At an altitude of 4,595m (15,075 ft) in the Himalayas, not too far from the Tibetan border, sits the lake of Tso-Moriri, a large and mind-bogglingly beautiful teardrop of melted Himalayan snow.
A calm expanse of water 19km (12 mi) long, 3km (1.9 mi) wide and barely 40m (130 ft) deep, Tso-Moriri is the centrepiece of the Rupshu valley which cradles the lake in mountains six kilometres (20,000 ft) high. From where I stood to take this picture, Tso Moriri is in the FG unseen in the frame.
Korzok is a small village situated 3 km from the northwest end of the Tso Moriri Lake. Most of the inhabitants of the Korzok are changpa nomads. At an altitude of 4595 m, Korzok is one of the India’s highest permanent villages. During the summers Changpas camp at various places in their robos (small tents) and look after their flock. Their sheep produce the famous pashmina, one of the costliest varieties of wool. Traditional weavers from Kashmir and Himachal buy this wool. The recent boom in its value has led to their prosperity, though that is not evident in their life-style. Korzok meaning is “Middle of the mountain” and it’s an excellent location to enjoy the lake side.
And, of course, there's a marvellous, picturesque monastery, Korzok Gompa, presiding over the village, where you'll find a tiny group of about 35 Tibetan Buddhist monks. Korzok Gompa dates back somewhere between 300 and 500 years and is home to stunning old paintings, relics and statues, including a stunning Shakyamuni Buddha.
Korzok Village cuts off the civilization for about 8 months in a year due to snow. The only way of getting around in winter is on foot or horseback. The climate at Korzok is cold arid, snow falls in winter, rain fall is very less, there is a wide variation in temperature, during summer it rises as high as up to 36 degree Celsius but same falls to 5 degree Celsius at night. Very harsh climate to live in…yet people choose to stay there
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shreya2000 (1244) 2014-03-20 2:26
The golden effect of the sunrays is excellent. The clarity and composition is very good.
Thanks for sharing.
danos (87931) 2014-03-20 2:35
one more excellent photo from this attitude with the arid area to be the eye catching of the scene.
The falling gold light on the rock above the village makes the image unique.I wonder what the eat in this area,and how is their life when eight months of the year are cut off from the civilization.Excellent documentaty shot.
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-03-20 3:16
a picturesque view with spectacular composition and beautiful architectural details, the POV is superb,
papagolf21 (86994) 2014-03-20 3:41
Bonjour, cher Angsu,
Dommage que l'on ne puisse pas voir l'image en version large (nous avons le droit de présenter des images : 1500 en largeur ou en hauteur).
La beauté demeure toujours présente.
yquem46 (38746) 2014-03-20 4:01
Very nice scenery
Nice contrast between golden hills and blue gray sky, as well as sunlit part and those in the shade
Another good one from Ladakh
pierrefonds (57991) 2014-03-20 4:41
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and the colours of the houses and of the monastery of the village. The last rays of light is giving nice colours to the mountains and to the sky. Have a nice day.
lousat (78455) 2014-03-20 4:55
A great choice of the moment with this special light so well exposed in all the different levels,magnificent capture of this small Ladakh village,fantastic scenery and great quality of details and colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (62070) 2014-03-20 5:34
J'aime beaucoup ce trait de lumière au centre de l'image, tandis que le reste reste dans l'ombre. Un paysage de bout du monde avec cette neige au sommet des montagnes. L'ensemble est d'une très grande netteté.
serp2000 (40654) 2014-03-20 6:06
Great timing shot! Excellent capture of the sunset window, I like your creative idea, perfect composition, excellent colors.
very nice postcard format.
Didi (57494) 2014-03-20 9:49
Beautiful lights ambiance with a nice spotlight on the centered mountain
Good balance with shades with a particular colour temperature
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-03-20 10:36
Hello Angshu - This gives a marvellous overview of a small Himalayan village and seeing the detail it suggests the hard life lived up in the mountains. Yes the views and setting is stupendous but daily life must be tough.
A magical moment where nature puts on a wonderful display and lucky you got to see it!
rbassin (18770) 2014-03-20 10:54
une magnifique photo, la lumière des derniers rayons de soleil crée une illumination particulière des montages.
holmertz (42281) 2014-03-20 12:25
This really looks like a godforsaken place, but what an environment! It's not quite easy for a city person to understand why people decide to stay in a place like this, but I feel some kind of admiration for those who endure this loneliness and the harsh climate. I also feel some gratitude to you for going there and showing us this, and many other photos from this part of India. The scenery is breathtaking (I guess I have used that word before) and the sunlight shining on the central hillside is fantastic.
PaulVDV (23021) 2014-03-20 12:49
An amazing picture! Beautifully composed with different horizontal layers.
The difference in temperature between day and night is enormous. It's even bigger than the difference between summer and winter in my country. Were you able to find a warm place to spend the night?
The village is located in the shadow of a mountain which makes that it cools off sooner in the afternoon or that it warms up later in the morning.
I like the strong contrast between the sunlit barren slope and the rest of the landscape.
