Sundarban, a little part - from Jharkhali.

Reply
#1 Mar 31st, 2013, 15:46
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#1
We choose the spot Jharkhali as an entry point, as one known was there to help us . Otherwise, the vast Sundarban has several entry points. Dhamakhali, Piyali-Kaikhali, Sonakhali, Pakhirala, Namkhana, Bonie Camp etc. etc. are also gateways to welcome you in 'Sundari' (beautiful) Sundarban.

We stayed two nights in Jharkhali and did boat rides to Kaikhali and Sajnekhali-Sudhanyakhali-Dobanki. Going to share my happy-trip, as usual


Attached Images
IMG_5480.jpg IMG_5601.jpg IMG_5495.jpg IMG_5887.jpg IMG_5703.jpg IMG_5717.jpg IMG_5688.jpg 20130330_082826.jpg 
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
#2 Mar 31st, 2013, 18:35
Join Date:
Nov 2007
Location:
KOLKATA, INDIA
Posts:
2,585
  • mousourik is offline
#2
Just wonder why the fence is there as shown on photo #3 - for the photographer or the one being photographed ?
#3 Mar 31st, 2013, 19:32
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#3

Day 1 - 28.03.13




Enjoyed a colourful Holi yesterday. Kids were in good mood as Exams were over and the grand festival !!!! We're also in holiday mood. One friend's relative was there in Rajberia, after Malancha. we talked to him earlier, but dates and heads were not fixed. The Jhar Banglow was our first choice, but they have three rooms only. So we had to find another. Banalata Lodge was nearby - our friend's relative booked it and wished to join with us with his family and friend too .

So finally we're 14+2 and decided staying two nights there.

Morning 7am was not so early in this summer to start. We're in time and one Scorpio and one Sumo was ready too. The road through Barrackpore, Madhyamgram was busy, as always. Crossed lots of water body for fish cultivating, brick fields ...... We reached New and Town and smoothly took the road towards Bhojer hat. The name, each time makes me hungry ....( Bhoj = Plenty of food to eat ) but the area we crossed there was not so impressive to justify it's name . So we went on ...... reached Ghatakpukur .... comparatively bigger one to find breakfast stops!!!! Oh, the crowd, the busy roadside hawkers ... too messy to allow us parking. So ran further ..... Malancho this time. Too hungry were we, so found a parking place near Bus stand first then found some sweet shop to take kachuri for breakfast. Well, disheartening cold kachuri with little curry and some sweets were all we could take. No tea there, so roadside "chacha's tea" were only option .... something hot and sweet in little glass tumblers ....

Then Rajbari / Rajberia .... three joined with us and we passed Bhangankhali, Sarberia. In Sarberia one road went towards Dhamakhali - another entry point of Sundarban. We took road towards Basanti ..... crossed bridge on Matla river, left paved SH (which went towards Gandkhali - entry point too) and took left had turn towards our destination.

It was noon, we reached a lonely village with few small shops (all closed), nobody to stare at us and scorching heat overhead .....

Banalata Lodge was ready to welcome us with generators on (yes, no electricity!!!!), rooms open, water tank full and lunch almost ready - we confirmed over phone .

So a slow refreshing - as we're in no hurry, bathing then lunch. All the negative points Banalata lodge had, had been overruled by it's delicious 'macher jhol' - Vetki in noon, Chingri, Tangra on other days - all were fresh and great !!!! The cooking was simple- but too tasty. We just loved those.




1. 2. Way to Madhyamgram

3.- The bridge in Basanti,

4.5. Almost reached Jharkhali

6. The lodge

7. 8. Paddy field behind the lodge,

9. 10. some fellows we met there
Attached Images
IMG_5424.jpg IMG_5426.jpg IMG_5434.jpg IMG_5442.jpg IMG_5448.jpg IMG_5465.jpg IMG_5467.jpg IMG_5473.jpg 20130330_084140.jpg 20130329_071036.jpg 
#4 Mar 31st, 2013, 20:16
Join Date:
Oct 2007
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
2,941
  • asishdas is offline
#4
Here comes another masterpiece! By the way, what are the negatives of Banolota Lodge?
#5 Mar 31st, 2013, 22:57
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#5

Banalata Lodge in Jharkhali




First of all, thanks dada for your encouraging words

I thought I'll put together all important information in last lap. Ok, when you asked, I must reply

So details of Banalata Lodge in Jharkhali :

Position - The road from Basanti ends Jharkhali, upto a very narrow bridge and crossing the bridge, there is bricked road which went upto Kharkhali jetty. On that way, there are Jhar-Banglow, watch tower, fisheries project and even site for Irrigation Banglow (the sign board only ).

