Adventurous Trip to Sundarbans
$387 per person
An adventurous trip to the Sundarbans, the world’s largest single-block mangrove forest, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It hosts an incredible faunal and floral diversity, including probably the largest remaining population of endangered Royal Bengal Tigers, the endangered Ganges River dolphins, estuarine crocodiles, and an astounding variety of birds.
This trip includes three day and two nights trip by houseboat inside the forest. Accommodations are twin sharing basis on the bunk-bedded cabins, and freshly prepared meals are served on the boat. Guests with special dietary restrictions should inform us at least five days before the departure. There are no shops or human inhabitation inside the forest; every essential element should be bought and carried along from the Khulna/ Mongla town. We are not allowed to serve any alcoholic beverages. However, foreign nationals may carry their own drinks along.
This itinerary is a standard travel plan for Sundarbans around Kotka and Kochikhali wildlife sanctuaries. We are knowledgeable enough to tailor a travel plan through other locations of the forest for visitors with special interests in wildlife and ecosystem, where we usually go for filming, documentary and academic research purposes.
A trip to Sundarbans magical forest can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or picnic, depending on whom you are travelling with! A knowledgeable guide is an essential part of this trip.
We see eco-aware tourism as an important way for people to understand the Sundarban and join the movement for its protection. If you are interested in birdwatching, wildlife spotting, stargazing, silent boat rides, serendipity, and wilderness over luxury! In that case, we are probably a good match. Join our exciting cruise to explore this complex network of tidal waterways, which is a natural treasure of India and Bangladesh.
- Our understanding of the forest is unparalleled.
- Our boat offers simple but comfortable accommodations.
- We prefer slow over loud, tranquillity, not crowd.
- Our customized trip itineraries guarantee exceptional, safe, memorable experiences because we adapt to predictable and unpredictable circumstances.
- We serve scrumptious, locally sourced food prepared with attention to dietary preferences.
- We care about sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation.
- The trip, as per the itinerary-by a special houseboat.
- Country boat for exploring the creeks early morning and late afternoon
- Forest armed guards during the trip inside the forest
- Twin-sharing basis accommodation onboard
- Freshly prepared meals onboard
- Knowledgeable English-speaking guide
Personal expenses, forest entrance fees for foreign nationals, Dhaka-Jessore/Khulna mode of travel, any transfers, gratuities, or any activity not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfer from your hotel/ residence to the domestic airport/train/bus station in Dhaka
- Dhaka-Mongla/ Khulna transfer by reserved or public transports
- Dhaka – Jessore flight tickets
- Jessore – Khulna/ Mongla (houseboat) transfer by reserved vehicle
- Expert bird-watcher, researcher, academics or specific expert person for knowledge assistance in Sundarbans
- Air ambulance service or seaplane service for any emergency evacuation
- Accommodation in Jessore, Khulna and Mongla
- Homestay with the local community at the fringes of Sundarbans Forest
- Day trip to otter fishing village during the day or at night in Narail
- Excursion to Bagerhat UNESCO world heritage sites and some other important archaeological sites of the area.
- Travel package to Barisal floating market and overnight launch journey towards Dhaka
For your comfort, we request you to travel as light as possible.
However, we suggest you bring to the following items: any medicine advised by the doctor for regular use | Binoculars | Towels | Umbrella or Raincoat | Torchlight | Suitable Clothes | Camera, memory cards and rain protector | Mosquito repellent | Board Games | Reading material | Swimming gears | Suntan lotion | jungle shoes & Sandals | and the drink you would miss the most |
- Visiting Sundarban forest without permission and forest armed guards from the forest department
- Drones of any kind, private firearms, and pets without proper permission from the respective ministry
- Bonfire, committing any harm to the forest or wildlife
- Poaching, buying, selling, consuming and opting to own any animal or products made from endangered plants or animals
- Catching or chasing any animals in the forest
- Cutting, extracting or damaging any flora
- Leaving behind any non-biodegradable elements in the forest, rivers or creeks
- Using any loudspeakers in the forest
- Getting off the boat except at any indicated places (for your own safety and to reduce the human presence in a wild place)
- Any actions that may bring a negative impact on the ecosystem
- Private boat trip for a small group
Per-person trip price starts from (for a group of 4 PAX)
- Please contact us for any research program, customised travel plan or filming in Bangladesh Sundarbans.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August).
