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Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024

Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024: A Culinary Feast in Mangrove Forest area

Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024 will be held, like other previous years, in Sundarban. Settled amongst the labyrinthine waterways of the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarban in West Bengal, India, comes alive every monsoon with a vibrant culinary celebration – the Sundarban Hilsa Festival. This Hilsa Food Carnival will be held in 2024 from Mid of July to End of August in Sundarban with Hilsa delicacies and different touring activities. 

 The Hilsa Festival is not only a tribute to the Hilsa appreciation of Bengalis and foodies from India and abroad, thee Hilsa fish is a prized fish revered for its delicate flavor, silvery sheen, and delectable taste, but also is an age-old legacy of Bengali cuisine familiar in both India and Bangladesh.

Departure Dates of Hilsa Festival 2024

19th July,  26th July,  9th August,  15th August,  17th August,  23rd August,  30th August  for 2 Nights 3 Days Sundarban Package from Kolkata and  Godhkhali.

Why Hilsa Fish is a delicacy in Indian and Bangladeshi Cuisine?


More than just a fish, Hilsa is a prized delicacy in Bengali cuisine. Its rich flavor, seasonal availability, and cultural significance make it a special dish. From boasting heart-healthy omega-3s to its versatility in culinary creations, Hilsa offers a unique taste of Bengali heritage. Dive deeper to discover why this seasonal catch reigns supreme on Indian and Bangladeshi plates.

Rich Flavor & Texture: Hilsa boasts a unique flavor profile, some find its oiliness irresistible.

  • Seasonal Catch: Available only during monsoons, it creates an anticipation and excitement to taste its preparation.
  • Health Benefits: Hilsa is packed with Omega-3s, which has the benefits to support heart and brain health.
  • Cultural Significance: It is the national fish of Bangladesh, and a symbol of Bengali culinary heritage in Indian non-veg cuisine.
  • Culinary Versatility: Hilsa fish can be prepared in various styles, smoked, fried, curried, or baked.
  • Special Occasion Treat: In Authentic Bengali cuisine, Hilsa preparations are found featured during celebrations like Bengali New Year and weddings.
  • Limited Availability: High demand and seasonal catch make it a prized delicacy. In Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024, the food enthusiast can taste and relish wise varieties of Hilsa preparation in one go.

 The Sundarban Hilsa Festival is much more than just a culinary affair. It’s a sensory explosion, a confluence of culture, nature, and community, offering a unique experience for every visitor. Here are six compelling reasons why you shouldn’t miss the Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024:

1. A Gastronomic Adventure for the Hilsa Connoisseur


The Hilsa, locally called Ilish, takes center stage at the festival. Renowned chefs and local families showcase their culinary prowess, preparing the fish in an array of mouthwatering delicacies. From the classic ilish machher bhapa (steamed Hilsa) to the fiery shorshe ilish (Hilsa in mustard gravy), the options are endless. Food stalls line the streets, tempting visitors with their aromas. Sample the unique flavors of ilish paturi (Hilsa in banana leaf) or savor the melt-in-your-mouth ilish chingri malaikari (prawns cooked with Hilsa). The festival is a paradise for seafood lovers, offering a chance to explore the culinary heritage of Bengal centered around this iconic fish.

Ilish Bhaja

2. A Cultural Immersion Like No Other


The Sundarban Hilsa Festival is a vibrant tapestry of Bengali culture. Witness folk music and dance performances that bring alive the rich traditions of the region. The rhythmic beats of the dhol (drums) and the swaying movements of the Baul dancers will leave you mesmerized. Participate in folk dance or village walk.

3. A Journey into the Enchanting Sundarban


The Sundarban Hilsa Festival provides the perfect opportunity to explore the enigmatic Sundarban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a thrilling boat ride through the dense mangrove forests, teeming with diverse wildlife. Spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger or the trail of the royal paws, the elusive Gangetic dolphin, or the countless species of birds that call the Sundarban home. Witness the unique ecosystem where the mighty Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal, creating a labyrinth of waterways and islands. Explore the watchtowers that offer panoramic views of the landscape and listen to the captivating calls of the wild. The festival allows you to experience the raw beauty and untamed wilderness of the Sundarban along with delicious Hilsa dishes.

4. A Celebration of Sustainable Fishing Practices

The Sundarban Hilsa Festival goes beyond just merriment. It serves as a platform to promote sustainable fishing practices in the region. Witness interactive sessions and exhibitions that highlight the importance of responsible fishing for the long-term health of the Hilsa population and the Sundarban ecosystem. Learn about the various conservation efforts underway and how you can contribute to preserving this natural wonder. The festival encourages responsible tourism, promoting a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between human needs and environmental sustainability.

5. A Treasure Trove of Local Handicrafts

The Sundarban Hilsa Festival is a treasure trove for those seeking unique handcrafted souvenirs. Explore the vibrant stalls showcasing the exquisite artistry of the local communities. Admire the intricate embroidery work on saris (traditional Indian drapes), the delicate hand-painted dolls (clay figurines), and the beautiful woven baskets made from natural fibers. Pick up handcrafted jewelry made from shells and locally sourced materials, or invest in a handwoven gamcha (multipurpose cloth) – a perfect memento of your Sundarban experience. The festival provides a platform for local artisans to showcase their talent and allows visitors to appreciate the rich craft heritage of West Bengal.

6. An Escape into the Monsoon Magic

The Sundarban Hilsa Festival coincides with the monsoon season, transforming the landscape into a lush green paradise. Witness the mighty rivers brimming with life, and the emerald forests glistening with raindrops. The cool monsoon breeze provides a welcome respite from the summer heat, making it an ideal time to explore the outdoors. Take a boat ride during a light drizzle and experience the mystical beauty of the Sundarban shrouded in monsoon.

Now you my wonder about the easiest way to join the culinary fiesta: The Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024. It is always wise to contact an experienced and well-appreciated Sundarban tour operator like Madhuban Leisure Holidays. The tour operator has not only earned huge appreciation from the guests, it has created excellent service network to offer all guests luxury accommodation in the Sundarban area in the Sundarban Tiger Roar Resort with all possible amenities and the best assistance for joining Mangrove Tour and the Sundarban Hilsa Festival 2024.

Do you want to know how to contact Madhuban Leisure Holidays staff to book a slot in Sundarban Hilsa Festival Day slots? Please call 9903977265/9331055704 or you may send a mail at, and you will get a reply about the program, available tour packages, etc. within the next 48 hours.