The Mountain Dwellers Part III : Of Mountains And Valleys

by Anand Khandelwal February. 23, 2011 3454 views

Uttarakhand has a total geographic area of 51,125 km², of which 93% is mountainous and 64% is covered by forest. Most of the northern parts of the state are part of Greater Himalaya ranges, covered by the high Himalayan peaks and glaciers, while the lower foothills were densely forested till denuded by the British log merchants and later, after independence, by forest contractors. Recent efforts in reforestation, however, have been successful in restoring the situation to some extent.

To see a panorama of the Garhwal himalayan range, click on this : Image From Wiki []

The photographs are a little over exposed but these were taken back in 2009 and I wasn't so much aware about exposure settings. I had difficulty maintaining colors and contrast, shooting the sky along with the scenery with the Sony digital camera that I had.

The Ganges : At the foot of Gangotri Glacier, at an elevation of 3,892 m (12,769 ft), water begins to flow from the melted ice. It then merges with 6 more head-streams to form Ganga, India's second longest and probably the most worshiped river in the world.

This shot was taken on the way to the higher regions of Garhwal and the river was just twisting and turning its way around the mountains, flowing with mighty currents.

A little exposure mishap here, although the shot became very colorful when i tried correcting it. Together with mountains, glaciers and forests, it truly depicts the feel of the place.

This one was taken just before entering the Valley Of Flowers. Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 kms, uphill. Valley of Flowers contains 520 species of higher plants (angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophytes),and of these 498 are flowering plants. We reached a weeny month earlier before the plants were to boom, however it becomes an 87 square kilometers of multi-colored flower during the peak season.

Some of the highest peaks of India can be seen from Uttarakhand. I think this was one of them. I can vaguely recall my friend telling me its Nanda Devi but I tend to forget a bit. Whichever one it was, it was snow white beautiful.

The 13000 Feet High View.
Mountain peaks and open sky. Its purely breathtaking to witness such a scene standing at a height of 13000 feet off the ground. The mountains were right in front of my eyes and I did not need to tilt my head even a single degree to see them and the shot came out perfect. Memorable.

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Varun Rajaram 10 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful set. Blue blue skies :)

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Crystaleye 10 years, 1 month ago

#3's color transition from blue to white to green is so surreal.
#5 is amazing too..The sky looks like a ocean!

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Francesc 10 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful places and shots!!!

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Darlene Foster 10 years, 1 month ago

Spectacular mountains!

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Eric J H Joyce 10 years, 1 month ago

Great shots.

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