I was flying down to Leh in August for a less crowded summer-end tour. The early morning flight from Mumbai was a bit too long, and I was fighting hard to stay awake. The mountains arrived finally after around 2 hours into the trip and also, the dawn was upon us. The first rays of light made one of the most beautiful mornings I ever witnessed.
Cola Beach. A hidden gem.
It was a tough ride to reach here on scooters. But at the end of the red, muddy road lies a place which made it the "most beautiful beach" in my list. I strongly recommend visiting the Cola.
I had never seen any pictures of Sonamarg before going there. Yes, I did hear a lot about the beautiful vistas and the giant mountains surrounding the valley. Maybe that is what made it so much more attractive to me. The green, high altitude pastures of Sonemarg are nothing short of heaven. They provide a podium to look at the enormous Thajiwas Glacier ahead. For an average traveller like me, it’s the views like these that make every worth moment while.
I tried to capture the enormity of the mountain by framing 2 riders in the picture.
The landscape between Kashmir and Zojila is very scenic. The mountains are sharp and rugged, yet donned with lush forests. The scene gives you a new, ‘even better’ view at every turn.
We took a break from the ride from Srinagar to this point. Clicked many shots and etched many new memories.
Thiksey and Shey Monasteries are close to each other on the Leh-Manali highway in India. On this particular evening, I was witnessing the sunset happening over the Shey Monasteries, from Thiksey. The trees at the bottom were adding a mystery to the silhouette of the mountain. This trip was my third visit to the spot, and it only gets better every time.
I was walking near the frozen lake of Tso Moriri. The temperature was way below zero. There was a sudden and vast sandstorm blowing over the lake. The wind was so strong that it swept it along the lake and towards the mountain at the end of around 4-kilometer wide lake. The wind carried the sand as it tried to climb the mountain, creating this beautiful view. I knew that I had seconds to capture this. One of my favourite shots yet.
When a beautiful soft light falls on the rocky beaches, it makes lovely compositions. I had been to this beach numerous times before. But this was the first time that I walked down a few kilometres towards the end of the beach. I was surprised to find this location, full of slugs, sea urchins, and rocks. It started getting more cloudy, and that was the perfect moment for this shot.
The browns and greens make it all for me.
Shot on a flight from Leh to New Delhi in January of 2018, this picture helped me capture the raw beauty of the upper Himalayas. The frigid temperature and constant snowfall have frozen this valley to this state. I wanted to capture the chaos and simplicity of nature in a single frame.
If something gives me a feeling of isolation, yet life and culture, it's the village of Korzok in Ladakh. Even at temperatures as low as -30 C in winters, people continue to live here. They have a straightforward lifestyle at the shore of this frozen lake. Their daily activities in winters include keeping the water from freezing, tending animals and prayers. They are also the most welcoming people when travellers come to their village.
I shot this while flying from Leh to Delhi in January 2018. I loved the way sunlight was creating shadow through the middle Himalayas. The arrangement of the peaks came up, and I was ready with my camera.
Mighty Trishul Parvat, shot from Mukteshwar.
The light falls on the Trishul at different angles throughout the day. We had to wait a few hours to get the perfect highlights and shadows balance. It only inspired me to visit someplace which is closer to the Trishul for even better capture. Evenings at Mukteshwar are lovely.
A calm evening in Goa. Endless ocean and a free mind
I wanted to capture the contrast between the size of the Himalayan mountains and roads that cut through them. This image helped me show the same. The ways go spiralling through these giants. And as a traveller, I always feel to be at the mercy of them. Wish to capture a lot more of such compositions.