people gold panning on teesta river bank (india)

People panning for (probably) placer gold in the gravel of the Teesta river bank (India)

If you have more information about the presence of placer gold (or other valuable minerals) in the sands of the Teesta river, please post a Comment!

For more info about gold panning, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Gold_­panning.

geology mineral mining river bank teesta river tista river water west bengal
National Highway 31A, Rangpo Forest, Sikkim 734315, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­