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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.
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Oct 17, 2014 / 39 notes

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.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

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.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 16, 2014 / 66 notes

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.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Barley fields - Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India
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
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 14, 2014 / 57 notes

Barley fields - Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

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

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Oct 13, 2014 / 132 notes

[PHOTOSET] Brides of Sani at the Sani monastery festival in Zanskar

  1. Bridal dance is the most celebrated event of the Sani festival. Newlywed girls from Sani dress in the whole bridal fanfare and perform a ceremonial dance. The local Sani folks then greet them with Kathas, a white scarf, congratulating them and wishing them well.
  2. The bridal dress is rather elaborate, turquoise being the dominant colour. The head-gear studded with turquoise stones is called Perakh. Similar gear covering the ears is known as Skorshey. A bright scarf on the back with golden designs in called Yogar or Bok.

Read more about the Sani festival at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.

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Fotu La, Ladakh, India
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
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 12, 2014 / 40 notes

Fotu La, Ladakh, India

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

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India Pakistan border at Wagah, Amritsar 
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.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 11, 2014 / 28 notes

India Pakistan border at Wagah, Amritsar 

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.

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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.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 10, 2014 / 143 notes

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.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India
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.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 8, 2014 / 112 notes

Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India

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.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Landscapes en route Zanskar 
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.
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 8, 2014 / 32 notes

Landscapes en route Zanskar 

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.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Nek Chand Rock Garden, Chandigarh, India
Entering this 25-acre sculpture garden is like falling down a rabbit hole into the labyrinthine interior of one man’s imagination. - Lonely PlanetWikipedia
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Oct 6, 2014 / 50 notes

Nek Chand Rock Garden, Chandigarh, India

Entering this 25-acre sculpture garden is like falling down a rabbit hole into the labyrinthine interior of one man’s imagination. - Lonely Planet

Wikipedia

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Lachung la - Journey from Leh to Kelong, India
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
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 3, 2014 / 121 notes

Lachung la - Journey from Leh to Kelong, India

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

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

A Girl from Karsha, Zanskar valley, India
22nd July 2013 was a big day for Sany villagers when people from Zanskar jammed up for the Annual Festival at Sani Monastery. The girl from Karsha was one of the attendees. Read more on Sani festivalBy Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Oct 1, 2014 / 90 notes

A Girl from Karsha, Zanskar valley, India

22nd July 2013 was a big day for Sany villagers when people from Zanskar jammed up for the Annual Festival at Sani Monastery. The girl from Karsha was one of the attendees.

Read more on Sani festival

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Meadows of Yusmarg in Kashmir, India
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.
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Sep 29, 2014 / 45 notes

Meadows of Yusmarg in Kashmir, India

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.

View More Stunning Landscapes from the Himalayas.

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India
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)
Sep 24, 2014 / 45 notes

Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India

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
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…
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Sep 21, 2014 / 53 notes

Love hate relationship between siblings, Uttarakhand, India

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…

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)