Bangladesh: Stalking the Royal Bengal Tiger

The area known as the Sundarbans or the “beautiful forest” is a cluster of islands in the south western part of Bangladesh, with an approximate area of 3600 kilometers. It’s here, in the untamed forests of Bangladesh, that more and more tourists are coming to visit. With cameras in hand, they hope to spot the rare Royal Bengal tiger.

The Sundarbans’ beauty lies in its unique natural surroundings. Thousands of winding streams, creeks, rivers and estuaries have enhanced its charm. Not only the habitat of the Royal Royal Bengal Tiger but for other animals as well – spotted deer, crocodiles, jungle fowl, wild boar, lizards, rhesus monkey and endless variety of birds.

The most dangerous game is being tracked with a high-speed camera these days. At Hiron Point (Nilkamal), Tin Kona Island and Katka guided tours will bring visitors face-to-face with tigers, deer, monkeys, crocodiles and birds and natural beauty. Meanwhile DubJar Char (Island) is the ideal spot for fishermen.

It bears mentioning that only means of transportation inside the Sundarbans is by boat. There are no roads or trails. Private motor launch, speed boats, country boats as well as motor boats operated by the Mongla Port Authority can be hired for transportation. Wood-cutters make temporary dwellings at the edge of the forest at a height of 8-10 feet for fear of wild animals, others live on boats. In the Chandpai region the fisherman pull in their catch-of-the-day with the helps of trained otters. The most daring and exciting fall activities are presented by the honey-collectors who work in groups for just two months (April-May) out of the year.

Accommodations on the perimeter of the forest: In Hiron Point travelers can find a comfortable three-story Rest House of the Mongla Port Authority. Prior booking is a must. (Contact the Dhaka Office tel. 404 071) In Katka a Forest Department Rest House is located. Get ready for an experience like no other. The Sundarbans. Virgin forests and high adventure await!

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