Dominique David

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Protected from the burning mugginess of the Bengal plain which they overlook by a few hundred metres, the West Bengal Hills are another face of India, a space of transition to the Himalayan world. Many clues testify to it, from the increasingly tortured relief to the people’s faces or to the asserted presence of Tibetan Buddhism.


Bordered by the Bay of Bengal, Orissa, off the tourist track, is a land of contrasts. Its woody hills are home to 62 of the country’s 427 “scheduled tribes”. Also called Adivasi, the first inhabitants of India, originally hunter-gatherers, strive to perpetuate their ancestral culture in a country in constant evolution.