Early this month, Land Rover took its 70th anniversary celebrations to new heights by visiting a remote rural community in West Bengal at a location deep in the Indian Himalayan region. The significance of this area is that it is also known as the ‘Land of Land Rovers’ (a similar area in Malaysia is in Cameron Highlands where many vegetable farmers use old Land Rovers).
Situated in a mountainous region, the residents of Sandakphu have been relying on a fleet of 42 classic models of the British brand for their daily travels from as far back as 1957. Their village is at an altitude of 3,636 metres and their 31-km journey has towering gradients and rock-strewn pony tracks as some of the hazards, not to mention treacherous weather.
A film released recently highlights the spectacular journey by the residents of Maneybhanjang to Sandakphu in Darjeeling district on the West Bengal-Nepal border.