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North of Yumthang Valley

North of Yumthang Valley
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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: 2009-04-30 2:33
Viewed: 5071
Points: 22
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Shot at 14,000 feet ASL at North of Yumthang Valley where alpine forest starts thinning due to high altitude effect and one would see beautiful topography of bare just snow clad Himalayan mountains. I drove all the way to climb further in the North direction to see this wonderland & present you the same which I found out of world awe-inspiring experience!!!

Yumthang Valley:-
To fasten the beauty of Yumthang Valley in words would be like slighting the creator of such splendor. Yumthang Valley is just right place, where magnificence seeks no bounds. Perched at the bewildering elevation of 11800 ft, Yumthang Valley tenders an awe-inspiring spectacle of alpine pastures, rhododendron forest and snow-cloaked peaks of the Himalayas of India. For many years, Yumthang Valley had been debarred from visitors owing to its proximity with the border of Tibet.

In the northern district of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is like a surprise that certainly deserves a visit. Yumthang Valley is easily accessible from Mangan by regular jeeps or by hired taxis. During this journey, Lachung is the last destination prior to Yumthang. Lachung lies at a distance of approx 25 kms and serves as an excellent stopover for the tourists on course for Yumthang. However, Yumthang has been made accessible to the tourists, yet foreigners are required to obtain the Inner Line Permit to enter this area.

Yumthang Valley is also known by the name of "Valley of Flowers". This bottomless vale has remarkable variety of flowers to boast of. Once again to its credit, Yumthang also embraces the world renowned Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary in its region. A tributary of the Teesta flows through the valley and making it all the more mesmerizing in its appearance. To visit this vale, spring season is the perfect time when flowers blossoms at their best. During summers, this valley acts as a pasture land for the yaks.

Besides its astonishing flora, Yumthang also offers an eye-catching vista of peaks along with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. Yumthang is also famous for Hot Springs, but actually these springs fall in Yumesamdong region. We have covered them in a separate article. During winters, the whole valley gets enveloped in a thick layer of snow. To put succinctly, Yumthang Valley is an amazing treat where you would become the element of the ceaseless picture exclusive of any sort of infringement.
Source: http://www.bharatonline.com/sikkim/travel/north-sikkim/yumthang-valley.html

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-30 4:40]

Hello Suhash,
What strikes me in this shot of a peak in Sikkim is the different strata of rock so well exposed on the cliff faces: some of them seem to have a high iron content, if the orange strata are anything to go by.
Nice composition, colours and lighting,
Thanks and all the best,

VEry rightly pointed out by Ivan, the orange does stand out, and can be attributed to Iron only primarily.
This is yet another very beautiful shot, my friend Ranjan.

Powerful image of these mountains, Subhash. The zoom works well, especially with just enough foreground trees to give it interest.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-30 6:00]

Hello Subhash
Wonderful landscape. Well done.

Your humorous critique on my damselfly picture made me laugh out loud, Subhash :).
This is an awe-inspiring view of the face of the mountain. Seen from the tree-line, those cliffs look daunting but also tempting to climb. Alas, I'm too old for that kind of adventure!
A well seen and artfully captured facet of the formidable Himalayas.
Thanks and regards.

You are a true lover of the mountains....this one has an old technicolour look to it as did the movies in the 1950's. I have always appreciated that particular quality!

Magnificent landscape. POV, details and colours are perfect. It's a wonderful shot.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-30 16:42]

Hi Subash,every time i see this pic i'm very jalous! You have seen fantastic places,this is really fantastic! I like a lot the contrast of brown of mountains and the blue of the sky.Beautiful work,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-01 2:28]

Hi Subhash !

A very beautiful capture and very surprised.
Colors are excellent and their amazing contrast.
An exceptional mountain scenery.
Have a good day,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-01 2:31]

Hi Subhash,
Excellent capture. liked visual impact a lot.
Thanks for posting..

Hello Suhash,
Great work! Very impressive shot! Fine POV, nice colours! TFS!

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