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    Visit the watch-towers

    by lynnehamman Written Jan 22, 2009

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    These watch-towers, which are dotted around the various camps, offer great views of the Mangroves and surrounds. Each one has its own designated area, jetty and attractions.
    Our boat stopped at one- there were quite a few steps up to the watch-tower, but the view is well worth it. There are refreshment stalls and toilet facilities available.
    Monkey populations are thriving at these stops. They get pretty frisky, and sit at the jetty, waiting for the boats to dock.

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    Boat Cruise through the channels

    by lynnehamman Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    Spending a few hours cruising the waterways is a relaxing and interesting way to spend the day. The boat we were on was very comfortable, with lunch & snacks being served. The toilets were clean and modern. Our boat carried about 20 people. The seating is good, and as it is an open-sided boat, the magnificent vews can be seen in all directions. We stopped occasionally for photo enthusiasts.
    Getting on and off the boat was pretty dodgy- the "gangway" consisted of a narrow wooden strip that was placed from the boat onto the jetty, and only handrail was bamboo pole,being held by two crew members. For us it was no real problem, but the older passengers were understandably nervous. There were no mishaps.

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    Tribal Dancing and Music

    by lynnehamman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I have added short video about this, but apologise for the bad light.My flash went on the blink. The music is good, though!

    We watched these dancers and musicians at night, around a campfire. What interested me greatly was that is was so very different from any form of folk dancing that I had seen anywhere in India. It has almost an African feel and look. The way that the dancers were dressed was very different too. The dancing had an animistic theme.

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    Birdwatching- Sunderbans

    by lynnehamman Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    Grab a camera and binoculars- this is a good area for bird-watchers. We spotted quite a few, not just on the boat-cruises, but around the camp-site. For some reason, the birds here seemed tamer than anywhere else in India. Maybe they feel no threat, because there are few tourists anyway.
    Eary morning and late afternoon is the best time for bird-watching.

    PHOTO 1- the common Kingfisher- stunning colours reflected by the sunlight
    PHOTO 2- Egret with its mighty wing-span
    PHOTO 3-Pied Kingfisher

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    The Beautiful Rural Bengal -10, Sunderbans.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 19, 2006

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    When talking about Rural Bengal, how can one ignore the Beauty of Sunderbans. It is the largest delta of the world and at the sametime it is most beautiful and Most Dangerous place to live. Fortunately, this is part of Bengal and we are very proud of it. I the last few years Eco- tourism has developed and it has helped a lot the local inhabitants to improve their economy. But what requires, is full time source of earning for it's people. The Nature will continue as it is but the condition of the people of Sunderbans has to change. They live in highly dangerous condition. In the land with wild animals and in the water with water predators, like Sharks, Crocodiles and poisnous snakes.
    There is no electricity, no potable water to drink, no proper food, but life goes on for the inhabitants who survives on the forest products like honey, wood, wild berries( For Medicine), and ofcourse fish. Fish is the major source of their earning and food.

    I had the opportunity to visit Sunderbans on 25/26th December 2004. I am utilizing the photographs taken then to build this page and the tips.

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    ANGLING----Pond Fishing!!!

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    Fishing is one of my hobies! I keep telling my friends that I am going pond fishing on this Sunday and they keep asking as how it is done. So I am trying to build a tip on how Pond fishing is done. This is same as River or Sea fishing, with only differnce the baits as the fishes are smaller and they like sweet thing like loaf, flour, earth worms, ant eggs etc as baits. Beside this you will have to lure the fishes to your baits, so you need to arrange that too, by organising " Lure baits". In the market several Lure Baits are available, such as formanted Rice, Black- Gram Paste, or any thing formanted ( organic food). It's simple to make but messy.
    And the fishes!!! they are mostly Carps, gold, silver, cat and so on. There are many small / medium and large ponds in and around Calcutta. Where they offer angling for some fee ranging Rs100 to Rs500/- ( 10USD). If the catch is good then enjoyment doubles. But I have been going to my friend's ponds or people known to them as we can also relax and spend sometime with frinds.
    Yesterday, we went to Gaighata a place near Bangladesh Border for pond fishing with our family. Mr.Kalipada Dey was our host this time. He is one of our dealers' and a fine gentleman with very large heart. His entire family is great host, his wife, daughter, his brother, his wife and their children are really lovable character. We shall go again they are so good.

