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The River Teesta or Tista(Nepali: TisTa Khola,) is said to be the lifeline of the Indian state of Sikkim, flowing for almost the entire length of the state and carving out verdant Himalayan temperate and tropical river valleys. The emerald-coloured river then forms the border between Sikkim and West Bengal before joining the Brahmaputra as a tributary in Bangladesh.
The river originates from Cholamo Lake at an elevation of 5,330 m (17,487 ft) above sea level in the HimalayasThis lake lies to the north of the Donkia pass near Shetschen, where the summit of the pass is about eight kilometres north-east of Darjeeling.
The Teesta River is then fed by rivulets which arise in the Thangu, Yumthang and Donkia-La ranges. The river then flows past the town of Rangpo where it forms the border between Sikkim and West Bengal up to Teesta Bazaar. At Teesta Suspension Bridge, which joins Kalimpong with Darjeeling, the river is met by its main tributary, the Rangeet River. At this point, it changes course southwards flowing entirely into West Bengal. The river hits the plains at Sevoke, where it is spanned by the Coronation Bridge which links the north east states to the rest of India. The river then courses its way to Jalpaiguri(where the photo has been taken) and then to Rangpur District of Bangladesh, before finally merging with the mighty Brahmaputra at Fulcherry.

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  • Copyright: Goutamendu Ray (Goutamendu) (95)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-11-08
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: Nikon D 80
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-11-09 10:26
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