World famous for its tea, Darjeeling is also known for its rich history of Series I Land Rovers - which the British used to access the tea plantations in this region. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Land Rover, and to celebrate the occasion, we went to West Bengal where these heritage Land Rovers have been travelling along the pony trail that begins in Maneybhanjang in the district of Darjeeling which sits at an elevation of 6,325 feet. The 35-kilometre trail leads up to Sandhakphu - the highest peak on the border of WB and Nepal up to an elevation of 12,000 feet. A 6,000 feet climb in such a short distance will inevitably be steep and treacherous. The only vehicles capable of plying on this stretch multiple times regularly are old Series I and Series II Land Rovers. Thus, the region is littered with these old Land Rovers. We decided to drive a 50-year-old Silver Series II on the very trail in a convoy which included a Series I and a Series II Lightweight accompanied by the latest Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport to take a trip down memory lane.
We climb up to 12,000 feet in a 50-year-old Land Rover Feature
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