66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 14

THE B IG P I CT U R E PHOTOS JAGUAR LAND ROVER / © SAM BARKER As part of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations during 2018, a collection of remarkable Series models travelled in convoy through rural West Bengal, deep into the Himalayas. Known as the ‘Land of Land Rovers’, many in this remote region still rely on a fleet of meticulously maintained Series Land Rovers dating back as far as 1957 to stay in touch with the outside world. Towering gradients, rock-strewn pony tracks and treacherous weather are just some of the hazards faced on a daily basis by the residents of the hilltop village of Maneybhanjang in West Bengal, on the journey to the larger town of Sandakphu where many make their living.