Tuesday 17 June 2008

Lahaul & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

This is a photo that I took near Batal (3960 meters) which is at the foot of Kunzam pass that links Lahaul with Spiti in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Photo: An overloaded vehicle!

The majestic Chandratal lake (4270 meters) in Lahaul. These photos were taken when there was no road to Chandratal though I believe now one can take a vehicle very close to it. What a pity.

Photo: Chandratal Lake

Photo: Chandratal again

A traditional thrasher at work in a village in Pin Valley in the Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Sun and shadow together: a view of Tabo in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Sunday 15 June 2008

Lahaul in Himachal

The traditional dress of Lahauli women consist of tight fitting Pyzama and a Dugpo or ladies gown. A sash is worn round the waist over the Dugpo.

Two Lahauli belles in the traditional attires

A Himachali dance during a festival in the Lahaul region

The confluence of two rivers Chandra and Bhaga at Tandi in Lahaul which join at this point to flow as Chandrabhaga river. Also called Chenab river from this point onwards by some. Both the rivers originate around the Baralacha La (pass) which at 15486 feet is the gateway between Lahaul and Ladakh regions. The chenab river is approximately 1200 km long though in Lahaul it flows only for about 120 kms and then flows into Kashmir and Pakistan and ends its journey into the Arabian Sea.

Confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers at Tandi

Landscape in Lahaul which falls in the Trans-Himalayan rain shadow region. Also called the cold desert.

A Lahaul Landscape

Another view of Lahaul