Pictured here is the confluence of the Zanskar and the Indus River near the village of Nimmu in Ladakh. The one with the dirty green colour (flowing from left to right) is the Indus river and the shining blue one is the Zanskar river. The Zanskar river originates in the Zanskar range, it is a tributary of the mighty Indus. Indus river originates in the Tibetan plateau near Lake Mansarovar and drains in the Arabian Sea near Karachi.
The Indus river does not freeze completely in winter, though it freezes in places and huge masses of ice are seen floating in the river. On the other hand Zanskar river completely freezes in winter enabling the world famous and much documented 'Chadar (blanket of ice) Trek'. The 'Chadar Trek' is one of the most diffcult and beautiful treks in India. In order to escape the harsh winter local villagers from the high reaches of Ladakh undertake an arduous and perilous 9 day trek over frozen Zanskar river to reach Chilling on the Leh highway. It is done in February each year when the river ice is the most stable. They have been doing this trek for centuries. Casualties to life and livestock is not uncommon. Nowadays few tourists also try to do this trek with professional help.
I want to go on this trek in Feb'15, because what I hear is that a new road is being blasted through these rock faces and in about another 5 years time the trek will no longer exist in its present exciting form.
Thanks for stopping by.
P.S As the dates for the Indian General Elections (biggest democratic process in the world)have been declared I will be very busy for the next 2 months working on a statistical project (working almost 16-17 hours a day with extensive travelling). Sadly during this period I will not be as regular on TE as I have been for the last 6-7 months. I will swing by to see and show whenever I get some time. Take care.
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Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-06 0:51
what an incredible panorama can be seen from this POV! Well chosen! I like the color of the river which looks almost unreal against the greyish hills. Nicely composed and with excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
shreya2000 (2485) 2014-03-06 0:53
Fantastic photo showing the majestic mountains of Leh. The colours of the confluence is clearly seen. Well captured.
Fis2 (96773) 2014-03-06 0:58
Good colors and sharpness.
Have a nice afternoon
Royaldevon (38471) 2014-03-06 1:11
I can feel the regret, in your tone, that you will not be able to post on TE as readily as recently. The time will soon pass and it is easy to just pop in and out when out have a few minutes!
I am learning so much about an unfamiliar region which is visually spectacular. The confluence of these two rivers creates an aqua pattern and guide through the barren slopes of the mountains. It is breathtakingly beautiful.
The people in the f/g give us a sense of immense scale.
Thank you for sharing this and good luck with your proposed trek,
Nicou (141134) 2014-03-06 1:44
quelle vue et image cette rivière toute bleus claire sueprbe et le croisement de rivière dans la vallée avec les route quel ensemble et panorama superbe.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (90702) 2014-03-06 1:51
Waaw Subho,what a spectacle!! Absolutely beautiful this valley,magnificent colors and a fantastic 3D effect,it seems to be on an airplane flying on the valley,great details and perfect exposure too! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-06 2:36
wow, what a view dear Subho. The confluence is looking heavenly and you presented it with nice colours and fine depth. A superbly composed one. Tfs.
jhm (152232) 2014-03-06 4:51
Almost not to believe that on these place life people, what a lonely place beneath against the rivers
You chose a very well angle this cares for depth and perspective.
Everything nice on one point to the end of the picture.
You play excellent with light and shadows.
A very nice picture with a lovely composition.
The light cloudy sky shows a nice contrast.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-06 5:45
this place is awesome and you have captured its openness and scale superbly in this amazing shot. It must be wonderful to stand and take all this landscape in first hand, but this shot goes a fair way to demonstrate its beauty and majesty. Glorious!
yquem46 (38752) 2014-03-06 6:12
Sweet memories again !
I think that everyone going to Leh stops at the very same place to watch Indus and Zanskar waters at their confluence. Impressive difference of blue colors between the 2 rivers. a majestuous place indeed
Best regards, have a nice day
holmertz (52022) 2014-03-06 8:00
This is a stunning view of mountains and rivers and it is especially fascinating to watch the clear difference of colours of the rivers.
I wish you good luck with your important job and sincerely hope that the elections will be successful and not disturbed by any violence. I covered the elections in 1989 and 1996 on location in India, but there will be no more elections for me since I am now retired.
cornejo (41761) 2014-03-06 10:11
Hi Subho, excellent view of this incredible place, very well composed and captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. Wonderful image of a remote place, with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (28805) 2014-03-06 10:34
Very beautiful with the difference in colour between both rivers.
