Sunderbans in the state of West Bengal in Kolkata is the largest Mangrove reserve in the world. The alluring charm of this place entices many tourists to book holiday packages for exploring the amazing wild life of this region.


Explore Sunderbans – the land of Royal Bengal Tiger

Sunderbans, India, the land of the endangered royal Bengal tiger covered in impenetrable mangrove forests is a paradise of green foliage near Kolkata. Washed in pristine beauty and landscapes, it is a place where holy Ganges meets the majestic Indian Ocean. Named after Sundari trees, which abound the region, Sunderbans literally means ‘Beautiful Forest’. It is the largest river delta, and the largest halophytic mangrove reserve in the world, sheltering approximately 80 species of mangroves in its immensely huge area. Sunderbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Located in the state of West Bengal in India, Sunderbans is the single largest home of the Royal Bengal tiger, the national animal of India. There are about 400 tigers in Sunderbans inhabiting the region at their leisurely pace. Visitors who have specially booked holiday packages to Kolkata to see this regal animal in its natural habitat can hit watch towers in the forest, which are set to provide stunning glimpses of this fierce animal without disturbing them. The prominent towers include Sajnekhali Watch Tower, Jhingkhali, Bonie Camp, Burirdabri, Sudhankhayali, Netidhopani, and the watch tower at Dobanki. The tigers at the Sunderbans have adopted themselves to the saline and watery environment and can swim admirably well. Many of these mighty cats have come to be known for their man-eating tendencies. It is no wonder how the thrill of sighting these deadly ferocious yet fascinating animals, and the resulting adrenaline rush leaves the wildlife lovers gloating over their decision of booking holidays packages for the place.

Other wild animals that inhibit this dense region of Sunderbans are fishing cat, leopard cat, macaques, boar, Indian grey mangoose, fox, cat, rhesus monkey, pig, pangolin, and cheetal etc. Wildlife enthusiasts are overjoyed and exhilarated to see this jungle inundated with beasts, and many even contemplate taking another holiday revisiting the place to explore the mystery of Sunderbans

Sunderban’s highly productive ecosystem acts as a natural fish nursery and is home to a variety of fishes, red fiddler crabs, hermit crabs, water monitor lizard, Gangetic dolphin, lesser adjutant stork, and Indian dog shark etc. And if the luck favours, visitors on leisure holidays can get a peek of majestic salt-water crocodile sunbathing in the mud drenched banks. The place is also known for the conservation of Ridley Sea Turtle.

The dense forests of Sunderbans in India also hide in its enclosure incredible variety of deadly reptiles like king cobra, rock python, monocellate cobra, common rat snake, dog faced water snake to name a few. Twitchers reserving holiday packages to India are overwhelmed by 248 species of avifauna at this dense region, including the migrant birds arriving here during winters from far across sprawling geographical boundaries. Some of the vibrantly-hued birds that could be spotted here include water hens, coots, red Jungle fowls, doves, cotton teals, herring gulls, caspian terns, wood sandpipers, green pigeons, rose ringed parakeets, paradise-flycatchers, seagulls and whistling teals etc.

People availing holiday packages to Kolkata can visit Sunderbans by bus or cars. There are regular bus services from Kolkata, but the main areas of the jungle could only be accessed by waterways. The nearest town from Sunderbans is at Gosaba, the closest airport is at Kolkata, and the nearest railway station is at Canning. Tourists can also take private vessels from Canning, Gosaba or Basanti. The most apt time to book holidays packages for Sunderbans is between the months of September and March.

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