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Hi there,

I'm 26 f working for a research organisation in Kolkata. I'm hoping to meet some fellow ex-pats to do some weekend trips with, eg Darjeeling, Varanasi, Sunderbans, etc... I will be in Kolkata until mid-Sept. Anyone out there?

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Hi !!

It'll be great to join you as a Travel partner ... because I also love travelling a lot

if you are interested, you can give me your mail id here or can PM me if you wish ...
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Originally Posted by luckycanuck View Post Hi there,

I'm 26 f working for a research organisation in Kolkata. I'm hoping to meet some fellow ex-pats to do some weekend trips with, eg Darjeeling, Varanasi, Sunderbans, etc... I will be in Kolkata until mid-Sept. Anyone out there?

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it will be great. if you interested to visit puri then give your mail id..
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I think it is a great idea to form weekend travel groups in Kolkata (something quite popular in cities such as B'lore, but haven't come across one in here).

But the places luckyCanuck wants to visit are either too crowded(Darjeeling and Varanasi) or inaccessible before mid september(Sundarbans).

I'll be visiting Palamau along with a couple of friends in October over a weekend when the park opens after the rainy season.

If any indiamiker wants to join our group please let me know.
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Hi Indra,

is it safe to visit Palamau in this time of vogorous Maoist Activities through out the place ??
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Hi Suvadeep,

There are several areas under Maoist influence but Palamau\Betla is not one of them primarily because the majority of the Palamau population is Muslim . My contact over there has already given his assurance that it is perfectly safe to go to Betla. Moreover, the Maoists generally do not express any adversity against tourists(although the same can not be said about their landmines).

In general, it is no longer safe to go to Netarhat and then drive on to Betla as usual since the intermediate place Mahuadar is under very strong Maoist influence. But you can go to Daltonganj by train and then drive the odd 20 km to Betla and enjoy the safari and the riverside.

I am not much of a photographer, but you can sneak a peek of my last visit 2 years ago at http://picasaweb.google.com/indra3040/Palamau#

Still you may ask, "Is it worth the risk?"

The answer is, "If you haven't been to Kechki, you haven't lived."
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I went to the Sunderbans a couple of weeks ago, and although the occasional rain shower, it was definitely accessible. Probably much quieter (and cheaper) in the off season too.
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Hi Tashish,

If you can manage to reach, there's never a better place than Bengal in the rainy season. If in doubt ask Tagore.

I do find this idea of visiting the Sunderban in this season simply fascinating, just stay on the boat, enjoy the sight of trees disappearing in the rains and have the "Majhi" cook "Khichudi" and fried Hilsa for you. Tashis, you must have had a great trip.

But a few points for everyone -
i) The Sunderban is famous for being inaccessible, because of the unpredictability of the rivers.

ii) Nowadays it is strictly illegal for anyone to enter in any of the National Parks in the rainy season.(All national parks are closed usually from 15th June to 15th September). So even if you do manage to reach, you get to go only till the outskirts.(Unless you're one of those desperate ones with old .303 rifle in search of the already non-existent black-yellow stripes.)

So, luckycanuck is much better off in the winter when there is much less water in the rivers. But one note of Warning: If you want to go to Sunderbans during winter, book well in advance.

Also one can try out BhitarKanika in Orissa near Bhadrak. It is quite similar to Sundarbans, much more accessible (but there are no tigers) and offers great views and a lovely desolate beach at Ekakula in the end.
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Originally Posted by indra3040 View Post Also one can try out BhitarKanika in Orissa near Bhadrak. It is quite similar to Sundarbans, much more accessible (but there are no tigers) and offers great views and a lovely desolate beach at Ekakula in the end.

can you please tell me about this Trip in details ?

and also what will be the best time to go there ? where to stay ... how to go, Booking Process etc ...
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Originally Posted by Suvadeep View Post Hi !!

It'll be great to join you as a Travel partner ... because I also love travelling a lot
Suvadeep, are you an ex-pat? The OP is looking to travel with fellow expats which means people from outside India who are working in India.
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Hi Suvadeep,

Bhitarkanika is only accessible through package tours. You can contact Orissa Tourism for a list of the current tour operators. I went there twice but the last time was almost 5 years ago and I lost all contact information. You can try to locate a guy named Manas Ranjan. He was associated with the local police in Chandbali but used to run conducted tours with the help of his brother.

