Bird Watching Tour, Bangladesh
Day1 Receive & welcome, Dhaka sightseeing:
On arrival at Dhaka Zia International Airport you will be met by local guide & driver. From the airport we will be transferred in our private air conditioned vehicle to old Dhaka (30-40 mins). Depending on the time we have arrived in Bangladesh we will either have our evening meal here and relax ready for tomorrow or if we have time we will have lunch at the accommodation and have a tour of the cities sites such as Ahsan Manjil, Lalbag Fort, Dhakeshweri Mandir, Curzon Hall and many more sites; before having our evening meal back at our accommodation.
After our breakfast at our accommodation we will drive to Srimangal in our private vehicle (4 hours). We will then check into our accommodation, Tea Resot. Lunch will be served at the accommodation followed by a trip to Khasiapunji and local tribal villages. Dinner will be back at our accommodation.
The next three days will be spent in the heart of rural and wild Bangladesh. We are in the east of the country and close to the border with the Indian state of Tripura. This region is full of wildlife hidden in its deep rainforests; however due to deforestation, poaching and a growing human population most if not all of these animals are in serious danger. We will aim to find some of the most impressive and rarest over the next three days and try to highlight their plight. Depending on the local conditions the order we visit the different parks here is changeable; but we will aim to visit Lowacherra National Park today. The park is home to a large diversity of about 460 species among which 167 are plants, 4 amphibian species, 6 reptile species, 246 bird species and 20 mammal species. Bee-eater owls, parrots are found here. So for bird watchers it is a must to visit this place. Once in the park we will have guided walks into the forest to try and find the very rare western hoolock gibbon which are more regularly seen here than anywhere else (an estimate of 49 individuals living in the park was made in 2006). As well as the gibbons, orange-bellied Himalayan squirrels, Indian muntjac, pig-tailed macaques and rhesus macaques are commonly seen. We can enjoy hiking and walking to indulge themselves in the nature close to wildlife using the numerous trails in the forest for bird watching.
Day 4 Srimangal
After breakfast we will again use local transport to visit Satchari National Park About 60km southwest of Srimangal on the Dhaka-Sylhet Hwy is the small Satchari National Park (formerly known as the Telepara Forest Reserve). This 243-hectare park is part of a much larger protected region. There are a number of marked walking trails of between 30 minutes and three hours, seven streams, a population of hoolock gibbons, fishing cats, Phayre’s langur, jungle fowl, pygmy woodpeckers and oriental pied hornbills. The format of the visit is similar to Lowacherra National Park but we will focus on finding more species of birds (pygmy woodpeckers, red-headed tragoons, red jungle fowl, puff-throated babblers and oriental pied hornbills), reptiles and amphibians.We will have lunch at a local restaurant or back at our accommodation. Over night at Srimongal.
Day 5 Srimangal
This morning after breakfast we will drive to Rema Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary here there is also an impressive 167 species of birds which we will have a go at finding as well. and once again have guided walks around to find the rare and endangered primates in the park such as Phayres leaf monkey, capped langur, rhesus macaques, western hoolock gibbons and slow loris as well as fishing cats, wild boar, Indian muntjac and crab-eating mongooses. Lunch will most probably be at a local restaurant and our evening meal will be back at our accommodation. Over night at Srimongal.
Day 6 Dhaka
After breakfast we will use our private air conditioned vehicle to travel back to Dhaka (4 hours). Lunch at highway restaurant. We will have the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. Over night at Dhaka.
Day 7 Dhaka to Moroganj by Paddle wheel steamer
Morning you can take a wonderful bird watching trip at Botanical graden the greenest part of Dhaka.. Afternoon (16:00 hrs) start journey to Sadar Ghat steamer port. After arrival at Sadorghat accommodate the Rocket steamer & start cruise at 18:30 hrs. The famous paddle wheel steamer (now converted from steam to marine diesel engine) on ward to Mongla Port under Bagerhat. Night pass in the 1st class AC cabin on the boat. Overnight at steamer.
Day 8-Full day cruise by Paddle wheel steamer to Mongla
Full day cruise by Paddle wheel steamer to Morolganj & transfer to MonglaAfter full day cruise Roket will arrive Morolganj Port by 16-17 hrs. Upon arrival Transfer to Hotel Mongla/khulan. En-route visit the world heritage site Shat Gambud Mosque. Overnight at Mongla/khulna.
Day 9 Sunderbans National Park
Today we embark on our adventure into the heart of the largest mangrove forest in the world and a national park home to the largest population of wild tigers left in the world! Over 200-450 have been estimated to live in the park and we will try and track one down…on foot. Early in the in the morning transferred to our boat and immediately the boat will start cruising towards the Sundarbans Forest. Arrive Kotka wildlife sanctuary in the afternoon. Upon arrival hiking in the Kotka forest area to see wildlife & bird watching. Back to the boat in the evening. Here we will spend the night surrounded by mangrove forests, virgin sea beaches and a view out into the Bay of Bengal. Tigers are regularly spotted here and its not uncommon to see them prowling the beach at night or early morning as well as herds of spotted deer and family groups of wild boar. Overnight on the boat.
Day 10 Sunderbans National Park
Early in the morning we shall offer trip through small creeks and canals by country boat to see the wildlife & bird watching. Feel the forest from very close. After breakfast Jungle walk, walking through the Forest trail to the beach etc will be offered. At around 12:00hrs start cruising towards Kochikhali wildlife sanctuary, upon arrival Jungle walk near forest office. Bar – B – Q dinner and overnight on the boat at Kochikhali
Day 11- Sunderbans National Park
Early in the morning we shall offer trip through small creeks and canals by country boat, back to the boat for breakfast and some other activities near forest office. Around 1000hrs, start return journey towards Khulna. Arrive Khulna at around 21:00hrs and dinner will be served. After dinner disembark from the boat and take the regular AC bus (seat-in basis) for overnight drive towards Dhaka.
Day 12 Dhaka
Arrival at Dhaka in the in the morning at around 06:00hrs, and transfer to hotel. Evening we’ll offer a fascinating Dhaka Shopping tour. Visit the most popular shopping centres and exotic Bazars and take a shower of masses. The shops we offer are Arong – a wonderful handicraft shop,Sopura silk – most popular silk cloth brand in Bangladesh, antique market – where you will find different product and products made of brass metal, Westic – a very popular garments shop to the foreigners specially.
Day 13 Departure transfer
On time Departure transfer to airport for onward flight.
THINGS TO CARRY: (1) Windbreaker / raincoat / umbrella (2) Snicker shoes for walking. (3) Hat / Cap for Sun protection. (4) Sun-burn lotion & insects spray. (5) Binoculars (6) Camera & films (7) Toothpaste & tooth brush (8) Towels (9) Bath soap (10.) Emergency medicine. (11) Flash light. (12) A sharp eye to locate interesting objects.