Bengal Tiger of Bangladesh – 8 Days
Bangladesh has been called the last country in Asia waiting to be discovered as a tourist destination. The world’s largest alluvial delta and mangrove forest is found here along with the greatest concentration of tigers.
The Sundarban forest, declared a Unesco World Heritage Site for its treasure trove of biodiversity, is an enormous tract of wilderness bordering the Bay of Bengal. It contains an estimated 400 Royal Bengal tigers, 80,000 spotted deer, 40,000 rhesus monkeys, 20,000 wild boar, 260 species of birds, giant estuarine crocodiles, monitor lizards, pythons otters and Ganges River dolphins.
Students on this trip will cruise the myriad channels of the mangroves on a comfortable live aboard boat while exploring more intricate waterways by country boat. There will be exciting excursions ashore for jungle walks with armed park rangers along forested tiger trails, savannah lands and along miles of pristine beach.
After 4 nights sleeping aboard our vessel, we will return to Dhaka on a morning flight and transfer to a completely different realm in the northeast of the country. Here, lovely tea plantations and tropical evergreen forest offer a dramatic contrast to the coastal delta. Students can now try their hands picking tea, riding rickshaws through the countryside, planting or harvesting rice and meeting villagers.
There will be a full day to explore Lawahhara National Park where students may spot the elusive leopard and endangered Hoolock gibbons swinging through the treetops. Capped langurs, hanging parrots, jungle fowl, bee-eaters and other animals are found here.
Bangladesh may be a small, poor and overpopulated country in most of the world’s eyes, but students on this trip will discover a land rich in beauty with a wealth of wildlife and experience the heartfelt warmth of people they will not soon forget.