Barren mountains engulfing the green fields of Sakti Valley near Leh.
Sakti is a small village near Leh on the way to Panging Lake. It is located before the road rises towards the high pass of Chang La. The alternate road to Nubra valley over the Wari La diverges from here. Two monasteries – Chemrey and Takthok are also located along this valley.
The valley presents a dramatic contract of lush green cultivated land surrounded by barren mountains rising all around it.
This picture was taken which I was on a bike ride in Leh going to Pangong Lake. As the road zigzags up towards Chang La, the green valley gives way to rocky mountain side. On your left is a sharp drop to the valley floor. As I was riding up, storm clouds gathered over the horizon. Closer to me the thin clouds drew patterns on the low lying mountains.
Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/8, 1/200s, ISO125, 36mm
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)
More pictures from the ride: https://lokeshshah.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/bike-ride-leh-all-pictures/