Yes! Bhitarkanika is full of Crocodiles.

Work of an Artist. Yes! Bhitarkanika is full of Crocodiles.

The virgin stretching beaches, lush green mangroves, migrating birds and turtles, the menacing estuarine crocodiles, meandering water courses, tranquil surrounding intercepted by the chirping of birds and the ever embracing nature, enthralls visitors from near and far off places to flock these unique places of tourist importance.

 

Khola Gate

Khola Gate – The entry point of Bhitarkanika River Cruise

You have to fill up a form and take permit from the forest department. Entry fee for an adult is Rs.40 and we have been charged Rs.50 for a single Still Camera. Entry fee per adult will be Rs.25 if the group strength is greater than 10. Video Camera charge is Rs.500 / unit.

 

Forest Permit

Forest Permit (Actual Format)

 

 

Mangroves are salt tolerant, complex & dynamic eco-systems that occur in tropical and subtropical inter-tidal regions. Bhitarkanika is one such location of rich, lush green vibrant ecosystem lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani – Baitarani in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of . The area is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. Its 672 km². of mangrove forest & wetland, provides home to well over 215 species of birds including winter migrants from central-Asia and Europe. Giant salt water crocodiles and a variety of other wildlife inhabit this eco-system which is one of Asia’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries.

 

Mangroves of Bhitarkanika

Mangroves of Bhitarkanika

 

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Amazing !! Isn’t it ??

 

We have got this just after starting the river cruise

We have got this just after starting the river cruise

Bhitarkanika is named as per two odia words “Bhitar” meaning interior and “Kanika” meaning that which is extraordinaryily beautiful. The Gahirmatha (Marine) Wildlife Sanctuary, which bounds the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary to the east, was created in September 1997 and encompasses Gahirmatha beach and an adjacent portion of the Bay of Bengal. An area of 145 sq km.,the core area of Bhitarkanika Wild life Sanctuary, was declared as Bhitarkanika National Park in September 1998. Bhitarkanika comprises of Bhitarkanika National Park and Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary.It is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries, which are located in Odisha. It spreads over a far-flung area of a 650 square kilometer in Kendrapara district.

 

Birding Island Track

Birding Island Track

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Bird Island Trail Track

 

Amazing Art of Life

Amazing Art of Life

The 6 KM trail within the Bird Island was excellent. Scientists, scholars, nature lovers and tourists have abundant opportunity for thought and exploration. Avenues for water sport, cottages, marine voyages, nature`s trails etc are the major attractions of this place. In Odisha, the estuarine or Salt water crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is restricted to the mangrove swamps of the Brahmani – Baitarani Delta of North – Eastern portion of the State which comes within the Bhitarkanika National Park. The area has been proposed to be included in the list of World Heritage Sites.

 

A very common scene at Bhitarkanika

A very common scene at Bhitarkanika

 

Crocodiles of Bhitarkanika

Crocodiles of Bhitarkanika

 

Crocodiles of Bhitarkanika

Crocodiles of Bhitarkanika

The park is home to the Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian Python, Black Ibis, Wild Pigs, Rhesus Monkeys, Chitals, Darters, Cobra, Water Monitor Lizard . Olive ridley sea-turtles nest on Gahirmatha & other nearby beaches. Bhitarkanika has one of the largest populations of endangered saltwater crocodile in India and is globally unique in that 10 percent of the adults exceed 6 m length. Nearly 1671 saltwater crocodiles inhabit the rivers and creeks.

Bhitarkanika National Park authorities imposed a three-month ban on entry of tourists into the park as it is the mating and nesting season of the salt-water crocodiles. The ban is effective from May 1 and will continue till July 31. Tourists will be restricted from entering crocodile-infested areas in Bhitarkanika, Dangamala and Ragadapati forest blocks under Bhitarkanika, Swain said. He said the sound of mechanized boats ferrying tourists and forest officials disturbs the crocodiles and makes people vulnerable to crocodile attacks. The female reptiles lay eggs in the mangrove forests near the park’s water bodies and guard them till the hatchlings emerge. Forest guards have been instructed to closely monitor the process as the eggs often fall prey to wild animals such as snakes, wild boars and fishing cats. Many local forest dwellers illegally enter forest areas to collect honey and wood. – TheTimesOfIndia (TOI)

After the safari we came back to Dangmal

After the safari (river cruise) we came back to Dangmal

 

We visited Nature Interpritation Centre

We visited Nature Interpritation Centre

As per the 2014 survey of mammals, first of its kind to be undertaken in the forest and wetland sites of the park; 1,872 spotted deers, 1,213 numbers of wild boars have made the forest areas their home. The census breakup of other mammals is monkeys – 1,522, jackals – 305, common langur – 39, otter – 38, sambar deer – 17, jungle cat – 11, fox – 10, Mongoose – 7, wolf- 7, fishing cats – 3, hyena – 12, according to the survey data.

 

We saw Deers roaming herenthere

We saw them roaming herenthere (Heard the no. is more than 5000 – from a forest guard)

 

For your reference here is a map (I got on the spot)

Bhitarkanika Map

Bhitarkanika Map

 

The boat ride from Khola to Dangmal or vice versa is highly recommended. Khola is one of the gateways into the park. This is along an artificial creek and it passes through dense mangrove forest providing a glimpse into the estuarine ecosystem and its wealth of fauna. The best time to travel through this creek is early morning or before sunset.

Bhitarkanika has a very rich historical and cultural past. It used to be the hunting grounds of the erstwhile King of Kanika . The hunting towers and artificial watering holes can be seen at many places including Bhitarkanika trail and at Dangmal. It is also the home of medieval Hindu temples which can be found dotted throughout the sanctuary. But the major attraction remains the wildlife wealth.