Best regards, Paul
dta (68124) 2014-03-20 13:17
Hello Angshuman ,
Splendid effect of the golden sunrays , only on one part of the scene , the village staying in the shade . A beautiful sky , too .
GyurMaster (937) 2014-03-20 14:19
emka (80936) 2014-03-20 20:14
hello dear Angshu, Amazing that in such harsh condition the people want (or maybe must) to leave. Imagine to be cut off the civilization during 8 months. And what about if someone need a doctor? And to go in snow on foot.. incredible. magnificent view of the highest mountains and marvelous light. No altitude sickness?
WArm regrads MAlgo
jjcordier (77014) 2014-03-20 22:59
La beauté sauvage de l'endroit est indéniable et la lumière sur les sommets est extraordinaire.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-21 0:22
Absolutely priceless the slice of golden light on the barren hill in the middle of the frame. Great timing to catch that. Very unusual and unique choice of POV to shoot Korzok. Looks like you had walked a long distance uphill to take this shot. I did not stay there for the night so did not get an opportunity to see the sun set over there, thanks to your magnificent capture I see it now. Excellent!
Nicou (124243) 2014-03-21 0:31
fantastique vue e tiamge quel éclairage sur le montagne brunes sueprbe le l'autre plan sur les sommets blancs et la ville en fond c'est spendide sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (86813) 2014-03-21 2:42
Excellent light and colors.
Very impressive picture!
Have a nice afternoon
jhm (140643) 2014-03-21 3:57
We get almost a three part picture, the village in the valley, a wonderful light on the slope of the mountain, also a good image of the background.
Excellent panoramic view about these area.
Nice colours and lovely sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-21 4:10
stunning landscape and very nicely captured from this POV. I like the light on the mountains and how it made their colors rich and warm in contrast with the rest of the picture. The village at the bottom of the valley seem to be little and insignificant compared to the majestic peaks.
Very pretty picture and of superb quality.
Thanks for sharing
pajaran (53008) 2014-03-21 4:39
Dobar dan popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak sa svetlom i senkom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepa priroda.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good day afternoon.
An interesting and good article on the site with a description ...
Nice view and a moment of light and shadow ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place and shown the moment, pretty colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, a beautiful nature.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Romano46 (18466) 2014-03-21 8:38
il sole che illumina la roccia crea una nota di grande fascino che unita alla grandiosità del paesaggio crea una composizione impeccabile.
Straordinaria la nitidezza e la brillantezza della luce.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
subhendu_bagchi (25875) 2014-03-21 9:01
this is indeed a nice view. You composed it very good. Love the layers. Great effect of light and shadow. Excellent colours. Khub sundor chhobi. Tfs.
adramad (38876) 2014-03-21 10:00
Stunning panoramic of great beauty, magnificent POV with the people in the foreground, in the lee of the depression of the two mountain sides, the rays of sun, illuminating one of them is a beautiful point of attention, superb view of the mountain range the bottom all covered with snow.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Good job. I like.
Enjoy a good weekend.
Graal (98343) 2014-03-21 13:10
interesting and nice Himalayan landscape here. Amazing valley, village and sun light in BG. Good shot from fine POV. Photo is very well done and I like it.
Have a nice WE.
mkamionka (30913) 2014-03-27 2:48
great POV which allowed a pleasant perspective from above on the village and to show its natural context as well. There are plenty of interesting contrasts: of the light with shadow, of the civilization with nature, of the earth with sky of the brown hills with the snow covered mountains.
Kielia (23777) 2014-03-31 8:14
this photo is a sheer delight for the geographer!
You are presenting a spectacular impression of this remote village, and the accompanying note is also very interesting. The photographer’s perspective is excellent!
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-02 22:28
This is fantastic, great capture of this high in the mountain's in the Himalayas scene.
The sun highlights the mountain in it's barren state, then we view the snow capped Bg, ones, then our eyes come back down to the Fg,to the village in the valley.
Wonderful, well managed and presented, Tfs, it's breath taking!
ChrisJ (100136) 2014-04-04 5:58
I like the central sunlit section of the fg mountain slope in a soft golden light, contrasting superbly against the blue grey shadows and bg sky. Good sharpness and well framed and composed. The fg village makes an interesting focal point. The snowcapped Himalayas provide a wonderful backdrop. Tfs!
pili51 (1475) 2014-04-18 12:37
I admire the gorgeous play of the last sun rays on the hills, and its nice contrast with the small white village and with the majestic mountains covered with snow in background.
The mixture of light, colors and a wonderful landscape makes a fantastic image for to enjoy.
A superb photo.
gervaso (10829) 2014-04-24 9:29
The light and shadows were perfectly captured in this wonderful composition, giving it a very nice contrast! Beautiful view of the village by the mountains! Great job!
adidas5nb (5413) 2014-11-25 17:14
wow.... this is so so beautiful.surreal and enchanting.love the lighting in the shot.amazing ladakh, never get bored of seeing pics from the land of passes.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56066)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Ladakh - "The Broken Moon"
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-20 1:53