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South of Kolkata: the Sundarbans

South of Kolkata down to the coast, the Hooghly fringes one of the world’s largest estuarine deltas, the Sundarbans, a 10,000-square-kilometre expanse of mangrove swamp and forested islets formed by silt swept down from the Himalayas. The region has been designated UNESCO world Heritage site and its abundant wildlife, includes saltwater crocodiles, Gangetic dolphins, otters and the world’s largest population of tigers. Closer to the city, the former colonial port of Diamond Harbour on the east bank of the Hooghly is a popular weekend break and lies enroute to Sagardwip, a sacred island where the Ganges reaches the sea.

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  • Sajnekhali and the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve