With no expectations of seeing a Royal Bengal Tiger, I entered the world’s largest delta basin with my eight fellow travelers, on a ship boasting the mascot of the tiger itself. In spite of the fact that I had no excitement or enthusiasm in catching a glimpse of the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, one hour on the ship and we all had binoculars on, trying to trace a stripped fierce animal in the midst of the unique sundari trees.
We spotted a wild cat, which was a species of tiger to some. We also spotted different creatures such as deers, snakes and some that couldn’t be identified. As the time passed, we witnessed the breathtaking sunset, wishing to never return back. We had almost lost our hopes of spotting a tiger, but ten minutes of silence paid the reward. I heard the sailor whispering to be quiet and concentrate, he had noticed something that was worth the control and then in that moment there it was, it looked fierce and its paws were grounded well in the mud. He seemed ready for a fight, but we were just too happy to see the rare wild creature and as soon as I turn around to grab my camera, it was gone. The tiger disappeared into the wilds and then finally, we understood the importance of silence in there.
This unpredictable encounter with the tiger filled us with motivation for the next morning. The ship was anchored after the sunset, because sailing is not allowed on the sea after 6 pm. Still the day was not over yet and we had already spotted a tiger, it was time for some fun. We were taken to a nearby crocodile sanctuary, where the crocodiles were difficult for our eyes to spot, as they camouflaged with the surroundings.
At night, I was overwhelmed by the amount stars in the sky; this was a sight which is rare to be found in a city. A weekend visit to Sunderbans is a perfect getaway for the star gazers, who want to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city and enjoy peace and serenity. The guide and the care takers of the boat also kept us entertained with their stories from the past and the finger licking food.
The night gradually passed and in the excitement to not miss a single moment of the beautiful night, we planned to pull an all nighters, but it was difficult to not fall asleep after such an adventurous day. We took quick naps in between, waking up early in the morning to not miss the sun rise.