SUNDARBAN HILSA ILISH FESTIVAL UTSAV 2024 – The Hilsa Festival at Sundarban

Welcome to the Sundarban Hilsa Festival, where the illustrious Hilsa takes center stage as the Queen of Fish, capturing the hearts and palates of every Bengali. As the monsoon arrives, so does the anticipation of savoring the delectable taste of Ilish, making it a highly awaited culinary experience.What better way to indulge in the myriad flavors of Ilish than embarking on a tour to the Sundarbans? Here, you can immerse yourself in a gastronomic adventure, sampling a vast array of Bengali dishes featuring this prized fish. From traditional favorites to innovative creations, the Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024 promises to satisfy every craving.

Although the monsoon season is typically not recommended for planning a tour to Sundarban National Park due to the heightened risk of floods and rising water levels, for enthusiasts of Hilsa fish, these rainy months present the Best Time to Visit Sunderbans. Hilsa lovers relish this opportunity to indulge in their favorite delicacy. What makes Hilsa so special extends beyond its delicious flesh; it’s also about the oil used in cooking, which adds an exquisite flavor. Bengalis, or “Bongs,” particularly appreciate this culinary tradition. The oil from cooking Hilsa is often drizzled over rice, elevating the dining experience to heavenly heights. Popular Hilsa dishes such as Ilish Bhapa, Ilish Tel, Doi Ilish, and Ilish Paturi are just a few examples of the culinary delights awaiting those who appreciate this iconic fish.

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Sundarban Hilsha Festival Date 2024

Date Of Tour

2 Night 3 Days Package

  • ​July – 6/12/19/26
  • August – 2/9/16/23/30
  • September – 6/13/20/27

Date Of Tour

1 Night 2 Days Package

  • ​July – 6/13/20/27
  • August – 3/10/17/24/31
  • September – 7/14/21/28

Sundarban Ilish Utsav Package – Sundarban Hilsa Festival Tour Package

Sundarban Hilsha Festival 2 Night 3 Days Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Calcutta by air-conditioned car/passenger van or pick up at Science City at 8:30 AM. Journey for 3.5 hours to Godkhali, the last point accessible by road on the Indian mainland. Board boat and visit Gosaba Island, the largest market serving numerous villages.Arrive at our resort on Sonagaon Island, Godhkhali, followed by lunch.Explore paddy fields and the village, observing local rituals and beliefs. This village lacks cars and electricity.Take a boat ride for bird watching, spotting various species including kingfishers, egrets, Brahmani eagles, and more, amidst the enchanting mangroves.Return to the resort after sunset. Enjoy tribal dance and song performances, with the opportunity to join in. Refreshments will be served. Dinner is served at leisure, followed by accommodation in our luxury resort.

Day 2

Begin early with a luxury boat ride into the jungle, accompanied by a forest-approved guide. Explore the vast mangroves rich in flora and fauna until sunset. Visit three watch towers: Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali, and Dobanki, covering various projects and landmarks such as the Tiger Project, Crocodile Project, Turtle Project, and more. Experience the beauty of narrow creeks and channels, aiming to spot wildlife like deer, wild boars, crocodiles, and even the Royal Bengal Tigers. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided onboard. By evening return to resort, night stay.

Day 3

Breakfast Is Served In Resort. A Small Walk In The Village For Pictures Of Sunrise, Mangroves, Village And Birds, Or Else Cycle Can Be Provided For The Ones Who Would Like To Explore The Island On Wheels. 12 Noon Lunch Is Served. Then We Start Boat To Return To Godhkhali. Then To Kolkata We Reach With You End You Sundarban Jungle Safari Tour.

Sundarban Hilsa Festival 1 Night 2 Days

Day 1 

Depart from Calcutta by air-conditioned car/passenger van or pick up at Science City at 8:30 AM. Journey for 3.5 hours to Godkhali, the last accessible point on the Indian mainland. Board boat and visit Gosaba Island, the primary market for surrounding villages. Arrive at our resort on Sonagaon Island, Godhkhali, followed by lunch. Enjoy a bird-watching boat ride for 2-3 hours, spotting various bird species and exploring the enchanting mangroves. Return to the resort after sunset. Experience an enchanting evening with local tribal dance and song performances, with refreshments provided. 9 PM: Dinner served at guests’ leisure, preparing for a night of luxury at our resort.

