Best time to visit the Sundarbans
Sundarbans is a mangrove forest, which means that it is tropical. The Sundarbans forest and it’s hosts country Bangladesh (also West Bengal, India) has mainly 3 pronounced seasons- Summer, Monsoon and winter. In the summer time the highest temperature can go up to 45ºC with high humidity. It’s usually from March to May. During this time locally formed beautiful tropical storm brings occasional rain. Rainy season starts from late June and continues up to late September. The tropical rain is nothing drizzling sort of- its heavy rain and it can go on for days. Average humidity would be more than 90%. The north wind starts to cool down the plane from late October. Though the short pick winter is from late December to mid January.
In the tropical winter the temperature actually rarely goes bellow 10C. The midday temperature can be as comfortable as 15C to 20C and then the night can be 10C-12C. And it’s not humid. But because of fog it would be a bit wet during night. And there is no cyclone during the winter months:)
So, considering all these the best time to visit the Sundarbans is from mid November to mid February. During this time, in the morning for few hours there might be fog, but gorgeous fog. Then the days are sunny and warm. And at night, sometimes the sky would be so clear that you would just lie down and try to find yourself among the stars. So, let’s find an upcoming trip and start to pack. See you in the wilderness.
But it’s worth to mention that every season has it’s own specialty, like in the summer there is a better chance to have a Tiger sighting. One reason is because it’s so hot in the forest tigers tends to come out in the open places with shad or creak/river side where there is a little breeze to cool down. And the second reason probably less human disturbance. The rainy season is about shades of green and abundance of bugs/insects. If you’re really an explorer and if you like adventure- take a trip to Katka in the high monsoon. Katka is at the mouth of the delta. The river finally meets the sea here. Just think about the amount of rainwater coming and eager to be merged with the sea. It is a lifetime experience just to witness the meeting.
Also there are special activities and events which take part at certain time of the year. Like Honey Collection. If you want to experience that the only time is from 1st of April to 31st of May, in the hottest time of the year. The Dubla Island Raah Festival is somewhere in late September to early November, the Bonbibi Festival in the midd of January. These festivals are observed by the lunar calendar, so the dates are a little different every year.