After we crossed the camp site of Sarchu on the Leh Manali highway we faced the the 'Gata Loops'. Gata Loops is a series of 21 hair pin bends which takes you to the top of the 3rd high altitude mountain pass on this route 'Nakee La'. The loops will take you from a height of 4190 meters to 4630 meters. Sadly all the bends are not visible from any single point. This is the best vantage point I could manage on the top of the loops. The river to the left of the frame is called 'Tsarap Chu'. It is 182 kilmters long and originates from the glaciers of 'Pankpo La' pass at the border of Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Due to the constantly winding road and high altitude tourists may face problems like nausea and head ache. Leisurely travel and very less physical activity is advisable.
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lousat (68565) 2013-12-06 9:59
Hi Subho,this scenery is absolutely fantastic,magnificent view on the road and on the river with the typical water colors of the high mountains,impressives details everywhere and great exposure too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-06 10:22
Hey Subho, we are neighbors today.
What have you done dear, painted?
This is really stunning.
The sky and the blue graphics in midst of shades of gray - the way you have composed in this canvas - looks like an oil-painting.
Details and colors - outstanding.
One of the best images I have seen of this area.
With best wishes,
chrislo (3741) 2013-12-06 11:28
What a fabulous landscape ! So crisp and clear and what an amazing view ! You managed to capture the beauty of this scenery very well, and your POV is just perfect. The intense blue sky and its reflection into the river makes a powerful contrast to the grey rocky formations. A majestic and breathtaking scenery which you have captured marvellously.
Fis2 (79798) 2013-12-06 12:25
Excellent colors and sharpness.
dta (60201) 2013-12-06 12:35
Hello Subho ,
A fantastic view of this blue river in a so arid landscape . The sinuous road adds to the interest .
Thnaks for the share .
subhendu_bagchi (24381) 2013-12-07 0:08
wow, what a view. Just like paradice. Looking like a painting... You got this frame very well with the winding road at right. Nice light / sharpness and depth. Good shot. Tfs.
jhm (131840) 2013-12-07 1:13
Congratulations for your first fifty pictures on TE.
We get a lovely view with the river between the mountains.
Depth and perspective are perfect taken.
Your light management and the colours makes these picture attractive
Excellent composition, colours and sharpness be superb
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
yquem46 (38082) 2013-12-07 2:29
I havent been on this mythic road from Manali to Leh but on the one from between Srinagar and Karghil to Leh and it looks sometimes similar especially at the crossing of Indus with Zanskar rivers
A landscape also similar to that in the Andes, in the argentinian Noroeste, but much more colorful in south america
A good one here quite representative of these Ladakh regions
Have a nice WE
serp2000 (35776) 2013-12-07 2:56
I see this is your 50th post on th TE. Good milestone, best wishes and more interesting photos.
Excellent view of the Jammu and Kashmir's landscape. Perfect DoF for so low F/3.5. Attractive colors! TFS!
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-07 3:44
A scenic cool location & a truly blue river water very well blended into the natural mountain environment. Indeed a fine depiction, excellent fast shutter, crispy sharp, neat and well detailed with excellent blue sky backdrop. Contrast of brown and blue accentuate strength of the shot, great viewpoint. Well done.
Silvio1953 (111078) 2013-12-07 5:42
Ciao Subho, great view of fantastic place, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (17203) 2013-12-07 8:27
I love this, I would absolutely love to drive these roads. Perhaps I would love to it more in a Ferrari than my old Hyundai, but the scene gives me that giddy childhood woohoo feeling! The blue colors are really outstanding in the river, especially as they cut their way through the earth tones of the mountains. Beautiful work to capture this scene like this.
All the best
Nicou (111328) 2013-12-07 8:31
Même la route est bleue sueprbe compo et iamge quel captage et vue ces plans d'eau et ce gris comme il serpentent dans la vallée sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
williewhistler (11266) 2013-12-07 12:57
this is such a good portrayal of a bleak and barren landscape with the winding road adding real interest and the river giving an excellent depth.
