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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1996-05
Categories: River
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-15 5:31
Viewed: 3659
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Here is another picture of Sangla valley I took in May 1996 while trekking in the region with my students.
Sangla is a true Shangri-La – located in a remote corner of the most pristine Himalayan valley at an average altitude of nearly 10000 feet. The river Baspa originating from high mountains forming the Indo-Tibetan border flows through the valley, unpolluted and pure. The valley is a part of district Kinnaur in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
The picture is scanned from an old photograph.

Kinnaur is one of twelve administrative districts of Himachal Pradesh. Most of Kinnaur enjoys a temperate climate due to its high elevation, with long winters from October to May, and short summers from June to September. The lower parts of the Sutlej Valley and the Baspa Valley receive monsoon rains. The upper areas of the valleys fall mainly in the rain-shadow area. These areas are considered to be arid regions, similar to the climate of Tibet.
The local people, known as Kinner or Kinnauri, are of Tibetan and Indo-Caucasian origin, mixed in varying degrees depending on region. Those in Lower Kinnaur possess more Caucasian features, while those in Upper Kinnaur possess predominantly Tibetan features.
According to myth, the Kinners are descendants of the Pandavas. They speak a dialect of the Tibeto-Burman family known as Kinnauri or Kanauri.
People usually wear woollen clothes. The thepang, a grey woollen cap, is worn with a white or green velvet band. The Tibetan chhuba, a long woollen coat which resembles an achkan, is worn as well, with a sleeveless woollen jacket. While men wear woollen churidhar pajamas, and tailored woollen shirts such as the chamn kurti, the women wrap themselves up in a dohru. The first wrap of the dohru is based on the back, with embroidered borders displayed throughout its length, which stretches to the heels. Darker shades of colours are preferred for the Dohru, although other beautifully coloured shawls may be worn, usually draped over the shoulders. A choli, another type of full sleeved blouse worn by women, may serve as a decorative lining as well.
Little is known about the history of Kinnaur, except for the fact that it was once known as Kanaurra or Kinnaura. There are, however, legends and myths among the inhabitants.
Kinnaur offers beautiful scenery, including the Kinnaur Kailash, but its climate allows visitors to travel only between April and October, as it is cut off from the world by snow during the winter months.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinnaur


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very beauty shot! a majestic region! exellent colours and compo!TFS

another landscape shot for a change,
very balanced composition,
nice pov,
lovely landscape shot,
& best wishes,

Hello Ram
Very nice landscape from Baspa valley,
Intresting note,



There is definitely something wrong with the colours of this image. Too much magenta maybe? There is also a disturbing haze.

belle valée,belle vue,belle photo. Amicalement Thomas

Composición elegante y atractiva, con una luz eslpecial y unos colores muy bellos. Un saludo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-15 15:16]

Hello Ram,
Very nice landscape.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent note too.

Hi Ram,
Great landscape.lovely colours.Beautiful perspective.Exellent sharp details and a superb sky.TFS.


Hello Ram,
this is a very nice landscape. Great sharpness, colours and great POV. This is a very nice composition with a great note. Thank you for sharing with us.

Hi Ram,
This is a great result from scanned photo. I gave up scanning my old photos since they require some PP works, especially in color adjustments [or maybe I did not use a good scanner at that time....]
Great PoV.
Very well done.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Ram,
A very nice composition on this breathtaking landscape. Very rugged looking terrain, and a great sense of depth to this shot. The light looks like it was pretty contrasty, but you handled the exposure very well.

Hello Ram,
Nice to see a landscape too!
Very well composed with the river in the V-shaped valley...
Older image and the colours suffer a tad but no doubt woth publishing, showing this tranquil and beautiful place!
Pablo -

He Ram,
Beautiful landscape of this highland. Well caught and presented. Clean water and air to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

Belle vue d'une région qui ressemble tout à fait à celle où j'habite.
Bonne journée.

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