Dhankar village is situated at an elevation of over 3,890 metres in the Spiti Valley. It is connected to the rest of the valley through a motorable road, which is good for small vehicle only. Schichling is a small village lying on the main road between Kaza and Tabo about 24 kms away from Kaza and 22 kms before Tabo. From here, there is a well paved branch road upto Dhankar,8 kms away. No public transport available on this branch road till Dhankar Village. To reach Dhankar, one has to either hire a taxi from Tabo or Kaza.
Dhankar is just like another small village in the cold desert of Spiti Valley. Untouched and away from tourists exploitation , the population of this village is not more than 100. From the top of the hill that extends above the village, Dhankar looks like a bowl-shaped structure in the hills. It seems like almost all the old Dhankar houses emerged straight from the mountains with their main wall on the back being merged on the hills. This is a specialty of Dhankar houses and from wide angle or from distance provides spectacular views.
Dhankar was the traditional capital of the Spiti Valley Kingdom during the 17th century and has some features dating back to the 12th century. It was the seat of the early rulers of Spiti, the Nonos, who had the right to cultivate the government lands nearby and were required to keep the fort in repair. They also dispensed justice to the people and were noted for their harsh penalties until the British replaced them.
The monastery is also referred to as Lha-'od-pai-dgon-pa'.
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tedesse (25133) 2012-10-18 12:56
Excellent point of view, showing the buildings of the village from the top.
Nice frame and composition, good colors and sharpness. Very well done.
macjake (58890) 2012-10-18 21:58
wow, this one looks like the town is built on the inside of a Mine!
I'm sure we could view 1000 photo's from India, and none will be of this place.
wonderful subject to have on TE.
josepmarin (57837) 2012-10-19 3:02
In this good capture we can admire the perfect integration of this village of white houses in the middle of the landscape, with a nice graphical contrast and a few natural managed-well colors. The light and the shades play a good aesthetic role in the composition, I like also the great graphical wealth of the elements and the beautiful light.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-19 3:25
superb shot of this amazing place. Your shot gives us great view of how these buildings are carved into the mountain and precariously perched. A powerful and absorbing image. Compelling shot!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
jhm (141973) 2012-10-19 3:33
A lovely panoramic view about this village in the valley.
Depth and perspective be excellent, pleasant colors too.
Excellent composition, nice presentation,
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
holmertz (43289) 2012-10-19 8:22
This is a marvellous view. I am deeply fascinated by these buildings climbing the brown mountainside, looking so very remote. I admire those who can make a living in these tough conditions. The light is brilliantly handled and the colours are few but fine.
claudeD (34406) 2012-10-19 12:17
Very fine picture from India with a good composition and showing interesting details. I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Noel_Byrne (26109) 2012-10-20 0:53
Really fantastic point of view high up like this to show this village off to perfection. The white walls against the rock seem, as you say, to hav emerged or grown from the mountain. I particularly like the steep paths in and around the buildings. Nicely captured, and thanks for sharing.
ikeharel (60401) 2012-10-20 1:46
This picture is a good example what TE stands for: showing a place so remote and not within the regular tourists route.
Fine picture, technically speaking, show similar houses built on high places, no public transport and very simple life i believe.
Interesting to see and read the note.
Silvio1953 (126896) 2012-10-20 2:55
Ciao Arunava, fascinating composition with lovely vilage, splendid light excellent clarity and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
dta (69442) 2012-10-23 14:12
Hello Arunava ,
Interesting architecture for these picturesque white houses , in a rugged arid landscape .
Thanks for the share .
aliabazari (16050) 2012-10-24 19:32
हाय Arunava प्रिय
आकर्षक वास्तुकला के दिल में प्रकृति की सुंदरता. बहुत अच्छा प्रदर्शन.
siolaw (38292) 2012-10-24 20:23
Good cropping around the mountain village . The light and colours look natural and sharpness is correct.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-10-07
- Categories: Nature, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-18 12:35