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A li!le over a hundred kilometres from the
frenetic bustle of Kolkata is an enchanting
world, ensconced in the deep forests of the
Sundarbans. Widely recognised as untamable
country ruled by the Royal Bengal tiger,
Sunderbans mystique is unparalleled. Its
unique ecosystem comprises creeks and
rivulets bordered with primeval mangrove
ABOVE: Spo!ed forests that hold together the small islands of
deer grazing in the mud on which they stand. This is a land that is
Sunderbans. The swept over twice each day, by tides up to 2.15 m
bayonet-like roots high from the Bay of Bengal.
of the sundari tree
protruding out of the Bounded by river Hooghly in the west and
clayey soil can be seen the Bay of Bengal in the south, Sunderbans is
in the foreground the largest mangrove forest in the world (over

At a glance
District: South 24 Parganas Permit: For foreigners: Jt Sec,
By Road: 100 kms from Kolkata Forests, Govt of West Bengal,
to Sonakhali, from where 4th Floor, G-Block, Writers Bldg,
launches ferry passengers to Kolkata; Ph 22145048
Sunderbans. Other access points ..................................................
include Namkhana, Bakkhali and Major fauna: Tiger, salt water
Hingalganj, about 105, 132 and crocodile, fishing cat, wild boar,
69 kms from Kolkata, respectively. mongoose, cheetal
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Nearest Airport: Kolkata (112 kms) Where to stay: Forest lodge and
Nearest Railhead: Canning forest rest-houses are available
(48 kms) at Sajnekhali, Bakkhali and Piyali.
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Open all year round; though Private accommodation also
monsoons are best avoided available.
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Best time to visit: Oct-March

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