The Sunderban National Park is a Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal. Sundarbans South, East and West are three protected forests in Bangladesh. This region is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It has largest number of Tigers and most of them are habitual man-eaters. It has been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
I had been planning long for the trip but somehow it kept on getting postponed. The trip was finally planned for 10-01-2014 to 12-01-2014 with the one and only agenda being that of visiting the Sunderban and spotting a tiger
Thus started our journey to one of the largest mangrove forests in the world… India’s pride- “The Sunderban Tiger Reserve”;
I was very much exited as this was my first trip to the land of tigers, so we woke up early and reached Sealdah station by 6:00 am, Biplab's family was also with us ... when we reached sealdah, we saw Bibhas already there and the excitement for the trip can be seen in all of our eyes... It was chilling cold and still many of the members of the group has not yet started from home.
We planned that we will wait for them after reaching canning so we took the train from Sealdah station at around 6:30 AM, there was not much rush and was empty. the train started to move and the trip started.
As the train was about to reach canning the entire weather changed to foggy, a few feet can be barely seen and we were getting friezed as the wind also started to blow due to the train.
We reached Canning station around 8AM. It was chilling cold we had some cups of tea and came to know that the other members of the group have boarded the next train and will be there only by 9 am, So with lots of time in hand we thought to explore the canning city.
Its a small, dirty and fishy city... no big buildings can be seen and litter spread all over... the only plus point is the fishy thing.... so we thought to explore it a bit more.... Fish Market
Although i am not a fish lover, and my wife being the other way around, i too went to Fish Market....
Yaaah... what a fish.... we got everything that we can afford which also includes 16 Large crabs.
The train was late due to the fog which was making us irritated, woke up at 4 and still stuck at canning, At last at 9.30 the other members to joined us.
We took 2 Autorickshaws to drop all of us to Sonakhali Ferry Ghat, From where we boarded the Ferry which was going to be our home for next 2 days.