The Sundarban, well known for its magnificent tangle of mangrove jungle that’s only the one of its kind in the world. It has an area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers. Sundarban lies at the mouth of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers between India and Bangladesh and bordering the Bay of Bengal. Around 35% of the national forest lies in India. The Indian part of Sundarbans comprises of 102 islands out of which just over half of them are inhabited. “The Royal Bengal Tiger” is the main attraction which makes this national park stand out as a conservation project.
This national park has a silent charm that manages to amaze one with the simplicity and naturalness of its ecological balance in spite of offering habitat to some of the most dynamic and awe-inspiring flora and fauna. Since 1966, Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary. Over 400 Royal Bengal tigers and about 30,000 deer can be spotted in the park according to estimations. West Bengal holds the Indian portion of the Sundarbans. The region is perfect for tourists from the West Bengal itself. However conservationists and shutterbugs from all over the world visit Sundarbans throughout the year.
For food lovers:
Food lovers have very limited options for cuisine and food in the Sundarban. You can relish on the freshest catches from the water around. At the same time by indulging yourselves in mouth-watering dishes prepared from the same. There are only a few restaurants in this region. So it’s best to stick to your hotel for availing best options.
Boats are the only means to access Sundarbans. It located around 100km southeast of Kolkata in the state of West Bengal. The Sundarbans have two other wildlife sanctuaries apart from Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located at Lothian Island and Haliday Island. Indian residents don’t need any permit to enter the park while foreigners need a permit to enter, also they need to provide their passport for identification. Entry of Indians is 60 INR and 200 INR for foreigners. Best time to visit the park would be from November to February (weather is cold and dry then), During the summer this place burns up hell. From March to July, is very hot and humid. July to September are the month of monsoon. Monsoons are extremely wet and windy.
Sundarbans disappoints many people. Actually, because they go reach with very high expectations of spotting wildlife mainly the hope to spot a tiger. This hope is decreased with fact that there are no Jeep safaris neither you can explore the park on foot. Visitors can visit the designated watchtowers to observe wildlife. All the visitors must exit the park boundaries by 6 p.m. You can visit a number of watchtowers to observe wildlife. However, some of them are far away and may require a full day return trip by boat.
The real enjoyment of visiting the national park is the appreciation of its pristine, tranquil natural beauty. Rather than sighting animals. The use of Plastic is banned in the region. But annoyingly the visitors often litter. Make sure to bring a plenty of cash as there is no ATM in the region apart from the State Bank of India at Gosaba.