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Sundarban: food and festival Food If one expects any special type of cuisine during a Sundarban tour then they might be disappointed. Sundarban is rich in the Bengali culture but it doesn’t have any stand alone restaurants or any special cuisine. But one always has the option to go to resorts and guesthouses that serve various types of cuisines from all around the country. If you hire a launch for the Sundarban tour, there is always a chef present in the boat. The boat by the Sundarban tourism department allows tourists to have different type of dishes in the boat itself. One special item that everyone must add in a Sundarban tour package is the Hilsa fish or as the Bengalis says “Ilish Maach”. One can try fishes, crabs and other sea food directly and freshly caught from the sea. Though they do not have any special cuisine, the various types of food items that tourists from round the globe must absolutely try are as follows: 1. Hilsa Fish or Ilish Maach: The hilsa fish is one of the signature dishes of the Bengalis. It can be prepared as a curry or fried. Bhapa Ilish is something that is exceptionally delicious and requires an effortless cooking. It is prepared by steaming the hilsa fish in mustard oil, turmeric, green chilli and salt. The spicy flavour of the Bengalis is mouth-watering and the freshwater fishes make the dish even more delicious. Hilsa is considered one of the traditional Bengali dishes and one should definitely try to include a dish prepared with hilsa during a Sundarban tour package. 2. Chingri maacher malaikari: Another of Bengals special dishes ids chingri maacher malaikari. It is also a non-veg dish that Bengalis truly love to have. “Chingri maach” or prawn can easily be found in the freshwater rivers of Sundarban. This dish is easily available in the resorts of Sundarban tourism department. The prawn is prepared with a creamy, coconut, delicious gravy, flavoured with cinnamon and green cardamoms or chota elichi. Both Golda chingri (giant freshwater prawn) and bagda chingri (tiger prawn) can be used for the preparation of this dish and are easily available. 3. Kosha mangsho: The Bengali Mutton or Chicken Kasha or curry is another of the signature dishes of the Bengalis. This dish originated from a restaurant in Kolkata names Golbari and has been famous ever since. The dish is also available in Sundarban as the boats get their grocery for preparation of all the food items beforehand. Kasha Mangsho is a dry, slow-cooked, dark brown chicken/mutton curry served with chapattis or rice, There are several other dishes that are available in the Sundarban like Bhetki Paturi, Katla curry, etc. Tourists can also enjoy sweets like langcha, rossogolla, sitabhog, joyenogorer moya, etc.

Festival The Sundarban is rich in the folk culture. Bengali folk songs and dances are basically based on mythology, folk tales, gods and goddesses. Some of these gods and goddesses include Goddess Bonbibi, Shah Jangoli, Dakshin Rai, Manasa and Chand Sadagar. The famous ancient Bengali folk take Manasamangal is based on Netidhopani where one of the three watch towers for animal sighting are located.


Coming to festivals, the goddess Bonbibi, also known as Bandevi, Bandurga or Byaghradevi is the goddess of the forest. The goddess banbibi s a huge part of the local people’s day to day life. Goddess Banbibi is believed to be the protector of the forest. The locals worship her for the safety and security of their lives from the dangers that the forests hide. The worship of the goddess banbibi is celebrated as an important festival in the Sundarban. The festival takes place in the month of March and the tourists are always welcome to join in the celebration in case they wish for a Sundarban tour during the spring season. Goddess Banbibi is mostly worshipped by honey collector and wood cutters before they enter the forest, praying for protection against tiger attacks. Another festival celebrated by the people of Sundarban is the Rash Mela. It is a rural fair hat is held in the month of February in the village of Jamespore. Tourists are always welcome to join in the celebrations. In case one decides to have a Sundarban tour in the month of February, they should definitely include a visit to Jamespore in the Sundarban tour package.

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Sundarban Hilsa Festival and Sundarban food  

Sundarban foods are famous for its sea and river fish. There are so many fisheries on the way to Sundarban from Kolkata. Bengali special ty...

Sundarban Hilsa Festival and Sundarban food  

Sundarban foods are famous for its sea and river fish. There are so many fisheries on the way to Sundarban from Kolkata. Bengali special ty...

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