Sundarbans, West Bengal: River Cruise, Birding and Wildlife Special
Cruise through rivers and narrow creeks midst thick mangrove forests
Birding at Sajhnekhali Bird Sanctuary
Spot wildlife like crocodiles, Olive Ridley turtles and a variety of birds
- Chance to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger
Adventurous canopy walk at Dobanki jungle camp
The river cruise through thick mangrove forests was an experience in itself! The forests are completely still, except for the whirr of the motor boat, birdsong and the occasional cries of wild animals. Spotting a Royal Bengal Tiger is difficult but you can spot fresh paw prints. A variety of birds, both local and migratory, can also be spotted.
The Sundarbans is the largest estuarine delta in the world. The word "Sundarban" is derived from sundari and ban, which, when combined, means "the forests of sundari." Sundarbans was declared a National Park in 1984. The mangrove forests represent a unique ecosystem. Wildlife includes chital, crocodile, monkeys, estuarine and marine turtle, dolphins and various kinds of birds, apart from the famous and endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Birds like the billed pelican, cotton teal, herring gull, Caspian tern, grey heron, large egret, night heron, open-billed stork, white ibis, common kingfisher, brahmini kite, paradise flycatcher and the rare Asian dowitcher can be spotted here.