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Tiger Trail at Sundarbans

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

Well-known as the largest mangrove forest in the world, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the virgin forests of Sundarbans are a part of the Ganga delta spread over an area of about 10,000 sq km.

The Sundarbans is located in the Ganga Delta, and it is made up of an intricate combination of mudflats intersected by tidal waterways. The major portion of the entire 10,000 sq. km over which this region is spread lies in India and the remaining portion is part of Bangladesh and is a populae place to holiday in West Bengal

Besides the tiger, Sundarbans is famous for the variety of wildlife it supports, such as several species of birds, turtles, deer, crocodiles and snakes. The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve was created in 1973, and it is majorly involved with the tiger protection project to conserve and improve the population of the tiger population in Sundarbans.


Places to Visit

The best places to sight tigers are the watch towers at Sudhanyakhali and Sajnekhali. At the Sajnekhali watch tower, you can also visit the crocodile park, museum and the Bonobibi temple. The Netidhopani area houses a 400-year old temple. To catch a glimpse of the famous barking deer, visit Holiday Island and to witness the conservation of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, visit Kanak by enjoy a vacation in North East India


Best Time to Visit Sundarbans

Sundarbans is best experienced during the period between November and March. If you choose to visit this area during the months of April and May, you can also witness the process by which locals collect honey. The only way to get around the area is by a motorized boat that you hire yourself or to take one of the conducted tour packages provided by the West Bengal tourism department or private operators.


How to Get There

The Dum Dum airport at Kolkata is about 166 km from Sundarbans, and it is the nearest airport. Besides this, it is also possible to travel to Sundarbans from the Sonari airport at Jamshedpur, which is about 317 km away, and the Singerbhil airport at Agartala, which is 342 km away. Local taxis are available to ferry passengers from these airports to Sundarbans. One can conveniently reach Sundarbans by booking holiday tours from Kolkata.


The nearest railway station is Canning that is located about 48 km from Sundarbans. The West Bengal state road transport corporation operates several bus services to Sundarbans from cities such as Kolkata, which is 166 km away; Namkhana, which is 105 km away; and Raidighi, which is a mere 76 km away.


Entry permits for the Sundarban Tiger Reserve are available at Canning, Bagna and Sonakhali. To visit the western parts of the forest, you need another entry permit that is available at Canning, Raidighi and Namkhana. Foreigners visiting Sundarbans should procure a permit from the office of the Joint Secretary (Forest) at Kolkata

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