After Kolkata, we headed north to Darjeeling and then farther to Sikkim province, which is a teeny tiny province with an interesting mix of Indian, Nepali, Tibetan, and Bhutanese cultures.
It's a stunning part of the country. As it was monsoon season and travel was invariably done by private jeep (up and down winding roads, with oft-precipitous drops), we were concerned about landslides and getting stuck. Also, the rainy seasons made for stubborn clouds that obscured views of the Himalayas.
But one day, for a few minutes, the clouds parted long enough to glimpse this view of the Himalayan mountain range, set against the glowing sunset. On a clear day, you can see Mount Everest, along with Mount Kanchendzonga.
These pictures don't do justice.