Colours of Winter Grass in Leh

Colours of Winter Grass in Leh

Asymmetrical ribbons of rock and snow make for an arresting backdrop, framing the unique sun dappled colours of the dry grass in the foreground. The River Indus flows just beyond the tall grasses, close to the snowy mountains, not far from the Thikse Monastery.

Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, with an area of 45,110 km2, Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites.

Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for centuries.

Leh Town from the Vantage Point

Leh Town from the Vantage Point

Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, with an area of 45,110 km2, Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites.

Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for centuries.

First Rays of Sun on Leh Palace

First Rays of Sun on Leh Palace

When the sun rises in Leh Valley, its very first rays transform the dun-coloured Leh Palace into a mansion of gold, while the rest of the valley remains bathed in darkness. The architects of yore were masters of their craft and positioned this architectural icon very strategically, hundreds of years ago. The terrace of the nine-storey place offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas – to the south is the mountain of Stok Kangri in Zanskar mountain range, across the Indus valley, while the Ladakh mountain range is visible to the north behind the palace.

Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 16th century. It is nine storeys high. the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms.

Sunrise over Stok Kangri,Leh

Sunrise over Stok Kangri,Leh

Just after sunrise on Winter Morning in Leh Town

Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, with an area of 45,110 km2, Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites.

Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China for centuries.

Stakna Monastery in Winter

Stakna Monastery in Winter

Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa is a Buddhist monastery of the Drugpa sect in Stakna, Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 21 or 25 kilometres from Leh on the left bank of the Indus River.

It was founded in the late 16th century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Jamyang Palkar. The name, literally meaning 'tiger's nose' was given because it was built on a hill shaped like a tiger’s nose. Of note is a sacred Arya Avalokitesvara statue from Kamrup, Assam. Stakna has a residence of approximately 30 monks

Shanti Stupa in Leh

Shanti Stupa in Leh

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Thikse Monastrey

Thikse Monastrey

Silhouetted against a deep blue sky, dotted with fluffy cottony clouds, the Thikse Monasterysitson top of a hill in Thikse village, at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. Located 19 kilometres to the east of Leh it is a popular and much photographed tourist destination. The largest gompa (monastery) in central Ladakh, it is known for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The twelve-storey complex houses Buddhist stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords, aswell as a separate set of residential buildings for women ascetics.

It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey village, approximately 19 kilometres to east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.

The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus Valley. It is a twelve-story complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970, it contains a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two stories of the building

Lake Tso Morriri from the Vantage Point

Lake Tso Morriri from the Vantage Point

On a winter Morning in High Himalayas on the banks of Frozen Lake Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

The moods of the lake are myriad. Captured on a warmer day, Lake Tso Moriri or "Mountain Lake" reflects the changing seasons as clear ice sheets begin to form on its surface. Yet it is still fragile, and the cracks create a shattered mirror effect.

"Mountain Lake", is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau in Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India.
The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely within Ladakh in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. It is about 16 miles (26 km) north to south in length and two to three miles (3 to 5 km) wide.

Three busy fisherman on River Umgot

Three busy fisherman on River Umgot

Umngot River, Meghalaya’s Unexplored Paradise

The Umngot itself is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from nearby areas.

A paradise in the hills if ever there was one I went off the beaten track to discover a little known gem. This was the river Umngot, possibly India’s cleanest river.

Umngot flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border. 

Sunset over River Kameng,Assam,India

Sunset over River Kameng,Assam,India

The Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh and Jia Bhoreli in Assam of the eastern Himalayan mountains, originates in Tawang district from the glacial lake below snow-capped Gori Chen mountain at elevation of 6,300 metres (20,669 ft), on the India-Tibet border in South Tibet and flows through Bhalukpong circle of West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh and Sonitpur District of Assam, India. It is one of the major tributaries of the Brahmaputra River, joining it at Tezpur.

Thuls Pursa Village in Zanskar Valley,India

Thuls Pursa Village in Zanskar Valley,India

Thuls Pursa village is located in Sanku Tehsil of Kargil district in Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is situated 13km away from sub-district headquarter Sanko and 74km away from district headquarter Kargil.

The total geographical area of village is 118.6 hectares. Thuls Pursa has a total population of 420 peoples. There are about 51 houses in Thuls Pursa village. Kargil is nearest town to Thuls Pursa which is approximately 74km away.

