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“We were the only people on the trail,” Mukherjee said referring to their trusty guide and porters from Nepal, Garhwal, and the Northeast. The landscape was gorgeous, studded with three lakes, but also with nearly vertical cliffs and loose boulders. “We were the only people on the trail,” Mukherjee said referring to their trusty guide and porters from Nepal, Garhwal, and the Northeast. The landscape was gorgeous, studded with three lakes, but also with nearly vertical cliffs and loose boulders.
Shantanu Moitra makes his way up a steep incline en route to Chowki. He said he was humbled by “the simplicity of the Himalayan people: your life comes before theirs.” Shantanu Moitra makes his way up a steep incline en route to Chowki. He said he was humbled by “the simplicity of the Himalayan people: your life comes before theirs.”
A tough climb. This was definitely tougher than Everest base camp. A tough climb. This was definitely tougher than Everest base camp.
It wasn’t easy making music on the icy road to Khatling Glacier, but as Bollywood composer Shantanu Moitra says, “it felt unforgiveable not to come up with a composition.” It wasn’t easy making music on the icy road to Khatling Glacier, but as Bollywood composer Shantanu Moitra says, “it felt unforgiveable not to come up with a composition.”
Camping at Mashartal. “The thumb rule is to try and finish the day’s trek before 12.30-1p.m., Dhritiman Mukherjee says, “The weather in the mountains after that is bad.” Camping at Mashartal. “The thumb rule is to try and finish the day’s trek before 12.30-1p.m., Dhritiman Mukherjee says, “The weather in the mountains after that is bad.”
t was a nervous job crossing the Bhilangana River because there was no bridge. t was a nervous job crossing the Bhilangana River because there was no bridge.
As trekkers ascend, they pass birch forests until Tambakund, when the tree line gives over to high-altitude meadows, and then rocky glacial moraine and scree. As trekkers ascend, they pass birch forests until Tambakund, when the tree line gives over to high-altitude meadows, and then rocky glacial moraine and scree.
 Peaks such as Thalay Sagar and Mandani glisten along the way.  Peaks such as Thalay Sagar and Mandani glisten along the way.
The yellow-throated marten is a fearless animal with few natural predators, because of its powerful build, its bright coloration and unpleasant odor. The species occurs in subtropical and tropical forests from the Himalayas to eastern Russia... The yellow-throated marten is a fearless animal with few natural predators, because of its powerful build, its bright coloration and unpleasant odor. The species occurs in subtropical and tropical forests from the Himalayas to eastern Russia...
The Himalayan black bear is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. The Himalayan black bear is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.
The lush, temperate forests of Singalila National Park provide the perfect habitat for the white-browed fulvetta. The lush, temperate forests of Singalila National Park provide the perfect habitat for the white-browed fulvetta.
Fire-tailed sunbirds enjoy the nectar of the scarlet rhododendron. Fire-tailed sunbirds enjoy the nectar of the scarlet rhododendron.
The terrible road is made more tolerable by the vintage cars that ferry travellers—Land Rovers from the 1950s that sometimes still have the original engine. The terrible road is made more tolerable by the vintage cars that ferry travellers—Land Rovers from the 1950s that sometimes still have the original engine.
Singalila’s forests of oak and bamboo are home to wildlife such as the clouded leopard, pangolin, Himalayan black bear, blood pheasant, and golden eagle. Singalila’s forests of oak and bamboo are home to wildlife such as the clouded leopard, pangolin, Himalayan black bear, blood pheasant, and golden eagle.
“The rhododendron makes it look like the mountain is on fire,” Moitra said. “It has special relevance for Bengalis as Tagore often used these flowers in his poems.” “The rhododendron makes it look like the mountain is on fire,” Moitra said. “It has special relevance for Bengalis as Tagore often used these flowers in his poems.”
The fire-tailed myzornis roosts at different altitudes depending on the season. The fire-tailed myzornis roosts at different altitudes depending on the season.
The blue whistling thrush brightens up the forest with its glossy plumage and sharp, shrill call. The blue whistling thrush brightens up the forest with its glossy plumage and sharp, shrill call.
Visit Singalila National Park between March and May to see its oak, bamboo, fir, magnolia, rhododendron, and orchids in full glory. Visit Singalila National Park between March and May to see its oak, bamboo, fir, magnolia, rhododendron, and orchids in full glory.