I assume you'll be starting from Kolkata. Take any train in South Eastern Railway from Howrah going through Orissa and you'll find yourself at Bhadrak in about five hours. Preferably take the last train from Howrah station through this route so that from Bhadrak you can start very early in the morning.

Normally tour operators collect you from Bhadrak Railway Station and bring you there at the end, so you can expect their car waiting for you there. They'll take you to place called Chandbali about 70 km. away after about an hour and half of bumpy ride.

Here, they'll offer you breakfast and a place to get refreshed. Then you'll board a little motor launch and start your way through the Baitarani river.

After about one hour the boat will reach the Brahmani and approach its mouth where the BhitarKanika is located(just as the SunderBans are located at the mouth of the Ganges).

BhitarKanika is a crocodile sanctuary but it is nowadays overcrowded with crocs. So, soon you'll get to see crocodiles everywhere, at every bend you'll find one disappearing into the water disturbed by the sound of the engine.

You'll have lunch on board and on your way to a place called Dangamal, you'll visit a watch tower at the height of the tree tops to see the herons nesting and if you are willing the tour manager will accompany you with a 5-6 km walk through the beautiful forest. Since there are no tigers(in fact hardly any predators at all except the crocs), it is perfectly safe. Don't miss it.

You'll spend the night at Dangamal where you'll get to see herds of deers at night right from your cabin and if you like eating crabs (as I do) you can have as many as you want in diner.

The boat will set sail early next morning and after 4-5 hours you'll reach a place called Ekakula where the Olive Ridley Turtles come to lay eggs in a particular season. It is a pristine, desolate sea beach with absolutely no one other than your group. There is a rest house there without electricity and running water. You'll spend the night there. Don't forget to have campfire right on the beach.

Next morning again you'll leave relatively early to spend almost entire day in the boat and reach Bhadrak in the afternoon to take an overnight train to Howrah.

Also you may note the following,

i) This tour involves a lot of travel by boat, but it is absolutely safe(since most of the route is through quite narrow tributaries). It is also extremely relaxing and you'll soon get used to the sound of the engine of the motor launch.

ii)One part of the launch is used for cooking (and there is a small toilet at the end too). You'll eat most of your meals while on board.

iii) The quality of food is extremely good at least to a Bengali's palate. You'll find numerous fishing trawlers passing by and if you want you can always buy fish from them. With luck you may even buy really big lobsters at a very cheap price(I did).

iv) The hospitality is very good everywhere(I have been through many regions of India but somehow the hospitality I have received in Orissa is unmatched anywhere else), but don't expect luxury that you get in other traditional popular destinations. Also carry all your medicines and alcohol. Talk to your operator about the availability of mobile networks. When I was there there used to be only BSNL, that too for a limited part of the journey.

v) If you want to extend your visit there are other places to spend the night in this route (e.g. Gupti). For this talk to your tour operator in advance since this may require additional permission.

vi) If you have ladies and children in your group talk to the operator in advance.

vii) There is a way to reach Dangamal by bus. But this is not recommended since it may involve changing multiple times. Also the buses are neither comfortable nor regular.

If you need any other information please let me know.
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Hi Indra,

Thanks a lot for such detailed and nice informations.

What will be the best times to visit this place ?

Also, what will be the approximate cost per person for this trip ?
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if you are interested in trekking can jion us we are leaving for HAR KI DOON IN THE OCTOBER
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Hi Suvadeep,

I think you can get done by around Rs.4000/- per head excluding the railway fares. But you'll need at least 8 people in your group so that the cost of the rental of the boat is distributed.

The best time to visit is around Diwali (late October\early November).
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Hi there!

I'll be in Kolkata on the 29th of August - and was looking to head up to Darjeeling a day or two after that - was going to go alone - but some company might be nice too! I'm a 22 year old Australia Male - a very avid photographer with a great sense of adventure.

Let me know if you're interested in travelling along the same path for a time!

Smile

Janaka

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