I was in love with Alipurduar since the first time I stepped into this small town. Alipurduar town and the nearby getaways provided tremendous opportunities for nature lovers like us. But it’s not always easy to travel with your camera, more so if you are on an official trip. My work was over by 4 in the evening, so I called Mr. Bhaskar Roy, Saurav’s manager, also a photography enthusiast and asked if we could visit some place on an evening trip.
“Where are we going sir?” I asked. “To Dima”, he said. I have never heard of Dima before. We rode through narrow roads in the buffer zone of the Buxa Tiger Reserve. There was excitement as well as fear of encountering wildlife. We passed Rajabhatkhawa, the entry to the Buxa and the Jayanti forests and reached a bridge. It was the Dima bridge. There were a few cars and motorcycles parked there. It was a quiet place in the middle of the forest, 19 kilometres from Alipurduar town.
Here you can spot couples spending time by the river and families to and from kalchini, stopping their cars to feel the fresh forest air. We also found a couple of nature photographers during the evening trip. The place was such quiet that we could hear the sound of peacocks and some people also claimed to have heard trumpets on the way. We spent about 45 minutes by the bridge before it started to get darker and we returned back.
While on our journey back, I wanted to click the photo of a train passing through the tracks by the jungle but we avoided stopping there at that time of the evening. Finally we stopped somewhere between Rajabhatkhawa and Alipurduar to photograph light trails of passing cars. As I started experimenting with the exposure, we saw a car approach us and slow down, finally stopping near us and two policemen came out asking “What are you guys doing here?”. We realised it was a forest patrol van. We told them that we were photographing light trails but they asked us to leave as an elephant corridor was just ahead. Not to put ourselves into some sort of trouble, we obliged and rode off to the town.