sopheap_from_Holland Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Excellent tour guide in Bangladesh
Dec 2014 • Solo
I heartily recommend Jewel of Royal Bengal Tours as a guide if you are traveling in Bangladesh. He did a wonderful job of guiding me around in Dhaka’s old city and took me on an overnight trip to Chandpur. He also arranged and joined me on an exciting 4-day trip to the Sundarbans mangrove forest,where he showed a keen interest in and knowledge of its flora and fauna. He showed me authentic culture and people of Bangladesh and was very accommodating to my needs. These were all tailor made trips. He is fluent in English and a pleasure to be around.
elusivechic | Sydney, Australia
THE Tour company to go with: excellent, reliable, personal, honest – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Dec 2015 • Couples
Royal Bengal Tours is THE tour company to go with in Bangladesh – although this company looks “young” on paper as it is new to trip advisor as its own tour company, the owner and tour guide Jewel is highly experienced, personal, enthusiastic, lovely, knowledgeable, friendly and kind. Jewel has been in the business since 2002, and has a deep knowledge of the area. And don’t been fooled by the title of “Day Tours” – Jewel and his team also run tours that span several days, (even weeks), tailored to your needs as an individual, if required.
My husband and I recently wanted to spend 4 days in Bangladesh, and contacted 3 local tour companies directly. One tour company had lots of what appeared to be great reviews on Trip Advisor, and was always top on the search engines. When we contacted them and asked them for a trip to the Sundarbans, they got back to us (albeit quickly) and said they were full. When we asked if they had any alternatives, they suggested another tour (that we did not want to go on). We even suggested paying extra money to see if they could still take us to the Sundarbans, but they just said they were full and that was it. That was when we decided to contact Jewel and Royal Bengal Tours. Jewel got back to us very very quickly, and he thought out the box and found ways for us to go on a tour to the Sundarbans…he got us a boat, and worked according to our schedules! He genuinely wanted us to visit his country, to experience it, and to share what his country has to offer. We told Jewel we wanted to see wildlife, and he listened to us, and he gave us information about everything we wanted to know beforehand. This is the solutions orientated person and guide you want to meet.
We had an excellent crew on board the boat, the food was really good. For wildlife we saw monkeys, lots of spotted deer, a crocodile, kingfishers, wild boar, water snakes, 2 king cobra (a water based one and a land one), and a rat heading towards the king cobra, and one of our guides saw a prowling tiger, although we did not manage to see it ourselves (we think the tiger saw us and went away…)…
On our last day in Dhaka, Jewel himself took us round a walking tour of the old town of Dhaka and the port which was sooo amazing and so much fun! The old town had different areas (carpentry and workshops, muslim, hindu, jewellery) and was maze of narrow small alleyways that only a local would know. The locals love taking pictures with you, they just stand and want to see what you are doing and who you are, and the school boys were jumping into our photos! I had to laugh when one of the local men gingerly and sneakily tried to get into the frame of one of our photos. Jewel took us to the port as well, which was the best port we have ever been too, it was hustling, bustling, safe, fun, and a great experience. The locals even showed my husband their workmanship on the local boats they were building and even let my husband help build a bit ! (well put a couple of nails in :-))
We would love to go back to Bangladesh and visit another area and go on another tour with Jewel.
Jewel is a great guy, highly experienced, his prices are fair and highly transparent (he gave us a line by line breakdown) and Royal Bengal Tours is the only place you need to look and go to.
