Photographer's Note

This is the dangerous cliff hugging road to Roghi village, 8 kms. away from Kalpa town. I briefly mentioned about this road in my picture on Roghi village posted a few weeks ago. The road is just 2-3 meters wide and there is barely enough space for a SUV to pass. Rockfall, landslides and avalanches during winter makes it all the more dangerous. If two vehicles come face to face on this road, one has to backtrack ( convention is that the descending vehicle retraces) to a bend where the two can pass each other separated by a few inches!!

This point is called the 'SUICIDE POINT', because according to my driver people have committed suicide in the past jumping from this cliff. Though this point is the most dramatic, I wonder why they chose this point because on any point on this 8 km stretch if any one jumps from the cliff, nothing can save him/her. A very painful way to die.

While returning from the village I took this shot. I waited for around half an hour for a vehicle to arrive from around the corner, but alas none came by. I felt that would have made the photo all the more dramatic. My driver was not eager to wait as there is constant danger of rockfall. So I had to do with this shot.

There is a daily bus service from the district town of Rekong Peo to the Roghi village. Almighty knows how that bus passes this stretch, because the wheels of the SUV I was travelling in, were just on the edge of the road not an inch more or less!!

Thanks for passing by this road if you can call it so!

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Additional Photos by Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 412 W: 14 N: 908] (4067)
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