Baratang Island is in the middle of North and Middle Andaman. At a distance of 92km from Port Blair, it is known as a getaway to Middle and North Andaman. Baratang Island is also known as Ranchiwalas Island once after the Ranchi settlers that moved here close to early 19th Century. In Baratang one can see Andaman’s dense tropical forest, Limestone Caves, experience Mangrove ride, Mud volcano and Parrot Island. Each of these places is filled with unique experience which you cannot witness anywhere else in Andaman.
Baratang is 92 km from Port Blair and it can be reached by ATR(Andaman trunk road) connecting Rangat and Mayabunder. Government Bus services from Aberdeen Bazaar operate on daily basis and the journey take a minimum of 4 hrs. Ticket booking has to be done before as availability can be an issue. There is a major issue with transport is that one has to follow time restraint trip because if you miss out on bus back to Port Blair there is no other way one can return to Port Blair. The most reliable way is hiring a private vehicle. Let me explain why.
The trip to Baratang is not a straight road. It normally starts early morning at 3:00 am or 6:00 am depending on which convey get you prefer taking. From the hotel and the vehicle drives straight to Jirkatang. In Jirkatang there is a gate which stops the traffic to flow any further. All the vehicle, buses and coaches stop here and are not allowed to go any further. There travellers are to fill a mandatory convoy form for entering the Buffer Zone. Convey Form requires particulars of all the traveling visitors along with cab and driver details. The convoy gate opens only quadruple time a day. The gate opens at 0600hrs, 0900hrs, 1200hrs and 1500 hrs only from Jirkatang for onwards journey towards Baratang and 0630hrs, 0930hrs, 1230hrs and 1530hrs only for return journey back to Port Blair.Read More
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