A trip to Leh in November? Hell yes. The last time I got to visit Leh was when I was about 10 years old and it was summers. Although November isn’t full-blown winters, the lowest temperature we encountered was -27 degrees Celcius. The aim of the visit was to commemorate RezangLa Day that my father’s ex-Battalion, 13 Kumaon, celebrates every 18th of November. This is the first in a series of blog posts with photographs from Leh. I shot 2,555 images and have finally selected about 380 for showing – and I cannot possibly include all of them in one blog post.

above : I was itching to use my camera, which I’d stored in the overhead bins on the plane and the moment the mountains started appearing, I was at it.

above : The shadows from the rising sun created interesting viewing. The colors on the mountains were unexpectedly gorgeous as well.

above : Black and white images were a natural choice because of the light and shadow play offered by the rising sun.

above : I had been expecting dull browns but was thrilled to find some splashes of red and purples. In the mountains!

above & below : Approaching Leh now – lots of streams of formed pathways down to the valley – interesting patterns. Due to the winter season, the Indus had thinned down to a deep, narrow river.

above : The aeroplane takes a wide arc around Leh and then turns around for a landing. The sun glints off the Indus river as we prepare to land.

above : A closer view of the Indus and the valley just before we touchdown at the airport.

In the following blog posts, I will explain why we celebrate 18th November and will give more details about the trip. There is a lot of landscape that has been photographed so if you’re not the mountain and blue-sky loving type of person, you might find it monotonous. All the above images have been photographed while I was in the airplane, hence some distortion because of the plastic used on the window panes and the heat-waves from the engines. [ The next blog post in this series will be of the journey from Leh airport to Batalik. ] See here for 02. Drive. Leh to Batalik. 03. Batalik. Day One. and 04. Batalik. Day Two. Part One. and 05. Batalik. Day Two. Part Two.


Subscribe to the Naina.co newsletter

By checking this box, you confirm that you have read and are agreeing to our terms of use regarding the storage of the data submitted through this form.


Comments are closed.