It's paradise - as far as I can see... It's paradise - as far as I can see...
Monks blowing their long horns at Matho Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Monks blowing their long horns at Matho Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Like pilgrims of other faiths, Buddhists prostrate themselves on the ground as they proceed slowly and prayerfully to a temple. These pilgrims brave the freezing cold en route to a monastery in Leh. Like pilgrims of other faiths, Buddhists prostrate themselves on the ground as they proceed slowly and prayerfully to a temple. These pilgrims brave the freezing cold en route to a monastery in Leh.
A mosque near Leh shares the Himalayas with Thiksey Monastery, which is pictured in the background A mosque near Leh shares the Himalayas with Thiksey Monastery, which is pictured in the background
Monasteries in and around Leh belong to different orders of Himalayan Buddhism. Matho Monastery is the only monastery of the Sakya order. Monasteries in and around Leh belong to different orders of Himalayan Buddhism. Matho Monastery is the only monastery of the Sakya order.
Drass is the coldest inhabited place in the world after Siberia; temperatures drop to -30°C. Drass is the coldest inhabited place in the world after Siberia; temperatures drop to -30°C.
Camping on the frozen Tsokar lake in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, can be a chilling experience. The temperature on the watch dial is a degree or so higher than the tent, thanks to the body heat of the photographer. Camping on the frozen Tsokar lake in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, can be a chilling experience. The temperature on the watch dial is a degree or so higher than the tent, thanks to the body heat of the photographer.
Shantanu Moitra is deeply in love with the music of Nubra Valley Shantanu Moitra is deeply in love with the music of Nubra Valley
A double-humped Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus), endemic to Nubra Valley, Ladakh A double-humped Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus), endemic to Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Buddhist monks play the Tibetan horn at a Himalayan monastery Buddhist monks play the Tibetan horn at a Himalayan monastery
Spotted a Himalayan Ibex at a distant snow-capped mountain near Drass Spotted a Himalayan Ibex at a distant snow-capped mountain near Drass
The sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley The sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley
Dhritiman Mukherjee in his scuba gear preparing to dive into the frozen Zanskar, near Chilling. Dhritiman Mukherjee in his scuba gear preparing to dive into the frozen Zanskar, near Chilling.
The frozen Indus River on the way to Mahe Bridge. The frozen Indus River on the way to Mahe Bridge.
A devotee pays homage to painiting of the Buddha near Matho Monastery A devotee pays homage to painiting of the Buddha near Matho Monastery
Dhritiman Mukherjee immersed in the semi-frozen waters of the Zanskar Dhritiman Mukherjee immersed in the semi-frozen waters of the Zanskar
The austere landscape of the frozen Zanskar River gives stilling views. The austere landscape of the frozen Zanskar River gives stilling views.
Beneath the surface of the frozen Zanskar, the river flows swiftly. Beneath the surface of the frozen Zanskar, the river flows swiftly.
  • “We were the only people on the trail,” Mukherjee said referring to their trusty guide and porters from Nepal, Garhwal, and the Northeast. The landscape was gorgeous, studded with three lakes, but also with nearly vertical cliffs and loose boulders.
    Shantanu Moitra makes his way up a steep incline en route to Chowki. He said he was humbled by “the simplicity of the Himalayan people: your life comes before theirs.”
    Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
    A tough climb. This was definitely tougher than Everest base camp.
    Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
    It wasn’t easy making music on the icy road to Khatling Glacier, but as Bollywood composer Shantanu Moitra says, “it felt unforgiveable not to come up with a composition.”
    Camping at Mashartal. “The thumb rule is to try and finish the day’s trek before 12.30-1p.m., Dhritiman Mukherjee says, “The weather in the mountains after that is bad.”
    Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
    t was a nervous job crossing the Bhilangana River because there was no bridge.
    As trekkers ascend, they pass birch forests until Tambakund, when the tree line gives over to high-altitude meadows, and then rocky glacial moraine and scree.
    Peaks such as Thalay Sagar and Mandani glisten along the way.
    Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
    The yellow-throated marten is a fearless animal with few natural predators, because of its powerful build, its bright coloration and unpleasant odor. The species occurs in subtropical and tropical forests from the Himalayas to eastern Russia...
    The Himalayan black bear is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.
    Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee
    The lush, temperate forests of Singalila National Park provide the perfect habitat for the white-browed fulvetta.
    The lush, temperate forests of Singalila National Park provide the perfect habitat for the white-browed fulvetta.
    Fire-tailed sunbirds enjoy the nectar of the scarlet rhododendron.
    Fire-tailed sunbirds enjoy the nectar of the scarlet rhododendron.
    The terrible road is made more tolerable by the vintage cars that ferry travellers—Land Rovers from the 1950s that sometimes still have the original engine.
    The terrible road is made more tolerable by the vintage cars that ferry travellers—Land Rovers from the 1950s that sometimes still have the original engine.
    Singalila’s forests of oak and bamboo are home to wildlife such as the clouded leopard, pangolin, Himalayan black bear, blood pheasant, and golden eagle.
    Singalila’s forests of oak and bamboo are home to wildlife such as the clouded leopard, pangolin, Himalayan black bear, blood pheasant, and golden eagle.
    “The rhododendron makes it look like the mountain is on fire,” Moitra said. “It has special relevance for Bengalis as Tagore often used these flowers in his poems.”
    “The rhododendron makes it look like the mountain is on fire,” Moitra said. “It has special relevance for Bengalis as Tagore often used these flowers in his poems.”
    The fire-tailed myzornis roosts at different altitudes depending on the season.
    The fire-tailed myzornis roosts at different altitudes depending on the season.
    The blue whistling thrush brightens up the forest with its glossy plumage and sharp, shrill call.
    The blue whistling thrush brightens up the forest with its glossy plumage and sharp, shrill call.
    Visit Singalila National Park between March and May to see its oak, bamboo, fir, magnolia, rhododendron, and orchids in full glory.
    Visit Singalila National Park between March and May to see its oak, bamboo, fir, magnolia, rhododendron, and orchids in full glory.
    It's paradise - as far as I can see...
    It's paradise - as far as I can see...
    Monks blowing their long horns at Matho Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
    Monks blowing their long horns at Matho Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
    Like pilgrims of other faiths, Buddhists prostrate themselves on the ground as they proceed slowly and prayerfully to a temple. These pilgrims brave the freezing cold en route to a monastery in Leh.
    Like pilgrims of other faiths, Buddhists prostrate themselves on the ground as they proceed slowly and prayerfully to a temple. These pilgrims brave the freezing cold en route to a monastery in Leh.
    A mosque near Leh shares the Himalayas with Thiksey Monastery, which is pictured in the background
    A mosque near Leh shares the Himalayas with Thiksey Monastery, which is pictured in the background
    Monasteries in and around Leh belong to different orders of Himalayan Buddhism. Matho Monastery is the only monastery of the Sakya order.
    Monasteries in and around Leh belong to different orders of Himalayan Buddhism. Matho Monastery is the only monastery of the Sakya order.
    Drass is the coldest inhabited place in the world after Siberia; temperatures drop to -30°C.
    Drass is the coldest inhabited place in the world after Siberia; temperatures drop to -30°C.
    Camping on the frozen Tsokar lake in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, can be a chilling experience. The temperature on the watch dial is a degree or so higher than the tent, thanks to the body heat of the photographer.
    Camping on the frozen Tsokar lake in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, can be a chilling experience. The temperature on the watch dial is a degree or so higher than the tent, thanks to the body heat of the photographer.
    Shantanu Moitra is deeply in love with the music of Nubra Valley
    Shantanu Moitra is deeply in love with the music of Nubra Valley
    A double-humped Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus), endemic to Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    A double-humped Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus), endemic to Nubra Valley, Ladakh
    Buddhist monks play the Tibetan horn at a Himalayan monastery
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    Spotted a Himalayan Ibex at a distant snow-capped mountain near Drass
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    The sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    Dhritiman Mukherjee in his scuba gear preparing to dive into the frozen Zanskar, near Chilling.
    Image Copyright Shantanu Moitra
    The frozen Indus River on the way to Mahe Bridge.
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    A devotee pays homage to painiting of the Buddha near Matho Monastery
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    Dhritiman Mukherjee immersed in the semi-frozen waters of the Zanskar
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    The austere landscape of the frozen Zanskar River gives stilling views.
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee
    Beneath the surface of the frozen Zanskar, the river flows swiftly.
    Image Copyright Dhritiman Mukherjee

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