An evening by the Brahmaputra River

Categories Asia, Assam, India, North-East India
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My urge for a sunset photography took me to the banks of the ‘Brahmaputra River’, only to bask myself in the glory of the fading evening…

The Brahmaputra river is the 3rd largest river of India. With its average width of 4.5 Kms, this river forms the potential source of water for the North Eastern territory…

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The Kaliabor Bridge from a distance

Took this trip for the sunset photography on a Sunday with my friends..It was a long wait for 4 hrs, but the anxiety was worth every penny..The North East witnesses an early sunset, sometimes around 4:30 pm in the evening in winters and that’s the interesting part of the shoot..These photos have been clicked between 4:30 and 5:30 pm..

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On top of Kaliabor Bridge
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Extending into infinity

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The Kaliabor bridge over this part of the Brahmaputra river is 4.8 kms in length, end to end, and is a series of arched piers extending into an apparent infinity when viewed from one end.

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Right time for fishing

BrahmaputraFor the fishermen, the dry/ semi-dry seasons are the best opportunities for fishing in this river. The fresh water from Brahmaputra brings in huge quantities of fertile alluvial soils, rich in natural resources for farming and water supply. As per the local legends, it is believed that he who crosses over the Brahmaputra into the Assamese valley will cross it over seven more times, in his entire lifetime. For me, seven would not be enough, I would say!

During monsoons, water fills up the entire width of the river, driving in fresh water fishes as large as the size of sharks. The water tide is so strong that the ferry boats are barely able to move despite full throttle of the engines.

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The sunset over Brahmaputra River

But the winters make up for the best evening hues here. Most of the river bed becomes accessible and people can walk down to the river bed, to enjoy the fertile sand dunes over the sunset.

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Embrace the Brahmaputra

So, if some day, you happen to pass over this bridge, slow down and park your drive to a side. Slow down and listen to the chirps of the birds that come from the thick teak forests on the either banks, and best, walk down the river bed to step your feet into the river water for a moment.

I’m sure, the moment you do so, Brahmaputra will embrace you,as one of its own.

 

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