Mountain Reflections at Rangdum

Mountain Reflections at Rangdum

Rangdum is in a valley situated 3,657 m (11,998 ft) above the sea level, in an isolated region of the Suru valley in the Ladakh region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India. On one side are the colorful hills while on the other side are rocky mountains and glaciers.

Rangdum is located midway between Kargil and Padum. It is about 100 kilometers from Kargil. The road conditions are very bad near Rangdum. There is no access to electricity, phone or internet.

Milkyway over Mt Nun and Kun in Panikhar Village

Milkyway over Mt Nun and Kun in Panikhar Village

Beauty of Night Sky in absence of light Pollution close to New Moon day. Milkyway reflections over streams in Himalayas

The Nun Kun mountain consists of a pair of Himalayan peaks: Nun, 7,135 m (23,409 ft) and its neighbor peak Kun, 7,077 m (23,218 ft).
Nun is the highest peak in the part of the Himalayan range lying on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. There are higher peaks in the Indian part of the Karakoram range and the highest in the Zanskar range in Ladakh.The Twin Mountains are located near the Suru valley, about 250 km (160 mi) east of Srinagar.

Wild Flowers near Thuls Pursa Village

Wild Flowers near Thuls Pursa Village

Thuls Pursa village is located in Sanku Tehsil of Kargil district in Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is situated 13km away from sub-district headquarter Sanko and 74km away from district headquarter Kargil. 

The total geographical area of village is 118.6 hectares. Thuls Pursa has a total population of 420 peoples. There are about 51 houses in Thuls Pursa village. Kargil is nearest town to Thuls Pursa which is approximately 74km away.

Water Falls at Tongul, Suru Valley

Water Falls at Tongul, Suru Valley

From the village Tongul lying directly in the places where Suru river flows in a narrow canyon, you can walk straight up along a glacial stream up to the couloir of abandoned mountains overlooking the waterfalls and green meadows

Tongul (11,000 ft asl) is situated in places where the road overcomes wild canyon of Suru over the small bridge. 

New Bloom Flowers below Parkachik Glacier

New Bloom Flowers below Parkachik Glacier

Parkachik Glacier is a mountain glacier in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir.

In the background you will see a mass of ice moving slowly down the Nun-Kun slopes. This ice mass falls finally into the Suru River, providing views of the huge ice-fall

Great slabs of ice periodically peel off the glacier's 300 foot high front wall. A suspension footbridge over the Suru River is there for the visitors to walk up to the glacier. Some mountaineers use this glacier to approach the difficult north face route to scale Mt Nun.

Reflections in Shallow streams at Rangdum

Reflections in Shallow streams at Rangdum

Rangdum is in a valley situated 3,657 m (11,998 ft) above the sea level, in an isolated region of the Suru valley in the Ladakh region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India. On one side are the colorful hills while on the other side are rocky mountains and glaciers.

Rangdum is located midway between Kargil and Padum. It is about 100 kilometers from Kargil. The road conditions are very bad near Rangdum. There is no access to electricity, phone or internet.

Burning star in the sky

Burning star in the sky

This is close to Pensi La mountain pass at the Kargil - Zanaskar Road in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir in India

Zanskari ponies all grazing in a row

Zanskari ponies all grazing in a row

Zanskari ponies are native of Zanskar valley, Ladakh of J & K. The predominant body colour is grey and others are brown and bay. The horses are known for their ruggedness, ability to withstand extreme cold climates, work tirelessly, run in abandon and carry loads at high altitudes. These horses have predominant eyes and uniform gait. A heavy and long tail is characteristic of this breed. The body hair are long and glossy. Only a few hundred horses at present exist in the Zanskar and other valleys of Ladakh. 

The breed is considered endangered, as there are only a few hundred alive today, and a conservation programme has been started in India.

Drang Drung Glacier

Drang Drung Glacier

There are very few glaciers in the world where one can reach by road, and Drang Drung Glacier is that one such spectacular sight in India. The 22 kilometers long Drang-Drung-Glacier, situated just after crossing the Pensi La into the Zanskar valley, is Ladakh's largest glacier.

Drang Drung Glacier is accessible only via the NH 1D, a national highway which connects Srinagar and Leh. If traveling from Kargil, the glacier lies on the right side of Kargil-Zanskar Road, which cuts and runs through several gorge valley of Suru River. Once at the Pensi La mountain, trek for a day to reach the Drang-Drung Glacier.

Lake at Pensi-la pass

Lake at Pensi-la pass

Pensi-la is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,400 m (14,436 ft) above the sea level located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, in India. The pass is traversed by a metalled road.

Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The pass is known as the Gateway to Zanskar and it's open between May and October only.

Milkyway over Drang Drung Glacier in Vertical

Milkyway over Drang Drung Glacier in Vertical

There are very few glaciers in the world where one can reach by road, and Drang Drung Glacier is that one such spectacular sight in India. The 22 kilometers long Drang-Drung-Glacier, situated just after crossing the Pensi La into the Zanskar valley, is Ladakh's largest glacier.

Drang Drung Glacier is accessible only via the NH 1D, a national highway which connects Srinagar and Leh. If traveling from Kargil, the glacier lies on the right side of Kargil-Zanskar Road, which cuts and runs through several gorge valley of Suru River. Once at the Pensi La mountain, trek for a day to reach the Drang-Drung Glacier.

Milkyway over Drang Drung Glacier

Milkyway over Drang Drung Glacier

There are very few glaciers in the world where one can reach by road, and Drang Drung Glacier is that one such spectacular sight in India. The 22 kilometers long Drang-Drung-Glacier, situated just after crossing the Pensi La into the Zanskar valley, is Ladakh's largest glacier.

Drang Drung Glacier is accessible only via the NH 1D, a national highway which connects Srinagar and Leh. If traveling from Kargil, the glacier lies on the right side of Kargil-Zanskar Road, which cuts and runs through several gorge valley of Suru River. Once at the Pensi La mountain, trek for a day to reach the Drang-Drung Glacier.

Summer Reflections in Zanskar Valley

Summer Reflections in Zanskar Valley

Zanskar Valley, nestled in the remote corner of Ladakh, is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Himalayas. It is located on the eastern corner of J&K state and is separated from Ladakh by Zanskar mountain range

The remotest places on our planet often offer the most adventure and it is no different that the Zanskar Valley situated in one corner of India in the Western Himalayas offers its fair share too

Birth of Rivers from Snow Mountains in Himalayas

Birth of Rivers from Snow Mountains in Himalayas

Zanskar Valley, nestled in the remote corner of Ladakh, is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Himalayas. It is located on the eastern corner of J&K state and is separated from Ladakh by Zanskar mountain range

The remotest places on our planet often offer the most adventure and it is no different that the Zanskar Valley situated in one corner of India in the Western Himalayas offers its fair share too

Reflections of Mt Nun and Kun in Shadows

Reflections of Mt Nun and Kun in Shadows

The Nun Kun mountain consists of a pair of Himalayan peaks: Nun, 7,135 m (23,409 ft) and its neighbor peak Kun, 7,077 m (23,218 ft).
Nun is the highest peak in the part of the Himalayan range lying on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. There are higher peaks in the Indian part of the Karakoram range and the highest in the Zanskar range in Ladakh.The Twin Mountains are located near the Suru valley, about 250 km (160 mi) east of Srinagar, the state capital of Jammu Kashmir.


Nun Kun Massif dominates the skyline in the upper Suru valley. The two peaks are separated by a snowy plateau of about 4km in length. Pinnacle Peak (6930m) is the third highest mountain in this group.

Steps on the Way to Double root Bridge Meghalaya

Steps on the Way to Double root Bridge Meghalaya

There are some journeys in life which are hard to forget. My trek to the much talked about Double Decker Root Bridge in Meghalaya was one such journey for me.

It is difficult to reach there with around 3500 steps i.e. approx 3 kms one way to walk. It takes around 5 hrs to complete trip.

Double Decker Living Root Bridge,Meghalaya

Double Decker Living Root Bridge,Meghalaya

The Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya is an innovative way of using nature’s abundance for connectivity. The bridges are man made by weaving in the aerial roots of Rubber Trees around a Betel Tree truck placed across a stream or water body. The roots keep growing out and entwining the trunk and the bridge is elongated to the desired destination taking about 10-15 years to completion. The roots thicken over time and the bridge is further strengthened with stones, sticks, leaves, bamboos and other items serving the purpose for hundreds of years.

Located in Nongriat Village, Cherrapunjee,Meghalaya, India

Sunset with abode of Clouds in Meghalaya

Sunset with abode of Clouds in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is a state in Northeast India. The name means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. 

The state is the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year. About 70% of the state is forested. The Meghalaya subtropical forests eco region encompasses the state; its mountain forests are distinct from the lowland tropical forests to the north and south

Fire in the sky at sunrise in Mawlynnong

Fire in the sky at sunrise in Mawlynnong

The cleanest village in India, Mawlynnong Village is also known as God’s Own Garden and for all the right reasons. In 2003, Mawlynnong was awarded the title of the cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India. Alongside cleanliness, the village have achieved a lot- be it 100 percent literacy rate.

