At Samthar High School, our day is just to start. A long day ahead. Before that it was great to joi their prayer. The students came in a single file. Stood on a queue by themselves. Captains of each class maintained the line. Then they prayed to the God, sung "Jana gana mana" - the National Anthem of India, and two prayer songs in Nepali.
Our members, who were loitering around, came close to these students to enjoy the moment and I am quite sure, they were nostalgic!
Evening and Night at Samthar High School was great. Sitting on the verandah you can see the lights of Kalimpong city as if you can touch the Diamond Necklace on the hills.
[Describing the route :]
We were on a short trek from Lolegaon to Bagh Pool [Sevak/Coronation Bridge] via Charkhola-Devi ki sthan-Deorali-Samthar-Deorali-Yang Makum-Yangri-Upper Ponbu-Lower Ponbu-Jereiter-Babouti-Purbikhola.
Total distance is about 40KMs.
One can reach upto Samthar by jeep. We had a walk from Lolegaon though. It was a 15KM joy walk [24 KM by road].
There from go upward to Yang Makum village and walk about 15 km to reach Jereiter Babouti Primary School. One can stay at Lower Ponbu or Upper Ponbu also. A tent would help. At Lower Ponbu a tin shed of a Mandir is a shelter also. You can enjoy a beautiful wide Teesta valley view from Upper Ponbu. From Upper Ponbu/Jereiter Babouti Primary School to Purbi Khola is a downward walk - enjoy the woods, butterflies, chirping birds. Then go upward, enjoy the beauty of Teesta valley again and come to Baghpul.
A beautiful three day trek.
Take sufficient food with you since after Samthar, nearest shop you will find is at Siliguri, about 40 kms away from there.
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dhurjati (2709) 2006-08-08 8:15
Nice to see a post of Samthar.Like the way to caught the students standing in rows.Beautiful color combination.The white dress is in harmony with the lush green surroundings.Only thing that perhaps u could have avoided are those wires at the right.Anyway,Lovely lively snap this is.
Any idea about the Samthar eco-tourism resort??How long will it take to reach Samthar from Lava by jeep?
Thanks for this wonderful snap,
macondo (18623) 2006-08-08 8:28
I like the shot, Kausik. The colours are pretty natural, and the perspective effect of the lines of students is marvellous. I think you could have cropped a little from the bottom, there is perhaps a bit too much grass there. And it would not be hard to clone out the overhead cables. I like the lighting in this shot. And thanks fro the interesting notes.
Cretense (68691) 2006-08-08 14:25
Excellent picture Kausik! Very well composed impressive use of the students's lines as "guiding lines". Beautiful colours and an excellent note too! TFS!
chanjits (4454) 2006-08-11 8:12
nice shot well composed taken at proper angle colors are natural
Flavia (10352) 2006-08-17 14:14
This picture brought me old memories back... I like the way the children lines lead the eyes to the nice school building. The light is nice as well as the colors. Eventhough the simetry of elements here is well balanced, maybe a tigther framing, with less sky and grass (top and botton) would have been even better.
sebcz (2345) 2006-11-24 7:22
It's a nice scene, new to me to see the students in such lines and praying.
- Copyright: Kausik Das (kaud) (1840)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Kodak easyshare CX6200 digital
- Exposure: f/4.5
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Children at school [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 6:43