There are many tourist spots to visit within Sundarban. However, there is one place you shouldn’t miss out on if you are taking a trip to Sundarban. That is Netidhopani WatchTower. Let’s know about this place in detail.
How is Netidhopani WatchTower?
The Netidhopani Camp, a dramatic location in Sundarbans is presented with a variety of flora and fauna. It lies on the edge of the Buffer and Core Area of the Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal, India.
What’s the story behind Netidhopani Watchtower?
Netidhopani Watchtower is another watchtower among the others and is related to the notion of the love story of Behula and Lakhindar. Myth has it that Behula while accompanying her husband Lakhindar who died of snake-bite on their wedding night and was on his last journey on the boat, passing the bank of what is now called Netidhopani.
A woman named Neta (Netidhopani) was washing clothes and a child was continually disturbing her. She became annoyed and sprinkled some water on the boy. The boy became lifeless. After finishing her laundry, she again sprinkled some water on him and chanted some mantras to bring the dead boy back to life. Behula decided instantly that this was the only individual who could bring her dead husband back to life. She rowed the boat to the bank and asked her to teach her the verses. Behula reached heaven from this bank by taking help from her and became successful in bringing life to her beloved Lakhindar.
Why should we visit this watchtower?
There is a famous tiger watchtower in Netidhopani. It can fit around 20 people at a time and let the visitors catch a glance of striking mind-blowing elements. Perhaps you might get a sight of some tigers if luck favors.
This watchtower furthermore presents a view of the ruins of a 400-year-old Shiva Temple recognized as the Netidhopani Temple. It is also assumed that there is a road on the extreme right of the forest which was built by King Pratapaditya to guard the coastal area. It is now filled in with earth. A lot of archaeological discoveries, especially terracotta wares have been found in and around the Netidhopani Temple and are shown as specimens at Netidhopani. There is also a sweet water pond at Netidhopani.
How Netidhopani WatchTower reached?
Netidhopani can be reached by taking special permission which is issued from the Sajnekhali Eco-Tourism range. Netidhopani can be reached in 4 hrs from Sajnekhali by hired boat or launch.
What are the stay options at Netidhopani?
Netidhopani does not have an overnight stay option. Tourists are allowed to stay only till 16:00 hrs. Thereafter they have to leave the camp and the forest area.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Netidhopani?
The best time to visit Netidhopani is from October till March as the rivers turn turbulent from April.