During my Diwali vacations, I visited the Sunderbans in West Bengal. We drove from Kolkata to Godkhali, which is a port. From here, we caught a ferry to Gosaba, an island in the Sundarbans. We stayed in a cottage opposite the Sundarban Tiger Reserve.

After resting for a short time, we took a boat ride to see the birds returning home for the night. We saw cranes, kingfishers, owls and storks. After sunset, we returned to our cottage for the night.

The next day, we woke up early and went to our boat. We then took a boat ride deep into the Sundarbans. We saw many mangroves. Our guide showed us Spotted deer, crocodiles and Water Monitor Lizards. We didn’t see the Royal Bengal Tiger, but we saw the tiger’s pug marks on the river bank.

That night, we enjoyed a meal of fresh sweet water fish and rice. Then, with our stomachs full, we sat in the lawn and counted the stars in the night sky.

The next day, we left the cottage with a heavy heart. We returned to Godkhali by ferry. My trip to the Sundarbans was truly unforgettable.