Landscape photography is as much about photography as it is about travel. I believe it would not be very outlandish of me to assume that for most of us, our hunt for stunning landscape images began at some moment of epiphany, in some corner of the planet, when some awe-inspiring vista was rude enough to make us realise how under prepared we were to photograph such a scene in all of its glory.
In spirit of the first love of any landscape photographer, ‘travel’, this piece will be more of a travel guide than an instruction set of focus-stacking or HDR.
Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and relax.
The Indian Subcontinent is guarded by the mighty Himalayas in the Northern and North Eastern boundaries, starting from Jammu and Kashmir in the extreme North, and ending somewhere near West Bengal. Somewhere in the middle, the Himalayas arch into Nepal, China and beyond. In the north eastern edge of India, from where the mountains cross into Nepal, lies the state of Sikkim.
You the traveller, starting from West Bengal, must take a flight or a train to Jalpaiguri station, from where you can hire a cab which will take you to Sikkim. Your journey starts from this busy railway station: your head aches from all the chaos and the people, you try to peek beyond the tree line hoping to catch a glimpse of the mountains you have heard so much about. But alas, you see nothing. Your cab speeds off into the busy town of Siliguri, and before you realise, you have nothing but endless forest on either side of the road.
You keep following the turquoise Teesta River upstream as it swerves and turns below, and all of a sudden you see the mountains up front!
From here, begins the long but soothing journey through Sevoke town, and into Sikkim.