Flower Carpet @ Yumthang Valley

A carpet of flowers at the Yumthang Valley with a backdrop 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…

Fluttering Amidst the Snows

Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind above the partly frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. 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…

Barren Landscape

Barren landscape on the other side of Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim In North Sikkim as you climb towards Gurudongmar Lake, the landscape change to barren lands surrounded by towering snow-clad peaks. The area surrounding the lake is completely devoid of any visible vegetation. In the distance, snow-capped peeks adorn the horizon while the plains…

Frozen Reflections

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…

Break Time

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…