...

Loved it so much that will surely visit Sundarbans & with Tour De Sundarbans again...!!!

Awesome guys (Rajesh, Om, Ujjal, Mowgli & Ajay), keep it up...!!!

Totally Recommend it...!!!

2  Thank MakPal9432
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