Wild Trail in Bengal
A guided tour of Bengal : Lack of information makes it difficult to travel in Bengal, it has been long been complained. Especially, if you are a nature-lover seeking to travel through the forests of the state. The guide books available in the market are sketchy and the facts provided are often inaccurate, misguiding travellers. Now, we have a travel guide which is refreshingly different — loaded with relevant inputs and breathtaking photographs. “Wild Trail in Bengal” — a guide to the forests of the state produced by Good Earth and the Directorate of Tourism, Government of West Bengal — takes you on a journey of the jungles across Bengal. From the rain-soaked sanctuaries of the Dooars to the soggy marshes of the mysterious Sunderbans and the hilly forests of the western tracts in Purulia, Midnapore and Bankura, Wild Trail takes you on an adventure trip.
It lists all the nine sanctuaries and national parks in North Bengal, including Jaldapara, Buxa, Gorumara and Neora Valley. Detailed information is given on the lesser known parks like Singalila and Jorpokhri. The guide provides a handy chart of the forests, complete with their location, nearest railway station and the major fauna that they have. It tells you about the modes of transport that you can take and the accommodation available.
Apart from numerous interesting tidbits about the forests, the guide also has extremely illuminating articles on the Sunderbans and other forests of the western tracts. Dakshin Rai and Bonbibi — the eternal myths of the mangrove forest — have been dealt with nicely. Wildlife enthusiasts are sure to enjoy reading about the Olive Ridley turtles and the birds of Sunderbans, the onehorned rhinos ofNorth Bengal and the man-elephant conflict of the Dooars.
Times of India, Kolkata, 24 Jan 2011