THANK YOU JEWEL!!!!!
Catharina Strebel and Niklaus Graber | Zurich, Switzerland
More than royal !
Mar 2016 • Couples
We had a wonderful trip from dhaka down to the Sundarbans with Jewel, who is probably the best guide you can imagine. Excellent choice of places to visit, perfect organsisation and above all, Jewel is an extremly charming and generous person to spend time with. His knowledge about the habits and the customs of the country is just great and no matter what field we were interessted in, Jewel always provided profound and specific information on it. Jewel is a very flexible person and has the capability to adapt the daily program according to spontaneous moods of the traveller. Whatever came to our mind, Jewel had the gift to read our wishes from our lips. While travelling with Jewel you get in touch with an authentic Bangladesh in a very familiar way. Many hidden tresures were revealed by him and we could firmly feel, that Jewels loves to share his playground called Bangladesh with his guests.
Catharina Strebel and Niklaus Graber, Zurich/Switzerland
AStavenow | Uppsala, Sweden
Jan 2017 • Couples
I have spent a week in a group led by Mostafizur Rahman Jewel. This week was just splendid! We were met at the Bangladeshi border and, first spent 4 beautiful days onboard a boat in the forest of Sunderban, in southern Bangladesh. We went out on excursions every day, looking for animals and enjoying the nature. The food was excellent and the boat was really good. My guide was very good. He knew a lot when we asked him and listened much to what we wanted to do, and the program was very flexible. Everybody in the group got what they wanted! 🙂 After the boat trip we took the train to Dhaka. That town was really nice to see! Mostafizur Rahman Jewel took us out to see a lot of the interesting sightings in the town, and one evening he even went with us to the movies! 🙂 All the men in the group also got a nice (and cheap) shaving in the old town of Dhaka. I can really recommend Royal Bengal Tours. I´m sure you will have a very good experience if you choose to travel with them!
Sundarbans at its best with Jewel!
Feb 2017 • Friends
Jewel, the owner and manager of the Royal Bengal Tours, was highly recommended to me by a good friend and this is why we booked our first trip to the Sundarbans with him. He’s been organizing trips to the whole country for almost 15 years. He is an excellent planner, always responded immediatly when we had any questions and composed the perfect itinerary based on our personal needs and preferences. We booked a 5 day trip, which started from Dhaka via a minivan (including a ferry ride) and a spontaneous visit to Bagerhat. After that we spent three days and nights in the national park, inlcuding beautiful walks, bird watching early in the morning, cricket on the beach and if you are VERY lucky you might also see a bengal tiger:-). The boat cabins (on M.V. Chhuti) were clean and comfortable, the food was extraordinary and the crew was always very friendly – in short we had an awesome time!
We highly recommend Jewel as a tour guide as we had a once in a lifetime experience!
Dec 2018 • Friends
We had such an amazing time in Sundarban with Jewel as our guide! Jewel is a really nice person, kind, friendly and with a great sense of service mind! He has bevome a friend of ours and we would not hesitate to travel with him again!
//Julia and Felicia
Pushpitaroy74 | Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Jan 2022 • Couples
The most relaxing and well planned trip to sundarbans courtesy Jewel and his Royal Bengal tours . This trip was just right way to say good bye to 21 and usher in the new year . Every detail was taken care of – a comfortable car to and from Khulna , the well equipped boat which was our home for 3 nights , very well trained staff taking care of the guests and exceptional food . The highlight of the tour was the young guide , Romeo who despite his young age showed all signs of a mature guide . He helped us spot all kinds of birds and animals ( at least 4-5 crocodiles, monkeys , deer etc ), plus took us to narrow creeks where we spotted pugmarks as well. His knowledge of the area helped us understand the surroundings and the country as well . He is a true ambassador of this great nation .
Thanks again Royal Bengal Tours . I strongly recommend you and I would love to travel more with you 💕