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Sundarbans, Bangladesh
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSundarbans - Credit: joiseyshowaa, Flickr


Sundarban Mangrove Forest
Creative Commons AttributionSundarban Mangrove Forest - Credit: Vmalik

The Sundarbans delta is home to the largest mangrove forest in the world. The name Sundarban can be literally translated as "beautiful jungle" or "beautiful forest" in the Bengali Language. The delta lies at the mouth of the River Ganges and spreads across part of West Bengal in India and the western coastline of Bangladesh.


Bengal Tiger in the Sundarbans
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBengal Tiger in the Sundarbans - Credit: CBurnett










Crossed by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of mangrove forests, the area is known for its diverse wildlife, being home to a large variety of species of birds and animals.  The most famous of these is the Bengal Tiger.