thought of spending a whole day in the midst of mudclad crocodiles,
hopping Cheetals and majestic Royal Bengal Tigers! If not, then come to
A World Heritage Site (awarded by UNESCO in ’97) that takes out animal
lover in you. After a close encounter with the wild, you can spend the
night in our launch under the shooting stars.
Situated on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, 22.00° N – 89.00°
E, is this world’s largest delta covered by mangrove forest and vast
saline mud flats. A land of 54 tiny islands, crisscrossed by innumerable
tributaries of Ganga, that was once infested by Arakanese and Portuguese
pirates is now the abode of varied flora & fauna. An area of 9630 sq. km.,
where 70 percent is under saline water makes the life of commoners, mostly
honey-catchers, prawn-catchers and fishermen, very difficult. This is
Sunderbans, the world’s largest estuarine forest.
The Undiscovered Greenary
Sunderbans, the place that owes its name to
Sundari trees, consist of a large flora population like Genwa, Dhundal,
Passur, Garjan and Kankra. Apart from these trees, impenetrable Goran
trees between 1.8 mtr. & 3.6 mtr. high covers almost the entire region.
One of the most remarkable feature of this place is the roots of mangrove
forests that stick out above the water level like bayonet.
Nature apart, this is also a place of spirituality then this is the place
to be. A place of Ma Bonobibi (the goddess of the forest) to Shiber Kumir
(Lord Shiva’s Crocodile) or from Dakshinaroy (an ogre, the ancestor of all
tigers) to Kapil Muni (an incarnation of Vishnu),are all have their abode
A Land Ruled By the Royals
The land, the habitat of the Royal Bengal
Tigers is not far from Kolkata. You can explore unknown wildlife of
Sunderbans that harbour jungle cats, fishing cats, Axis deer, wild boar,
Rhesus monkeys, mongooses and the largest estuarine crocodiles in the
Sunderbans is the paradise of bird watcher with immense variety of birds
like Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Fishing Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle,
Seagul, Tern, Kingfisher as well as migratory birds like Whimprel,
Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Eastern Knot, Curlew, Sandpiper, Golden
Plover, Pintail, White-eyed Pochard and also Whistling teal. Come and
discover wide variety of aquatic and reptile life forms that include Olive
Ridley sea turtle, hardshelled Batgur Terrapin, Pythons, King cobra,
Chequered killback, Monitor and lizards including the Salvator lizards.
The best time to be in wildlife belts of the
region is September to March. Although the luxury tours to the Sunderbans
carry this year round, and the monsoon holds its own magic over tourists
on the expanse of the Sunderbans, September to March is the most likely
time for tiger-sighting.
Non–A/c Std. Double bedded (South Blk)
Non–A/c Std. Double bedded (East Blk)
Dormitory (15-bedded)/ Camp Cot
How to Get There
Come to Sajnekhali by motorboat departing
from Canning which is accessible by train and bus services from Kolkata.
Cruise along in M.V. Chitrarekha and Sarbajaya (from October to March) for
a life time experience. One can also get private boats from Canning,
Gosaba and Basanti, Raidighi, Basanti, Namkhana and Najatare which are all
connected by road from Kolkata.