Friday, June 28, 2013

Sunderbans – the Natural Habitat of Royal Bengal Tiger

Named after Sundari trees that abound the region, Sunderbans literally means ‘Beautiful Forests’.  Located in the state of West Bengal in India, it is a part of the largest river delta formed by the Ganges, and largest single patch of halophytic mangrove reserve in the world. The site is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sunderbans is the single largest home of the royal Bengal tiger, the national animal of India. There are approximately 400 ferocious tigers in Sunderbans and some are known for their man-eating tendencies. To catch sight of these terrific beasts, visitors reserving holiday packages to Kolkata can hit watch towers located within the jungle from close proximity.

The sight of these deadly ferocious yet fascinating animals, roaring wildly in its natural habitat is worth all the monies spent on booking holidays packages to Kolkata, and including Sunderbans in the itinerary. Other wild beasts that inhibit this dense forest are fishing cat, leopard cat, macaques, boar etc.

Sunderbans also protects in its enclosure a vast array of  aquatic animals like water monitor lizard, Gangetic dolphin, lesser adjutant stork, and Indian dog shark to name a few. Reptiles like king cobra, rock python, monocellate cobra, common rat snake are commonly found here.

Twitchers reserving holiday packages to India will be overwhelmed by 248 species of avifauna at this dense region. Some of the lovely feathered creatures that could be spotted at Sunderbans include wood sandpipers, green pigeons, rose ringed parakeets, paradise-flycatchers, seagulls and whistling teals etc

People availing holiday packages to Kolkata can visit Sunderbans by bus or cars. There are regular bus services from Kolkata, but the main areas of the jungle could only be accessed by waterways.

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