t was the British Governor General of India Lord Dalhousie (1848-1856) who ordered work to begin on the Hindustan Tibet Road in June 1850. Various reasons are cited for the building of the road that connected Kalka and Shimla to the Tibetan border. The system of begari prevalent in the hills, where unpaid labourers were pressed into service – including for the transport of timber and files to Shimla – is said to have upset the Governor General so deeply that he wanted to improve the road these men trudged. Lord Dalhousie also wanted to create trade ties with Tibet and this is felt to be the real reason for initiating the road and for his own trip to Kalpa in Kinnaur. The immense machinery at the disposal of the East India Company was pressed into service and halfway down the nineteenth century, work on what was then styled as the Great Hindustan Tibet Road began under the charge of the Commander-in-chief Sir Charles Napier. Beyond Shimla, to the Shipki pass on the border, the route took 228 miles.
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bukitgolfb301 (42652) 2013-12-07 13:03
Hi NAMSTE dear Dwaipayan, how are you?
Wow so breathatking and a littel awful landscape view!
You set up the greatest framework by wise usung the rocks and curve, nice job at all.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good Sunday! Takero just away from Tokyo
jcpix (13930) 2013-12-07 15:23
I don't know whether to give people credit for driving these types of roads, or just say that they're absolutely crazy for doing so! :) I'm nervous just looking at this. haha Tough light to work with here, it's made for heavy shade on the right, but I think it aids in conveying some of the atmosphere...a dark and dreary road carved out of the hillside...drive at your own risk. A beautiful view none the less. Thanks for taking us along the route. hope you're having a nice weekend.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-12-08 2:31
WOW,what a road!
Must be an unique and also quite scary experience.Definitely something you don´t forget for the rest of your life.Am I right?
I like here also this moody lighting,which so nicely enhances the feelings and atmosphere I wrote about.
Enjoy your sunday
PaulVDV (29527) 2013-12-08 3:35
This picture reminds me at the Manali-Leh road. Its construction must have been an incredibly difficult job.
Probably a part of the mountain here has been blown away with dynamite.
I wouldn't like to sit behind the steering wheel here but as a passenger I may well enjoy the wonderful views.
Best regards, Paul
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-08 9:27
A very good shot in such difficult light arrangement.
It is great that you extracted requited details in the shade.
A breathtaking view of the famous road.
Very well done.
resat1972 (7576) 2013-12-08 9:46
Good Evening Dwaipayan
a very difficult road
Should be fun to drive :)
a beautiful work of clarity and sharpness
Terms of've understood very well how hard it is
Greeting from İstanbul
Oceania (5202) 2013-12-09 7:20
Little by little, people built this road with huge difficulty, I can imagine. It provides the convenience of transportation and travel. That is the wonderfulness of the project, thankfully.
ChrisJ (115451) 2013-12-12 8:57
You would need nerves of steel to drive this road! Or mirrors at every hairpin turn and lots of patience or both! Good lead in lines with the twisting road and the parallel stream far below. The single vehicle with the blue tarpaulin animates the shot. Tfs!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-12-13 2:14
Scary road. Good composition. The dents on the guiderail shows that some traffic has been squeezing past each other here.
Didi (60588) 2013-12-17 11:18
Very dangerous road
Interesting picture in spite of hard conditions of lights
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-12-21 8:14
Excellent photo of the mountain road.The deep depth of field is perfect out here.The color of the truck contrasts well with the greens of the hilly slopes.Pretty nice shot.TFS.
npecanhuk (75592) 2013-12-23 16:24
Hi! Wow! It must be terrific driving along that unique road! I really like this picture too, with special regards to the chosen pov, composition and management of difficult light! Cheers, Neyvan
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-12-27 9:38
Very nice capture of this mountain road, although it looks beautiful I don't know if I have the nerve to travel this narrow and winding road. I like the lighting and it has nice details. Well done, tfs.
ourania (47018) 2013-12-29 3:38
this is a fascinating view of the road and the mountains. It's great you captured a vehicle travelling towards the curve that's covered by the massive rock. The view of this curve is captivating, you placed it so well in the frame and the light on it is so good. You achieved superb depth and created an effective simple composition with an impressive view of the mountains, with eloquent lines, textures and colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
grigand (20047) 2013-12-29 3:47
Interesting picture, this road with the bad weather is not pleasant to go, interesting notes.