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The Fishermen's

Island

Bordering the picturesque Sundarbans forest is a beautiful island, Dublar Char. Famous for fishing, the island also boasts of abundant fauna and natural beauty By: Sa m a i H a id er

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Char (Dubla’s Island) is a remote fishing island perched on the very edge of the Sundarbans, at the mouth of the Ganges delta where several mighty rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal. The island, though difficult to reach, is a renowned fishing hub and famous for hosting the annual Rash Mela (Rash Festival), attracting thousands of Hindu pilgrims to its shores. On a recent visit, I was spellbound by its beauty and amazed by the local fauna – a photographer’s dream, as the island is home to a variety of birds and giant sea turtles. I was also left intrigued by the nomadic fishing community who return every year to Dublar Char, leaving behind the comforts of their homes to eke out an existence.

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