So one can reach easily by car upto Banalata Lodge. There are Baruipur- Jharkhali Bus services and then motor vans. So the position is good.

What lacks these type of lodges is the attitude, the professional attitude. There are demands- they know it, but they never try to serve their best. I'm not telling about luxury but to serve clean and good.


Buildings and rooms - It has two separate buildings - one-storied building in front, has five rooms with tin-shade covered with straw, but heat can rarely be defeated by those - though Sundarban is advised to visit in winter. Small room with one cot and a table - both need maintenance. Don't want to say much of bedding and toilet. No room cleaning, no room service- even water.

The second newer two-storied building has two rooms in each floor, comparatively bigger rooms with same furniture . First floor incomplete.

Backyard is open with a little pond.

No electricity !!!! so they have generators with dim lights and slow moving fans . Tube well for drinking water, pump yourself, if you need and rely.

Dining room is a all-purpose room - go-down, wash, staff-room ... plastic chair tables and cheapest paper plates to serve - you can't believe, started serving by hands !!!!!!!!!. No tea was made in those three days. We bought from outside stalls.

But, the people - Bidhan da and one Boudi (cook-cum-server) and one little helper boy was gentle. Boudi showed enough care to cook and serve, but, they have no basic idea of cleanliness or perfection!!!!

Don't know if they have any better plan to run the lodge.

We met up most of our requirements of our own, tried to modify situations as far as we could.

In such a place like Jharkhali, one can't expect * arrangements, but minimum facilities should be there, as it is possible. Hope they must improve - wish their success.

Attached Images
IMG_5663.jpg IMG_5662.jpg 20130330_082015.jpg 20130330_082002.jpg 
#6 Mar 31st, 2013, 23:48
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#6

Jharkhali to Kaikhali boat ride :




From Jharkhali, the popular route is Sojnekhali side. But we were scheduled for the route on next day. So decided to visit Kaikhali. It was a long way and took 1.5 hours one way. Boat charge 500 INR per hour.

The journey started by foot from the lodge, passed Jhar Banglow, Mangrove plantation area, Watch tower following bricked road towards jetty.

Then the boat ride. All creek ways of Sundarban, the dense mangrove forest, lots of Egrets on the bank, kingfisher and some other little birds, fisherman couple busy in their boats, lazy moving boats .... all picturesque.

Reached Kaikhali Asram in afternoon .... spend some time there .... and returned. Return journey was in darkness, the road from jetty to lodge was troublesome too.


There was a afternoon 'hat' (weekly/biweekly market) near the lodge - the serene atmosphere, loneliness prevailing there since our reach, were all gone. Too busy a market all on a sudden - that's too in night !!!! very uncommon for such village area.

Chicken pakoda in evening and deshi chicken in dinner was the menu.

Attached Images
1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 
#7 Mar 31st, 2013, 23:53
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#7

Kaikhali photo



Kaikhali jetty, Asram, Kaikhali lodge, river side view and return journey
Attached Images
11.jpg 12.jpg 13.jpg 14.jpg 15.jpg 16.jpg 17.jpg 
#8 Apr 1st, 2013, 00:38
Join Date:
Oct 2007
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
2,941
  • asishdas is offline
#8
Yes, a consolidated chapter on logistics, hotels, transport, contacts etc. etc. would have been a much better proposition. I should not have asked questions when the report submission is on. OK, go ahead, post your details at the end as planned. Thanks for sharing.
#9 Apr 1st, 2013, 15:55
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#9
Quote:
Originally Posted by asishdas View Post ..... I should not have asked questions when the report submission is on. .....
Not at all dada, such interaction is very much expected and 'm glad to reply.
#10 Apr 1st, 2013, 21:41
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#10

2nd Day trip : 29.03.13




2nd Day was fixed for a whole day boat-trip and to visit Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki. We hired a boat for 3000 INR, bought full ration for breakfast and lunch and tea, drinking water .... cook and one helper were there (separate rate). The boat was specious enough to home us for full day. We spend all the time on top to watch and enjoy exhaustively the beauty of astounding Sundarban, to feel it's thrill, to smell in it's distinctive nature .....



We met one forest staff on Sajnekhali watch tower. He told us of one big cat's presence on the night before two days near the tower !!!! He told us - Sundarban is not a place to just move on and expect meeting 'his highness' any time. They are supposed to have some characteristics as well as some unpredictable nature. In this summer, they like to take rest while sun is on the sky and generally, come out in very early in the morning or evening. So a patient waiting only, may result into a lifetime experience of meeting the big cat.

