Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sundarban 2012

Here are photos from a trip to Sundarban I took last week. Sundarban in southwestern Bangladesh (and a smaller fraction in India) is the largest contiguous mangrove forest and ecosystem in the world. It is the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger as well as countless varieties of flaura and fauna.

Sundarban can only be visited by boat. Several companies offer tours there. Boats start from Khulna, and you have to get there from Dhaka by train, bus or plane (or private car of course.) I have used Guide Tours twice. They are excellent. By the time you add up everything, a trip can run you between 20000 and 40000 Taka, depending on length, luxury of boat and whether you fly.

Osprey with fish. The Osprey is a legendary fish-eater bird.

Our boat, Guide Tours' MV Aboshar.

Flock of ducks near Mongla.

Common kingfisher.

We saw two crocodiles. This was the first.

Nypa palm (golpata), used for making thatched roofs.

Gewa trees on Kotka beach. Gewa is called Blinding Mangrove because its latex can blind.

Boroi tree whose bottom is "pruned" at the height the deer can reach.

Dome-shaped spider web in a canal.

Shikre, a bird of prey.

Otters crossing the canal. They were extremely shy.

Great Egret (Boro Bok.)

Water monitor, also known as Kalo Gui Shap.

Brahminy kite (shonkho chil.)

The road less traveled.

Boardwalk at Harbaria Visitor center.

Fiddler crab.

Fresh tiger pugmark on wet mud. Off the boardwalk at Harbaria.

Great Egrets.

Goodbye beautiful Sundarban.


PEACHY said...

so beautiful...wish to go there someday.

ulysses said...

Thank you, Peachy. Yes, it is definitely worth a trip. Winter is best.

Pictures of Bangladesh said...

So nice photography

ulysses said...

Thank you, Pictures of Bangladesh!

Amy Alex said...

Those pictures are very precious i wish i could explore these areas mostly i have visit hilly areas of Pakistan because i get flights for pakistan free of cost from my office Pakistan is a cheap country for travelling and tourism.

Heliconia Rostrata said...

Wow!! So wonderful post. You are a great photographer. You took some wonderful photographs. Thanks.

Rasel said...

One of the most beautiful places of