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

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

Mountain Biking 67km through the high altitude villages of Spiti

“So I have two mountain bikes”, said Mr. Tsering Bodh, “You can take them and reach this beautiful village called Langza the first day and from there you can move ahead to Komic the second day and then you can decide if you want to come back via Hikkim or continue ahead to Demul and then reach back to Kaza.” This casual conversation was happening in the dim lit lobby of Sakya Abode in the month of October two years back. ARead more

8 pictures from my first trip to Spiti

Two years back me and my friend drove across Kinnaur to reach the high mountains of Spiti. After crossing the river at Sumdo few hours after Malling and Chango, the last villages of Kinnaur, the sense of approaching a different land is quite prominent. Rudyard Kipling in kim felt the same and wrote this. “Surely the Gods live here. Beaten down by the silence and the appalling sweep of dispersal of the cloud-shadows after rain. This place is no placeRead more

What to expect when driving to Spiti valley in winter?

Hidden in the Trans Himalayan range between Tibet and Ladakh, Spiti valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, attracts the peace-loving and the adventurous from around the globe. The tourist season starts from the end of May till the month of October, just after the famous rally, ‘Raid-De-Himalaya’ passes through the valley. In early November, when the temperature dips down to -10˚C, the hotels are closed for the tourists and the first spell of snowfall stops the government bus serviceRead more

Faces of Rajasthan – Year 2009

Although natives of the Indian state of Rajasthan are rapidly adopting modern culture, there are still a lot of them who prefer to live in the traditional way, specially in the rural areas. To experience the rich culture, you will have to leave the luxury of your hotel rooms in urban cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur etc. and travel deep into the distant villages to see beautiful people wearing bright colourful dresses. Men wearing dhoti, kurta or puckered trousers with aRead more

3623kms in Ladakh on a Farm Tractor

So last year we went on a rather unusual journey. We took a farm tractor 3623 kms across Ladakh through the most dangerous roads, highest passes and random rivers. In the end it also got two of my team members a Limca World Record (not me as I didn’t have a tractors license) after we completed the journey in just fourteen days. Unfortunately, the journey could not be documented properly as I had an accident at Drass were my rightRead more

Kashmir Valley for Destinasian

( Originally appeared in the October/November 2011 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Last Valley”) ) Long marred by separatist violence, the Kashmir Valley is finally enjoying a relative peace, with tourist numbers higher than they have been for years. But will it be enough to return the beautiful Himalayan vale to the ranks of India’s most legendary destinations? Text By Shoba Narayan Photographs by Himanshu Khagta At 3,528 meters above sea level, Zoji La is among the highest—and mostRead more

Dinner with Lizards at Pushkar

Holy town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, is a place where Lord Brahma once performed penance, where thousands of Hindu Pilgrims descend to the lake every year to bathe at 52 different Ghats of the Pushkar Lake and where photographers from around the world outnumber the pilgrims each year during the annual camel fair. Some call it the magical town where the monsoons cover the town with clouds while you lie down on a cozy chair of one of the roof topRead more