The Royal Bengal Tiger

English: White Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ti...

English: White Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris tigris at Cincinnati Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Male bengal tiger - not too disturbed by the e...

Male bengal tiger – not too disturbed by the elephant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Panthera tigris tigris, Bengal Tiger, Indische...

Panthera tigris tigris, Bengal Tiger, Indischer Tiger oder Königstiger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walk on the Wild Side

2 Bengal tigers
2 Bengal tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mum and cubs

The Bengal tiger(panthera tigris tigris)is the national animal of India and Bangladesh.The Bengal tiger is the most numerous sub-species with population estimated at 1706 to 1909 in India and 440 in Bangladesh.Bengal is traditionally fixed as the typical locality for the binomial panthera tigris.

Since 2010, it has been classified as an endangered species by ICUN.The total population is  estimated at 2500 individuals with a decreasing trend,none of the conservation within the Bengal tiger’s range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 adult individuals.

Bangladesh tiger,(panthera tigris,tigris) is the national animal of Bangladesh.All these tigers can be found in Sundarbans,the mangrove forest located south-west of the country.As of 2004 population estimates in Bangladesh ranged from 200 to 419, mostly in the Sundarbans.This region is the only mangrove habitat in this bio-region,where tigers survive,swimming between islands to the delta to hunt prey.From October 2005 to January 2007,the first camera trap survey was conducted across six sites in the Bangladesh Sundarbans to estimate tiger population density. The average of these six sites is 3.7 tigers per 100 km2(39 sq miles) It was inferred that the tiger population was approximately 200 individuals.

Bengal tigers have been known to take predators,such as leopards,wolves,jackals,foxes,crocodiles and Asiatic black bears as prey.Over the past century the number of tigers have fallen dramatically,with a decreasing population trend..None of the conservation trend within the Bengal tiger range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 individuals.Habitat losses and the extremely large scale poaching are serious threats to the survival  of the tigers.The Bengal Tiger’s coat is yellow to light orange ,with stripes ranging from dark brown to black;the belly and interior parts of the limbs are white,and the tail is orange with black rings.Male Bengal tigers have an average length of 270 to 310 cm including the tail,females measure 240 to 265 cm on average.The average weight of males is 488 pounds.While that of females is 308 pounds.

The sundarbans tiger project is a Bangladesh Forest Department initiative.It started in 2005. From research base the project is evolving rapidly.It has also done well due to the incredible support of the Bangladeshi people.

Today we decided to read about the Bengal tigers.Gepetto enjoyed knowing about them.He was sad to know that the tiger population is decreasing.He has planned to do a project on Bengal tigers.His parents and I were happy to note he was taking a keen interest.

We all loved reading about the tigers and their habitat,we hope the government will take effective measures to prevent the decline of  the population of these beautiful tigers.

From my friends,Alphie,Susan and of course Gepetto the great,a very warm good bye to our equally amazing friends,without whose encouragement,we would not have been able to be so successful.Thank you.

Allah Hafiz, And May God Bless You!

Rajshahi—–The Silk City Bangladesh

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Padma river, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Padma river, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Varendra Research Museum, the oldest museum of...

Varendra Research Museum, the oldest museum of this region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

River Padma

Pala Empire (Dharmapala)
Pala Empire (Dharmapala) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

District locator map in red in Bangladesh

Men marched in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in a compa...

Palas

Palas (Photo credit: Maria Luisa Pariboni)

বাংলা: This is the photo of Putia palace. It i...

বাংলা: This is the photo of Putia palace. It is located at Puthia, Rajshai, bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajshahi, Shaheeb Bazaar

Rajshahi, Shaheeb Bazaar (Photo credit: lepetitNicolas)

Ruins at Puthia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Ruins at Puthia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rajshahi

Rajshahi (Photo credit: lepetitNicolas)

When I first made up my mind to take my friends,Alphie,Susan and Gepetto,to visit my country,I wasn’t very confident,what their impression might be.They were coming from Delhi Old and New followed by Agra and Amritsar.What could they possibly find in my neck of the woods. I got a solid push from my friends,it made me think may be it will be all right.There are a lot that I don’t know about my own country.I am learning new things every day.This in itself is an accomplishment at least for me.

So today I am taking my charge,Alphie,Susan and Gepetto to see Rajshahi,the city famous for its silk.Here folks let me give you a short history of the place you are about to see.

Rajshahi was the most glorious period of Bengal’s Pala dynasty.It was famous for pure silk,mangoes and leechies.Here the silk products are cheaper compared to the rest of the country.

You will also find a number of ancient mosques,shrines and temples in and around the city.

It is connected with the capital Dhaka by rail,river and air.

The Rajshahi district was a part of Pundra region of ancient Bengal.It was the capital of Vijay Sen.The king led military operations in Sri Lanka.In the mediieval ages it was known as “Rampur Boalia”.The administrative district was established in 1772 and the municipal corporation in 1876.During the British Raj,it was also known as “Beulah” and was the administrative headquarters of the Rajshahi district in Eastern Bengal and Assam.At first it was chosen as a commercial factory for silk trade,as it was officially encouraged by the department of Agriculture.

In the early stages of its development,it had a government college and an industrial school for seri-cul-ture( raising of silkworms).Most of the public buildings were destroyed in the aftermath of the earthquake of June 12th 1897.Rajshahi is an important tourist destination.It has beautiful river beaches of Padma river.The mango orchards are a feast for the eyes and the stomach.

The other attractions are :  Varendra Research Museum,Shrine of Hazrat Shah Makhdum Ruposh,it is located beside the river Padma in the Dargah para of the city.Dargah Para,Dargah means Shrine and refers to the Shrine of Hazrat Shah Makhdum Ruposh.

The next tourist attraction is the Jamuna Bridge.It was constructed on the river Jamuna,it connects the eastern and the north-western region of the country.The 4.8 Km bridge was constructed at a cost of U.S 950 million dollars.  About 3 km.from Dakhin bagh railway station, up a winding road,you can see the lovely waterfall of Madhab Kunda.A large number of tourists visit this place.  The Bangladesh Parijatan corporation offers facilities; such as restaurant,rest room and parking facilities.

“Alphie ,Susan and Gepetto.I hope you enjoyed what you saw.I myself learned about it,I did not have the opportunity of knowing about it before.I am glad you selected me to be your guide.This privilege provided me the chance to know about my country,Thank You.”

It is time for us to say,Adios Amigos, Good day my friends,we hope to delight you with our presence, shortly!