Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Trip to Sundarban

Sundarban is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and is the place for Royal Bengal Tiger.

Its 10-Dec-2014 and we started our day at 6:00 Am to catch local train to reach Sealdah. From there we got in a taxi and reach West Bengal Tourism build at 7:30 AM. We waited inside the build where others were also waiting. At 8:15 AM we were asked to board the bus which was waiting outside and given our seat number in bus and cabin number in Launch boat. As the bus was about to start at 8:30 AM, we were handed with  breakfast in box and headed straight to Sonakhali at 11:30 AM. From there we went in rickshaw van to reach the jetty. We waited there for half an hour and then we were asked to get in a big boat which will drop us to launch MV Chitrerekha. We went in and made ourself comfortable inside our cabin and then we were asked to come on top of the deck for food and lounge area. At 1:00 PM we were given lunch and visited Sudhanyakhali and later in the evening went to Sajnekhali. This place has a museum and resort too. We spent a good amount of time here and back to our launch. We halted in mid river for whole night and it was scary for me to see the door open and what if a tiger is waiting to pounce on me.

Next morning 11-Dec-2014, we got up early morning at 6:00 AM and went to deck to get some pictures. Next we went to Dobanki watch tower where we saw tigress claw mark which are size of my face. They have made a high platform for us to walk for a km inside the place which are surrounded by nets to avoid any danger. After spending time there we started returning back to where we started and reached back home at 7:00 PM.

We didn't see tiger except its claw mark, but saw deer, crocodile, red single claw crab and bengal monitor (or known as crocodile snake or monitor lizard) and tons of varieties of birds. Food, travel guide and overall experience was superb.

MV Chitrerekha

Tigress Claw Mark