The Great Sundarbans — the name on itself casts a magic spell over innumerable adventurous around the globe and if you are looking for a amazing place to explore and give your life a new direction, then this place has got everything which you can’t even imagine off. It is indeed a surreal feeling to be sailing through the brackish water, amidst the dense jungle that has been an abode to the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers and some of the most venomous reptiles on earth.
Here are 10 Unbelievable facts about The Great Sundarbans which you should know before exploring the place.
#10. World Largest Mangrove Forest - Yes its true Sundarban has got largest Mangrove forest in the world shared between the countries of India and Bangladesh. 40% of the area falls in the Indian region and 60% in the Bangladesh region. You’ll be pleased to hear that this evergreen land of mangroves was awarded as a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”.
#9. Indian side of Sundarbans measuring around 4000 sq. kms consists of 102 islands just 16 short of the number of islands in the city of Venice. Out of 102 islands of Indian sundarbans, 54 are inhabited and 48 are forested. Still Indian Sundarban is around 10 times bigger than the city of Venice.
#8. Sundarban - Home to the majestic and fiery Royal Bengal Tigers. The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve is known to have the largest number of tigers in the entire world. While roaming around the dense evergreen delta-forests, you will actually feel the presence of wild animals around you. Unlike other national park, wildlife safari is done by ferries and boats here.
#7. The main mode of transportation in the Sundarbans is through waterways. It is very strange to know that the average cost of 2 hour boat ride is just 6 rupees which is in fact nothing if you just compare this to the cost of travelling from one to another island in Venice.
#6. One of India’s largest Fishery board an important and distinctive natural resource endowment and is famous for its brackish water fish production and marine fisheries. Sundarban Development Board is conducting a Fishery project covering an area of 50 hectare.
#5. Another fact about Sundarban is that it is being named after a mangrove tree called Sundari which means beautiful. It is not doubt to say that Sundarban is simply a nature’s own land.
#4. There is a village in Sundarban called “Widow Village” where most of the families have been attacked by the man eater tigers. Tigers always used to attack from behind. So, fishermen used to wear facemask at the back of the head to confuse the tiger still the tiger was cunning enough to figure that out and attack by the tigers continued.
#3. On a new moon night, on night safari one can see the phytoplanktons in the water. Phytoplanktons are small micro organisms that reflect light in the dark new moon night.
#2. Beware of the Reptiles - From poisonous and vicious snakes to wimpy chameleons and salamanders to beasty crocodiles, if you like to steer clear of reptiles, then think twice before visiting this place. However, if you are a sucker for pristine nature, then the sight of crocodiles sunbathing on the banks of the back waters will surely blow you away!
#1. A Sundarban tiger had greater territory than tigress and under a tiger sometimes there would be around 3-4 tigresses.
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Sundarban is definitely a place of adventure, but make sure you follow all safety rules as it is dangerous too. One thing to note down here is that no foreign tourist is allowed to stay more than five days in the Sundarbans. One has to take special permission for this from the forest range officer.