Bold And Beautiful - Sunderbans Royal Bengal Tiger
Recognition Mark of West Bengal
West Bengal is home to some of the finest national parks in the country. No enthusiastic traveler or a wildlife lover can ever skip the rich wildlife sanctuaries that are home to some of the most fascinating animals. The distinct climate and topography of West Bengal helps in keeping the variety of flora and fauna thriving. The national park of the state not only are a wildlife treasure, they are surrounded by some of the most exotic locations, that make a trip to these parks worth. The most famous beyond questions is the Sunderbans National park. Earned recognition for the Royal Bengal Tigers, it also is the largest Mangrove forest in the world. Being close to Bay of Bengal, most of the parks are traversed by many perennial rivexquisiteness of the national parks herrs and tributaries making them an ideal place for wildlife to flourish. So much is the magic and ee, that have made the wildlife, the main tourism attraction of West Bengal.
Major National Park In West Bengal
|Sunderbans National Park
Sunderbans National Park
Situated on the largest estuary delta in the world, Sunderbans National park covers an area of nearly 4264 sq. Km of which 1330 sq. Km is the core area. With more than 250 Royal Bengal tigers, the sanctuary has the largest population of this species in India. The only way to explore Sunderbans is by taking a boat rides in the tributaries that criss cross the entire wildlife park. Apart from the Royal Bengal Tigers, Sundarbans is also credited to have preserved the rare Ridley Sea Turtles. The unique ecosystems of Sunderbans is home to other animals like Chital deer, rhesus monkey, various varieties of fishes, crocodiles, reptiles like rock python, water monitor, and king cobra. Inside Sunderbans, you can visit Sajnakhali Bird Sanctuary which is home to Kingfishers, sea eagles, plovers and lap wings. Another park inside Sunderbans is Bhagbatpur Crocodile Project which is the breeding ground for crocodiles. Though no permission is required to take a boat trip around Sunderbans, to visit the interiors of the national park, one has to take permission from the office of field director.
The capital city Kolkata is nearly 131 Km away from Sunderbans, There is regular bus service between the two destinations. The best time to visit the national park is between December and February as the place is not hot or humid. It is also is a great time to sight migratory birds. Inside the park, Sundar Cheetal tourist Lodge is the only accommodation. Outside the park there are many private lodges at Sajnekhali and other entry points.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 141 sq. Km on the banks of River Torsa and is famous for the one horned rhino and spotted deers. Jaldapara was declared a sanctuary in the year 1941 as it was rich in flora and fauna. It had the second highest number of one horned rhino after Kaziranga national Park in Assam. Other fauna attraction of the park are Royal Bengal Tigers, elephants, deers, Spotted deer, sambhar, wild pigs, bisons and hog deer. Jaldapara is also home to a variety of avi fauna as well like crested eagle, fishing eagle, Bengal Florican, pied hornbill, jungle fowl, and shikra. The parks is open throughout the year except from 15 June till 14 September. The best time to visit Jaldapara Sanctuary is from October to May. Elephant safari is the most interesting way of exploring the wildlife in the park. Sighting a rhino from close quarters is an experience beyond words. Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Jaldapara Sanctuary at a distance of 124 Km. The sanctuary is well connected to all parts of West Bengal by state transport buses and privately operated coaches. You can also hire a taxi from Siliguri.
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger reserve has been a part of West Bengal wildlife since 1983, however it was recognized as a national park only in the year 1992. This tiger reserve is named after the Buxa Fort situated on the Sinchula Range. The park covers an area of 759 sq Km and is cut across by numerous river tributaries. The flora of the park is more important as some rare medicinal plants and orchids are found here. The bio-diversity of this park is really astonishing. Till date, 230 species of avi fauna species, 67 mammals, and 36 species of reptiles have been found here. The major attraction is definitely the Royal Bengal Tiger. The also a has a healthy population of leopards, fishing cats, Indian civet, wild dogs, Malaysian giant squirrels, Asian elephant, wild buffaloes and pythons. As for birds, the ibis bill, common teal, gargani teal, white eyed poachared and trans migratory goosanders head the family. Buxa is nearly 180 Km from siliguri and is well connected by rail and road network. On the outskirts of the park, there are number of government run and privately run lodges which are comfortable for a long stay as well. October to April is the best time to visit the Buxa park.