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.

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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.

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