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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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)

Fishing in the Lachen

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A local boy throws a net to catch fishes in the Lachen River, North Sikkim
The road to Lachen and ahead to Gurudongmar Lake snakes along the Lachen River cutting through deep valleys and postcard views. Going downstream the river merges into Lachung and then Teesta River.
As one goes higher and deeper into North Sikkim, the fishing gets better and fishes tastier. These were the words of a local boy whom I met on my way to Gurudongmar Lake.
We had stopped at a small clearing used for trucks to load river sand. The boy had traveled from Chungthang with a group of friends to spend the day fishing. By the time I met him, they were about to call it a day with their catch which was a large bucket full of 6″ to 8″ long fishes.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 12mm, F/2.8, 1/80s, ISO250
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

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)

Flowers Galore

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A meadow in Yumthang Valley covered with wild flowers amidst a row of fluttering Buddhist prayer flags.
Come spring and the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim becomes home to countless wild flowers adorning the valley with all hues of the spectrum. While the slopes of the valley are full of flowering trees and shrubs like Primula and Rhododendrons, it is the river side meadows which accentuate the beauty of the valley. The tiny wild flowers carpet the meadow weaving an intricate pattern of randomness.
As I was walking down the meadow towards the river, the flowers bordered by the prayer flags and a backdrop of smokey mountains presents a beautiful frame just waiting to be captured.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 40mm, F/8, 1/100s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)