India 2016 (part X): Sundarbans National Park

Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal:

sunrise in the Sundarbans National Park

sunrise in the Sundarbans National Park

Following the field trip to Jaisalmer in westernmost Rajasthan, I spent two weeks working in the office in Jaipur. I only left the city again at the end of March, when a plane took me to Kolkata to meet a friend/colleague.

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The plan was to continue with our research, but on the weekend of my arrival we were booked on a cruise to the Sundarbans National Park. We had wanted to visit this largest mangrove forest on earth for a long time and finally we made it! The Sundarbans are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, especially famous for its tigers! However, you are much more likely to spot wild boars, macaque, spotted deer, crocodiles, monitor lizards, or some of the hundreds of occurring bird species. The mangroves cover the vast delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

My friend had organized two berths on the 2-day-cruise of the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation and it was fantastic. The boat, sleeping arrangements, and food were very good. We had a great time and got a good impression of the mangrove forest. However, if you want to do serious wildlife watching, you need more time to be able to penetrate deeper into the forest along its thousands of narrow channels! During our journey, we stopped at three watch towers: Sudhanyakhali, Sajnekhali, and Dobanki. If you check the photographed map of the national park in the gallery, you will see that we were only at the rim of this impressive waterworld!

Already on the return journey, we discussed possibilities to visit this fascinating place again – this time for a longer period and travelling its narrow waterways with a much smaller boat! But for now, the next destination was Kolkata!

4 responses to “India 2016 (part X): Sundarbans National Park

  1. I sure love your travel adventures, Matthias. I have never heard of the Sundarbans, and really enjoyed seeing the watch towers, ship accommodations, and especially the wildlife. I found the morning photos on the water really inviting. Thanks so much for taking us along.

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