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.
I 'parked' myself in the village called Rangrik on the opposite bank of River Spiti to take this picture...the wonderful Kye Monastery with the Kye Village nestling at 'its' feet. It was an ethireal scene as sunset drew near, & the mountains behind took a golden hue.
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besnard (57102) 2011-11-18 0:10
Une belle luminosité, une image qui respire l'air pu des cimes avec le monastère perché sur le piton rocheux, loin du bruit.
Bravo et bonne journée.
rychem (40681) 2011-11-18 0:31
Excellent clear shot, beautiful mountais and sharp details on the slopes, I like this light and colours
daddo (27628) 2011-11-18 0:59
Namaste Angshuman.You sure have access to some of the most awe inspiring landscape possible. You are a fortunate man to be able to "park" yourself in front of such a glorious panorama.Splendid light and fascinating architecture which is well explained in your note. Best wishes. Klaudio.
stevesaba (8167) 2011-11-18 1:17
Wow! Beautifully done landscape! An amazing view showing the village and the large monastery above, all in gorgeous light. Very well done, warm regards,
dta (81084) 2011-11-18 1:19
Hello Angshuman ,
Another outstanding place . We have the felling that the monastery is going to fall down on the village . The moutain scenery is fantastic , and teh light enhances the beauty of the place .
sevy (58) 2011-11-18 1:28
Good far point of view for this shot. It evidences how small can be the human buildings in this landscape.
Moreover, you were at the right time to collect the golden light from sunset.
yquem46 (38752) 2011-11-18 1:35
A very mild light on this landscape
Nice contrast between the brown golden lit cliff at the right with the small village looking so peaceful and the range of white snowy mountains at the BG
have a nice WE
mkamionka (39533) 2011-11-18 1:57
wow, this is a jaw dropping landscape. I like very much how you have composed it with the mountain making a nice diagonal ascend in the frame. The two villages look so pretty and provide the sense of scale.Nice light very well used.
Have a great weekend,
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-11-18 1:58
Ola Angshuman ,
Sem duvida a Índia tem paisagens magnificas como esta esta vila na base desta montanha , muito bonito o mosteiro no alto da colina , boas cores e luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ChrisJ (117199) 2011-11-18 2:02
Wow! An incredible landscape from the foothills of the Himalayas. Reasonable sharpness & wonderful warm cold color contrasts. Good capture of the textures of the rock above the small village. Tfs!
dale54 (8766) 2011-11-18 2:31
angshuman hi,this is wonderfull,love it!love this view,great job! have a great day! dr
patmor (576) 2011-11-18 2:58
Belle serènité qui se dégage de votre photo, bravo.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-11-18 3:10
a beautiful shot of this stunning place. The monastery is set in such a dramatic place and you have captured the atmosphere perfectly. Excellent light management that brings out all the relief and textures superbly. Awesome!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
marcan44 (6315) 2011-11-18 4:08
superb overview of the monastery perched on the rocks at the foot of this majestic mountain.
The image quality is excellent for clear, clean and warm colors.
The POV is perfect and the compositional elements are in place to create a great prospect.
Have a nice evening
dip (23890) 2011-11-18 4:13
a wonderful photo excellent framed and composed with fantastic lighting,clarity and sharpness!
informative note as well!
isabela_sor (47748) 2011-11-18 4:19
Must be great feeling to be there ...
Excellent presentation and one of the best pics on TE
Have a nice weekend
pierrefonds (69795) 2011-11-18 4:48
The mountains are framiong well the village. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the mountains. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (106811) 2011-11-18 5:16
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Encore une image fabuleuse qui fait rêver. Merci de nous offrir de si belles vues et de nous transporter dans des pays lointains.
mayjayne (6618) 2011-11-18 5:20
What an amazing mountaineous view !! I like your chosen perspective, allowing the combination of the different mountain surfaces, lacing the little villages houses enchantingly at the foot of the hills...
josepmarin (58359) 2011-11-18 5:26
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
Indeed this landscape is grand, and its spectacular beauty is increased because of the warm tonalities and the nice light of the sunset, which you caught skillfully by means of a select-well framing.
