Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans

Tripoto
11th Jan 2013

The mangrove beauty

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

The delta

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Hey lazy

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Deer slumber party

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

A lonesome dolphin peeks

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

The root desperation

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Pug marks of our host

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Ride

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Another lazy hunter

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

He wanted to see the sun

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Localities

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

Happy Journey

Photo of Royal Bengal Residence: The Sundarbans by Sagnik Basu

You step into West Bengal and the first thing that pops into your head is the city of joy. Your can never ever evade the thought of walking past the Victoria memorial. Right?

But even the English who built that sparkling white beauty and residents of the city know where to go for a getaway from the busy crowd, meanwhile feeling there blood being pumped by their veins.

Contrasting feelings right?

 Wondering why?

ROAR! That’s why.

A road trip along the kibbutz of nowhere and you will find breathtaking ferries waiting for you. And don’t even think of packing food for the trip, because anxious chefs are waiting up there on those boats.

Amusing mangroves and beautiful sunsets would keep you busy along with your company. But don’t you dare drift away like the ever amusing river beneath your ferry. The reason being those striped creatures who would keep peeking at you, you never know when.

The ferry master murmured,” You are not, but they have been watching you all along”

Welcome to the delta of the Royal Bengal Tiger!

After 5 hours of a road trip, the river bank would be waiting with food, drinks and all other sorts of refreshments. You get to meet your fellow passengers and the people who would be sneaking into the tiger territory. After recharging our body, we were handed complementary a coconut water drink and were asked to step on the ferry. Beautiful interiors with furnished beds downstairs washed away all sorts of travel tardiness. The rear side of the boat had the kitchen where prawns , hilsa and many kinds of travel delicacies were waiting for us. Bon voyage !
Photo of Matla River , South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Matla River , South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
The rivers sanity, the sun setting away into vicinity, cranes dancing on the shores, its almost like the nature would try it's best to make you feel under dressed. The seasonally flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. Spotted deer, crocodile, snakes and of course the crouched Royal Bengal tiger would be waiting at every corner of the delta.
Photo of Ganges Delta by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Ganges Delta by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Ganges Delta by Sagnik Basu
Sundarband tigerland resort is where we resided but Gosaba is basically the hub where you can dump your bags and set off for adventure tours on your jeep. You won't have a lot off time to stay and hang around because your in charges never like the idea of allowing the night to fall. So after you step down from the ferry, be quick, be agile and be pumped. During your tours you will see crocodiles camouflaged barely 20 feet from you and roots of mangroves seeking out of the ground for the quest of water. The authorities will take a very good care of you and your family. Sticking to their cautionary orders will also be very important for obvious reasons. But you can always be on your toes (not literally !) for you know what. We managed some pug marks but you never know.
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gosaba, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Back to square one. Again another river will host your journey back home. The river might go easy on you or may be drunk enough to scare you. Keep your eyes open for anything and everything: the witty dolphins or the lazy gigantic lizards. Unpredictable ? Yes. But maybe, that is the beauty of nature.
Photo of Padma River by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Padma River by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Padma River by Sagnik Basu
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