Landscapes


Triund, above Mcleodganj, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. 10000 ft.

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Triund, above Mcleodganj, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. 10000 ft.
In the Himalayas, most mountains afford flat tops due to glacial activity. Meltwater accumulates in small depressions to form pools. One mimicks the sky drowned in clouds.

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Kanhiara Village, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh May, 1999

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Kanhiara Village, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh May, 1999
Kangra Valley, a favourite with the Gods, is dotted with their elaborate temples. The sun bows down in obeisance before one such shrine coming up in the village.

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Chamukha Forest, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. May, 1999

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Chamukha Forest, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. May, 1999
One of the few mornings left of the milleneum breaks over a forest of Khair (Acacia catechu) flanking the beas river. A profitable source of Katha (catechu), these trees are cut down once every ten years.

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Sidhpur, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. April 1999

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Sidhpur, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. April 1999
Silently, a branch strokes the canvas of night. The moon, with its palette of colors, lingers behind a watery cloud. You lie back on the damp grass and with bated breath, watch nature work her studio.

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Thamsar Pass, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. 16500 ft. June 1999

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Thamsar Pass, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. 16500 ft. June 1999
Spellbound in the grand pageantry of clouds, one is drawn into timelessness. At the climax of the drama, the feelings turn wet and giddy. Soon you must bid the moments adieu and step out of the folds of the seven-kilometer long Himalayan anaconda, the Thamsar glacier.

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Ascent to Kalyani Pass, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. 15500ft. June 1999

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Ascent to Kalyani Pass, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. 15500ft. June 1999
There are times when the spirit of humankind reaches for the sky. These are the times when a climb personifies everything the human race stands for-- To do it. To get there. Billows of cumulus clouds pause above, appreciatively looking on at the struggle.

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Kalyani Pass, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh at 16000 ft. June, 1999

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Kalyani Pass, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh at 16000 ft. June, 1999
Through the capricious wind and an armada of clouds, you take root to watch the life-giving beauty of the Kalyani Valley, cascading away from your feet. Below, the verdant Kulu Valley slips under a shimmer of wispy clouds, revering the towering mountain. You could stand here and never want to leave. But time is such—it must carry on and take you with it in its wake. You click a few pictures and leave a memory somewhere under a stone…

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Kansa Chowk, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. April, 1999

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Kansa Chowk, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. April, 1999
A Kashmir look-alike, the present day Sundernagar valley was once a vast lake cuddled by adoloscent mountains and snowy landscapes. The sun, a witness to this sea-change sets yet again under its skies, whispering with the sleepy streams.

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Jangal-Bairi, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, April 1999

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Jangal-Bairi, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, April 1999
What the eye cannot, the camera sees. This forty-five minute exposure at 10 in the night illuminates the extensive wheat fields flanking the Beas River. The stars look on, stretching themselves, posing for the lingering time.

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