Spiti Landscape

Barren landscape near Morang Monastery in Spiti. The road towards Losar from Kaza is a desolate landscape with rocky terrain and little habitation. The landscape mostly comprises of narrow ravines and steep mountainside. However in some places the canvas of nature opens up in wide bottom valleys, presenting a larger than life view. Leaving Kaza…

Overshadowed

The mighty himalayas overshadowing my ride at Nubra Valley near Leh. Having visited and after a refreshing soak in the hot springs at Panamik, I was leisurely making my way towards Khalsar. The goal was to stay there for the night and then cross Wari-La in the morning. Later I would realize that Wari-La was…

Storm @Gue

Storm clouds gather over the monastery at Gue. The Gue Monastery is known for a well preserved mummy of a local lama. The monastery is housed in an attractive new building. At that time it was non-functional. There was a small room next to the monastery which housed the mummy. On my way from Nako…

13000ft Play

Dhankar Monastery students play cricket on a helipad at 13000ft, overlooking the Spiti river. Dhankar Monastery is located about 9 Km from the main Kaza-Tabo highway. The road rises steeply through a series of switchbacks gaining an altitude of 1500ft within a few km.  Halfway up is this helipad, probably built when the Dalai Lama…

Fog in the Mountains

Early morning fog sweeps on the Alaknanda river near Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India Riding along the Alaknanda river towards Tehri, with its lush monsoon greenery, is soul satisfying experience. Early morning ensures little or no traffic. The mountains and river play hide and seek among the clouds and the fog. The cool breeze caress you face…