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Tourism in Sundarbans

Sundarbans National Park is a part of Sundarban delta that is covered with Mangrove Forest and the largest population of the Bengal Tigers. ... It is a declared Tiger Reserve, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger- an almost extinct species who swim in the saline water and are often man-eating varieties.

History of Sundarbans

Village in a clearing of Sundarbans. Drawing by Frederic Peter Layard after an original sketch of 1839Farm among paddy fields in the Sundarbans, 2010The history of the area can be traced back to 200–300 AD. A ruin of a city built by Chand Sadagar has been found in the Baghmara Forest Block. During the Mughal period, the Mughal Kings leased the forests of the Sundarbans to nearby residents. Many criminals took refuge in the Sundarbans from the advancing armies of Emperor Akbar. Many have been known to be attacked by tigers. Many of the buildings which were built by them later fell to hands of Portuguese pirates, salt smugglers and dacoits in the 17th century. Evidence of the fact can be traced from the ruins at Netidhopani and other places scattered all over Sundarbans.[14] The legal status of the forests underwent a series of changes, including the distinction of being the first mangrove forest in the world to be brought under scientific management. The area was mapped first in Persian, by the Surveyor General as early as 1769 following soon after proprietary rights were obtained from the Mughal Emperor Alamgir II by the British East India Company in 17. Systematic management of this forest tract started in the 1860s after the establishment of a Forest Department in the Province of Bengal, in British India. The management was entirely designed to extract whatever treasures were available, but labour and lower management mostly were staffed by locals, as the British had no expertise or adaptation experience in mangrove forests.

Best Time to Visit in Sundarbans

September to March are the best months to visit Sundarbans, the winters being the most pleasant period in the area. Summers could be quite hot and send the temperature shooting up, but are an ideal time to visit the wildlife sanctuary.

How to Reach Sundarbans

The nearest railhead is at Canning, 48 kms away.The nearest town is Gosaba, 50 kms away. Sundarbans is accessible only by riverine waterways. From Kolkata there are suburban train to Canning and road transport to Namkhana, Raidighi, Sonakhali and Najat from where Motor launch services are available for Sundarbans.

Shopping in Sundarbans

here are no shopping options in Sundarbans except a souvenir shop located at the Tiger Camp Resort.

Best Things To Do in Sundarbans

the Indian travellers but international tourists as well, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans holds an unparalleled charm mainly because of its mysterious ambiance and rich wildlife. Perhaps one of the most-liked tourist places in West Bengal for wildlife tourism, Sundarban is a home to around 100 endangered Royal Bengal Tiger which are considered as the soul of this pulchritudinous place. But for your information, spotting tiger is not just the thing for amazing Sundarban holidays, there are more activities which you can opt to do on your visit to this one of the best wildlife destination in India.