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Photographer's Note

Presenting an excerpt from A Tryst with Kanchenjunga

There it stood. People must have seen sunrises and sunsets on Kanchenjunga but our first glimpse of Kanchenjunga was in dim moonlight. Soon there was enough light and the five treasures of snow were very clearly visible. Other peaks in the vicinity like Kabru(Three sisters) to its left and Pandim to its right completed "The Great Himalayan Panorama". Kanchenjunga slowly changed its colour from Greyish White at dawn to Reddish Pink and there was a beautiful sunrise. Its colour then changed to Golden Yellow finally settling for Snow White as the sunlight reached its zenith. The unhindered 180 degrees view of the Himalayas was too awesome to be described.

Sandakphu is located on Singhalila ridge on eastern India-Nepal border and is the Amphitheatre for Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, 4 of the 5 highest peaks of the world(all except K2).It was from Sandakphu and its vicinity that Everest was first sighted in an era when Kanchenjunga was thought to be the highest mountain in the world.

See Sandakphu for more details.

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