Road to Heaven

A dirt  track snakes its way though the barren high altitude hills near the Nathu-La pass in Sikkim. The high altitude areas of Sikkim are mostly devoid of any trees or shrubs. There are few metalled  road and dirt tracks meander their ways through the slopes. When I was there during spring, fresh shoots of…

Blurred Memories

The Himalayan peaks of Nun-Kun  showing through a fogged window in Rangdun, Zanskar Valley. Rangdum is a small valley halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar. I did an impromptu stop of two days at the Julidok village which is located next to Suru River. While it was the peak of summer, it…

Inverted Impressions

Snowy mountains reflecting in a seasonal glacial lake in the Upper Suru Valley. During summer season, as the snow melts numerous small stream flow down the mountain slopes and create small and large glacial lakes on valley floors. These lakes and the green grass of the meadows attract both humans and animals alike. While riding…

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…