​Day 2 

Tour on a luxury boat trip into the jungle, acquiring necessary permissions and a forest-approved guide. Explore the expansive mangroves rich in flora and fauna until sunset. Visit three watch towers: Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali. covering various projects and landmarks. Encounter diverse wildlife such as deer, wild boars, crocodiles, and Royal Bengal Tigers while cruising through narrow creeks and channels. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served onboard.Conclude the boat ride at Godhkhali and begin the return journey to Kolkata, arriving by 6 PM, marking the completion of the Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024.

Sundarban Hilsha Festival

Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024 Menu – The Hilsa Festival at Sundarban

Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024 – In Bengal, Hilsa is revered as the Queen of fish, and with the onset of monsoon, every Bengali eagerly awaits the opportunity to savor the taste of Ilish. What better way to indulge in a vast array of dishes made from Ilish than by joining the Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024 This festival offers the chance to taste a wide range of traditional Bengali Ilish dishes amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Sundarbans. Fresh Hilsa sourced directly from local fishermen is meticulously prepared and served during the tour. In addition to Ilish, the menu also features other seafood and poultry options to ensure a delightful culinary experience at the Sundarban Ilish Utsav 2024.

Day 1:

Breakfast (Packed To Be Served On Bus)- Veg Sandwich, Pastry, Banana, Bhujia, Sweets, Tea & Cookies, Mineral Water.

Lunch- Basmati Bhat(Rice), Green Salad, Ilisher Tel, Sona Mug Dal, Beguni, Ilish Kachur Sak, Hilsa Paturi, Sweet Curd, Chatni, Papad. (For Vegetarian Participants Replacement Dishes Will Be Served).

Evening Snacks- Veg/Paneer Pakora, Tea/Coffee.

Dinner- Monsoon Special Khichuri, Papad, Omlet, Hilsa Fry, Sweets.

Day 2: 

Bed Tea With Biscuits

Breakfast- Luchi, Alu Dam, Sweets, Tea/Coffee.

Lunch- Basmati Rice, Green Salad, Dal, Alu Fry, Ichor/Potol Chingri, Sorse Ilish Bhapa, Sweets, Chatni, Papad.

Evening Snacks- Vetki Fish Fry, Tea/ Coffee.

Dinner- Mixed Fried Rice, Chili Chicken, Chatni.

Day 3: 

Breakfast- Alu Parota, Curd, Boiled Egg, Tea/Coffee.

Lunch- Rice, Green Salad, Dal, Hilsa Fry, Doi Ilish, Chatni, Papad Vaja.

Sundarban Ilish Utsav Package Rates

Sundarban Hilsha Festival

Package Including

  • As Per Booking, Accommodation Of Choice Of Room/ Hotel.
  •   Meals Of All Time: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks & Dinner.
  •   Necessary Entry Fees Including Guides Fees.
  •   Jungle Safari Within The Boat
  •   Pickup & Drop Up From Kolkata
  •   Well-Experienced & Attentive Tour Guide

Package ExcIncluding

  • The Things Not Mentioned In The Inclusion Section
  •   Extra Services (Directly Payable)
  •   G.S.T
  •   All Porter Charges
  •   Medical Services
  •   Camera Charges
  •   Permission Of Any Audio System Or Projector.
  •   Insurance For Travelling

Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024- Terms & Conditions

Please note the following important information regarding the Sundarbans Monsoon Hilsa Festival/Ilish Utsab:

  • To secure your seats in advance for the Sundarbans tour, passengers are required to make an initial payment of Rs. 2,500/-. The remaining balance must be settled before the journey commences.
  • The package includes entry fees, guide charges, and sightseeing expenses. However, any charges for camera entry, if applicable, must be paid separately.
  • The itinerary provided is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or upon the instructions of the Forest Department.
  • We cannot be held liable for any loss, injury, or damage to personal belongings, property, or otherwise, arising directly or indirectly from circumstances beyond our control. These may include acts of nature, accidents, equipment failure, transportation issues, civil disturbances, or any other unforeseeable events.

Please be assured that while we strive to provide all the dishes mentioned in the menu, there may be occasional limitations in the availability of raw materials. In such cases, we will make every effort to offer alternative options and ensure your satisfaction to the best of our ability.

Sunderban Elish Festival & Utsav 2024 Season

Get ready to be captivated by the Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024, celebrating Maacher-Raja Illish, a beloved cultural icon for Bengalis.The Ilish Utsav Sundarban is typically held during the months of August and September, which coincide with the peak hilsa fishing season in the region. It features a variety of cultural events, including folk music and dance performances, as well as food stalls offering a range of hilsa-based dishes such as hilsa paturi, hilsa curry, and smoked hilsa.

* Please note forest remain closed on Tuesday.

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