Photographer's Note

This is a take from my last trip to North Bengal. On our way to Ponbu I shot this just after leaving Deorali (means a New Village). Shades of the hills and the green sent a signal to my barin "Catch the sight" and I did.

The best of this shot, I believe, is LIGHT. It makes every shade of Green and layers of the hills much more catchy.

[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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