Sunderbans

Sunderbans

Land of the mystic mangroves and the majestic tigers of Bengal

A trip to the Sunderbans is merely a relaxation but an insight to the undisturbed and crude world of nature. The Sunderbans, land of true illimitable beauty and spectacular landscapes was named after the ubiquitous Sundari trees which are present locally, in very large numbers. It is the largest delta in the world, formed by the mighty Ganges and covered with halophytic mangrove forest. Contributing to the pride of India, this vast biodiversity beholds the honour of being amongst one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites & a Biosphere Reserves.  Measuring about and more than10,000 sq km, the Sunderbans lie amidst the banks of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is considered to be one of the largest mangrove forests in the world, out of which about 40% lies in India. The “Sundarbans Mangroves Eco-region” is the one of the largest mangrove ecosystem in existence. The name is derived from the predominant mangrove species, Heritiera fomes, which is locally familiar and invasive as sundri. This huge mangrove eco-region proudly shelters & enshrines the Indo-Pacific region’s largest and most fierce carnivore, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Thus a trip to Sunderbans is not only a nature lover’s thing, but also is a beautiful treat to the eyes of a history and heritage admirer.

The colossal Sunderbans also houses the world’s largest estuarine forest, which is criss-crossed by numerous of creeks, brooks and tributaries and intersected by a network of tidal water inlets, small islands crusted by salt-tolerant mangrove forests and acres of mudflats. The bio reserve is known for its huge range of fauna, including more than 250 species of birds, the gallant Bengal tiger and a number of other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile which is commonly called the saltwater crocodile and also the Indian python. Three of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries in the south cover an area of more than 130,000 ha and have been observed to be the core breeding areas for a number of endangered species. A Sunderban package tour can give you a vivid glimpse of some of the wildest beasts of nature, which are carefully hidden amidst this cryptic aura.

Book a Sunderban holiday package in order to witness the infinite tidal mangrove backwoods of Bangladeshs’ Sundarbans Forest Reserve which are in actual reality a network of archipelago, consisting of different shapes and sizes, perennially washed down by brackish water, flowing in and around the infinite and mind-boggling labyrinths of saltwater channels. The site bolsters exceptional biodiversity in all of its terrestrial, and marine habitats; widely extending from micro to macro flora and fauna. The bio-reserve of Sundarbans is of great universal importance due to the presence of numerous globally endangered fauna species which includes the Royal Bengal Tiger, Irawadi dolphins, estuarine crocodiles and the endangered endemic river terrapin. It is famous for being the only mangrove habitat in the entire world for housing the species called the Panthera tigris tigris. The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve has been estimated to contain 400 mighty and fierce tigers of Bengal. Thus, this poses to be a perfect escape from the daily chaos of the urban jungle life and to find a bit of repose for yourself.

 

Let your trip to the Sunderbans awe you with its unique way of traveling. Unlike most of the other Indian reserve forests, in Indian Sundarbans, wildlife safari is done primarily by ferries, launches and boats. However, on the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, walking is sometimes allowed in the reserve forests during a wildlife safari.

 

A unique tidal phenomenon is regularly witnessed in the Sundarbans. Twice a day, the secluded Sunderbans experience low tides and high tides. During the low tides, the water recedes and vast masses of midlands can be seen lying wide flat and during high tides, the water level increases by about 5 feet. High tide makes it possible to travel and explore much more of the internal creeks because, with more flow of water in the channels, boats can go deeper into the forests. That’s why sometimes; safari is conducted by the locals during the hours of low tide when the water recedes and thus the chances of spotting wildlife increases. Go for a Sunderban package tour along with some extremely experienced guides who can show you what all men can’t see.

The impenetrable and arcane forest that can only be delved into through an intricate channel of canals and brooks, Sunderban National Park certainly fabricates an experience that is one of a kind and enthralling in its own mystical way.

A Sunderban weekend tour can become your most anticipated adventure, letting you penetrate behind the dark veil of nature which cannot be experienced anywhere else.

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