The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sundarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987. The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the man-eating Royal Bengal tiger, and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.
The forest, a veil of wilderness and haunting with its deepness of endless waterways. More than 300 hundred rivers-canal and it’s mystic tidal changes allows incentive adventure through the mangrove carpet. Sundarbans connect 80 kilometers of Bay of Bengal and it’s sandy beaches that are quite natural. The silence of the forest overwhelm the mind, produce a restful ambiance that helps anyone to fill the heart away from the routine life, away from the world. The beauty of Sundarbans is wildlife. The only thing you can hear in the forest is sound of water, wind, birds and animals. The full moon at Sundarbans is a mystery. Dinner inside the forest on the full moon is genuinely memorable. Plenty of deer comes at the bank of the river to drink at night. When you target a spotlight, you can see the shiny eyes of animals. Imagine a night into the deep forest where there’s no human and you are sleeping at a small ship cabin. You will meditate by the sound of silence and water waves. And of course, you can hear the roar of tiger, the Royal Bengal Tiger if you are lucky.
The banks of the rivers and canal host a lot of animals are truly fascinating. Crocodiles basking in the sun, deers are hunting foods, birds are running for fish, otters are swimming and sometimes dolphins are saying hello to you at the same time in a bank is an unforgettable visual for a lifetime. The small tiny canals and a country boat trip in the early morning permit one to experience the elegance of the forest. A lot of birds you can see when go through the canals. You can see a deer eating leaf and run when you got by them. Kotka is a place when a see more than a hundred deers together. You can get closer and closer if they are busy eating.
The most exciting thing in Sundarbans is walking inside the forest. This an adventurous and horrible moment at the same time when you know there’s the man-eating tigers and it could be anywhere, anytime. The forest guards with their guns give you the courage to experience the moment. Walking inside the mangrove trees and the field covered by tiger fern and watching running deers are a lifetime experience.
Waiting for a tiger from a watchtower could be the best thing. Cups of tea with a binocular or a camera with a telephoto lens and your patience of waiting to see a tiger are a true wild. Only a very lucky one can see a tiger, but you can see the pugmark. Whatever the past reports, the tigers are increasing when we got some baby tigers on our watch.
Sundarbans, having its natural-wild vastness is the best place to spend in Bangladesh. It’s having more activities than we can write. You will experience when you are at the middle of Sundarbans. You cannot forget a single moment if you visit once.
This tour starts and ends at Mongla by exclusive tourist boat. You can make it from Dhaka by air/ bus/ rocket steamer. Check out the itinerary Rocket Cruise & Sundarbans Tour for the tour from Dhaka.