Shadow of the mountain

Today I just want to showcase my travelography
in three different photos which truly captures the shadow of the
object completely and creates an unfathomable interest in discovering new ones similar to the below pictures.
I believe I have been able to capture the shadow effectively in my
lenses and lucky to have captured the beauty in three unique and
different sketches.

The first one was taken in Chandra Tal few years
back on a sunny afternoon after I trekked a distance of 3 kms from
the juncture where the car left us.It was an easy trek as there were
no steep climbs and was mostly transparent and plain.The Kunzum pass
and the dry desert like mountains surrounded the entire territory.
The mountains were mostly blackish and greyish in appearance that
looked very arid and unconquered for several years.There were no
contour of any torrential downpour during this time of the year
and we were fortunate to get a clear blue sky and enjoy the grandeur
of the Greater Himalayas.The white snow clad mountains just cast their
shadow inside the blue lake of the moon making a momentous appearance.
There were few tourists in the spot and the blue color was visible till
5 pm in the evening before twilight.

Sun's shadow in Ganges
The sun casting its shadow in Ganga

The setting sun cast its shadow in the river I was blessed and charmed in a cold winter morning to see the light red color of the sun creating a notable presence in the greatest national park of the country.Everything appeared to be dancing to the light of the sun with trees breathing with the cool breeze and the entire atmosphere turning light red which was a rare view in my travel life span. The safari jeep in which were were traveling cast its shadow in the plain land which was very much prominent and distinguished.Even the wider areas of the jungle were glowing with the light red color of the sun and creating an impressive appearance
for travel photographers.

Shadow of the car in road
Shadow of the car in the road

Early Morning @ Jim Corbett where the shadow of the car falls in the
road Lastly I just managed to get rid of the busy city life on a Sunday evening and stroke towards the holy river which looks very peaceful and salient in Princep Ghat,Kolkata.The sun was about to set when we could see the reflection of the vanishing deep yellow color of the sun casting its shadow inside the river.Such instances are however not rare but I was very much prosperous in taking the best picture that day in my lenses.The Ganges looks dashing in dusk and that’s the reason why maximum people crowd to
see the beauty and the opulence of the panorama.

The syrupy and authentic rhododendrons

The rhododendrons

If you want to track and taste the best quality of rhododendrons then the authentic and the best varieties can be found in the Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand in India.They are found in other parts of India like the Garhwal,Eastern Himalayas and also in some parts of the Northern Himalayas.Being the national flower of Nepal,they may be either
deciduous or evergreen and can be found in most corners of the world.They are accessible and found abundantly in the Kumaon belt namely Sitlakhet and on the way to Munsiyari,India,.

The red flowers of rhododendrons
Rhododendrons as spotted from Khalia Top

Rhododendrons growing in the tree branches
Rhododendrons spreading their oasis

My experience has been mostly wonderful in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand where the species are grown as delicate plants and I have been lucky and fortunate enough to see the different varieties growing in solidarity in the wild  trees encompassing the region.They grow throughout the year but the majority of its species are seen after the autumn season and they keep intriguing people across the world.The authentic rhododendrons do provide us with lots of health benefits including blood purifier,increasing energy level and treatment of skin ailments and also acts as an health drink appetizer.

A bunch of rhododendrons
Evergreen rhododendrons


Rhododendrons growing together in the trees
Rhododendrons growing in solidarity in the trees

Varieties of rhododendrons
Different species of rhododendrons

There are syrups and juices extracted or prepared from the flowers and sold in glass bottles and can be purchased for a few bucks .i.e 5$ per bottle.To prepare,there should be two tea spoons of the syrupy material with cold water and 1 cup of sugar to get the best taste and the flavor.Since there are different species of it,the taste may vary depending upon the different categories of it being available and cultivated in India.The syrups are normally deep red in color and very much concentrated and sold in bottles or plastic containers.It would be good enough to mix it with water and sugar along
with three tea spoons of the syrup and serve and drink it to get the authentic taste and flavor of these rhododendrons.

Rhododendrons classified as deciduos
Deciduos rhododendrons

It is essential to compare it with the authentic rhododendrons that are available in the region than the ones which are not the original quality that are being sold to lure and fool people willing to get the real taste of the flower.Normally the label outside the bottle and the place where they are manufactured can give you the real estimate or take the best opinion in deciding the superior or the actual variety of the species.The species are grown and manufactured throughout the year so it would be wise to plan a trip to the Kumaon spectrum once in a lifetime to accomplish,experience and feel the piquancy
of the best varieties of the species.

The red rhododendrons spotted on a wild tree
Species of rhododendrons as seen from Munsiari

Tsomgo:The Yak lake

Tsomgo lake


Tsomgo lake,situated at a height of more than 12000 ft above sea level
is a high altitude lake in East Sikkim,India.The lake is situated in
Changu Village around 40 kms from the state capital of Gangtok.The lake
is also called the 'Yak Lake' as yak is the only animal that is seen
around the lake.Many yaks can be spotted in and around the lake and
serves as the largest milk producer in the area. All tea sellers use
their milk to make and prepare tea and coffee in the region.The area is                     very serene and isolated and we can only feel the essence of the mountains.

Tsomgo lake
Changu lake

Changu Lake
Tsomgo lake as visible from Changu village

Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo or Changu Lake

Yak with clothed horns
Yaks covered with red clothes around the horns

The lake normally remains frozen in winters and it would be good to plan
a sojourn near the lake during December-February-March.It is the most
important lake in Sikkim due to its height and the depth of water level.
The lake can be traversed from the capital city of Gangtok by covering
a whooping distance of around 2 hours in car and looks splendid and
ravishing in the morning.On going further from the lake,we, can find some
other lakes like Menmecho,Elephant lake and Kupup lake.

Blue water of Tsomgo
Blue water of Changu

Changu lake in morning
Tsomgo lake in the morning

Yaks spotted around Changu lake
The Yak spotted in and around the lake

Ride around Yak lake
The Yak ride around the lake

There used to trade operations between India and China in the region
but it was stopped and discontinued few years back and goods stopped
coming from China.The trading was affected and as a result lot of people
who used to depend on trading for a living lost their daily source
of income.People of Sikkim now mostly depends on tourism and selling
for a decent living.The yak lake is encompassed by mountains of the Eastern
Himalayas and there are military camps and forces operating in the area

Changu lake
Changing colors of Changu lake

Road around Yak lake
The zig zag road around Changu lake

Yaks spotted at yak lake
Changu Village





The Tsomgo lake serves as the entry point for another important route
namely the 'Silk Route' between India and China.Since the trading
operation got affected few years back,the route now remains opened
for travelers and nature enthusiasts for a visit all around the year.
There have been eco retreats and resorts constructed by the people of
Sikkim that acts as home stays for travelers and tourists throughout the
year.The elegant lake looks dazzling if viewed from the top acting as the
only water body in Changu village and continues to impress tourists and
manages to be as one of the most important lakes in the Eastern Himalayas.