|Sunderbans image credit: Samim Akhter(Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
Lying near to Calcutta, Sunderbans, sprawling over an area of about 10,000sq.km was formed from the super confluence of Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. River Padma is a major tributary of river Ganges. Major part of flora being the mangrove trees, the fauna of this region mainly comprises of tigers, deer and monkeys. Some less known wildlife are also spotted here.
A boat cruise in Sunderbans would acquaint you with its flora and fauna. Major inhabitants of this river, crocodiles and alligators floating in waters are spotted very rare. Also, tigers coming to drink water on its banks can be spotted, but beware, they can swim and they are man-eaters too. Several fishermen have been attacked by them while on fishing. The glimpse of rustic mud walled homes, fishermen spreading their nets would reflect the traditional countryside. Bengal tourism has expanded the tourist activities here and has boarded big cruisers decked with modern amenities.
It’s a really different experience on the earth’s interiors where silence is broken only by the chirping of birds.The Sajnekhali bird sanctuary in Sunderbans is another attraction where various species of birds are nestled. There is a watch tower from where birding can be done for bird-lovers. Billed pelican, Caspian tern, Paradise flycatcher are all well adapted to this habitat. Some migrating birds also are seen here during winter that adds color to the lush green forests, Sunderbans. The breeding farm of crocodiles,The Bhagatpur Crocodile Project is also nearby.
|Deer image credit: By Ashiqur Rahman (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons|
Sunderbans, the largest mangrove ecosystem in the world was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was honored as a Biosphere Reserve. The sight of the entangled mangrove roots with their reflections in green waters, birds flying over the silent horizon together with the towering green foliage of Sundari trees all would get cherished in your memories forever after your Sunderbans holidays.
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