Where the land meets the sea at the southern tip of West Bengal lies the Indian Sunderbans, a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sunderbans is a vast area covering 4264 square km in India alone. The Indian Sunderbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. A paradise for birdwatchers, the list includes such rarities as the Masked Finfoot, Mangrove Pitta and the Mangrove Whistler.
The Sunderbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the mighty rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Situated on the lower end of the Gangetic West Bengal, it is also the worlds largest estuarine forest. The Sunderbans is criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries. It is one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earth, a truly undiscovered paradise.
The Sunderbans forest is home to more than 250 tigers. The
Bengal Tigers have adapted themselves very well to the saline and aqua
environs and are extremely good swimmers. As you enter the adventurous
wild land of the Sunderbans you'll be thrilled to see the chital deer
and rhesus monkey. The aqua fauna of Sunderbans include a variety of fishes,
red fiddler crabs and hermit crabs.There are crocodiles, which can be
often seen along the mud banks. Sunderbans National Park is also noted
for its conservation of the Ridley Sea Turtle. There is an incredible
variety of reptiles also found in Sundarbans, which includes king cobra,
rock python and water monitor. The endangered river Terrapin, Batagur
baska is found on the Mechua Beach, while the Barking Deer is found only
in Holiday Island in Sunderbans.
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This meticulously maintained and charming river launch is an experience in itself. This self-contained floating abode can sleep eight in comfort. The bathrooms are fully equipped with running water and showers. Complete electricity back-up is provided. The kitchen serves delicious Indian and western meals. You sit in the canopied upper-deck on comfortable chairs and watch the wonders of the Sunderbans go by.