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:


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)

Nature’s Carpet


Wild flowers forming a carpet alongside the Manali Leh Highway

Between Manali and Leh the terrain and visuals change many a times. From lush green fields, to carpeted valleys to rugged terrain with seemingly nothing growing to snow covered passes it is a visual feast to drive on this highway.
As I was driving down towards Manali from Zing Zing Bar, The road snaked through what seemed a hand woven carpet of multiple hues. As I descended down to the river bed, I found wild flowers spread all over the sides creating a beautiful mosaic like a woven carpet.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 12.5mm, F/2.8, 1/400s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Stranded Amidst Beauty



While returning from Leh, got stuck at Pang due to a landslide. It was evening when the road opened. Couple of water crossings later I was soaking wet and freezing. Decided to stay at a tent just before the NakeLa ascent. This remote settlement of a few tents presented me with an amazing sunset.

Picture above is of a seasonal stream called Wiskey Nala. At the back are the temporary huts of BRO workers – unknown workers who keep remote Indian villages and cities connected to rest of the world.

The camera was on a rock next to water
Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/16, 2s, ISO100, CPL
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)