A really dramatic photograph that has been very well composed and presented.
Best wishes Les.
pajaran (45522) 2013-12-07 14:18
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa lepim opisom ...
Lep pogled na reku i kanjon ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepa panorama.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Interesting and good article about the place, with a nice description ...
Nice view of the river and canyon ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful panorama.
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
All the best.
SnapRJW (27048) 2013-12-07 23:41
Hello Subho - What a wonderful landscape and so nicely photographed. The ribbons of road and and river lead my eyes beautifully through the landscape adding a delightful colour contrast as they proceed. A very attractive shot. Warm regards rosemary
fabbs99 (14461) 2013-12-08 1:38
This is brilliant landscape.Wonderful shot with great POV, composition and colors.Keep posting and sharing.
trevormoffiet (1800) 2013-12-08 2:24
A terrific landscape image of this apparently desolate region. If you had not included the twisting road one could not imagine that this wild landscape could be tamed.
rbassin (15066) 2013-12-08 4:08
la route serpentant dans ce somptueux paysage, est un élément attractif ainsi que la rivière.
adramad (33584) 2013-12-09 8:08
Wow ..... so great that landscape is as arid and rugged mountains, have a special beauty, the blue waters of the river are a fabulous contrast, the great graphics of the road with its sinuous curves definitely an exciting route.
Very attractive colors in this image.
Superbly managed the brightness and sharpness.
Well done. I love the image.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
Cricri (96993) 2013-12-09 11:34
C'est sublime cette rivière qui serpente dans la vallée, comme la route et ce paysage rocheux qui est spectaculaire, superbe présentation
willperrett (5134) 2013-12-09 12:11
Beautiful, desolate landscape. The altitude and consequent lack of vegetation make this look like a moonscape. Take a look at Patrick Hubert's (yquem46) recent postings from the Argentinian Andes for comparison if you haven't seen them already.
mcmtanyel (8209) 2013-12-09 13:44
This is a stunning photo of spectacular wilderness. The blue skies and the blue river piercing through the bare earth provide a visual relief from the monochromatic landscape.
pierrefonds (53314) 2013-12-09 16:24
The mountains are framing well the river. The length of the river is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the mountains. Have a nice day.
Miguel82 (17317) 2013-12-09 23:48
A mythic road of the Transhimalayas I have taken some years ago and I'll remember it all my life, nice view of the Gata loops, you got wonderful hues and the resolution is remarkable, bravo, all the best, have a nice day
Angshu (53982) 2013-12-10 3:28
If I remember well, the river is called 'Tsarap Chu'. The turquoise waters are too good..the colours coming from the fact that these are glacier melted waters. Only a part of the loops are vsibile, but the beauty of the whole scene is undisputable...
Though I find the picture to be pin sharp...Just wonder, for such landscape scenes, why do you use such wide apertures like F/3.6? You should take this picture with f/8 or lower..
Beautiful shot in any case!
PS : Ki camera use koren?
kato (11102) 2013-12-10 15:59
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the meandering river which flows through the ravine of a mountain and the winding road in alignment with the ridge of the mountain. It's also impressive in color contrast of blue and grey.
seb1lopez (187) 2013-12-11 23:15
there is few to say: wonderful place, and u worked on the blue...personaly, I like it strong, it creates beautifull blue lines in the mineral universe, linked to a perfectly empty sky...
ourania (22744) 2013-12-17 11:26
this landscape is amazing, it has interesting and unusual characteristics, fascinating textures and magnificent colours that captivate the viewer (the visitor must be stunned!) Your composition is very elegant, following the lines and curves of the landscape is very enjoyable. You used the strong light very effectively, setting off the chromatic contrasts and the particular character of the place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
RhodieIke (11039) 2014-01-29 2:43
Wow, Could not resist this one in your Gallery Subho,
What a fantastic capture of this awesome landscape, your Dof, is splendid, the colours gorgeous. Wonderful.
Love it, well done, a great one to be proud of.