Desert Greens


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:


Blurred Memories


The Himalayan peaks of Nun-Kun  showing through a fogged window in Rangdun, Zanskar Valley.

Rangdum is a small valley halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar. I did an impromptu stop of two days at the Julidok village which is located next to Suru River.

While it was the peak of summer, it was still cold enough for the windows to get fogged up at night. After a morning walk around the valley taking pictures, I went back to the warmth of my quilt and thorough the window watched the sun slowly bath the valley in light.
Technical details: Canon G1XMk2, 22mm, F/8, 1/125s, ISO100

Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Ladakhi Cowboy


A Yak herdsman relaxes after a day of work at Rumtse on the Manali-Leh highway.


Rumtse is a small village nestled in a Rupshu Valley on the Ladakh side of Taglang La(Pass). It mostly consists of a few houses on either side of the Manali-Leh highway and is a starting point of treks to nearby Tso Kar as well as distant Kibber in Spiti, Himanchal Pradesh.

Returning from Leh I made an impromptu stop here and then the idleness of the village made me stay for the night.

Since it was early evening, I planted myself outside one of the shops and chatted with anyone I could find. A few free locals gathered and we swapped stories.

The picture above is of a local herdsman who was relaxing after hard days work. He had brought his herd of Yaks from a remote meadow in preparation for upcoming shearing.

Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/8, 1/320s, ISO800, 62.5mm
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Sand Dunes at 10000ft


High altitude desert at Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

While Hunder is a touristy place owning to the Bactrian camel rides, the sand dunes present a mesmerizing view at sunrise and sunset times. Located around 30Km into the Nubra Valley, Hunder is a the most popular tourist place in the valley.

Returning back from Hunder to Diskit, I stopped at a roadside clearing. There I met a civilian employee of the army who fished out a bottle of beer for sharing. We sat there chatting and admiring nature’s light and shadow dance.

Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/8, 1/320s, ISO500, 62.5mm
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Bridge to the Unknown


A stream flows past a small bridge leading to remote grazing meadows of Zanskar.

During summer months as the snow melts, the streams get flooded and water level rises. The streams fiercely flow down the mountain side to join the Suru river. Most of these streams have no bridges and one has to wade through the cold freezing water for crossing.
I did an impromptu stop of two days in this place. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay. On the second day I wandered around the valley and visited the Drang Drung Glacier.

The picture, with the towering Himalayas in the backdrop and a small bridge was  taken a few Km from the Randum Monastery alongside one of the several summer grazing meadows.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 20mm, F/16, 1s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)