Sundarban Tiger Reserve,Sundarban National Park,Ganges River Dolphin, Saltwater Crocodile, Estuary

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans National Park, the largest estuary mangrove forest in the world, in West Bengal, India.

A Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger ReserveA Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger Reserve / Sundarban National Park.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is situated on the Sundarbans, part of the Ganges Delta, which is famous for its mangrove forests. Sundarbans is home to a large species of birds, invertebrate species and reptiles, including the salt water crocodiles.

Sundarbans National Park is the core area of Sundarban Tiger Reserve which is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers. This National park is also a wildlife sanctuary. Some of the Vulnerable and Endangered species inside the Wildlife sanctuary includes Ganges River dolphin, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Royal Bengal Tiger, Saltwater Crocodile, and Mangrove Horseshoe Crab.

Hawksbill sea turtleHawksbill sea turtle

Hawksbill sea turtle and river terrapin are two a critically endangered species inside the National park.

There are 54 islands inside the Sundarbans National Park. Seven main rivers including River Ganges, flows through this estuary. The water level at some places goes up to 500 meters.

Sundari Trees is the name of the Mangrove variant found in the Sundarbans National Park. Boat safari tickets are available with the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation counter inside the park.

How Do I Go to Sundarban Tiger Reserve inside the Sundarban National Park?

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is connected to the kolkata – Basanti Highway. The main entrance to the Tiger reserve is at a distance of around 29 kilometers from Canning Railway station, the nearest railway station. The nearest airport to the Wildlife sanctuary; Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport alias Dum Dum Airport at Kolkata; is at around 140 kilometers distance from the Sundarban wildlife sanctuary and Tiger Reserve cum national park.

Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Capitol Complex in Chandigarh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of three buildings, three monuments and a lake and is a government compound.

Palace of Assembly, one building that is part of Capitol Complex in ChandigarhPalace of Assembly, one building that is part of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh

Capitol Complex in Chandigarh is designed by the renowned architect, Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier’s architectural works across 7 countries are grouped together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chandigarh Capitol Complex spread over an area of around 100 acres. The structures inside the complex consists of Palace of Assembly (Legislative Assembly), Secretariat, Palace of Justice (Punjab and Haryana High Court), Open Hand Monument (emblem of Government of Haryana), Geometric Hill and Tower of Shadows.

These structures were built around early 50’s, after Indian Independence. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the First prime minister of India, commissioned Le Corbusier to build a new capital city, Chandigarh, as the capital of Punjab and Haryana states.

Palace of Assembly is the state Legislative Assembly. Palace of Justice is the Punjab and Haryana High Court building.

Open Hand MonumentOpen Hand Monument, one structure that is part of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh

Open Hand Monument is a structure symbolizing peace, prosperity and unity of mankind. It is 26 meters or 85 feet in height and rotates during winds.

Tower of Shadows, one structure that is part of Capitol Complex in ChandigarhTower of Shadows, one structure that is part of Capitol Complex in Chandigarh

Tower of Shadows or ‘The Shadow Tower’ is a structure designed in such a way that sun rays does not enter it; specifically in summer.

Geometric Hill is a hill inside the complex.

Chandigarh is a Union Territory and is not part of Punjab or Haryana.

How Do I Go to Chandigarh Capitol Complex ?

Chandigarh Capitol Complex is situated at Sector 1, which is well connected by roads to other parts of India. NH5, NH7 and NH152 passes through Chandigarh. Chandigarh Junction railway station is the railway station here. Chandigarh Airport is connected to many domestic airports and to UAE. New Delhi airport is the nearest major International airport.

Top 4 Hill Stations in India, Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Lonavala

Top 4 Hill stations in India region-wise are Shimla in the North, Darjeeling in the East, Ooty in the South and Lonavala in the West.

St. Michael's Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in IndiaSt. Michael’s Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in India.

Shimla, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Shimla in North India is situated in Himachal Pradesh state. Shimla hill station offers panoramic view of the Himalayas. Its considered as the best hill station in India. There is a ropeway to Shimla from downtown.

Shimla is at around 223 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India. Shimla is well connected by roads. Kalka railway station is the nearest broad gauge railway station. Kalka station is connected to Shimla by Kalka- Shimla narrow gauge railway line. This railway line is a UNESCO World heritage site and is part of “Mountain Railways of India” along with similar narrow gauge lines at Darjeeline and Ooty. New Delhi airport and railway stations are well connected to other parts of the world.

Darjeeling, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Darjeeling hill station in West Bengal state is a beautiful hill station in the Western India. Darjeeling offers view of the Lesser Himalayas. Darjeeling Tea is a famous Geo-patented tea from this region.

New Jalpaiguri railway station near Silguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling at around 50 kilometers distance. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway starts from here. Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport at around 90 kilometers distance from Darjeeling hill station.

Ooty, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Ooty hill station in Tamilnadu is a beautiful hill station in the South. Ooty is also known as Udhagamandalam or Udhagai. Ooty is part of the Nilgiri mountains or Blue mountains.

Coimbatore is the nearest city with airport at 86 kilometers away. Coimbatore junction railway station is the nearest major railway station which is connected to other parts of the country. Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station on the broad gauge. Very few trains go to Mettupalayam. Heritage Mountain railway to Ooty starts from Mettupalayam.

Lonavala, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state is another beautiful hill station in the Western part of India. Its part of the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Khandala hill station is an adjacent twin hill station at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala hill station.

All trains stops at Lonavla railway station. Pune city is the nearest major city with an airport, at around 64 kilometers distance. Mumbai is another major city at 104 kilometers away from Lonavala hill station.