Our destination was the Royal Bengal Resort, near the Sajnekhali Reserve Forest
and created a set of clearings where hopefully the tiger would appear.
But even though we could not see the tiger, it is an integral and dangerous part of the life of people out here. Unlike tigers in other parts of the country, the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sunderbans is by nature not averse to attacking human since it views humans as its legitimate prey. As a result, there is hardly any village in the Sunderbans that has not lost a couple of people to the tiger in the last five years. Fortunately, the tiger will never cross a fence even though, given its immense strength, it could very easily do so and so there has been some effort to fence in the dangerous jungle -- click to enlarge and watch the next picture carefully
Other than tourists like us, who go and spend a few rupees in this desolate land, the only source of succour is Bon-Bibi, the Queen of the Forest, a variation of the Divine Feminine that is worshipped all over India as well as in every nook and corner of the Sunderbans as well.