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Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim

Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-22
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED, Hoya Cir. Polarizer 86mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-23 10:10
Viewed: 5128
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first glimpse of Yumthang Valley, which you will see while entering into this high altitude area. Yumthang valley is a mesmerizing scene with yaks grazing on flower - carpeted meadows against a backdrop of towering peaks. It has breathtaking views where one can become a part of a timeless scene without any kind of intrusion.

PS: This kind of photography is liked by Bob Shannon; hence this panorama is dedicated to Bob; once again :) Hope you all like it too.


Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India. It is at an elevation of 3,575 metres (11,800) above msl at a distance of 150 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung, the nearest inhabited centre. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.
Source: wikipedia

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-23 16:28]

Hi Subhash,

I love looking beyond the big tree and seeing these beautiful mountains. The snow covered peaks and the clouds are wonderful. Every time I see your landscapes I have a yearning to revisit India.


hello Dr. Sab,
app to sachhe prakriti premi hai, very beautiful shot, i loved the view here, the snow cladded mountains, the tree and the clouds make it so beautiful, i am sure that bob will be delighted.
very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-04-24 0:07]

lovely landscape, if you happen to visit again try with different lighting. tfs.

So...you see I do use the foreground at times to help set a tone or a depth...or sometimes even frame. I am much honored by all of your dedications. You are a man of good will from India...My wife and I speak of you often!

Hello Subhash !
I love how you have composed this shot, with the dak silhouette of the tree in the FG and the majestic mountains in the BG. Such a great view. Must have been a wonderful moment for you, to stand there and watch this. Very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-28 12:15]

Hello Subhash,
Having missed several of your recent images, my eye fell on this one, wonderful comosition with the semi silhoutted fir tree in the FG of the great POV of this Sikkim valley with the mountain range providing a fine BG.
A great landscape and thanks for sharing it!
Best wishes,

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