Sundarban National Park, Kolkata
By Aanchal Lulla
Sundarban is home to the world’s largest halophytic mangrove forest and the ferocious Royal Bengal Tiger. It has also been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its distinctive ecosystem. The Sundarbans are part of the world’s largest delta, formed by the massive rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna.It is one of the most alluring places on earth, truly a paradise.
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Swampy shore of Mangrove forest at Sundarban…
Sundarban got its name from the exquisite Sundari trees which are found in abundance throughout the national park. The land of tigers, Sundarban National Park, extends for about 1355 kms serving as a home to a variety of other chief wild life species apart from the Royal Bengal Tiger such as the Macaques, Indian Grey Mongoose, Leopard Cats, Ridley Sea Turtle, Wild Boar, Jungle Cat, Fox, Flying Fox, Fishing Cats, Chital, Pangolin and many others.
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King of the Swampland!
The national park can only be accessed via water. This offers a perfect opportunity to glide through the rivers, spot the wildlife and experience the serenity of the mangroves. An encounter with the vibrant bees and singing birds will surely let your soul and mind rest in the midst of the paradise.
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Spotted deer and saltwater crocodile. Life of a Sundarban is never easy. Surviving in this muddy and mangrove habitat is real challenging for prey and predator both.
It can be said that each season has its own beauty and the Bans are truly exquisite throughout the year, but visiting the Bans during the colder months of October-March will allow you to experience the true beauty of the flora and fauna living amidst the paradise with a pleasant weather making the trip a complete success!