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Sunderbans in West Bengal

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Located in the Ganga delta in West Bengal spanning the Hoogly in the west and Teulia river in the east. Sunderbans was declared a national park in 1984. The park covers a vast stretch of mangrove swamp, lush forested islands and small rivers near the Bay of Bengal. Most of the region comprises estuarine mangrove forests and swamps which support an echosystem specially adapted to great salinity.

Sunderbans is home to the magnificient Royal Bengal tiger, the park holding more tigers than any other reserve. More than 400 tigers were recorded in the mid 80's. Project Tiger has also launched a programme to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles. Corcodiles and the Gangetic dolphins are also found aplenty in the Raimgangal river. The Sajnekhali sanctuary famous for its rich avian population is regarded as a part of the Sunderbans National park.

To visit Project Tiger area including Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary permission is to be obtained from the Tourism centre, Government of West Bengal, 3/2 BBD Bag (East) Kolkatta 700 001.Tel - 033 2488271

There are various embarkation points for the Sunderbans area. Waterways are the only medium of transportation in the area. Some of the attractions are - Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project, Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, Lothian Island and Holiday Island, Kalash, Sagar Island and Jambudwip. There are watchtowers for viewing wildlife at Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali and Netidhopani and Buridhabri.






Stay in Sunderbans
Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge. Double bedrooms available.
 
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How to reach Sunderbans

From Kolkata to Sonakhali or Canning by road. From these points to the interior of Sunderbans by waterways.
Kolkatta - Sunderbans Road drive (includes ferry)

Route - Baruipur Canning Rd and SH 3
Distance - 100 kms
Time - 3 hrs
 
 
 
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Ideal time to Visit - October - March

Capital - Kolkatta
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The best time to visit West Bengal is October to March

October-March is relatively less humid and is the time of the 10 day Durga puja festival. Sunderbans is also opened at this time for visitors. In summers the temp goes to 38 degrees, and the humidity levels are very high. In winters the temperatures may fall to 10 degrees. Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival is held in November.

The hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong is best visited from March to June. June to August is the rainy season here.