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)
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Drang Drung Glacier at Pensi-La

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Drang Drung Glacier flows east from Doda Peak to form the Stod River which eventually joins Zanskar River downstream.

Pensi La is the highest mountain pass between Kargil and Padum in Zanskar. It acts as a gateway to Zanskar.
Located around 25Km from Julidok village in Rangdum Valley, the terrain is barren and surroundings are beautiful. I did an impromptu stop of two days in the Julidok village. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.

The picture is taken from the top of the Pensi La, looking east towards the  Drang Drung Glacier.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 16mm, F/4, 1/1250s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Zigzagging Through

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Tributaries zig zag down the mountain and merge into a larger river

During summer months as the snow melts, it gives rise to numerous rivulets which zigzag down the mountains to form streams and culminate into rivers. The valleys of Zanskar are full of such small streams originating in melting snows .
During summers, a lot of wild life makes these meadows their home due to plentiful grass and water.
While riding through the Suru Valley towards Rangdum, I came across this small valley branching off on the side with several small rivulets zigzagging though the greens.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 33.7mm, F/4.5, 1/200s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Nature’s Carpet

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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)

Long Lonely Walk

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A monk takes a long lonely walk from Julidok Vilage towards the Rangdum Monastery in Rangdum Valley, Zanskar

Julidok is a small village halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar.
The village is situated next to Suru River and the valley floor is covered with moraine. On one end of the valley is situated the Randum Monastery atop a small hill. I did an impromptu stop of two days in this place. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.
The residents of the Monastery are quite welcoming and one can spend sometime visiting the inside with its small museum. I for myself used their courtyard for a nice afternoon siesta. Seeing me lie down, an elderly monk was nice enough to give me his shawl to cover myself.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 62.5mm, F/10, 1/125s, ISO500
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)
Here’s a   B&W version of the same image:BikeRide_Leh_679x1600-BW