Of all the incredible locations that India is home to, Bengal and Odisha are probably the two most diverse states one can possibly visit. Starting from the Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling in West Bengal, over the dense forests of Dooars, in just a few hours you can end up in the pristine sea shores of Gopalpur in Odisha watching the sun set and vibing to your favorite EDM tunes!
Consider this photography/travel blog to be your tour guide, as you will see if you begin your journey at the edge of India-Bangladesh border in the East, and follow the coastline as it curves through Odisha to reach the Andhra Pradesh border.
Our trip down the Eastern Coastline begins at Kolkata in West Bengal.
A hundred and thirty kilometres drive from Kolkata across the countryside will get you to a very busy fishing town called Namkhana. There happens to be a recently constructed flyover which will take you over the wide channel of water below, and within an hour from here you will reach the wide open sea shores of Bakkhali. The tiny village is located on the Southernmost point of a huge island which is adjacent to the famous world-heritage-site mangrove forests of Sunderban.
At first glance, you may be inclined to assume that there is no sea here, given the fact that at low tides, you can barely see the sea, which recedes a good three four kilometres, thus leaving behind an endless desert of black sand. But at high tide, like an enraged ex who has scores to settle, the sea comes back with vengeful ferocity! With wide open beaches, clear skies and zero light pollution for astrophotography, you won’t be short of things to shoot here. The adjacent Kargil beach has even more opportunities to make images, as I found out only a few weeks back when I was there, and got caught in the middle of a thunderstorm. Exhibiting questionable behaviour, as I’m sure the photographers among you would do as well, instead of running for cover, I was looking for compositions and came up with one of my favourite images.