The atmosphere of this place is very special, because of its light and its great height, and I am amazed by the location of the monastery in the summit of a hill, in the hillside of these tall mountains.
A very beautiful composition.
jga (1062) 2011-11-18 7:30
Truly amazing photo of great quality. I like the details of the small houses and the monastery is amazing. Beautiful light.
holmertz (57389) 2011-11-18 7:32
This is an incredible view. It's no use trying to evaluate the beauty of the scenery and the human efforts to build this monastery and village. But you did well to find this POV at this time of the day.
everlasting (15358) 2011-11-18 7:42
Another beauty Anghsu, the village and monastery looking so fragile and small bathed in beautiful light.
eversmile (11636) 2011-11-18 9:05
A very beautiful pic with an enchanting light and a breathtaking velvet texture of the mountains. hat's what magnetises me the most here! The harmony of colors is remarkable too and you brightly managed to obtain that composition, with the little village clung at the slope, and the monastery like a pyramid. A superb work! And certainly a very special moment you had.
brianmcc (6219) 2011-11-18 11:31
this looks to be an incredible landscape. the monastery and the houses below are in a fascinating place. excellent composition. the colours and light are fantastic.
npecanhuk (76927) 2011-11-18 15:46
Wonderful mountaineous landscape!
For me, an exotic place!
Very beautiful and attractive picture with excellent overall photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
batalay (39927) 2011-11-18 19:44
Hello Mr. B,
The brilliant evening light falling on the expansive landscape creates an eye catching scene. The monastery appears to rise vertically, from the outlying buildings piled one above another. The snow covered mountains present a gorgeous backdrop. I remember when you made this trip.
jhm (157892) 2011-11-19 0:55
Indeed a breathtaking view from the monastery and the wonderful panoramic image sight about the mountains
Sharpness and colors are very attractive
Very well composition, excellent presentation.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (44279) 2011-11-19 1:22
Hi my dear Angshuman
Sorry for my late reply as so crazy-busy at concreat jungle weekday. But I still enjoy your garalley very much. This your newest posting is another marvelous and breathtaking secnery image indeed. So wonderful!
Reasonable framework and very well considerd composition via clear and sharp presentation are wonderful as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday,
Takero from cold and rainy Tokyo
pauloog (11751) 2011-11-19 1:25
Good sidelight that accentuates the foldings of the landscape in this fine view of a monastery clinging to the slopes and overviewing the village with its small spots of greenery in an otherwise brown landscape.
geoant68 (331) 2011-11-19 5:43
spectacular the warm light as falling on the arid slopes of the Mt.with the Kye monastery to dominates from its foundation on the rock.Leaving the eye from the Monastery can reach the snowy Mts. on the far end.
Waylim (25436) 2011-11-20 0:17
Another really good shot this time a very impressive landscape. One can feel the looming of the towering of the mountain, the monastary and the villiage below seem so small in comparition and so vulnerable. the snow mountain in the distand also give us a good idea of the climate, though the warm sun light may give a warmer impression. Excellent quality with great sharpness and details. Really impression place and you catpured it well.
Kielia (24077) 2011-11-20 6:10
this is the most fascinating POV on Ki and excellent photo work! The gentle light and the natural colors make this impression very attractive.
This monastic architecture in these almost desolated surroundings is incredible. As already mentioned by Klaudio, you are a fortunate man indeed.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-11-20 9:54
Hello dear Angshuman-san,
Just to be at this altitude for me seems impossibly difficult. I am certain that I will have altitude sickness. The view of the monastery is simply breathtaking. The mountain diagonally sloping downwards, the monastery rising vertically on the slope, and the contrast are out of this world. If they needed a place where they could be alone, it seems that they have found a place perfectly suited for it. The quality of the image is absolutely first rate. I wonder why the mountain behind has snow, but there is no snow where the monastery is. It must have been a once in a lifetime experience.
With my very best regards,
Have a very productive week ahead, dear Angshuman-san
janusz2054 (2) 2011-11-20 16:29
This is an impressive photo of an impressive place.
An amazing view of the mountains ,village and the monastery .
