A small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, is one of the 160 places throughout the world to have been designated "Mini Switzerland". This is Khajjiar, a tiny tourist resort in Chamba about 24 kms from Dalhousie & situated at an altitude of 6,500 ft. above sea level. The moment one enters the picturesque Khajjiar, one is welcomed by a yellow Swiss sign for 'hiking path' which reads "Mini Switzerland".
Khajjiar was officially baptized by the Swiss Ambassador on July 7, 1992 and as per records, a stone was taken here and forms part of the stone sculpture erected in Berne, capital of Switzerland.
Set against the backdrop of dense pines, deodars and lush green meadow, Khajjiar is exquisitely nestled down in the foothills of the imposing Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas. It’s actually a meadow, shaped like a saucer, with towering pine trees rising up the hill crests all around. The rings of trees rise tier after tier, on the crests. Standing on the meadow one feels enclosed by the unbroken, rising green wall. The feeling is indeed overwhelming.
However, just like all the other places of tourist interest in India, Khajjiar too is badly neglected. Standing there I thought of some other less beautiful, but better maintained places we had been to elsewhere in the world. How inviting they are to the tourists. Here, we don’t seem to care at all. Still, the sheer natural beauty of Khajjiar is justification enough for visiting it.
The meadow was an ideal setting for some cricket games by the local kids. The horse was a disinterested spectator, more intent on grazing...so my alternate Title "The Horse is not a Cricket Fan" ;-)
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aadilj (18102) 2008-08-25 1:58
is this really from you!!! I love the versatile change and the way you have compsoed this wonderful landscape and colours.
dhurjati (2709) 2008-08-25 2:43
What a wonderful place to play the game of cricket !!The pitch would surely suit the faster bowleres :-).Love the different shades of green here.Indeed Khajjiar is a wonderful place, would surely love to visit there some day.The horse in the F/G has added a nice perspective to the composition.Good shot.
feather (51130) 2008-08-25 3:59
I think cricket has a limited appeal to a lot of people never mind horses. :D The place does look beautiful and if asked to guess, not many people would think this is India, unless the cricket gives it away. ;D Wonderful green image in good light with the contrast from the yellow horse. Possibly a bit tight top and bottom, but your options were possibly limited.
siolaw (38292) 2008-08-25 4:20
The horse might be desinterested in cricket, but he, neverheless, keeps the pitch well trimmed! Joking aside, it catches nice light and makes for a strong FG, with the young cricketers and suerb mountains as a backdrop... nicely done
ben4321 (9875) 2008-08-25 4:28
This really does look a lovely place, and your photo has a good depth to it thanks to the three layers of horse, cricket players and wooded hills.
I think it's the cricketers that are the key to this shot - they give an immediate sense of place, making the scene unmistakably Indian. Even the English wouldn't play cricket up a mountain!
I think a slight tweak to the framing would improve it further - a gap between the hilltop and the top edge of the frame, and maybe placing the horse nearer the edge and away from the centre - but even so this is a well-taken shot.
Good work Angshu.
axiotea (21649) 2008-08-25 4:33
Although there is a lot of grass to eat in order to keep the pitch well trimmed ;) the horse still looks very skinny!
Nice tones of green/blue and a good light. I can see the cricketer ready to bat...
dArpAn (499) 2008-08-25 5:07
I have been to Khajjiar and its a very b'ful place to be.
Here inspite of sun being high, you've managed light well. I loved the colors also.
Bluejeans (64249) 2008-08-25 5:31
Ola amigo ,
Que beleza de paisagem selvagem com este belo cavalo em primeiro plano , as árvores do fundo são magnificas , belos tons de verde fazem um belo contraste com o azul , boa luz, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
dareco (17134) 2008-08-25 9:19
This scenery really is beautiful! The colors and detail are nice and sharp and I like the lighting. The horse looks very skinny but a very pretty color. TFS and have a happy day!
Gerrit (50880) 2008-08-25 10:03
Good composition of this horse ignoring the people behind him playing this for anyone but Brittish or Indian (OK West Indian too) people incrompehensible game.
jafadabret (56501) 2008-08-25 10:44
Angshu, je crois bien que je partage l'opinion de ce cheval pour le cricket. Je trouve que sa place est excellente dans la photo. Il y a des lieux dans le monde qui respirent la paix, celui-ci en fait partie. Belle lumière et belles couleur !
carper (96) 2008-08-25 11:55
very nice one Angshuman,
the light is very good here, well taken composition, good balance and nice to look at, fine photojob, have anice day.
goodwill (4226) 2008-08-25 11:56
This is a lovely image, Angshu.
Khajjiar is a paradise.........no doubt about it.
capthaddock (28790) 2008-08-25 13:29
Indeed it looks like Switzerland, beautiful setting, I wish the lens was a bit wider so the top of the mountain wasn't touching the frame.
Graal (99762) 2008-08-26 0:42
nice place and scene, fine composition with the horse on FG. Fine caught moment with dynamic pose of players. Good work.
riclopes (35577) 2008-08-26 2:08
ah, I know this one! Olá Angshu, still fresh the words I wrote yesterday. The splendid details of the white horse, the excellent contrast with the darker BG and the nice bonus of the cricket in this alpine landscape. The top is a bit tight, but it doesn't bother me. And the 400th is aproaching... ;-)
(I might miss it because I'm going away for a week again, on Friday - this time, to Alentejo)
ChrisJ (103487) 2008-08-26 3:29
The horse is well placed in the lower left quadrant of the frame, with good colour, sharpness & contrast. I like the brush shaped mane, & bg cricket game in progress. Tfs!
pierrefonds (59754) 2008-08-26 3:37
The presence of the people playing cricket has an effect of scale. The horse in the foreground leads our eyes toward the players, the forest and the mountains. The different tints of green are assets to the composition. The colors are enhanced by the good luminosity. Have a nice day.
plimrn (21344) 2008-08-26 7:34
Very nicely framed. The horse makes a beautiful focal point, while the boys playing cricket and the heavily forested mountain make the shot much more than a 'horse picture.'
josepmarin (57881) 2008-08-26 10:47
It is a very nice and funny image, I like the horse in foreground grazing in the meadow, while in background a few boys play cricket.
They are two scenes in one, independent but joined for a beautiful "swiss-indian" landscape, in an excellent photographic work.
Dpbours (222) 2008-08-26 14:57
A picture that I would not directly match with India! Could have been a landscape in Switserland as well. Very nice.
I'll be going to Delhi for some weeks in September to give training. Looking forward to that trip!
edytungkal (4551) 2008-08-26 19:51
It sounds a nice place to visit which that large grass carpet and beautiful nature on bg, i think your picture a little bit too contrast, especially the criket men on bg. Overall it still ok, i like how you include the horse on fg. An interesting story behind the picture. Thanks Angshu for showing this shot.
John_F_Kennedy (43379) 2008-08-27 3:04
A beautiful shot of this horse. The composition with the green landscape is wonderful, with excellent depth. Well done.
Felip (3907) 2008-08-27 9:54
The horse is not the only one that shows no interest in the game,I'm also totally disintiresed about not only cricket but also a lot (for not saying all!) of sports. I find much more worthy watching this beautiful scene,for instance, that a rugby confrontation...I'm quite strange!
Best wishes, Angshu
abulafia (4900) 2008-09-01 0:27
Can't really say that i blame the horse, i also think that looking at the grass grow is far more interesting than cricket:))
Interesting landscape, I didn't really expect that you had this kind of scenery in India, but obviously in a huge country like India you would find a lot of diversity.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56462)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Himachal Pradesh - The Land of Gods
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 1:34