Some stories, some signs and the trails begins for a glimpse of Royal Bengal Tiger at Sundarbans. They say the Tigers of Sundarbans are Man eater. The statistics shows every year around 25 to 50 people are killed by the tiger in Sundarbans areas which is spread across India and Bangladesh. The delta land filled with mangroves formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal.
The Sundarbans Reserve Forest is the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world. Four protected areas in the Sundarbans are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, viz Sundarbans National Park, Sundarbans West, Sundarbans South and Sundarbans East Wildlife Sanctuaries
Though my journey started with a hope to capture a stunning Royal Bengal Tiger in camera, it ended with an experience of the Sundarbans Jungles and its geographical presence. May be it was just a tip of the iceberg. Because I sense there are many more inside that what I experienced in two days. We had hired a boat that took us from Damkal Khea Ghat. We didn’t have any other bookings of any resort, though there are good resorts available and also good services are provided by the West Bengal Tourism. We stayed the whole day as well as the night in the Boat. Though we couldn’t see any tiger, but heard about the way tiger swim in the creek to travel to different island. The place is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of mangrove forest. Many locals goes in to the small waterways and inside the mudflats to collect fish, crab etc. In most of the cases of tiger attack these people are always a victim. There is a village known as “widow village”, where in most of the houses atleast one male member is killed by the Sundarban tiger.
It was an amazing experience while staying in the boat throughout night. It was cold and breezy, though the boat was anchored, we can feel the boat floating around the anchored place. There were 5-6 more boats anchored in that area.
The next day morning we started again in exploring the Sundarbans back water and the jungles with a hope to find a tiger. We could see crocodiles in the water. May be that is why they say in Sundarbans nothing is definite, while everything is based on luck and prayers, neither the water nor the land is safe for anyone.
I hope I will get another chance to Tour Sundarbans and explore more of its natural beauties including the Royal Bengal Tiger. Next time I would prefer to go through West Bengal Tourism, which is considered to be a good and safer option for Sundarbans….