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Sunderbans

Sunderbans

"The Great Rivers before falling into the Sea will stop for a breath.
Ferocius will prowl and the Majestic will swim,
The Shades will prevail and the Boundaries will be set;
For those who dare to see the Light,
Nature is always calling, calling at Sunderbans."

Intro
Sunderbans constitutes a part of the largest delta in the world. The three major rivers of the Eastern India, Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna slow down towards the lower Gangetic Plains, producing the swamps of Sunderbans. The region is located at a distance of about 166 kms from the Kolkata city. Sunderbans is a renowned place for a variety of reasons. The region consists of the largest mangrove forests in the world, the largest delta in the world and is the only place where the famous wild cat that is Royal Bengal Tiger, can be seen dipping in the water. The region houses one of the popular animal reserves of India, Sunderbans. The place was acknowledged and given the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the year was 1997. The alluring territorial plains of Sunderbans is criss crossed with small water bodies that provide habitat to some of the exotic birds. To experience the real feeling, the real adventure, one has walk his way through the swamps, estuaries, tigers, crocodiles and even sharks.

Attractions
To start with we have the ferocious man-eater Royal Bengal Tiger in Sunderbans. The ferocious cat can be expected anywhere that is in the swamps, bushes or doing a swimming exercise in one of the estuaries. The hunter comes after the hunted and the hunted at Sunderbans constitute the spotted deer or Cheetal. The Cheetals are known to be the second fastest land animals, the fastest being the Cheetah. The estuaries are also infested with the deadly crocodiles and sharks.

The mangrove forests hold the hidden treasure in the form of bird population that breed here. Some rare bird species found in the region include Swamp Patridge, Brown-winged Kingfisher, Grey Headed Lapwing, Palass Fish Eagle and Mangrove Whistler.

Accessibility
The popular route to reach Sunderbans lies towards the South East of Kolkata. The bus route takes up to the region of Sonakhali. From Sonakhali are available boats to Basanti. From Basanti it takes about an hour to reach the destination.

The South Western route goes through Diamond Harbour into the region of Kakdwip and Namkhana. The boat ride from these places takes into the region.

Accommodation
Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge is the prime accommodation provider. There are few other resorts located in the Gosaba and Bali Islands, that provide the lodging and catering facilities.


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