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This park extends into Bangladesh - for that section see Sundarbans
Sundarbans National Park is in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. The meaning of the Bengali word sundarban is "beautiful forest". Also please keep in mind that Sundarbans is a PLASTIC FREE ZONE. Please DO NOT THROW USED/UNUSED PLASTIC in environment. Keep them with you or in a waste basket. We are on a relentless effort of making this beautiful place clean, please help us to achieve it by not dumping garbage all around.
The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt in the world, stretching 80 km (50mi) into the Bangladeshi and Indian hinterland from the coast. The Sundarbans has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The part of the forest within Indian territory is called Sundarbans National Park. The forests aren't just mangrove swamps though — they include some of the last remaining stands of the mighty jungles which once covered the Gangetic plain. The Sundarbans cover an area of 3,850 sq km, of which about one-third is covered in water/marsh areas. Since 1966 the Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary, and it is estimated that there are now 400 Royal Bengal tigers and about 30,000 spotted deer in the area. The forest is called 'Sunderban'due to the rich growth of Sundari trees.
Flora and fauna
Royal Bengal Tiger, Saltwater Crocodile, Deers, Birds, Bull Sharks, Various Primates & Snakes.
Monsoon cruises are spectacular simply because of two reasons:
1. The movement of boats is less since a lot of people avoid that time because of the season. However, the positive is that chances of sighting wildlife is more.
2. The cloudy sky and the lovely sunset is the best time for photography.
How to reach Sundarbans National Park
Sundarbans National Park is located in south eastern fringe of Indian state West Bengal and part of Sundarbans Reserve Forest. The adjacent inhabited areas of Indian part of Sundarban are well connected with Kolkata by both roadways and railways.And kolkata is well connected with big cities in India by Road, Rail and Air. Kolkata is also connected with Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong,Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. by Air.
Places connected with Kolkata and from where a motor boat take you to Sundarban National Park.
Foreigners wishing to visit Sundarbans have to obtain a special permit. This is mandatory as per Government rule. It can now,however be obtained at the Sajnekhali Forest Office(Ecotourism Range) .The originals have to be shown to the forest office on your arrival.
A permit for maximum 5 days is usually granted which can be further extended subject to the permission of local forest officer.
Must see places to Visit when you are in Sundarbans:
Sajnekhali Watch Tower Dobanki Watch Tower Sudhanyakhali Watch tower Neti Dhopani Watch Tower Kumirmari Watch Tower Jhingamari Watch tower Bonnie camp Watch tower Bhagabatpur Crocodile park
Chargheri Char - Mud Flats, a new and unique place in Sundarbans where you can feel the mudflats and do a few hours of jungle and coastal trek (in the mud as well as coast).
All these can be covered in varying lengths of time, say in a 1N 2D package you may be able to cover 2 - 3 watch towers, in 2N 3D package you may be able to cover a few more and so on.
You can also opt for package tours of Sundarbans conducted by:
This agency takes good care of their guests and sees to it that you can cover maximum watchtowers.
Be sure that you have booked your lodging or trip package through a responsible tourism organisation that shares the tourism benefit with local communities, does not employ child labour, and practices environment-friendly tourism.
Fresh Sea Fish. Prawn. Lobster. Dry Fish Curry. Cottage Cheese. Pan Cake. Rice Pudding (Bengali dessert).
Filtered or boiled water (do not insist on mineral water unless it is a part of your personal medication. Mineral water comes in plastic bottles. Sundarbans is a No-Plastic Zone.) Fresh coconut juice. Fresh watermelon juice. Mango juice.
The Sundarbans is the only place in the world where Tigers still actively hunt humans for food and usually between 50 and 80 locals are mauled per year. The Royal Bengal Tiger is extremely dangerous in the Sundarbans, but most visitors need not worry since wildlife tours and accommodation that is provided by state government will never put you in harms way; however if you are interested in private tour (by hiring a small machine boat or so), do it at your own risk! The Sundarbans is also home to a population of Saltwater Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) and Bullsharks are found throughout the estuaries, so swimming is not advised anywhere.