Bharmour and its 1400 Year Old Temples

The first time I saw Bharmour was when I turned eighteen. I had just got a drivers license and I had a lot of free time. The map of Himachal I had at that time showed Bharmour as the last place one could drive to on that side of Himachal. Having never seen Chamba district, I set on a solo drive in my father’s blue Maruti 800. Now after about nine years I reached back and the place is surprisinglyRead more

Panasonic Lumix GH5 in the Himalayas

Panasonic gave me their Lumix GH5 + Vario 12-35 2.8 O.I.S lens to test for 10 days. I took it to explore the remote valley of Rohru for my ongoing project, Life in Shimla. I won’t really get into the technical part as you can find a lot more detailed technical reviews on the internet. I’ll just show you the pictures I took with it and a little conclusion about the whole experience. I am pretty sure no one isRead more

11 Questions from My Talk in IIT Roorkee – The Art of Travel Photography

After spending a whole winter sitting at my desk, completing the pending travel pictures, I got a call from IIT Roorkee, asking me to talk about travel photography and show my work to the students. I packed my bags for a short outing without my camera. It is so stress free travel without your equipment. I reached Roorkee by train and as we entered the campus from the railway station, Yash and Vishal who where there to receive me, told meRead more

Himalayan Roads – 1 Million Views and Counting

Few years back I bought my first GoPro that was used to record the roads I was driving on my various journeys. Having had no experience on how to deal with video footage, I made my first video on iMovie and upload it on a new youtube channel called, Himalayan Roads. To my surprise, a simple video of a car driving from Chandigarh to Shimla was received quite well by the youtube viewers and then I started taking it a littleRead more

Thapar Students Love Astrophotography – 5 Questions They Asked Me

I recently got a chance to interact with the amazingly enthusiastic students of the prestigious Thapar University in Punjab. I was invited to share my journey as a photographer and talk about my long term project, ‘Life in Spiti’. After my hour long talk and presentation, there were some common questions they asked me that I didn’t get the time to answer in detail. Most of them were about talking pictures of stars at night. So I have prepared aRead more

Video – Alpine Skiing in Spiti

When the winter is about to end in the month of February and the temperature starts rising in the remote valley of Spiti, some locals take out their old ski equipment and climb various snow covered slopes around Kaza to practise their ski skills. When I was there for my project, Life in Spiti in the year 2015, I learn’t some basics and  each morning we would pack our breakfast and coffee and start our two hour long climb up onRead more

First Bus to Dodra Kwar – The Remotest Region of Shimla

NOTE – Please mind any errors. There is a reason I am a photographer not a writer. It was 2009. The newspaper had a piece about the remotest region of Shimla. The motor-able road from Rohru to Dodra Kwar was now open and the government was starting a daily bus service to this remote valley. So, I along with three of my friends decided to take that bus to Chanshal Pass (3750m) and camp there. Having no idea how camping works, our campingRead more

People of Korzok village in Ladakh

Six years back we reached this small village right next to Tso-Moriri Lake — 15000ft above the sea level — about 215kms from Leh. This place is known for the monastery that I had never heard of. Residents belong to the Changpa Tribe and are mostly info farming and rearing livestock that includes famous Pashmina goats. Here are some of the pictures. Hope you like them. Please feel free to share the link but kindly don’t save and upload theseRead more

Winter drive to Pangi for BBC

I am sharing with you a link to the travel story about our winter drive to Pangi that I did for BBC Travel recently. You can read the full article and also the video on BBC with the following link.  http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160401-a-perilous-ride-to-a-remote-valleyRead more

Road Trip from Chandigarh to Nagaland and around

Most of my travel plans are made in an instant. When my friend invited me to experience whats it like to drive to the north east, I instantly said yes and started packing. The next morning I dumped two bags of equipment and few clothes in his white Tata Safari and we started our journey from Chandigarh.  We drove through ten states, covering a total distance of around 7000km. These are the places we drove through. Chandigarh – Delhi – Agra – VaranasiRead more