Frozen Reflections

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Surrounding mountains reflect in the partially frozen Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim.

Gurudongmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world and is situated in the state of Sikkim in India. The lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, is named after Guru Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visited the lake in the 8th century.

This picture was taken on a visit to North Sikkim on a family trip. As I walked along the shore I could see ice crystals, which had formed at night, slowly melting in the bright sun. In the middle of the lake, there was a thin sheet of ice which reflected the surrounding mountains.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 12mm, F/8, 1/800s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)
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Ladakhi Cowboy

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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

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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)

Break Time

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Young lamas at play.

I was in Gangtok, visiting the Gonjang Monastery where I found myself during the meal time for the young Lamas. Like all youngsters, they were more interested in playing rather than eating.
In this picture, two young lamas are playing with a thipli – bunch of rubber bands tied together to form a bouncing bunch
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 12mm, F/2.8, 1/400s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Bridge to the Unknown

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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)