Rakchham is at an altitude of 2900 meters approx 10,000 ft above sea level. It is a relatively unknown place, located midway between Sangla and Chitkul – the last Indian village before the Tibet Border. The beauty of this small village with a population of 800 is heavenly.
At first glance Rakchham will seem to be a place out from the past – no newspapers, no post office, no internet, no police station, no wine shop, no market – just a couple of shop selling very basic necessities. The place however is blessed with crops, abundant water, and natural beauty. The place is absolutely free of any form of crime. It got the Preseidential Medal in 2008 for the most picturesque and well maintained village in India for that year. If left to me it would have got that award every year :-)
The people of Rakchham are mostly nomadic and known as 'Kinnauris'. The men normally tend to the herd of cows and sheep while the women do the farming as also house work. The people of Rakchham migrate every six months during winter to lower levels and again return during April to sow seeds and tend to crops
The picture does not show the village, but the view the inhabitants get to enjoy every morning.
Thanks for visting.
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photographer_sg (4410) 2014-02-21 0:37
that is a magnificent view that leaves me envious of the nomadic locals. Fantastic pristine beauty of the hills. Thanks for sharing this with your excellent note.
pajaran (54602) 2014-02-21 0:51
Dobar tekst o mestu, sa opisom, lep pogled na Rakchaam ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa snegom.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
A good article on the place, with a description, a nice view of the Rakchaam ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and moment shown with snow.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-02-21 1:04
wow, what a beauty of this place. I have to visit this Kinnaur region soon. Your photos created the urge inside my mind. Today you presented a pleasant frame which is really looking like heaven. A bit over exposer in bright snows on top, otherwise it is an excellent presentation. Tfs.
fabbs99 (16815) 2014-02-21 1:10
Great snow shot.Very well captured.TFS.
npecanhuk (69568) 2014-02-21 3:55
Wonderful natural place!
Beautiful and inviting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Nicou (129022) 2014-02-21 4:39
quelle vue et ocmpo sueprbe iamge tout en blanc quelle luminosité et vue de cette vallée avec ces pentes couvertes de neige sueprbe compo.
bravo et amiité
adidas5nb (5685) 2014-02-21 5:16
wow..thanks for sharing this pic.i recall my trip to the region.nice pov and angle.great light.
(p.s. can just change the spelling from RAKCHAAM to RAKCHHAM . thats what the official spelling is and would help others too.)
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-02-21 5:48
Hello Subho - Your note explains this remote and beautiful location very well and while it looks breathtaking, I must be honest and say I would not last long living as the nomads do. I am not born to such a hard life and although there are aspects that sound idyllic I would soon buckle under the remoteness and tough lifestyle. That is not to say though that I would not like to visit such a place, the beautify of which is clearly shown in the larger version of this shot. A fine and interesting post. Warm regards Rosemary
holmertz (44572) 2014-02-21 6:13
I often ask myself if people living in the most scenic places ever consider the beauty they face every day, or do they just take it for granted. Maybe they would find immense beauty in a visit to Delhi. For the rest of us this is a terrific view, almost overwhelming. You exposed the shining snow in the bright light very well. The impressive scenery offers several nice diagonals along the mountain ridges.
abmdsudi (46286) 2014-02-21 6:30
A fearsome snow mountain towering over you, really gives a grand view often seen from a great distance. Shot under intense brightness! - based of your camera setting - has caused some snow patches appeared to be overexposed. The thing with light is that a little can be all that's required to transform an image into something magical, thus right timing of day is critical. Well done
PaulVDV (24191) 2014-02-21 8:05
Even mid-April it still looks like winter at that elevation.
It's a wonderful scenery for visitors of other parts of India and for foreigners. But I'm afraid that life for the residents can be quite hard, and I don't mean the absence of internet, newspapers or wine shops.
BTW, were these people somewhat aware of what is going on in the rest of India?
This is a very scenic view and I like those snowy slopes dotted with the many green pine trees.
Best regards, Paul
rychem (27592) 2014-02-21 8:40
This is really a beautiful landscape, it looks like an oil painting, fantastic forms of mountains , beautiful composition and lighting
Fis2 (89439) 2014-02-21 9:09
Wonderful winter climate.
Good frame, colors and light.
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-02-21 11:16
Another magnificent photo of these winter mountain tops. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.
pierrefonds (59858) 2014-02-21 18:13
The length of the valley is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the mountains. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
SWEETFREEDOM (23412) 2014-02-21 23:50
Majestic mountain landscape. good light management and colors.
jhm (143573) 2014-02-22 0:50
A wonderful mountain landscape with the snowing landscape as nice image.
Wonderful panorama view about these wonderful area.
Sharpness and colours are very pleasant to look at.
Composition and presentation are of high quality.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-22 4:24
ogni tua foto mi conferma la bellezza dell'India ed in particolare del suo Nord.
Questa è dominata dal bianco della neve che copre le vette sulle quali la vegetazione è assai scarsa.
Assai piacevoli i coliri e gradevole la composizione per un POV molto ben scelto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Silvio1953 (129504) 2014-02-22 10:15
Ciao Subho, fascinating mountain landscape, great winter view, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13812) 2014-02-22 18:23
As a fan of a much warmer climate, I still envy the villagers to have this view at their disposal. When nature can provide this type of landscape and picturesque setting, there's no need for much else...other than the award you mentioned. :) An inspiring display of snow covered mountains, which are well lit under the bright sunshine and contrast of clear blue sky. A simple color pallet, but one that is most effective and compelling for its raw nature. Looks like a nice place to set a chair and simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Have a great day ahead.
mirosu (15156) 2014-02-23 1:41
What a truly winter mountains landscape photo. Fantastic composition, I really like the landscape arrangement which gives to it nice dimension. The mountains are amazingly clear and concise and are in splendid contrast with the blue sky. This looks to be a well thought out arrangement and execution. The compressed focal length shows the majesty of the white mountains as they tower over the landscape, even at such a distance. Great light management and sharpness make this even better. A real impressive shot, my compliments!
p.s. Regarding my photo, I am not able to identify the bird.
siudzi (34131) 2014-02-23 4:45
Excellent mountains post taken with perfectly executed colors and exposure. The visual effect created by the rocks is simply amazing and made the scene so great. TFS!
mcmtanyel (16093) 2014-02-23 10:39
Although I am tired of winter, this is very pretty scenery among majestic mountains. It is spectacular in the spring, I am sure it is clothed in different splendor in the summer.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-23 23:43
That you have visited such offbeat places shows! Nothing can beat the beauty of this photo.
Would like to see the village, now that you mention it in so glowing terms.
Cricri (110735) 2014-02-24 9:44
Un paysage de montagnes extraordinaire sous la neige, un ciel bleu qui s'y contraste merveilleusement, bon POV, belle présentation du nord de l'inde
adramad (40204) 2014-02-24 13:13
Superb composition, showing us this splendid mountain completely covered with snow, some trees that dot the snow and some ocher green shrub, it a great beauty to the whole, the clear blue sky is a fantastic complement.
A beautiful job very well done.
With good lighting and sharpness.
Have a nice day.