True - very few lucky among the lots of Sundarban visitors get the big chance. We're not of them. Sundarban blessed us with it's green beauty, birds, deer, one wild boar, and lots of monkeys who enchanted us with their incomparable 'monkey-ness'.

Some snaps -
Attached Images
1.jpg 2.jpg 2a.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 7a.jpg 7d.jpg 
#11 Apr 1st, 2013, 22:07
Join Date:
May 2008
Location:
New Delhi
Posts:
3,799
  • sagarneel is offline
#11
As usual, great TR and fascinating photos, Didi!
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid Albert Einstein


Trip reports:

Syalsaur/ Deoria taal/ Chopta trip report, West and South Sikkim trip report , Puri/ Konark trip report
#12 Apr 1st, 2013, 22:37
Join Date:
Jan 2012
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
654
  • kol2012 is offline
#12
superb writing as well as snaps......another piece of extraordinary work.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Garhwal | Dooars | Dhabaleswar | Dabu | PURI | Gujarat | Kamarpukur-Jairambati
#13 Apr 1st, 2013, 22:59
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#13
Quote:
Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post As usual, great TR and fascinating photos, Didi!
Thanks a lot, sagarneel. It's always great to receive such words


Quote:
Originally Posted by kol2012 View Post superb writing as well as snaps......another piece of extraordinary work.
Lots of thanks kol2012, I dare to post my TR for you, friends.
#14 Apr 2nd, 2013, 00:57
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#14

Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki



The Nature's Interpretation Center in Sajnekhali is small but nicely maintained. The models are good too, just need to add some more information for visitors. Beside the pond there, we found a monitor catching a crab for lunch . The area displays some clay model of deer, crocodile, eagle and yes, a big cat too - life size!!! pretty entertaining for children and adults. The tiger cage (we saw it in news, several times) was also an attraction.

After spending an hour there we sailed again for Sudhanyakhali (all these 'khali', added with the names of so many places in Sundarban is derived from 'khal' - canal, actually the creeks). The area is more embellished than natural. The view from top of the watch tower is lovely. There are sitting zones like park with wire fencing and behind the fencing, two of the tourists saw something making whirlwind into a narrow canal ... crowd jammed immediately beside the fencing, following them ..... but except some possible and impossible guessing, nothing thrilling found.

Dobanki (two turns - is the meaning) was next - and I loved the place. It was renovated recently and all new fencing, new office building, Bon-bibi temple made the place look beautiful, but it showed the wildness of Sundarban too. From the watch tower we found six deer, one little monitor, some birds and lots of crabs. We were very eager to spend till evening there, but a dark cloud in the sky made our boatman worried and we decided to rely them.

So the return journey. It was not the same way we reached. We crossed the 'pachmukhi' area - joint of five wide creeks, vast and wide and of course, beautiful and took a new short way to direct Jharkhali. As the Sun on the winning side, we decided to anchor at a place to have an adventurous halt and tea-break. A wild boar appeared to fulfill our desire. We met two fishermen - they were preparing to fish for the night !!!! We're so surprised, but they were casual, it's regular normal job for them. They use a common phrase in Sundarban - we live with 'danga-y bagh, jole kumir' (Tiger on land, crocodile in water). Yes, they have to. We tour, we explore, we enjoy - they just live, sometimes not.
Attached Images
7c.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 13.jpg 15.jpg 16.jpg 18.jpg 
#15 Apr 2nd, 2013, 13:27
Join Date:
Oct 2011
Location:
Want to live enerywhere
Posts:
3,561
  • Duronto Jajabar is offline
#15

More Sundarban pictures :



1. One more tourist launch

2. Bon bibi temple in Dobanki, just to match the jungle

3. One thirsty deer going towards the sweet water pond near watch tower

4. Again on water after the lunch

5. The wild boar far away

6. The lonely boat, 'll wait till high tide at night to get the fishes into their net and 'll catch them after the lowering of tide water

7. Quest for some adventurous fishing

8. That fisherman shared some tea with us

9. See the sunset

10. End of Journey - at Jharkhali jetty again.

Attached Images
14.jpg 17.jpg 19.jpg 20.jpg 21.jpg 21a.jpg 22.jpg 23.jpg 24.jpg 27.jpg 
Reply

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Sundarban Trip Travelogue Apr 11th, 2012 02:35 1 3429 West Bengal
Sundarban Tour Feb 12th, 2012 16:35 3 2809 West Bengal
Sundarban - in January Dec 15th, 2011 15:58 9 3102 West Bengal
sundarban or bakkhali? Sep 8th, 2010 13:08 4 3640 West Bengal
kalas camp, sundarban Feb 18th, 2010 10:18 7 3310 Kolkata (Calcutta)


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2017
Page Load Success