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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layer

For this challenge I travel back to the Himalayas. The mountains seem to be spread out layer after layer in shades and hues going from dark to light or vice-versa. The pictures here are of the Himalayas taken from different regions.

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103_0426leh 172leh 194The pictures here are from the Ladakh region of the Himalayas. The mountains, rich in minerals but bare and devoid of vegetation.

kashmir beauty (158)A view of a  valley in Pahalgam, Kashmir as the sun sets and mist takes over.

kashmir beauty (205)hdThe white peaks of Kashmir

tea gardens...Now, layers of tea gardens in Darjeeling



DSC_0566Mountains in Skkim, the eastern side of the Himalayas.

Travel Theme: Peaceful

When I saw this last week’s travel theme, ‘Peaceful’ the pictures that came to my mind were those taken in Ladakh. I know, I’ve done a lot of posts with a lot of pictures from that place but I just can’t seem to get over that place. The pictures that I post here are taken during our visit to the Diksit monastery. The route, and the place itself made you feel at peace- with the world and with your self.

leh 467The white sand desert of Nubra valley in Ladakh.

leh 490The monastery is built into the slope of a hill, hence the climb..

leh 470The giant statue of Buddha on the hill opposite to the monastery..

leh 492The monks’ quarters

leh 491The bells

leh 503In deep contemplation!!

leh 513The Buddha!!

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P.S. have used some of these pictures in my earlier posts also but I thought they fit here just fine…

Travel Theme: Shadows

This week’s Travel theme by Ailsa is Shadows. I looked up a lot of pictures for this challenge but all I could find were either silhouettes, or reflections. Finally I found one that really fit the bill. This one was taken at Nubra Valley in Ladakh.  Nubra valley is a cold desert, and when we reached there a sand storm was brewing up. It was sunny but a lot of clouds flitted across the sky and cast their shadows on the mountains around us.




Weekly Travel Theme: Mystical

Haven’t been able to post on the themes for the last couple of weeks… Diwali time, you know, no time for anything else. But the theme this time was too hard to resist, so here I am–

starting with my favorite.. the mountains. This is a view of the mightily mystical Himalayas taken from the airplane window.

the Pangong lake in Ladakh is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. the lake at the base of mountains induces a sense of calm and peace and makes you marvel at God’s work. The lake and the mountains in the background look as if they have been painted on a canvas… by God.

Ladakh also boasts of a desert. The white sand dunes are one of a kind, and the little vegetation found in Ladakh includes these trees which are commonly found in the deserts of Rajasthan. This tree standing apart from the whole lot of others caught my interest.

and then the ‘stupas’. Ladakh’s landscape is littered with hundreds of them. They signify the importance of afterlife as per Buddhist traditions.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Near and Far

Mountains always have this effect on me- they make me feel small, insignificant. They have the capability of keeping everyone and anyone (specially people bloated with self importance) grounded. 

This picture was taken in Ladakh. The mountains, devoid of any vegetation, are stark, majestic,formidable even, and hit you with their raw beauty. The huge mountains in the background are so far, yet seem to be so near as if closing in on you, sometimes comforting as an embrace and sometimes terrifying.


Ladakh  was the chosen destination this summer vacation. So the last week turned out to be a wonderful experience as we explored an altogether different world. Ladakh is a part of the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. We had heard a lot about it’s rugged beauty from friends and were eagerly looking forward to the trip. We also got a lot of advice regarding the Dos and the Don’ts because of the high altitude of the region (10,000ft and above as it comes in the region of the greater Himalayas), and the fact that we would be flying to Leh(the main city of Ladakh) from Delhi thus making a forced ascent from the sea level to about 10,000ft. The first day was thus reserved for complete rest and acclimatization. Thereafter we began a trip that was more than an eye-opener. The mountains and peaks are devoid of any vegetation but it seems as if God simply poured all the colors on His palette on this land. The mountains show such variations in color. There were all the shades of brown, pinks, purples and even green; the waters of the rivers and lakes in every shade of blue possible. Sharing here some pictures from the trip.