Village Deep in the Valley on our way to Tawang

Village Deep in the Valley on our way to Tawang

Virginal Arunachal Pradesh appears as a giant patch of green on the country’s map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal literally the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snowcapped peaks along the Tibetan border. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas are slowly being opened to visitors.

Great Lakes in Bum La Pass, Arunachal Pradesh

Great Lakes in Bum La Pass, Arunachal Pradesh

The Bum La Pass is located about 37 km away from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, at the Indo-China border above 15,200 ft above sea level

Pine Trees in Arunachal Pradesh

Pine Trees in Arunachal Pradesh

Virginal Arunachal Pradesh appears as a giant patch of green on the country’s map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal literally the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snowcapped peaks along the Tibetan border. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas are slowly being opened to visitors.

Hide and seek of Eastern Himalayas

Hide and seek of Eastern Himalayas

Virginal Arunachal Pradesh appears as a giant patch of green on the country’s map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal literally the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snowcapped peaks along the Tibetan border. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas are slowly being opened to visitors.

Sangthi Valley from a Vantage point

Sangthi Valley from a Vantage point

Sangthi valley is not well known to the outside world. In fact, very minimal tourist infrastructure exists here. But, in my mind, this is the place to be if you are looking at enjoying in a heavenly hill station. Surrounded by the towering ranges of Eastern Himalayas, blessed with pleasant weather round the year with maybe some light snowfall in the winter months, dotted with pristine forests and meandering fast hill rivers.
Sangti Valley is on the Bomdila - Tawang highway of Western Arunachal Pradesh in North East India

Tawang Monastrey

Tawang Monastrey

Tawang Monastery, located in Tawang city of Tawang district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

The monastery is situated near the top of a mountain, at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3,000 m), with a commanding view of the Tawang River valley, which comprises snow-capped mountains and coniferous forest.

Layers soaked in orange at Sunset over River Kameng River

Layers soaked in orange at Sunset over River Kameng River

The Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh and Jia Bhoreli in Assam of the eastern Himalayan mountains, originates in Tawang district from the glacial lake below snow-capped Gori Chen mountain at elevation of 6,300 metres (20,669 ft), on the India-Tibet border in South Tibet and flows through Bhalukpong circle of West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh and Sonitpur District of Assam, India. It is one of the major tributaries of the Brahmaputra River, joining it at Tezpur.

Silhouette of Pine Trees over Eastern Himalayas

Silhouette of Pine Trees over Eastern Himalayas

Virginal Arunachal Pradesh appears as a giant patch of green on the country’s map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal literally the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snowcapped peaks along the Tibetan border. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas are slowly being opened to visitors.

Nohkalikai Falls Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India, Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres),making it as the highest waterfall in India. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau.The falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual greenish blue colored water

Winter colours in let town at Sunset

Winter colours in let town at Sunset

Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, with an area of 45,110 km, Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites.

Hidden from civilization, an incredibly green heaven on earth

Hidden from civilization, an incredibly green heaven on earth

Shnongpdeng,Umngot River, Meghalaya’s Unexplored Paradise

The Umngot itself is a prime fishing spot for fishermen from nearby areas.

A paradise in the hills if ever there was one I went off the beaten track to discover a little known gem. This was the river Umngot, possibly India’s cleanest river.

Umngot flows through Dawki, a small but busy town in the East Jaintia Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border.

First beam of sun on Buddha statue facing east in Tawang

First beam of sun on Buddha statue facing east in Tawang

Tawang is a mountain town in Asia. India considers it to be part of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, while China claims it as part of South Tibet. It’s home to the 17th-century Tawang Monastery, a hilltop structure housing a massive gilded Buddha statue.

Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) to the east of Bhutan. The area is administered by the Arunachal Pradesh state of Republic of India and is claimed by People's Republic of China as a part of South Tibet, under Tsona Dzong of Shannan, Tibet.

Four India Army Soldiers braving the storm standing on the Mountain top Patrolling the International Border at Bum La pass

Four India Army Soldiers braving the storm standing on the Mountain top Patrolling the International Border at Bum La pass

Indian Army Patrolling the Border in the wildest of the weather.

The Bum La Pass is located about 37 km away from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, at the Indo-China border at 15,200 ft above sea level