The Road to Darjeeling

After a few interesting weeks in Kolkata I’ve been heading slowly north towards the mountain city of Darjeeling. Though the travel itself was gruellingly slow and uncomfortable, I was able to spend a few days in the small towns of Rampur Hat and Tarapith. While Tarapith is famous as a spot for ceremonial cremations, Rampur Hat is famous for nothing. Since virtually no tourists stay in Rampur Hat for any length of time I found that the locals were extremely welcoming and curious about me – a refreshing change from the big-city indifference of Kolkata.

Here are a few selected images from the two days in these small towns. Newer work from Darjeeling to follow.

A group of men warm themselves around a fire at sunrise. Temperatures in the north of West Bengal regualrly drop below freezing in the winter.

A group of men warm themselves around a fire at sunrise. Temperatures in the north of West Bengal regualrly drop below freezing in the winter.

A woman and her baby wait for their morning chai to be ready.

A woman and her baby wait for their morning chai to be ready.

A crow hops between ledges in a residential area of Rampur Hat.

A crow hops between ledges in a residential area of Rampur Hat.

Straw figures waiting to be covered in clay in a small artists workshop.

Straw figures waiting to be covered in clay in a small artists workshop.

A group of men in blue lungis take a break after lunch on the streets of Rampur Hat.

A group of men in blue lungis take a break after lunch on the streets of Rampur Hat.

The local representative of the National political party sits in his small office in Tarapith.

The local representative of the National political party sits in his small office in Tarapith.

An old woman sits inside a Hindu shrine in Tarapith, chanting prayers for those who make donations.

An old woman sits inside a Hindu shrine in Tarapith, chanting prayers for those who make donations.

 

 

 

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