Sundarbans & Mongla
Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in whole world! An impressive labyrinth of colors and textures situated in the Bay of Bengal spanning from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh. Mysterious and dangerous Sundarbans National Park is protected by UNESCO. Wilderness here comprises an enormous network of interconnected waterways, stretching for around 79km from the Bay of Bengal.
Drifting down the river with a three- or four-day boat trip into the heart of this wild part of South Asia is like escaping into a different world. It often considered to be the number one thing to do while visiting Bangladesh.
Inside the forest there lives a “Lady” and this lady is also called goddess Bonbibi. As local explained throughout history locals have worshiped the goddess when they wanted to enter the forest. The reason behind is it was when God chosen Bonbibi to fight the creature Dokkhin Rai, who had taken a form of a tiger and prayed on locals, she chose not to kill him but rather make a bargain that Donkkhin Rai could not attack anyone who worshiped her. Even today, some locals still pray to Bonbibi before entering the forest.
Although, Mongla is the second busiest seaport of Bangladesh, the environment here is bleak to say the least. People here struggles daily to survive the fight with the elements. Be it due to lack of fresh portable water, constant floods by mighty tropical rivers or being hit by cyclones. It is situated in 62 kilometers north of the Bay of Bengal coastline.
If you are lucky, here you will meet tourists who cannot afford or just did not prearrange a multi-day Sundarbans. People usually visit this town in order to make last minute day or half-day trip to Sundarbans. The Sundarbans is just 5 kilometers away from Mongla, thus, if you are on budget or limited by time this is a perfect chance to visit this amazing site.
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