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    Rain Soaked Bengal Villages-5

    by goutammitra Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Since when I have taken the habit of carrying a camera with me, I have been taking pictures of many things, some significant and many insignificant. Later I realized that those photos are not at all insignificant, they are personifying the Mother Earth and her various facets from various angles. Many of us do not like rains and rural part which is muddy, no electric, no purified water, no good restaurant, and many no... s. But at the same time the Farmer who lives in the rural area is devoid of pleasure of city life, welcomes the rains, Mud, water, as because he has to cultivate and produce crops!! You know for whom? Yes it is for us .......... to survive. In India the farming is still based on Rains.... we still have miles to go. We have developed, but the rains required. So enjoy the rains!!!

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -18, Migratory Birds.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 23, 2006

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    How do you make a tip on rural Bengal? I felt whatever I saw with my own eyes and felt it is beautiful, I think I should post it in my tips. Because after talking to many people I am convinced that not everybody is really interested in beautiful buildings and sea beaches. One of the most beautiful scenario of Rural Bengal is its natural waterbodies, migratory birds of various types. I am posting some of the pictures taken near Asansol of Migratory Birds. These are mostly Teals and Ducks of Central Asian origin. enjoy!!!!

    I will post more photos later!!

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -20, Rural Sports.

    by goutammitra Written Aug 24, 2006

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    I am against this sports, called Cock fighting! but when you are building tips on rural Bengal you just cant ignore this. This is part of life in Rural Bengal, who have very limited means of entertainment. There is no T.V. or electricity in many villages, so they continue with many age old sports.

    These shots were taken in october 2004 at Bankura, Jhilimili forests. The Santhal Tribe there is very fond of this sport. They also bet heavily on this game many time only to loose. This normally held during Village Hat or weekly market.

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -14, Fair at Shantiniketan

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    Gurudev Ravindra Nath Tagore started this Rural Fair about 100 years back. The prime attraction of this fair is Baul Songs. It is said it comes directly from the heart of Rural Bengal. A Baul singer is who has left all earthly bonds and have devoted himself to the God( Lord Krishna).

    Along with the Baul songs the Village fair now attracts people across the globe, who come to witness the rural Bengal and the Rural culture.

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -15, Shantiniketan.

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    This rural fair brings in various flavour of rural life of Bengal. The more you see the more you are amazed. Have a close look.

    Listening to the Baul Singer is an experience in itself. They have left home, a kind of Hermit, sings for God and the people. They also sing about the current lif of the people. You may listen to Baul from the net or buy CD from any shop. There are two very famous Baul in the world and popular in the West too, Purna Chandra Das. But I feel he is highly rich, man worth millions, had a commercial career. But sings well, The Beatles were very impressed with him, but he is not the true Baul bad has several album to his credit.

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -17, Shantiniketan.

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    Tagore choose this are of Birbhum to build his Shantiniketan. This land in called " Lal Matir Desh" or the soil of red colour. the land contains Haematite and the area also has forests( though declining), lakes, streams, tribals. it was primarily tribal villages about a century ago, then it was developed gradually to become world famous Shantiniketan( Have a look at my Shantiniketan page) .

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    ANGLING----Pond Fishing!!! Part -III

    by goutammitra Written Aug 13, 2006

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    On 3oth July we also went Pond fishing to Usthi near Diamond Harbour. This time our host was Mr. manzoor Hossein and his family. He is one of our largest Exclusive dealer of the place and excellent host. We thank him and his wife for ibnvintig us on a rainey Sunday.

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -16, Shantiniketan Fair.

    by goutammitra Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    Though the village fair in Shantiniketan is basically Rural in Nature. It is also used as the platfrom to sell and diplay various rural art. One major industry in Rural Bengal ( Shantiniketan, Birbhum, Burdwan, Nadia districts) is saree making with handloom. Then the women do embroidery with needle. The process is called Kantha stitch, done on either silk or cotton. Have a close look at the Bengal art!!

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    Beautiful Rural Bengal -19, Villages Houses

    by goutammitra Written Aug 23, 2006

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    You need to find beauty even from the non significant place. You take a look at the photo of the house and you tend to forget. But just wait and take a close second look at the house. what do you see? A beautiful house built with Mud and polished with mud. You try yoorself, you will never be able to make it. The Santhal tribe of Bengal and Bihar/Jharkhand have been douing it for ages.

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