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 Index - Kolkata Tour - Darjeeling Tour - Kalimpong -Sunderban - Fairs & Festivals - Beaches - Museums - Wildlife

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SUNDERBAN  TOUR

Sunderban, the place that owes its name to Sundari trees, consist of a large flora population like Genwa, Dhundal, Passur, Garjan and Kankra. Apart from these trees, impenetrable Goran trees between 1.8 mtr. & 3.6 mtr. high covers almost the entire region. One of the most remarkable feature of this place is the bayonet like roots of mangrove forests that stick out above the water level.

Nature apart, if you want to feel the essence of spirituality then this is the place to be. A place of Ma Bonobibi (the goddess of the forest) to Shiber Kumir (Lord Shiva’s Crocodile) or from Dakshinaroy (an ogre, the ancestor of all tigers) to Kapil Muni (an incarnation of Vishnu).


The land that is inhabited by Royal Bengal Tigers is not far from Calcutta. You can explore unknown wildlife of Sunderbans that harbour jungle cats, fishing cats, Axis deer, wild boar, Rhesus monkeys, mongooses and the largest estuarine crocodiles in the world.

Sunderbans is the breeding ground of immense variety of birds like Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Fishing Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Seagul, Tern, Kingfisher as well as migratory birds like Whimprel, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Eastern Knot, Curlew, Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Pintail, White-eyed Pochard and also Whistling teal. Come and discover wide variety of aquatic and reptile life forms that include Olive Ridley sea turtle, hardshelled Batgur Terrapin, Pythons, King cobra, Chequered killback, Monitor and lizards including the Salvator lizards.

Best Season
The best time to be in wildlife belts of the region is September-March. Although the luxury tours to the Sunderbans carry on the year round, and the monsoon holds its own magic over tourists on the expanse of the Sunderbans, September-March is the most likely time for tiger-sighting.  

Sunderbans

Project Tiger

The Tiger Reserve covering an are
a of 2585 sq. km. has one of the largest tiger population of any of the Indian parks, 269 Royal Bengal Tigers.

Lothian Island Bird Sanctuary
You can hire a country boat to reach the place famous for its White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Black-capped kingfisher, Whimbrell, Tern and Curlew.

Bakkhali
A wellknown beach resort, close to Frazerganj overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It’s a bird-watchers’ paradise, where you are greeted by casuarinas and Red Fiddle Carbs.


Ganga Sagar (Kapil Muni Ashram)
The culturally and religiously important destination, also has an exceptionally good beach for the tourists. Situated on an island in the Sunderbans, it holds the charms of a completely unspoilt beach on the estuary of the mighty Ganga. It can be approached from Calcutta either by road and then by vessel, or by chartered luxury vessels taken from Calcutta itself. A lovely destination combining pilgrimage and fun.

Frazerganj
The white sand beach, is entirely different from the other beaches. It is pristine pure and holds the charms of a beach unspoilt. It can be accessed from Calcutta, and is a three hours drive. The destination is also famous for the migratory birds and pisciculture.

Piyali
Gateway to the Sunderbans situated on the banks of river Piyali. A beautiful resting place.

Mayadwip
The nesting place of the Olive Ridley Turtles.

Kalasdwip
As Matla river empties on the Bay of Bengal, lies Kalasdwip, a densely wooded island.

Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary
A home ground of the Herons, Egrets and other species of birds, situated on the confluence of Matla and Gumdi.

Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project
A hatchery cum sanctuary. Home of the biggest estuarine crocodiles.

Gosaba
Remembered as Sir David Hamilton’s settlement.

Canning
One of the entry points to Sunderbans - 54 kms southeast of Calcutta. ‘Canning’ was built in 1858 as an alternate port. It has a small fishing fleet and private boats are available on hire.

Beach Tours
- Andaman Beaches
- Exotic Beaches
- Honeymoon Tour
- Golden Beaches
- Orissa Beaches
- Mumbai Beaches

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North India Tours
- Rajasthan Travel
- Himachal Pradesh Travel
- Punjab Travel
- Delhi Travel
- Uttar Pradesh Travel
- Uttaranchal Travel

                     
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Hotels in India

- Rajasthan Hotels
- Delhi Hotels
- Himachal Hotels
- Kerala Hotels
- Goa Hotels
- Mumbai Hotels

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Religious Tours
- Amarnath Yatra Tour
- Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
- Buddhist India Tour
- Chardham Yatra Tour
- Golden Temple Tour
- Hemkund Sahib Yatra

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Wildlife India Tours
- Corbett National Park
- Ranthambore National Park
- Kanha National Park
- Periyar National Park
- Kaziranga National Park
- Bandhavgarh National Park

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