Sun temple ruins at Martand, Kashmir on Flickr.
Temple ruins is not something one associates with Kashmir. However, Martand near the city of Anantnag has these sun temple ruins. The temple was built in the 8th century.
Built on a plateau, these ruins at Martand provide stunning views of the Kashmir valley and the surrounding snow covered peaks.
Maqsuma and Fatima are from Karche Khar, a tiny village near Kargil. Fatima, on the right, was in class 4 and went to the local school. Maqsuma was in class 5 and attended the army school. She was clearly smarter than her peers who went to the local schools.
These barley fields separate the village Korzok, the base village for Tso Moriri from the lake itself.
The whites (of the houses) of Korzok, followed by the greens of barley fields leading to the stunning blues of Tso Moriri lake itself, sealed by the browns of the Greater Himalayas is the general colour palette of this landscape!
Read more on Tso Moriri at
Mystical magical Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh
[PHOTOSET] Brides of Sani at the Sani monastery festival in Zanskar
Read more about the Sani festival at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.
Lamayuru is roughly 100 km before Leh, right after Fotu la, the highest pass on the Srinagar Leh highway. The roads on Fotu la are in an excellent condition and it is a pleasure to drive through this pass.
Read more about Lamayuru at Lamayuru, the moonland of Ladakh
On the day that India and Pakistan shared a Nobel Prize for Peace we are sharing a photo from the India Pakistan border crossing at Wagah near Amritsar.
The “lowering of the flags” or the Beating Retreat ceremony is performed jointly everyday by the armed forces of both the countries. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Amritsar.
Lamayuru is a small village 100 km before Leh on the Srinagar-Leh highway. Its claim to fame is the moonlike landscape surrounding Lamayuru. So much so, that Lamayuru and moonland have become synonymous.
Read more about Lamayuru at Lamayuru, the moonland of Ladakh.
The main attraction of Manikaran are the hot water springs considered to be medicinal. Every hotel in Manikaran boasts of direct water supply from these hot springs.
Manikaran also has a temple and a gurudwara and in 80 km east of Manali in the Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Rangdum is the mid way halt on the only road (250 km) that leads to Zanskar, among the remotest valleys in India. It is a tiny hamlet of around 10 houses, in the middle of nowhere. These are the Himalayan horses walking on the banks of the Suru river.
View the complete journey to Zanskar valley.
Lachung la or Lachulung La or Lāchālūng La or Lungalacha La. The second pass of the Leh-Manali route, it is a long meandering pass with its peak at 4891m.
Read more on The Leh Manali route – an epic journey
At the peak of summer, the meadows of Yusmarg are in full bloom. They are covered in bright yellow flowers. Yusmarg is still-not-so-popular destination in Kashmir. There are several day treks in the forests surrounding Yusmarg.
Khandoma, was the chief guest at the Sani festival. She is the wife of the Lama from Bhutan, a very respected personality. Read more on Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Love hate relationship between siblings, Uttarakhand, India
Can’t live with her, can’t live without - story of sisters across the world! These are sisters Ashwini and Sarita from a small village called Naukuciatal.
Their parents run a food stall. The night we met them fr dinner, they were shy. They refused to look at the camera. The next morning we met again for breakfast. By then they had warmed up to us. They even played with us while we ate. And then gave us some fun filled shots.
Read more of the kids we met at The kids of the hills…