Best Archaeological Sites In Bangladesh
The name ‘Sundarbans’ meaning ‘beautiful forest’ is a mangrove forest consisting of 140,000 hectares. The name originally derives from the word ‘Samudraban’ meaning ‘sea forest’ with rivers and sea-water surrounding it. In 1997, the beautiful forest became a natural UNESCO world heritage site. The forest is also famous for housing the dangerous Bengal Tigers. This part of Bangladesh has international recognition for having mangrove trees and shrubs growing on land and water. Other than the tigers, the forest is home to around 260 different species of birds and consists of the famous Indian Python. Situated in the southwestern region of Bangladesh, it spans over the Delta of the Ganges and the Meghna Rivers in Bengal Bay. Not only does the forest attract thousands of tourists, but researchers find this part of Bangladesh extremely fascinating. Scientific research and observations are regularly taking out on the co-inhabitants of plants and animals. 1865 saw the introduction of The Forest Act for the protection of the Sundarbans’ biodiversity and ecosystem. One main factor for passing this law was illegal hunting, which is why the Bengal Tigers are nearly extinct. Despite reports of human and tiger conflicts, with the right tour guide, this haven is a great creation of mother nature. The forest traces back to 200 to 300 AD during the Mughal period.