THE CHAMELEON RIVER

The featured picture is of a Rhesus Macaque on the banks of the mighty Teesta River as it curves through the ravines and gorges of the Himalayas in Sikkim and West Bengal, India.

This post is a continuation of the previous article titled ICY HIMALAYAN SOURCE which traces the Origin of the River Teesta from  Glaciers and Lakes in the Lofty  Snow capped Himalayas.

The Teesta River is known for it’s Emerald Green Waters which magically change to a Muddy Brown when Monsoon Rains Drench the  Slopes of the Himalayas.

Besides the Chameleon like characteristic defined above, the Teesta River is also the Lifeline of Sikkim and home to many villages which dot its bank as it curves through Forests and Mountains.

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The Lifeline, Teesta River

The Rangeet river ( the principal tributary of the Teesta) merges with the  Teesta River  near the Teesta Bridge.

The new Muddy Brown Robes of the Teesta River are clearly  revealed against the waters of the Rangeet River in the picture below.

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The Merger or Confluence of two RIvers

The famous Coronation Bridge across the Teesta River before it descends to the Plains in West Bengal and Bangladesh thereafter.

It was built to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 when Undivided India was a colony of the British Empire.

The Road also leads onto the Kingdom of Bhutan and  North Eastern States of India.

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Coronation Bridge connects to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Indicating its fury in  Brown Muddy Robes the Teesta River inundates Trees and Forests as it swells dramatically due to a steep  increase in the  volume of water during the Monsoons. ( Rainy Season usually June-September)

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Drowning Trees observed by a Parakeet

The Chameleon like Teesta in the plains near Jalpaiguri ( a township in the Doars region of West Bengal)  reveals a vast White Sandy River Bed during the Summer.

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White River Sands during the Summer

The Teesta River  or as I call it the “Chameleon River” leaves India to enter Bangladesh  and it is time to bid Goodbye.

Trust you enjoyed the Journey through the Himalayas from Alpine Forests to Tropical Forests, from Icy Banks to the White Sands.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

14 thoughts on “THE CHAMELEON RIVER”

  1. Bhutan, no doubt many would want to visit… now that its well known through the “Happiness Quotient” and negative carbon emissions… but Sikkim is a beautiful place…heaven on earth… and lucky to have been there.
    Your pics with your beautiful and brief yet insightful write-ups rekindled the fond memories of Sikkim

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