Zanskar is a strangely barren place in the north of India. It has mountains and Buddhist monasteries, generally accompanied by a brilliant summer lasting four months. This timelapse was shot in July 2013 in various places in Zanskar and also in the Nubra Valley in Ladakh.
Amongst the places in Zanskar, the most prominent are Padum, the key town of the region, and the Phuktal Monastery. The latter is a remarkable architectural achievement. It was built centuries ago, carved into a mountain. Given that now it requires a 5-6 hour trek to reach there from the closest motorable place, you can only imagine the engineering that must have gone into making the monastery.

Music for the video has been scored by Gokul Abhishek, one of Bangalore's pre-eminent audio professionals. He has spent most of his life fiddling with tunes, rhythms and sounds and has only just gone ahead to start a blog here:

All images were shot with a Canon 60D.

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