A Night in Hanle

Ten years ago when I first saw Hanle, it was a small village with an observatory on one hilltop and an ancient Buddhist monastery on the other. It still looks the same but now it has some really comfortable home stays and a lot more tourists. Decades ago it was impossible to get access into this military sensitive zone, now all you need is a special stamp with your inner line permits from the DC office if you are anRead more

How I Published my First Photo Book

  So, next week I am going to Spiti with cartons full of my first photo book – “Life in Spiti – A Winter in a Himalayan Desert.” You can buy it from lifeinspiti.com/shop I’v been getting a lot of questions on how the book was made and who published it. So here are few paragraphs about my book making process. Sorting and Selecting After spending six months in Spiti, I came back with thousands of photographs in multiple hardRead more

7050km on a Farm Tractor – Chandigarh to Kanyakumari and back

After the Longest and Highest Tractor Expedition to Ladakh covering 3623kms in 14 days in 2012, Jaibir Virk planned yet another expedition in 2013. This time he along with Amit Chaudhary would take the tractor to Kanyakumari and back creating a world record for the longest journey on a farm tractor. I would navigate and sometimes drive the support vehicle along with the tractor. Indo Farm gave us a brand new closed cabin tractor with Air Conditioning and a music system.Read more

Evening Drive to Khashdhar Village of Rohru

I was born in Rohru, a small town about 100kms away from Shimla, known for its apple orchards, but having spent all of my life outside, I hardly know this region. So, every day I make it a point to drive to a new village and spend my evening there. Hope I’ll be able to visit all of the villages very soon. While enquiring about villages with really bad roads, my neighbour who is a government school teacher in Rohru,Read more

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