Nat Geo Traveller - #100DaysInHimalayas: Dispatch From Singalila National Park
Apr 09, 2016
Singalila National Park’s lush temperate and alpine vegetation is a dramatic shift from the stark, rugged terrain of Ladakh’s Himalayan stretch, where wildlife photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee and music director Shantanu Moitra kicked off their #100DaysInHimalayas project a month before. Between February and December 2016, the duo will make a series of trips in the Himalayas covering reaches running from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, and into the neighbouring foothills of Nepal and Bhutan—and they’re taking National Geographic Traveller India along for the ride.
Their second trip takes them to West Bengal. The sunrise and sunset are legendary at Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal, located in Singalila National Park (49km/2.5hr from Darjeeling). Moitra and Mukherjee had braved gloomy March skies to drive up the ghastly motorable road, pitted with loose boulders and steep hairpin bends. “Suddenly we moved above the clouds, the sun came out, and right in front of us were Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu,” said Moitra. “It was like God had pulled a curtain back for two hours.”