Everyone should visit Lahaul and Spiti once in their lifetimes. It was my third third trip to the region. I went in 2007 when we trekked through the region and then more recently to Chandratal in 2014. I say that one trip per year to Spiti is a must! I hope you will enjoy my postcards from Lahaul and Spiti
I have gone beyond Rohtang Pass only when I ventured into Ladakh or Spiti. It has never been a destination on its own for me. It used to be a pain with so many vehicles and traffic jams. The recent curb by NGT on the number of vehicles has certainly eased the situation.
The road to Lahaul and Spiti is very beautiful, but at times there is hardly any road! I asked the driver, Ranbir ji, to break for a second while we were crossing this water pond! This is part of the road to Spiti!
Last year my nephew and I went to Chandratal. My nephew, the original brat, Brat 1 took a similar shot. I had to wait for one year to do a repeat performance but I got my shot too. It looks more dangerous that it actually was. But I would still recommend extreme caution if you wish to try this!
It is always a pleasure to reach Chandra Dhaba at Batal because that means lunch and meeting the legendary Chacha and Chachi of the Chandra Dhaba. Their son Tenzing is no running a camp at Chandratal. In this picture we city slickers posed with the beauties of region!
There are many public vehicles plying on the Manali-Batal-Kaza route. Chandratal is a detour from Batal. If you do not have your own vehicle be prepared to reach in whichever way you can. This gentleman from Mumbai took a lift at the roof of our jeep. Ranbir was not too thrilled about it but he agreed as the Chacha and Chachi asked him to take the gentleman along!
This year the tents have been pushed back further from the lake but I am not complaining. I want the lake to be there for Chhavi and her children too! And the blue you see in the sky is the Spiti Blue, no filter has been used in any of these pictures! Almost all the pictures here are straight from the camera!
The vehicles go quite close to Chandratal but after a point they have to be parked. The walk to the lake is equally beautiful. The horses were enjoying their grass.
I was not too happy about the cloud cover in the sky. I wanted the blazing blue skies that I see in other pictures. But the rain gods were not listening to me yet!
I know I should be grateful for standing at such an awesome place! But I wanted the typical Spiti Blue! Clouds denied me that for a second year in a row!
Last year I ventured only up to Chandratal but this year I was headed further into Spiti. This was a last minute personal trip that I did with my trusted guide Ramakant Sharma. There is much more to the trip that these initial pictures! I am so happy that I could do this trip!
Recently we visited Jagatsukh and this was out second trip to the region. I walked by the road last time, as well as this time. Last time I walked only towards Manali but this time I walked on the road towards Naggar too. There is a beautiful waterfall on the Manali-Jagatsukh road near Prini. I got an opportunity to revisit the waterfall.
A Waterfall near Prini, Himachal Pradesh
This time there was a makeshift bridge across the waterfall. So I could cross the stream and get closer to the waterfall. This waterfall is right next to the bigger traffic bridge near Prini. If you walk around Prini you are bound to find this waterfall it is hard to miss, you can hear it loud and clear from the road itself.
The New Makeshift Bridge
I also thought there was more water in it this time. I took the dirt road to get down to the waterfall and clicked a few pictures. I was happy to dump my small shoulder bag near the bridge as there was no one around apart from me. I like such places. While I started walking off I realized it was quite late in the evening and if I played around will the shutter speed of my camera I would get this milky flow of water.
So I first set my camera to TV mode (Canon) and reduced the shutter speed to 1/5 seconds. I liked what I saw on my display screen. So I climbed down again, crossed the bridge and clicked a few more pictures. I also love the fact that even though this is within the sight of the main road there was no one around. By the look of it this is not a tourist stop anyway.
A Beautiful Waterfall in Himachal Pradesh
When I look at the pictures from the previous trip I am so surprised that this type of photography didn’t even occur to me even though the light conditions were very similar.
PS. One more reason why I love walking, that way I can go chase every waterfall and flower that is on my way. In a bus they flash past in a blur tantalizing me to slow down, to stop and click.
When I was at Putrajaya the last time I didn’t went on a cruise. Last time I also didn’t use a tripod to click pictures. And guess what? This time I realized that my tripod is broken and I was taking a night cruise at Putrajaya. First I sulked, some more because I was very tired and had a bad cold (I am much better now) and didn’t go on the upper deck of the cruise. But eventually I decided to check it out.
I was initially hesitant to click pictures thinking they will all come out blurry but Nikhil (another participant from India who is with Overdrive) was happily clicking away so I too decided to give it a try! And I am glad I did. So for a second time I was at Putrajaya at night and without a tripod! But this time I do have some decent pictures.
Here is another shot of the Seri Wawasan bridge, the lights keep changing color. There are eight bridges in Putrajaya and I identified the names from internet search. Putrajaya is the administrative capital of Malaysia. It is a young city which became functional in the year 1995 so it has been in existence for 17 years. It was built from scratch and the idea was to build it based on the architecture of the various parts of the globe. So you can see the influence of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, India, Dubai and many other places.
The gentleman with this cell phone managed to keep it away before I could click a picture, so I requested him to take it out again and then I clicked it. This is the Seri Saujana Bridge.
On the way we passed the corporation office too and for sure it makes for a very pretty picture.
And this is the Seri Gemilang Bridge and to me it was one of the most beautiful bridge I ever saw. I wish I could take a picture of it during the day with a nice sky.
So these are some pictures from my night cruise at Putrajaya. Do stay tuned for more, I hope I will have net access at other places too. Tomorrow we leave Putrajaya and head out to other parts of Malaysia.