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Gurudongmar Lake
A 13 picture handheld panorama of the partially frozen Gurudongmar Lake.

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. The barren landscape contrasts well with the blue waters and snow capped peaks.

Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii + 12-40F2.8 | F8 | 1/400s, ISO100
Date: Apr 29, 2017 | 0758

Link: Gurudongmar Lake


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Dhankar Village
A birds eye view of the Dhankar Village with the monastery and the fort in Spiti valley, Himanchal Pradesh.

Having woken up early for the walk up to the Dhankar Lake, I trudge slowly up the steep slope. The village engulfed in the shadows stretched below me. Slowly the sun started to illuminate the hills across the valley. Halfway I took a break to watch the sunlight move across the valley and enjoy the calm of the morning.

The bright yellow building is the new monastery. Behind it is the monastery guesthouse where I stayed. In the middle on a rocky outcrop is the red/white old monastery. 2 o’clock from there is the old fort mostly discarded and dilapidated.

Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii + 14-42mm | F8 | 1/60s | ISO640
Date: Sep 8, 2017 | 0621

Link: Dhankar Village


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Scarlet Gardens

African Tulip Tree lighting up the tea gardens of MunnarAfrican Tulip Tree lighting up the tea gardens of Munnar

While searching for the Neelakurinji flowers – the flowers blooms once in 12 years, I chanced upon this beautiful scenery on the slopes towards the north of Munnar. It was a beautiful morning greyed by the ankle sprain I was nursing from the day before. A moment of rest and a flooding of the senses. The sound of the cascade in the distance, the flowing of the river below and the chirping of the birds.

The picture above was taken a little before the entrance to Eravikulam National Park. I had stopped to admire the blooming red Rugtoora (Spathodea) also called the African Tulip. It was as if the blooming red trees had lit the surrounding tea gardens on fire.

Technical details: Pen-F + 12-40mm | F/4 | 1/100s | ISO80
Date: Oct 14, 2018 | 0824

Link: Scarlet Gardens