Stark is beautiful

Stark is beautiful

Stark is beautiful

Ladakh - the land of stark contrasts was captured in pictures by Shreekant Jhunjhunwala who in five days of his visit there sometime last year was completely taken in by the beauty of the landscape.

Visiting Ladakh was more than a trip for him. It was all about exploring the unexplored. “I decided to travel to Ladakh because I love nature. It was the beginning of August last and as monsoon raged across India Ladakh remained dry. It was my first visit there. But the landscape’s pull is so strong that I might just return again.”

His visit lasted all of five days but he was completely hypnotised by the stunning views that the moonscape offered. Using a Canon 5D Mark II Shreekant clicked over 300 photographs, of which about 40 were recently showcased at India Habitat Centre.
An engineer, BE (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) with an MBA, Shreekant was initiated into photography during his high school and continued his learning – making the transition from film to digital rather smoothly.

Using Leh as a base, Shreekant  explored the areas of Alchi, Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso. In Leh, he visited the Stok palace, the Shanti Stupa and the Alchi Complex – one of the oldest surviving complexes of the Mahayana Buddhism apart from a visit to the Pathar Sahib gurudwara and the magnetic hill. He also soaked in the magnificence of Zanskar which sees the confluence of two rivers – Indus and Zanskar.

“My trip to Nubra Valley was via the highest motorable road in the world. While there I visited the Samstanling  Gompa, stayed overnight at Tirith Eco Camp, visited sand dunes of Hunder Valley and also the Diskit monastery. I also saw the double hump-backed Bactrian Camels.”

On his last day Shreekant made a day long trip to Pangong Tso - the salt water lake situated at an altitude of 14,000 ft above sea level. It is best known for the shooting of Three Idiots that took place on its banks. Forty per cent of Pangong lake lies in India while the rest of it is in China.

The colour of the lake’s water keeps changing depending upon the angle of light and the photographs truly shows the mesmerising landscape.
This is one time when pictures spoke a 1000 words.

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