We have seen and enjoyed Spiti in summer. But how does it look in the winters?
I traveled to Spiti this winter to find out. It was jaw dropping to say the least and left me wanting more. It was a short trip since winter was already ending by the time I reached Spiti ( I spent most of this winter in Ladakh).
This video is just a small taste of how Spiti looks during winters. Rest assured that I will travel to Spiti next winter for a more comprehensive video.
Soundtrack : New Land by New Land
I shot the time-lapse sequences using my trusty Canon 5D Mark II (http://geni.us/5DII) with the Carl Zeiss 50mm ZE (http://geni.us/50ZEPlanar) prime lens.
The video sequences were shot with the tiny Panasonic GX85 (http://geni.us/GX85KIT) camera. Most of the sequences were shot handheld. The In-body stabilisation in that camera is just great.
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Treat yourself to a visual journey across the winter landscapes of Ladakh. Witness scenes very few people have witnessed in real life.
I spent 2 winters (2015 & 2017) in Ladakh in search of these visuals. About 4 months of hiking, hitchhiking and camping across Ladakh in freezing winds and numbing cold. It was difficult but I also enjoyed the experience. A lot of numb fingers and toes at the end of it all. Be sure to check out the behind scenes videos which would soon follow.
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Soundtrack : Run by Tristan Barton
I have put together a series of time-lapse clips showcasing the various aspects of traveling in Spiti valley. However I left out the best reason of all. The people of Spiti. The kindest and most hospitable bunch that I've met in my travels.
I spent 60 days, traveling across Spiti to make these videos. I was out of money for pretty much the entire duration. So I hiked and camped everywhere and the people were so so nice about it.
I lost count of the number of times I was invited into their homes for a cup or tea, lunch, dinner and even a place to sleep without expecting anything in return. I was and still am touched by their kindness. This video is dedicated to the people of Spiti. Hope it inspires more travellers to experience the warmth and kindness prevalent in the Spiti valley.
Music : Hope For Enlightenment by Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel, from the album The Lama’s Chant
Music : 'Still Holding On' by Tristan Barton - Thoughts In Motion
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Chandra Taal or the 'Moon Lake' is a small lake (about 4km in circumference) located in the Himachal Pradesh state of India. While not as big as the lakes in Ladakh, ChandraTal is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes I have seen.
Because of its small size the water in the lake is perfectly still when there is no wind. The entire lake is like a well polished mirror reflecting the peaks and glaciers of the magnificent Chandra - Bhaga mountain range. I camped for 2 days next to the lake to capture these time-lapse images.
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The meadows of Pandu Ropa are located high above the Vashist village near Manali.
Pandu Ropa in the local language means 'Rice fields of the Pandavas'. Although at over 3500m, I doubt if any rice would grow at this altitude. But if we consider that the Pandavas were nomadic tribesmen then it is quite possible that this is where they brought their sheep to graze.
The meadows are located on the trail to the holy Bhrigu lake. Most people use the meadows as a stop over point to reach the lake, but the meadows are a destination in themselves as you can see in the video.
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Music : Eternal Sunshine by Binary Logic from the art-list.io library.