To explore among the largest Mangrove forest in the world one should never miss a chance to visit Sundarban which lies on the delta of the mighty Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna on the Bay of Bengal. The Sundarbans Reserve Forest (SRF) is situated in the south-west of Bangladesh between the stream Baleswar in the East and the Harinbanga in the West. This forest is known for the Royal Bengal tiger, wide ranges of flora and fauna, amazing species of animals and birds, estuarine crocodile and Indian Python.
Is Sundarban worth visiting?
A trip to Sundarban should be a must have in your bucket list. Witnessing the true beauty of greeneries is worth every bit. If you like nature and want to experience the raw natural beauty and habitat then it is a right pick for you. Sundarban has universal importance as many globally endangered species including Royal Bengal Tiger, Estuarine Crocodiles, Irawadi Dolphins and Endemic River Terrapin (Batagur baska) lives in the mighty forest. It is the only mangrove habitat in the world for Panthera Tigris species.
How to visit Sundarban?
To visit Sundarban, at first you need to reach Rupsha Ghat in Khulna-the gateway to Sundarban. There are various ways to reach Khulna. If you are travelling from Dhaka, you can go by road, railway, rocket steamer, small ship (Lonch) or by air.
If you plan to go by air (best and fastest option) then at first you will reach Jessore Airport from where you can reach Rupsha Ghat within 2 to 2.5 hours by road. Sundarban forest lies between the deltas which means your trip has to be in a cruise.
After completion of passenger boarding, you shall forward towards your adventurous voyage and explore this intricate maze of tidal waterways, a natural treasure of Bangladesh.
Suitable time to visit Sundarban?
The days in between the months of October and March are considered as the best time to visit the Sundarbans as the weather during these days are more pleasant than any other time of the year.
During summer season the heat and humid is very unbearable and uncomfortable for the travellers and during monsoon season heavy rains rises the water level which makes the boat safari a bit risky
Among all the seasons winter is the best time to visit Sundarban. Not just for the comfort travel but also better for wildlife animals sighting as they come out from the densely forest and bask in the sun on the river banks.
You can have an amazing boat safari in this wonderful weather and can appreciate the different food sources that you will get while on the boat during your day safari. Apart from the winter time of year season, visiting during other seasons are considerably less comfortable for the Safari in Sundarbans.
Top sights to visit in Sundarban?
Sundarban mangrove forest has 102 islands in total and among them 54 are inhabited by people, while the rest of the area is forest. There are many sights to explore in Sundarban which are very popular tourist attraction. To explore among the picturesque forest, you will be shifted to small rowing boats as large vehicles won’t fit those channels. Not only that, it is advised to be less noisy for a better wildlife experience.
Below is a list of places to visit in Sundarban Forest-
Sundarban Naional Park, Sajnekhlai, Heron Point, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Netidhopani Nojor Ghati, Burir Dabri, Dobanki Watch Tower,Sajnekhali Watch, Marichjhanpi, Mangrove Interpretation Centre, Halliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Jamtola Beach, Karamjol Wildlife Rescue Centre, Dobanki Camp, Harbaria Eco Tourism Centre
Famous spots which you should not miss if you visit Sundarbans-
Hiron Point (Nilkamal) for watching tiger, deer, monkey, crocodiles. Birds and natural beauty.
Katka is another place for watching tiger, deer, monkey, crocodile and the best place for bird watchers. Morning and evening symphony of wild fowls can be noticed as well.
Among the vast grassy meadows while travelling from Katka to Kachikhali (Tiger Point) provides opportunities for wild tracking. You can get lucky and might cross the mighty Royal Bengal Tiger.
Tin Kona Island is also famous for deer and tiger and Dublar Char (Island) is for fishermen. In this beautiful island you can find Chitra Horin (spotted deer) often seen to gaze. As we all know tigers look around for their prey and chances are higher to find a Royal Bengal Tiger swimming across the streams or Crocodiles basking on the river bank. You never know when you can get lucky to witness a Bengal Tiger over there.
Hope this blog will answer a lot of your questions when you plan a trip to Sundarban.
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