Very well done.
fabianoleite (11971) 2011-11-20 17:16
Amazing and powerfully big mountains, well contrasted with the snow mountains on the background. The small constructions on the foot of the mount makes all look even bigger. Congratulations for your excellent work!
baddori (20159) 2011-11-20 22:36
Un monastero ed una montagna più 4000 mt .
Nella foto hai favorito paesaggio e costruzione insieme .
Una veduta mozzafiato nel'india sul "Nepal"
I monaci scelgono eremi ...un bel viaggio il tuo per portare in foto questi tesori
Graal (103038) 2011-11-20 23:53
great view, unusual brown mountains and a small village in down. Superb light, colours and game of shadows. Well note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
jemaflor (101321) 2011-11-21 3:00
Great composition, a lovely light on your shot, perfect sharpness, well done.
pajaran (64410) 2011-11-21 4:41
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu sa starim manastirom ...
Lep pogled na selo, manastir i mocnu planinu, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article on the place of the old monastery ...
Nice view of the village, monastery and powerful mountain, beautiful images.
Severity Good shot, nice contrast and color display.
All the best in the new week, which has begun.
Fis2 (103954) 2011-11-21 9:33
Good frame and superb colors and light.
bema (26425) 2011-11-21 9:40
wow, thisis really an spectacular landscape and so the monastery is, too.. a real impressive building, looks like many small houses perched on top and around that small hill..
thanks for sahring, see you soon.., cheers Bernd
pablominto (53746) 2011-11-21 22:58
The naked landscape tells the story of the altitude..!
It is amazing to see the village and the monastery clinging to the steep hillside, connected by a road to the next village...
The distant point of view emphasise the drama in the scene, showing mans attempt to conquer nature..!
Hellas (7003) 2011-11-21 23:14
Well, you parked yourself at the right place!
What a beautiful view from there Angshu!
The monastery occupies a commanding position in the region.
The snowy slopes decorate the frame and show the changing landscape. It's very nice to live in a country with magnificent environment and history.
All the best,
prasun984 (5590) 2011-11-22 4:39
wonderful landscape shot from Spiti Valley with nice back light effect over the rocky mountains...like the play of light over the Key Monastery under the mountain...
nice exposure with good color contrast & sharpness...
Simply a superb composition with a nice POV...
Longroute (19396) 2011-11-23 2:24
Humm, this is really great! I cannot let it pass without voting it! These mountains are fantastic both for shape and colour and they look so more impressive observing how small the monastery is. A superb landscape captured with the best light and clarity.
Really something special that you are showing!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-11-23 21:50
eta osadharon hoyechhe. Durdanto ronger bahar... Nice contrast between the colours of the rocks and the background snow capped mountains. The monastery is looking so beautiful in such atmosphere. Excellent shot indeed.
bayno (18344) 2011-11-25 1:59
Hi Angshuman, amazing light, wonderful place, i know very well this montains, i spend a lot of time there, the shot is fantastic, the village is unic, great depth and perfect exposure, super sharp image, well done, regards, valter
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2011-12-06 21:27
Breathtaking capture on this splendid landscape! This is just amazing, I wonder if I were there beholding this spectacle! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful earth tones, lighting, framing and composition! This is just superb!
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-12-06 22:13
Hi Angshu, What a fantastic landscape and view of this Monastery Kye you have captured. Excellent Dof, super colours, light and presentation. Love it, Well done, Cheers Iain.
macjake (71059) 2012-01-25 13:08
its always a pleasure reading your notes, they contain alot of useful and interesting information.
as is the case here.
its unfortuneate how the buildings have been brutiziled over the years, and now they resemble a different style of structure because of that.
wonderful side lighting, landscape, colors and overall atmosphere...very peaceful.
kiks (12757) 2012-02-18 8:28
The Inccredibel beauty of this landschape is striking!! I found amazing the place where monastery is build: it looks like a hill on the mountain.
The warm light give the landschape even a more beautiful look.
Didi (60590) 2012-06-27 18:24
This one is also marvelous an interesting wide view.
You should post a bigger size.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 75-300 EF 1:4-5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/15 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-17 23:58