Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage record in 1987 and the home land of the Royal Bengal Tigers, it is a swampy stretch of land situated in the Sunderban Delta in the state of West Bengal in India in addition to that it extends into Bangladesh. It is surrounded by the Ganges in the Indian province and the Brahmaputras within the Bangladesh region. The Sundarbans Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the world's biggest estuarine sanctuary, is truly worth a visit.
It derives its first name from the Sundari trees formerly found in the region. With a series of densely timbered islands and saline water channels, Sundarbans is residence to 270 Royal Bengal Tigers alongside the spotted deer’s, wild pigs, herons, monkeys, kingfishers and white-bellied eagles. The various other wild animals bring into being in the Sundarbans National Park are estuarine terrapins, estuarine crocodiles, Ganges dolphins, Olive Ridley turtles, water monitors and a broad variety of birds, fish and crustaceans. One of the main tourist attractions is the Sajnekhali Visitors' Centre that has a crocodile enclosure, a turtle hatchery, a shark pond, and a Mangrove Interpretation Centre.
Sundarbans National Park has huge mangrove forests. The commonly identifiable vegetation that grows in the dense mangrove jungles at the Sundarbans are salt water blended forest, mangrove scrub, littoral forest, brackish water mixed forest, wet forest and wet alluvial grass forests. The major highlights of the park, when it comes to plants are Heritiera fomes, Ceriops decandra, Excoecaria agallocha and Sonneratia apetala. Sterculiaceae and Euphorbiaceae are the chief species of the mangroves originated in SundarbansTigers remain the largely scintillating wildlife found here. However, there are several other reasons also which will pull one to the deltaic area like the river terrapin (Batagur baska), peacock soft-shelled turtle (Trionyx hurum), Indian flap-shelled turtle (Lissemys punctata), yellow monitor (Varanus flavescens), water monitor (Varanus salvator) as well as Indian python (Python molurus) are a few of the best.
|Location||South 24 Paragana, Sunderban Delta, West Bengal, I|
|Nearest Rail Head||Canning|
|Area||1,330.12 sq. km|
|Vegetation||Salt water mixed forest, mangrove scrub, brackish water mixed forest and wet alluvial grass forest|
|Major Wildlife Attractions||Bengal Tiger, Fishing Cats, Flying Fox, pangolin, Macaques|
|Best Time to visit||September till March|