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Next month of January I want to visit Sundarbans but cannot find an easy way to reach there by train from Bhubaneshwar. I know I can always do it going from Bhub. to Kolkata by train and then by train too from Sealdah to Canning or taking a bus from Esplanade...

The thing is that I'm sure is possible to go from Bhubaneshwar to the Sundarbans not going first to Kolkata but don't find the correct train.

I've seen a nice hotel (they organize tours too) in a town called Raidighi well situated for the middle and southern parts of the Sundarbans. Raidighi is not far from Diamond Harbour via Mathurapur.

Any advice ???


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Nobody around ????:confu sed:
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Hi Jorge,

It's not possible to visit Sundarbans directly from Bhubaneshwar, you have to book the trip from Kolkata with either Govt. or private tour operators.
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Originally Posted by tamagna View Post Hi Jorge,

It's not possible to visit Sundarbans directly from Bhubaneshwar, you have to book the trip from Kolkata with either Govt. or private tour operators.

tamagna, thanks for the advice bit "If there is a will, there is a way" and I'm sure I'll find it.

Talking seriously I can take a night train from Bhuban. to Kharagpur and then a train or bus to Haldia.... at least I prefer to spend the day in places that I have never been that arrive to Howrah, take a rickshaw to Sealdah, then a train to Canning or Diamond Harbour, bus, rickshaw, ferry, etc.

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There is no direct train to Canning from anywhere except Sealdah. The best option is from Bhubaneswar to Howrah by train and then from Sealdah to Canning. But Canning is not Sunderban really. The real Sunderban (from the wildlife and forest point of view) is Pakhiralay where all the hotels are.
Pakhiralay is best reached from Gadkhali (I drive there but there must be public transport available) and then a steamer boat.
Organising a self trip to Sunderban will be very expensive as you have to hire the launch and it is not viable for an individual.
It is possible to go to Pakhiralay by multimodal transport including buses, country boats, rickshaw and foot etc. A friend of mine has done it several times. If you want I can find out the details from him or put you in touch with him. He is a birder.
I am going to Piyali Island tomorrow for a day trip. That's the periphery of Sunderban. I will be driving there.
Diamond Harbour is about an hour or so from Calcutta by bus. You can cross the river from there and go to Haldia. You could also explore going to Sagar, rather than Haldia which is a boring small town with nothing to see except some houses and factories. Henry's Island, Bak Khali etc are also nice. These are beyond Diamond Harbour.
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Im also planning a trip in near future. Was wondering if it's faster to reach Sundarbans by bus or by train from Kolkata?
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Actually Sundarban is a vast geographical area. The answer will depend on where exactly you want to go in Sundarban. Trains or buses don't go to the real Sundarban. By real Sundarban I mean places where there are those uninhabited forests and wildlife. Buses of course penetrate deeper than trains. But the final journey has to be by motorised boats.
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yar my personal experience tells me not to go for any tour without operator. yet not visited Sundarbans National Park but already many park of India and Abroad and felt that without a good operator you cant enjoy the tour. So its also my advice to hair any operator.

After all your are investing money to enjoy than why not invest little more and enjoy the tour maximum.

If you are agree with me and looking for a good operator than just google for sundarbans national park a list of operator will appear to you. Book with any one who can satisfy you with rate and all the other things.

Its batter to hair an expert every time.
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Hi Jorge ,

You can explore "Sundarbans" from Different angles,
There are lot of Entry points to "Sundarbans" ,
the most popular ones are Gadkhali - Raidighi -
Namkhana , each of these entry points has its own
advantages , I found Raidighi is the best one where
usual tourists are less and you can get the real
feel of the place .

One more personal suggestions is please read the
book " Hungry Tide " by Amitav Ghosh before you
plan to visit sundarbans , there are too many
untold story about this place in this book which
I didnot know before.

Cheers
Rainbow Warrior.
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Thumbs up

Many thanks to all for the answer and advices I feel really overwhelmed.

I have choosed Raidighi as an entry point because normally nobody mention this place and is in my opinion very well situated. Once I'm in Raidighi I'm quite sure that local people/agencies/tour operators will give me solutions for my purpose. I'm not vey found of doing things/visits with groups and if possible I try to avoid them. I know "Hungry Tide" I read it in India in english few years ago and later on I bought the spanish translation just to enjoy more the book.

Calcuttan, I have mentionned Haldia because the train from Kharagpur goes there and Kulpi is not far away (by ferry) or may be a bus from Kharagpur to Diamond Harbour - Kulpi and then Raidighi is also close. No other reason.

Will try to make some more searchs in google.

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You might want to read my trip report to Piyali island (going again tomorrow for some birding). It is Sunderban for all practical purposes, in the sense it has mangrove forest but not tigers. It is driveable from Calcutta, near Jaynagar. The Matla river from nearby Kaikhali is fantastic.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-calcutta.html
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Originally Posted by Calcuttan View Post You might want to read my trip report to Piyali island (going again tomorrow for some birding). It is Sunderban for all practical purposes, in the sense it has mangrove forest but not tigers. It is driveable from Calcutta, near Jaynagar. The Matla river from nearby Kaikhali is fantastic.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-calcutta.html
Interesting report. Thanks for sharing

Jorge
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Hi all,

Can anybody guide me the road direction to Sundarban(Upto Sonakhali/Basanti) from Baruipur?I want to go by car...
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Another must read is 'Sunderboner Arjan Sardar' by Shibshankar Mitra. A book of 100 odd pages. Very difficult to set it aside without finishing it once the reader has gone through the initial couple of pages. I have been induced to book Sunderban trip just after the Pujas in October and my primary interest centres around the Arjan sardars of Sunderban rather than dakhin roy (tiger) & kalu roy (crocodile).

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