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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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)

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)

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)

Cold Wave

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A cold wind blows amidst tourists at Zero Point, Yumthang, North Sikkim
Going by the number of tourists, Zero Point is probably the most popular tourist spot in North Sikkim. Located around 60Km from Lachung, the altitude is not as high and provides ample opportunities to play in snow. Add to the fact that the road goes though the beautiful Yumthang valley, the small area is chock-a-block with tourist vehicles in tourist season.
This picture was taken at Zero point when a cold wind blew around the tourists causing everyone to huddle together and look up to inquire for cause of sudden cold.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 21mm, F/8, 1/400s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)