There are 2-3 Ecoresorts there. Packaged tours can also be arranged with personal guide.

 

For Reservation Contact Khorlo Tours & Travels (P) Ltd at

Film Tourism at Bengal

Film Tourism at Bengal

 

Workshop Suited for: Film Lovers, Heritage Explorers, Nature Bees, Photographers & Film Studies.

Note: Please wear comfortable clothes & shoes. It is advisable to carry hat, shwal / soft woolens, sunglasses, water bottle.

Host Info: Mrs.Debjani Basu

We are offering you a brand new concept blended with Films & Tourism at Purulia covering picturesque places where famous films were created by eminent directors with some traditional spots of tourist interest. We have identified nearly 20 films (Both Tollywood, Bollywood & films from abroad) and the offbeat spots where these films were created.

 

Who are we?  At CINE STEPs we present niche tours to all those who want to explore the hidden paradise of Bengal that too related with film shooting. Through our Cine Tours, we hope to deliver you a memorable Purulia. Let’s take a Cine Step.

Why us? We are researching on old & new films and we are both nature lovers, as well as location hunters who have spent most of our lives seeking offbeat places of North East Indian territory. Navigating the outdoor locations of filmy India is something that runs in our veins. This FilmTourism workshop is enjoyable and we are trying to spread this concept to all.

 

Explore Purulia as you’ve never seen her before, with beautiful lakes & dams, green hills, pristine ambiance on a hilltop, rough & undulating terrains, rural village life and much more. Experience Bengal with a new vision of FILMTOURISM.

 

Some Filmy sequences we cover:

Rajkahini by  Srijit Mukherjee

Aarshinagar by Aparna Sen

Arjun, Janala, Uttora, Mondo Meyer Upakhhyan by Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Gangor by Italo Spinelli (Story by Mahasweta Debi)

Hirak Rajar Deshe by Satyajit Ray

Meghe Dhaka Tara by Kamaleshwar Mukhopadhyay

Lootera by Bikram Motwane

Proloy by Raj Chakraborty

Lorai by Parambrata Chattopadhyay

Cinemawala by Kaushik Ganguly

Sunyo Awnko by Gautam Ghosh

& many more

 

Added Attraction:

Charida: The Village Charida (Chorda) is internationally famous for Masks which are used in Cho Dance. These Cho masks are not only used for dance but also for decoration as wall hangings. People from different countries visited this place for this exquisite art form. This Craft village Charida is a live workshop of artisans who are engaged in the making of Cho mask since generations. You can buy a souvenir directly from these artisans.

Workshop Cost: INR 10800/- per Adult :: INR 8100 per Child (5 – 10 Years)

Costing includes Twin/Triple Sharing Deluxe Accommodation, All Transfers & Site Visits, All Meals (First Day Breakfast to 3rd Day Lunch), Live Cultural Performance, Guide Service, Hands-On Study Materials, Service Taxes.

 

Languages spoken by us: Bengali, English, Hindi.

Note: Please Call/SMS/WhatsApp on 9831095234 / 9477476376 after booking to confirm your seat once.
 

CINE STEPS RESERVATION

Landline: +91 33 30533973 – 75, +91 33 40010180

Handheld: +91 9831095234, +91 9477476376  

Email: filmtourismindia@gmail.com 

Website: www.filmtourism.net

 

 

Launching 1st time in India :: On Location FilmTourism

Launching 1st time in India :: On Location FilmTourism

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Explore excellent tourist spots of Gujarat including Rann of Kutch with a new vision. Contact us for more detailed lnformation at mailkhorlo@gmail.com or visit http://www.khorlotours.wordpress.com

 

Rani Ki Vav - Wonder of Architecture

Rani Ki Vav – Wonder of Architecture

 

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/lSkFh25VbhI

Rani Ki Vav precisely “The Stepwell of Queen” is situated beside the bank of River Saraswati. History says this unique architecture with panels of excellent sculptures of different gods & godesses built by skilled craftsmen based on Maru-Gurjara style. The complex technique of this splendid formation is a utility based water resourced storage system probably made during Solanki dynasty in 11th Century AD at Patan, Gujarat. Excavated by ASI this beautiful seven storied stepwell was decorated and spiritualy dignified by mythological characters like Vishnu, Varahi, Kalki, Mahisasurmardini, Kichaka, Vaman including Buddha as murals & stone carved wall panels.

 

Nilanjan Basu (Khorlo Tours & Travels (P)  LTD) #9477476376

Ajrakh Printing of Kachchh

 

Block Printing @ Ajrakhpur, Kachchh, Gujarat

Block Printing @ Ajrakhpur, Kachchh, Gujarat

Youtube movie link: https://youtu.be/YPivoWrFnOg

My First visit to Ajrakhpur was amazing. I will certainly visit Ajrakhpur again very soon. According to me the immense variety of textile with the artistic traditions of dying & printing process of Kutch area will certainly touch your mind. The Ajrakhpur block printing of the Kutch region is an example of Gujarat’s pride and considered as an essential part of any Indian woman’s collection. Beautiful geographic patterns and other designs of the artisans that too printed manually with wooden blocks on cloth by unusual natural colours (extracted from mineral, vegetable etc) are some of the most important factors of the popularity of Ajrakhpur Block Printing. They say some of the designs are thousands of years old. You can visit Ajrakhpur, experience a new vision and also can buy as per your choice. My best wishes for the skilled artisans of Ajrakhpur.

 

Nilanjan Basu

basunil2001@gmail.com

 

 

Wish you all a happy, peaceful & prosperous festival of light.

Wish you all a happy, peaceful & prosperous festival of light.