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A trip to the Sundarbans: Worlds Largest Mangrove Forest

Recently I have visited the Sundarbans, one of the greatest forest of this world. We started our journey on 30 November 2008 from Dhaka and entered the forest area in the midnight of the next day. We traveled through the Sundarbans for 3 long days and returned on 4 December.

We covered only a few spots of the huge forest (eg. Jamtoli Beach, Kotka Beach, Koromchol and another spot). We walked through the forest from different points, saw many different trees, some special ponds which are used by the tigers for meeting up their thirst. We could not go very deep into the forest as there was a very high risk of being attacked by the tigers.

I must say, the tigers live here are of special category, called The Royal Bengal Tiger. This type of tiger is only found in the Sundarbans. It's our bad fortune that we could not see any tigers but did able to see their fresh footprints(!). Though there are hundreds of tigers live in the Sundarbans, it is very rarely seen that travelers are able to see the Royal Bengal Tiger on their 1st visit to the Sundarbans.

The gunman who was with us in the whole tour answered "I only saw them only 6/7 times", when I asked him about how many times he was able to see tigers. I should mention that he has been doing the same job for approximately 29 years! So, I guess we are lucky in this sense that we could at least see the fresh footprints on our 1st visit! Apart from this, we saw many deers, monkeys, crocodiles and various type of birds. From my experience I found the deers very petrified and the monkeys very naughty (LOL).

The natural beauty of the Sundarbans is awesome! Though some parts are affected by the recent cyclone "Sidor" but gradully those parts are being resurrected. Jamtoli Beach was the most beautiful spot from my vision. That place really filled up my senses! The walk through the forest from Jamtoli Beach to Tiger point was the best part of the tour for me. We were 30 in number and we walked in a row. Some of us were holding a stick to save ourselves from tiger(!). The mixture of the fear and the beauty gave me a real taste of adventure. The sunset-view from Kotka Beach was also a great experience. We saw a lot of deers at that spot. But we hardly could go in front of them as they were very frightened. We covered all our spots during the day time. At night we stayed in our launch. At night we had movie show, a fragmentary card tournament and a lot of gossip. The meals were also one of the best part of the tour.

Our last spot was Koromchol. This spot is bit different as some of its parts are modified. We were able to have a closer look on the animals in this spot. Later we had a short boat trip through a tiny lake near Koromchol. Many of us were fortunate enough to see a big crocodile there which was just going down into the water. I'm one of the unfortunates though.
Nevertheless, the trip was really great and I enjoyed every bit of the voyage. Now I can say, I'm one of those lucky people who visited the largest mangrove forest of this world! Guys, why don't you go and have a look!
And a great news is the Sundarbans is holding a strong position in the competition of the new 7 natural wonders! It's currently in top 10! You can vote for it through internet. Here is the link:
http://www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/liveranking/

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