Photographer's Note

Teesta is the most magnificent and beautiful river in the Darjeeling district. It originates from lakes and glaciers in north Sikkim, forming two rivers Lachung chu and Lachen chu (chu ='river' in Tibetian/Lepcha languages), which unite at Chungthang, then literally bisects the state running north-south. It then takes its magnificent form near Singtam, flows through Rangpo into West Bengal. It divides the Darjeeling district into the sub-divisions of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Rangeet is one of the important tributaries of Teesta. It originates from gleciers in Kabru, and comes from Phalut in Sangalila National Park in Darjeeling district. Its course then acts as a natural boundary to the states of West Bengal and Sikkim.

This photo is taken from a popular view point and catches the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet (on the left). Geographical boundaries are Sikkim (left top), Darjeeling (left bottom) and Kalimpong (right).

The emerald color Teesta is not as calm as it seems. This photo taken from quite a distance does not capture the might with which its gushes down the gorge below. White water rafting is a common sport here. The sandbanks are used by rafters for camping.

Rafting photo from this spot.

The picturesque green valley is covered with deciduous and evergreen forests with rare species of flora and fauna.

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Additional Photos by Arnab Chatterjee (arnabchat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 775 W: 143 N: 975] (7233)
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