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Starting Rs 5990 per person
Starts:2014-11-21:08:30AM
Ends: 2014-11-23:02.30 PM
Opposite Indira Cinema
P.O. Box: Bhowanipur
Kolkata, West Bengal
700025
India
 
Starting Rs 5990 per person
Starts:2014-12-25:08:30AM
Ends: 2014-12-27:02.30 PM
Opposite Indira Cinema
P.O. Box: Bhowanipur
Kolkata, West Bengal
700025
India
 
Starting Rs 5990 per person
Starts:2015-01-02 08:30AM
Ends: 2015-01- 04 12:30.PM
Opposite Indira Cinema
P.O. Box: Bhowanipur
Kolkata, West Bengal
700025
India
 
 
 

How to Reach Sunderban|Kolkata to Sunderban

::  How to Reach Sundarbans ::
 
How to Reach Sundarbans 
Air:
The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport at Kolkata (112 kms). It takes around 3 hours of road journey and 2 hours of boat ride to reach Sundarbans,
 
Rail:
Local trains to Canning are available from Sealdah (South) at regular intervals and takes about 1 and ½ hours. Local shared vans are available from Canning to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point of your boat journey to the Sundabans.
 
Road:
Sundarbans is about 110 kms from Kolkata. Road transportation is also available from Kolkata for Namkhana (105 km), Sonakhali (100 km), Raidighi (76 km), Canning (64 km), and Najat (92 km), which are all near the Sunderbans and have access to the riverine waterways.
 
India Beacons arranges vehicles as part of their package tours to pick and drop tourists from Kolkata to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point of your boat journey to the Sundabans. 
 

::  Sunderbans -- Fact File ::
 
  • The area was declared as Protected Forest in the year 1878
  • It was declared as Reserve Forest in the year 1928
  • One of the first nine Tiger Reserves declared under the Project Tiger Scheme in the year 1973
  •  A part of the Tiger Reserve was notified as the Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary having an area of 362.33 sq km in the year 1976
  •  The core area of the Tiger Reserve was declared as the Sunderban National Park in the year 1984. The area of the National Park is 1330.10 sq km
  •  The National Park Areas was inscribed as a Natural World heritage Site in the year 1987
  •  The Tiger Reserve along with adjoining forest areas and human habitations were declared as Sunderban Boisphere Reserve in 1989
  •  The Sunderban Biosphere Reserve was recogonised as a Global Biosphere Reserve in 2001
  • 1699.62 sq km of the Tiger Reserve was declared as Critical Tiger Habitat in the year 2007
 
::  Climate ::
 
  • October to February — winter, cold and temperate
  • March to May — summer, hot and humid
  • June to September — the monsoon season, wet and windy
Monsoon cruises are spectacular.
 
::  Flora & Fauna ::
 
 
Major Flora
  • There are 64 plant species in Sundarbans and they have the capacity to withstand estuarine conditions and saline inundation on account of tidal effects. The most common species are :

    Hatal (Phoenix paludosa), Genwa (Excoecaria agallocha), Dhundul (Xylocarpus granatum),  Kankra (Bruguirea gymnorrhiza), Champa(Bruguiera parviflora), Dhani ghas (Porteresia coarctata), Garjan (Rhizophora apiculata), Keora (Sonneratia apelata), Sundari tree (Heritiera fomes), Golpati(Nypa frutcans)

Main Species
  • Excaecaria sp., Heritiera sp., Ceriops sp., Phoenix sp., Sonneratia sp., Avicennia sp., Rhizophora sp., Xylocarpus sp., Bruguiera sp. etc.
 
Major Fauna
  • Tiger, fishing cat, chital, wildboar, water monitor, estuarine crocodile.
Endangered Species
  • Tiger, Estuarian Crocodile, River Terrapin (Batagur baska), Olive Ridlay Turtle, Gangetic Dolphin, Ground Turtle, Hawks Bill Turtle, King Crabs (Horse shoe).
 
::  Major Attractions ::
 
Royal Bengal Tiger: Most of the tigers found in the Sundarbans area are man-eaters and can swim in the saline waters. The Sundarban Tiger Reserve is home to more than 250 tigers.
 
 
Mangroves: Sundarbans offers the largest Mangrove eco- system in the world. Mangroves grow in saline coastal habitats in the tropics and subtropical areas.




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