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5 May 2011

All quiet in Sandakphu

Sandakphu is the highest point in West Bengal, near the Indo-Nepal border. The trek route goes zigzag in and out of Nepal, so the experience is unique — one trek, two countries. From the highest point one can see Mt Everest just before the sun comes up. The entire area comes under Singalila National Park, and some trekkers have spotted the Himalayan red bear.

Rhododendron is a species of woody flower that occurs mainly in the Sikkim region. Singalila national park has a riot of rhododendrons.

People living in the area walk a lot. Most carry their household needs (oil, vegetables, etc) on their back and trek up and down everyday. Supplies come from Darjeeling, 58 kilometres away. 

(Shot with Nikon F55 film SLR camera, 2002 model. Developed at GK Vale, Bangalore)


  1. this is excellent work! these photographs are SO vintage is lovely in every way! wonderful photography doesn't require modern expensive cameras, it requires a good photographer! great job.

  2. Nice pics, but the sharpness is very less which reduces the quality of the scenery, plz check the mode of upload(just a humble advice)...



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