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Planning a Gangasagar Tour From Howrah/Kolkata?
Gangasagar (Ganga Sagar) Island is at a distance of about 100 km south of Kolkata city. Although Gangasagar Island is a part of Sundarbans, it does not have any tiger habitation or mangrove forests or small river tributaries as is characteristic of the overall Sundarban delta. This island, also known as Sagardwip, is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy bath at the confluence of river Hoogly(Ganges) and the Bay of Bengal to offer puja in the Kapil Muni Ashram(Temple). A Gangasagar fair and pilgrimage is held every year at Ganga sagar or Gangasagar. Near the confluence is the Kapil Muni Temple. The Gangasagar Mela is considered the second largest congregation of humans after the triennial ritual bathing of Kumbha Mela. According to reports on 14 January 2018, 18-20 lakh people had visited Ganga Sagar in 2018, against 15 lakh in 2017.
How To Travel For Gangasagar Tour From Kolkata, Airport or Howrah/Sealdah.
Gangasagar Tour From Kolkata, is to be approached by Diamond Harbour Road (NH-12) which runs south around 90 km to Harwood Point, near Kakdwip, where a ferry runs to Kachuberia at the north end of the island. The Panchyat Samity maintains a parking area near the ferry landing. The ferry travels about 3.5 km across a tributary of the Ganges river (also known as Hooghly River or Muriganga river locally) to reach Kachuberia. Small boats also cross from Harwood Point to Kachuberia. Private cars and buses travel the roughly 32 km to the pilgrimage site at Sagardwip. From the pilgrimage parking area the Kapil Muni Temple is about 200 meters and the Gangasagar confluence is about 700 meters. Gangasagar by Train and ferry- Trains run on the Sealdah South lines from Kolkata through Kakdwip to Namkhana where at Bakkhali there is a ferry across the Muriganga distributary (Channel Creek) to Sagar Island (Gangasagar). There after you have to take a local transportation to reach the confluence.
N.B. Weather you are planning a Gangasagar Tour From Kolkata/Howrah by car or by train you need to keep some important points in mind. You need to start as early as possible in the morning for your Gangasagar tour from Kolkata. If you are planning a Gangasagar trip from Howrah only take the chance if your train is arriving very early. Reason is that the river crossing by ferry is highly dependent on the tides in the river. We have bad experience that our tourist going for Gangasagar tour from Kolkata gets stuck on the island side for several hours as the ferry services got suspended due to low tide. So to have a comfortable and hassle free Gangasagar tour from Kolkata/Howrah you need to plan to start early. In case you want to go for Gangasagar tour from Howrah, you need to arrive at Howrah Station as soon as possible.
Accommodation/ Overnight stay at Gangasagar (Ganga Sagar).
Gangasagar Island has very few options of hotels or overnight stay options and those who do have, very basic amenities. Its a lodge kind of accommdation, However nearest place with luxury accommodation are at Diamond Harbor or Bakkhali where you can find decent options like 2-3 star facilities. You can also opt for your stay at Mousumi Island where tent accommodation gives you a adventure stay experience at a tent with a exotic sea view.
Q&A Gangasagar Tour
How can I go to gangasagar from Kolkata?
The ride from Kolkata to Gangasagar is quite adventerous. First you need to travel by road till lot 8, Harwood Point, Kakdwip from Kolkata. The ride will take around three to four hours. From here, cross the river Muriganga by ferry and reach Kachuberia which is on the Sagar Island. From Kachuberia you hve to take inland transport to reach Gangasagar.
What is the best time to visit Gangasagar?
October to March is ideal for a visit to Gangasagar when the temp is mild and less humid, the month of January is the best time but 10th to 20 January sees high surge in tourist due to sankranti mela.
What is gangasagar famous for?
Gangasagar is among one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage places. Every year on Makar Sankranti 14-15 January, lakhs of devotees from all over India, assemble at Gangasagar for sacred dip at the confluence of the river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.
How far is gangasagar from Howrah?
Howrah is around 110 KM from Gangasagar and takes 5 to 6 hours to reach.
How can I go to gangasagar from Kolkata by train?
Local trains from Sealdah Station, South Section, Kolkata to Kakdwip station to visit Sagar island. Trains are available for Kakdwip Station (Namkhana Local), starting from at 4.00 am. These trains take about 2 & half hours to reach Kakdwip station.
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Gangasagar And Sundarban Tour
Both Gangasagar and Sundarbans can be You can covered in 1 Night 2 Days tour but will be hectic. Instead you can go for 2 Night 3 Days Gangasagar and Sundarbans Tour.
1 Night 2 Days Gangasagar & Sundarban Tour
Day 1 Pickup from Kolkata and travel to lot 8 Namkhana by Car, Transfer to Kachuberia by ferry, then to Gangasagar. take a tour to kapilmuni ashram and the confluence and return to Kachuberia and then transfer to Jharkhali by Night. Night stay at Resort after dinner.
