Crossing the high painted valleys of Spiti we were on our way back towards the Kye Monastery. What was heartening was that the sky was turning blue & the clouds began dispersing. The snow we saw in the morning, around the Kye Monastery in the mountain slopes & crevices, had by now melted away.
Barely a couple of hours back I was looking down on this splendid monastery and now at around 1 in the afternoon, under a clearing sky & large patches of blue, we reached the gate of the monastery. I dropped myself off from the car....idea was to walk up the 500 odd metres to the monastery & take pictures by the dozen on the way. Spectacularly situated on a pyramid-shaped hill, it is at an altitude of 4,116 meters, I got, as I walked up, fantastic views of the monastery under the clearing blue sky & the Spiti valley down below. The sight was spectacular!
Kye (or Ki, Kee or Key) Monastery is the biggest monastery in the Spiti valley, located at (4116 m) above Kye village. It is an outstanding example of the monastic architecture, which developed during the 14th century in the wake of the Chinese influence. In the architectural definitions given to various monasteries, Kye falls in the 'Pasada' style which is characterised by more floors (storeys) than one and often plays the role of a fort-monastery. The Mongols plundered the monastery in the middle of the 17th century. In the 19th century, it again suffered three brutal attacks. The successive trails of destruction and patch-up jobs have resulted in a haphazard growth of box-like structures, and the complex now resembles a defensive fort.
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krzychu30 (15498) 2011-05-28 2:20
beautiful mountain landscape.Well framed and taken from a good POV.Great contrast between different colors,which are really well-saturated.Well done!Beautiful picture and very informative note.Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend
PaulVDV (22059) 2011-05-28 2:37
Wow, what a spectacular setting of this monastery!
You included all the important elements of this region: the snowcapped mountains, the fertile valley deep down, the arid landscape with the monastery on top of a steep hill, the road and a track curving through this majestic landscape. And this all under a very beautiful sky.
Thanks for your note. Now I know why it looks like a defensive fortress.
Best regards, Paul
macondo (18623) 2011-05-28 3:05
This scenery takes the breath away. It looks like you may have left the road to take this shot, unless it curves around, but at any rate, the viewpoint is well chosen to place the monastery on its small hill against the sky. The dispersing clouds are spectacular in the blue sky. What a great feeling of space this photo has. Good note, too.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-05-28 3:46
Ola amigo Angshuman ,
Lindo o mosteiro no alto daquela colina , a paisagem é deslumbrante , belo ponto de visão , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
npecanhuk (65378) 2011-05-28 5:25
What a magnificent mountaineous landscape!
What an interesting and attractive picture of it!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, exposure and colors! I kind of miss a tiny bit more of dof... I'd like to see better those mountains in the background! However, after second thoughts, I like it the way it is anyway... maybe it was your original idea to highlight that hill with buildings atop!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
Kielia (23581) 2011-05-28 6:16
a remarkable and spectacular place and a wonderful impression accompanied by a very interesting note. The light and the colors are fascinating, and you were very lucky with this moody sky.
A great capture in the best spirit of TE!
pierrefonds (56931) 2011-05-28 12:03
This kind of scenery is amazing. The distance between the houses and the mountains is giving depth to the composition. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the mountains. The afternoon light is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (35886) 2011-05-28 12:18
Hi NAMASTE my dear Angshuman
An usual landscape shot as you, but still attractive.
A wonderful marvelous shot of breath taking color and framewrok and well stable balanced composition as usual. Tsteful color and light of typical higjland is so attractive. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good Sunday!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
Nicou (121846) 2011-05-29 6:45
superb eimage et rendu, superbe quel ciel et image avec cette colline et les maisons la oruge quelle couleur quel cadrage, super.
Bravo et amitié
yquem46 (38734) 2011-05-29 8:07
Missed a few good ones during my travel to Bretagne, my birthplace in western France
Quite impressed by these landscapes in HP, I was not expecting that
Nice colors, well composed with the village on the high rock
Very well done
Have a nice WE
wolf38 (31278) 2011-05-29 10:54
Hello Angshuman. A successful continuation of his series. Perfect composition. and interesting colors. The informative text like it very much. My compliments for this good work. Rgds, Wolfgang.
vasilpro (40933) 2011-05-29 13:37
Wonderful mountain scape composition, beautiful view with the interesting monastery at 4116 m altitude, peaceful place, excellent light management, lovely colors and contrast, TFS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
eversmile (11634) 2011-05-29 23:59
That's a very nice and inviting composition. I like the angle you have chosen, with the monastery having pride of place in the middle and the lines of the mountain in the diagonal. The warm hues of the soil contrast strikingly with the snowed peaks and the little road invites us to climb till the sacred place.
abmdsudi (43430) 2011-05-30 0:24
Superb capture from different elevation of this magnificent high altitude landscape, filled with sense of calm and peacefulness. I love the quietness feel of the scenery with the monastery commandingly overlooking the valley down the slope. An amazing sight, a life time moment which evoke a sense of serenity. Beautiful subtle light and colors in particular the blue sky area are awsome and crispy detail throughout. Excellent technical quality and lovely composition. Gorgeous capture of such a special place, with interesting notes. Congrats, TFS
papagolf21 (86056) 2011-05-30 0:51
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Le recueillement des moines doit être total au regard de son emplacement.
La beauté et la majesté de l'environnement incitent au respect.
Magnifique prise de vue.
jhm (139094) 2011-05-30 3:39
Almost uninhabitable on 4116 m hight, certainly not for my.
We see almost no green vegetation on these hight, but absolutely a very nice mountain landscape with the monastery upwards.
Excellent composition, nice captured too.
Very well done, TFS.
josepmarin (57789) 2011-05-30 8:30
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
your series about this valley and the monastery raised on the rocky hill is magnificent, and in every new photo that you present, you offer us a different vision, always caught from an excellent point of view.
