The Sundarbans is the only place in the world where you can see tigers in the mangroves. Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, this mangrove forest stretches across India and Bangladesh. Sunderbans is located at a distance of about 120 km from the city of Kolkata.
The area where the river and the sea meet is rich in mangroves. Sunderbans is the most diverse mangrove area. 78 species are found here. Sundarbans or Sundarbans got its name from the abundance of mangroves called Sundari.
Declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1977, the area was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. The place has also been declared a Tiger Reserve to protect the tigers.
The tigers here can be considered as ‘amphibians’ that can easily land and water. Their behavior has changed to suit the life in the mangroves. They can travel long distances through the water. These tigers are also good at hunting fish and crabs from the water.
Sunderbans are more dangerous than the Bengal tiger in general. They have a habit of crawling behind and attacking. Every year, many villagers are injured in tiger attacks. Some even die.You can take a boat ride through the small islands and see the sights. There have also been incidents of tigers swimming near the boat carrying tourists. In addition to tigers, the Sundarbans is home to deer, a variety of crocodiles, other reptiles, and a variety of birds.The Royal Bengal Tiger Tour, the Sunderbans Weekend Tour, the Tigers & Renault Tour and the East India Wildlife Tour are some of the packages available for visitors.
How To Reach
By Air: Nearest Airport: Jodhpur (280 km / 5 hrs)By Rail: Jaisalmer station has connections to Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahemedabad and Jodhpur. Good options are Delhi-Jaisalmer Express, Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Express and Surya mail linking Mumbai and Ahemedabad.
By Road: Luxury buses from Jodhpur, Jaipur and Bikaner serve Jaisalmer daily