Day 2 Morning After Breakfast start boat ride cruise to Sundarban National Park, This Covers Sajnekhali Tiger Project, Crocodile Project, Turtle Project, Mangroove Interpretation Center, Bono Bibi Temple, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Dobanki Watch Tower, Canopy walk, Pirkhali, Gazikhali & other narrow Creeks, Pancha Mukhani(Five river confluence). Cruising the small channels and creeks we will try to spot different wildlife, spotted dear, wild boars, civet cat, monitor lizard, crocodiles, dolphins and of courses the Royal Bengal Tigers. Breakfast, lunch and other refreshments will be cooked and served on the boat. Later 5 pm start for Kolkata and drop at hotel/airport/station.
2 Night 3 Day Tour Gangasagar & Sundarban Tour
Day 1 Pickup from Kolkata and travel to lot 8 Namkhana by Car, Transfer to Kachuberia by ferry, then to Gangasagar. take a tour to kapilmuni ashram and the confluence and return to Kachuberia and then transfer to Diamond Harbour/Bakkhali/Mousuni Island for the Night. Night stay at Resort after dinner.
Day 2 After breakfast explore the local villages and shore line depending upon your place of stay and start for Sundarbans.
Day 3 Morning After Breakfast start boat ride cruise to Sundarban National Park, This Covers Sajnekhali Tiger Project, Crocodile Project, Turtle Project, Mangroove Interpretation Center, Bono Bibi Temple, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Dobanki Watch Tower, Canopy walk, Pirkhali, Gazikhali & other narrow Creeks, Pancha Mukhani(Five river confluence). Cruising the small channels and creeks we will try to spot different wildlife, spotted dear, wild boars, civet cat, monitor lizard, crocodiles, dolphins and of courses the Royal Bengal Tigers. Breakfast, lunch and other refreshments will be cooked and served on the boat. Later 5 pm start for Kolkata and drop at hotel/airport/station. In both cases you need to start early for Gangasagar tour from Kolkata.
Gangasagar Tour From Kolkata
We arrange vehicles for Gangasagar tour from kolkata/Howrah depending upon the group size to pickup from your hotel/place of stay and transfer you to Haarwood Point. This transfer can be by Sedan, SUV or Buses as per total passengers travelling. From Harwood Point you can buy your ferry tickets and cross river to Kachuberia from where you can hire local cabs/ shared buses and visit the Gangasagar confluence and return to Harwood Point from where our vehicle will drop of at your point of choice. However for big groups of 30 and above we will take you to Namkhana By Bus. We arrange for Breakfasts and Private Ferry cruise to Sagar Island and private vehicle in the Island for visit to Kapil Muni Ashram and Confluence and while on return we arrange Lunch on the Ferry. Then we drop you off to your place of choice. If you are visiting Kolkata by train the can directly pickup from station for Gangasagar tour from Howrah.
Signification of Gangasagar Tour to Hindus.
Gangasagar as a pilgrimage and the taking of dip in the holy waters has mention in scripts to the time of Mahabharata and Bhisma. The purification of soul and cleansing of ones unholy deeds has been respected by all Hindus, and Gangasagar pilgrimage has been in practice since ancient time. Gangasagar Mela is the second largest fair in India (Kumbha Mela is said to hold the highest number of pilgrims in India). In earlier days when road connectivity was not good there used to a proverb "Sab tirtha bar bar, Gangasagar ekbar" which roughly translate to "You can take multiple trips to other pilgrimage but can visit Gangasagar only once". Such was the tough to undertake a Gangasagar tour in earlier days but now with modern day development it has become a much enjoyable to undertake a Gangasagar tour in a day or 2 from Kolkata.
Among the many festivals that India celebrates in the month of January, Gangasagar Mela holds a special place. It is celebrated between January 13 – 15, and annually attracts thousands of pilgrims from all around the world. It is quite a spectacle; to see people go about with so much devotion in their hearts. Gangasagar Yatra or Ganga Snan, takes place during Makar Sankranti is taking a dip in the holy water of Ganga in the morning while worshiping Lord Surya here will absolve the pilgrim of all his sins.
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DAY 1 Pick you up from Airport/Station/Kolkata at convinient time by Car/ Passenger Van/ Bus (According to your group strength) then transfer to Resort at Falta. Afternoon free to explore local villages or relax on the riverside watching big ships and small fishing boats passing by. A sunset with the blue waters of Ganges is awesome sight. Relax in our resort in the evening with a campfire & bar b que. Overnight at Resort.
Day 2 Start Early for Gangasagar and reach lot 8 to catch ferry. Car will be waiting on the Kachubeira Side to take you to Gangasagar. Offer puja at Kapil Muni Asram and take a walk on the beach and the vendors selling items pertaining to Gangasagar. Return To Kachuberia to board ferry and take waiting car to reach our resort by late evening. Overnight at Resort.
Day 3 After Breakfast start for Muchishah which is one of the biggest market of nursureys. You can see lot of plants and flowers here. Even you can buy and take saplings and seeds for your home. After that visit the Swami Narayan Temple at Pailan. Then our car will drop at your desired location in Kolkata/Station/Airport.
Gangasagar Tour From Howrah/Kolkata can be customized with Sundarbans, Bakkhali, Mousuni Island.
Gangasagar Tour From Kolkata