I like this new composition, for which we can value the immense beauty of the valley, of the majestic mountains covered with snow and of the monastery as an eagles nest. The beautiful sky with white clouds is an extraordinary backdrop.
Light and colors with a great level of quality.
A superb work.
kordinator (17467) 2011-05-30 10:43
Fantastic landscape compodition.
A wonderful montains all around in all colors,wonderful sky.
Nice monastery on valley.
Excellent colors and light is so attractive.
Graal (97425) 2011-05-30 11:27
amazing wandering You had, nice result and view here. Great valley and mountains, unusual monastery on the top. I like it a lot.
Have a nice day.
Nard (6970) 2011-05-30 11:40
I have an issue.. when I look at your picture I am wondering what I'm doing here.. I should be there, walking and taking pictures. It is so nice, so quiet, so beautiful. Thanks to show us such landscape.
pajaran (52000) 2011-05-30 12:21
Jos jedna lepa fotografija iz serije planinskih naselja i vrhova u snegu.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje i trenutak snimka sa lepim nebom i oblacima.
Imjte dobru i uspesnu nedelju koja je pocela.
Another beautiful photo from a series of mountain villages and peaks in the snow.
Good work and composition, beautiful color and time length with beautiful sky and clouds.
Have a good and successful week which began.
All the best.
sacavem (18610) 2011-05-30 13:29
This is very high even the highest place I've ever been was in the Austrian Alps, at 2334m.
A beautiful mountain landscape.Well framed and taken from a good POV.Good work, congratulations. Beautiful postcard of Ki.
Fis2 (85425) 2011-05-30 13:43
I like colors and light.
ciakgiak (30411) 2011-05-30 14:33
what a spectacular view once again, I'm really exciting in front of a such incredible nature masterpiece. The light and the colors are really unique, and I congratulate with you for the perfect quality.
A dear hug my friend.
dip (23628) 2011-05-30 23:42
an impressive scenery! you chosen an excellent point of view,very good framing as well,
Longroute (19396) 2011-05-31 1:40
Ah, You took this monastery from every POV and angles!
and whichever the angle the sight is equally superb and rewarding. Here there is a lovely diagonal and a fantastic sky which contrasts very well with the okra colour of the valley. They knew where to build those monasteries!
Another masterful composition,
mkamionka (30612) 2011-05-31 3:40
this is a truly spectacular view.
I like the soft color tones in all your recent works.
The sky is wonderful too complementing well the amazing landscape.
Very well composed, great work as usually,
dta (66492) 2011-05-31 3:44
Hello Angshuman ,
Another great shot of this fascinating region . Like especially the effective diagonal , here . And the composition is perfect .
John_F_Kennedy (42342) 2011-05-31 6:17
what a nice view to the monsatry embedded in the dry country. Another very beautiful picture and scene. Nice composition, colors and detail.
danos (86621) 2011-05-31 9:53
nice the view of the place with the Kye Monastery to be found in this altitude.Thanks for the links as the other uploaded photos about the Monastery.The light and the colour management is superb.
sacimar (25975) 2011-05-31 10:50
other excellent image of this place, this is a good composition, I like the POV, the lonely monastery is eye-catching, well done,
jafadabret (56501) 2011-05-31 23:21
Tu as eu des conditions idéales pour cette photo. Le paysage est superbe avec le relief du premier plan et le monastère fortifié.
J'aime la majesté des lieux sous un ciel d'altitude.
nilotpal_patra (1684) 2011-06-02 3:41
It is realy, realy a Wonderful Nature Picture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
pablominto (53744) 2011-06-02 23:24
Another amazing view of this stunning place!
And down in the valley I can see some green meadows, probably providing grass for cattle for milk and meat...
A fine composition with the eye-catching monastery on the top along the road!
Waylim (25344) 2011-06-06 9:26
It is a quite a splendour I must say. I feel breathless at this altitude and I can feel the chill in the air, but for this view it is worth the effort. It must be very special, going from sea level to see such different landscape of India. I love the contrast between the brown earth tone and the snow peak divided by the river bed.
batalay (35555) 2011-06-08 7:00
Hello Mr. B,
It's a pleasure to see another view of this valley with the towering mountain range in the background. Like the ascetic Byzantine monks, the inhabitants of this place must have chosen the site of their monastery for its seclusion, solitude, privacy, and or its distance from temptation. It's a shame that the Mongols attacked the monastery, as barbarians through the ages appear to feel a moral obligation to plunder and sack.
adores (36977) 2011-06-10 16:43
Another good one to show the magnificence of the region. The monastery is really in an incredible place and and the landscape around is just superb, specially with those mountains covered with snow. You were even lucky with the blue sky!
subhendu_bagchi (25723) 2011-06-17 11:10
asadharon chhobi. Like the beautiful colours of the mountains which are really contrasting to the snow covered one at BG. Great light and superb depth. Another excellent 'mountain-scape' from you. Tfs.
plimrn (21344) 2011-06-25 23:31
I like the symmetry you framed, it gives a very harmonious feeling with the slope down to the river and the balance between the monastery and the snowy peaks in the background. As always, you achieve perfection in light management and sharpness and your note is fascinating.
I think I would find it a challenge to walk that far at such a high altitude. Still one can't argue with your excellent results. The monastery sits high above the road and river in a good defensive position. No wonder it resembles a fort now after so many attacks.
Sorry I'm so slow to respond, the last 6 months have been a challenge.
Atousa (7131) 2011-06-26 4:28
This is spectacular! the composition is great with the the monastery well placed in the framing.. the nature around it is really beautiful..nice colors as well.. a fine work.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55641)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-29
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-28 2:13
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