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milindajp 22nd June 2009 16:06

North Bengal Trip : An image gallery
 
Friends,

The images which I am going to share with you are from my 2005 Noth-Bengal trip. It's almost 4 years since I went for this particular drive, but I consider it as one of my best travel experience. Rural bengal, Himalayan foot hills always fascinate me. Hope you all will like the images.

Places visited: Kolkata - Lava - Lolaygao - Kalingpong - Gangtok - Nathula

Distance covered : 1800KM approx

Vehicle used : Maruti Omni

Surprise 22nd June 2009 16:09

1800 kms in OMNI :). One of my favorite car for local use. Eager to check out how comfortable you were in such a long journey.

prince_pervez 22nd June 2009 16:20

Hmm, eagerly waiting for the pics. Bring em on!

milindajp 22nd June 2009 16:33

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These images are from Kolkata to Lava, Lolaygaon & Lava to Kalimpong sector.

prince_pervez 22nd June 2009 16:45

Wow! Nice initial lot. You have a thing for photography ? Seems so from the camel, river cloud, hill shots. Keep em coming. What camera were you using?

cuttingcrew 22nd June 2009 17:03

dooars and darjeeling (dist) are my all time favouraite. Also forest dept. owns some best located bungalows there. Great pics.

Where you able to drive till nathula?

milindajp 22nd June 2009 17:08

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Some more images of Lava & Naora Valley.

All the images are taken by Nikon Coolpix 5200.

milindajp 22nd June 2009 17:25

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Originally Posted by Surprise (Post 1357462)
1800 kms in OMNI :). One of my favorite car for local use. Eager to check out how comfortable you were in such a long journey.

Driving Omni in the hills was very comfortable experience. I preferred to take Omni because of space. NH34 was in very bad shape when we travelled, so Kolkata to Siliguri patch was a nightmare. But then also, I think due to it's ground clearance and maximum front visibility from the driver's seat (I don't know the exact term .. :)), Omni performed well then most of the sedan.

The only problem I faced in the whole journey was a right-front wheel puncture near Bagdograh. And that's all.

Moreover, on my way back, I drove from Gantok to Kolkata - 750KM approx - nonstop (except fooding) - starting at 8:00am and reaching Kolkata at 3o'clock midnight. This was an unique experience which I will write later.

milindajp 23rd June 2009 10:58

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This image set is from Kalimpong and on our way to Gangtok

muralisk 23rd June 2009 11:19

Wow! Stunning shots and you seem have a great eye. Amazing thread. Please keep the pics coming and it is a visual treat. Thanks for sharing the stuff from archives. It definitely needs to come out. Keep it going.

DriverR 23rd June 2009 11:43

Fantastic pictures. Brings back many memories. I've been to Darjeeling and Sikkim so many times in over 7 different vehicles including an Omni! :) Your pictures have captured the aura of the hills very well.

milindajp 23rd June 2009 11:52

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Originally Posted by muralisk (Post 1358531)
Wow! Stunning shots and you seem have a great eye. Amazing thread. Please keep the pics coming and it is a visual treat. Thanks for sharing the stuff from archives. It definitely needs to come out. Keep it going.

Thanks buddy.... :). I will be posting more images of Gangtok & Nathula shortly.

SS-Traveller 23rd June 2009 12:13

Beautiful pics, Milinda. I really like the POV of some of them.

As I see from the date-print on one of yor pics, the time was end-Nov. The weather must have been very comfortable, but I'm surprised you found fog at that time of year. The Omni certainly is a great car to drive around in the hills, with its low gearing and good pulling power - though not the most stable.

milindajp 23rd June 2009 12:34

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Originally Posted by SS-Traveller (Post 1358658)
Beautiful pics, Milinda. I really like the POV of some of them.

As I see from the date-print on one of yor pics, the time was end-Nov. The weather must have been very comfortable, but I'm surprised you found fog at that time of year. The Omni certainly is a great car to drive around in the hills, with its low gearing and good pulling power - though not the most stable.

Thanks dada. I am really amazed by your way of judging things.... :). Yes, the trip was done in the last week of Nov 2005. Fog was there, but mostly in North Bengal and during early hours.

I think dada, to some extent, stability of a vehicle depends upon the person behind the wheels. And particularly for hill driving, patience, dedication and concentration makes the ultimate difference.

milindajp 6th July 2009 15:13

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Images from Gangtok, Nathula & Tsomgo Lake


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