National Geographic : 1963 Mar
KODACHROMESBY DESMONDDOIG (ABOVE) AND STEPHANIEDINKINS Vl NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Primitive sawpit, one man on the planks, his partner in the pit, turns out timbers for new bridges. Thus a mule track in northern Sikkim becomes a jeepable road, opening the hidden land of the Lepchas. Woman gathers twigs for firewood. Heading down into the fog of the Tista Valley, porters carry planks that will go into guesthouses for the Crown Prince's wedding, scheduled for March, 1963, at Gangtok. Porters' rain capes, made of bamboo matting and leaves, lie folded atop the lumber.