An extremely mighty landscape!
The buildings and the truck give us a good sense of the scale.
You have a lot of courage to undertake this trek during the wintermonths next year.
Good luck and best regards from Belgium, Paul
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-06 11:43
a wonderful lands cape. Nice light and sharpness. Good colours and excellent composition.
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-03-06 12:40
This is magnificent, rugged country recorded with utmost care. The colors are lovely, composition beautiful.
Noel_Byrne (31002) 2014-03-06 14:01
What a scene. Epic is the word and as I read your note, the word epic takes on new meaning as I try to imagine this harsh trek. Such wonderful colors and light and a fine sense of the imposing scale of things here. Thanks as always for sharing.
And the best of luck with your work on the elections too. I hope you will continue to find the time to post when you can.
Periko (5154) 2014-03-06 14:27
Beautiful and well framed arid landscape, Subho.
I like river Zanskar color.
dekanski (5180) 2014-03-06 15:36
Very unusual turquoise color of the river! That's the first thing one notices in the photograph. A beautiful landscape, beautiful stories!
Corry (4508) 2014-03-06 21:05
Très belle prise de vue de ces cours d'eau qui coulent au pied des montagnes enneigées. Belle profondeur de l'image et belles couleurs. Bien fait.
rychem (35313) 2014-03-06 22:11
Beautiful place , fantastic mountain landscape and interesting confluence of two rivers, they have really different colors of water, very well captured
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-06 23:13
This is a naturally beautiful mix of colors. Especially the different hues of blue are a marvel.
PS: I will miss you, but I understand...
Silvio1953 (142095) 2014-03-07 7:23
Ciao Subho, fascinating landscape with beautiful river, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Cricri (118835) 2014-03-07 10:31
Un paysage de toute beauté, ces extraordinaire montagnes avec le bleu clair de la rivière, excellent POV , très belle image
adramad (45350) 2014-03-07 10:50
Breathtaking the beauty of nature in this place and we offer in your unifies masterful composition, stunning place with the union of these two rivers, which can be seen in this form of T, the steep slopes of the mountains give a lovely perspective .
Magnificent textures, and beautiful color range.
Very good both luminosity and sharpness.
Well seen and done better.
Have a good weekend.
Waylim (25502) 2014-03-07 12:05
Gorgeous shot, love the turquoise sky and reflected onto the river as well. A wonderful corner where the river split or comes together. I can feel the thin air and cold. Excellent quality photo, maybe just a little burnt out on the clouds.
fabbs99 (17151) 2014-03-07 21:51
Tremendous shot from Leh Srinagar Highway.Rare view from such high pov.Very well done,TFS.
Indrasish (2939) 2014-03-07 22:20
Hello Subho Da,
Wonderful shot here.. I like the composition with this river and mountains.. I also like the textury effect on the mountains.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done dada.. And thanks as always for your informative note..
Good morning and best wishes..
pajaran (60081) 2014-03-07 23:58
Interesantan iu dobar tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na mesto i kanjon ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto, lepe boje.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting and good article on the place, with a description ...
Nice view of the place and the canyon ...
Good shot, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place indicated, beautiful colors.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Graal (102752) 2014-03-08 2:39
very nice landscape. Amazing nature and place. Good shot from fine POV. Great wild nature. I like it.
Have a nice WE.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-03-08 4:58
Majestic nature shot, good p.o.v. and d.o.f.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-09 16:28
First congrats to work in the next elections, they are quite significant, hope all goes well in peace without violence
Your capture from a well chosen POV let admire incredible colors of the rivers in great contrast at their confluence and with the grey landscape
Fascinating place well explained by your informative note
Congrats and take your time
pierrefonds (65860) 2014-03-10 16:38
I like the way the river is leading my eye toward the mountains in the background which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing th details and the colours of the mountains. The good lminosityis enhancing the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
Angshu (56750) 2014-03-11 3:54
This picture proves what I have heard...that the waters of River Indus doen't change colours, but those of Zanskar does...when I went (I have posted a pic as well), the Zanskar was brown & muddy...and I was told that the colour changes post monsoon to what you show in your picture...
Well done shot from Nimmu
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-03-11 20:10
Subho, your gallery is simply beautiful and very impressive..
some places in the world that I have never imagined that they existed, you have presented with such a great detail and composed so beautifully!!
great work, thank you!!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2014-03-23 2:55
Whenever I visit India in the near future, I'd like to visit this place. Those turquoise waters and snow capped mountains are simply stunning. Would you consider recommending tourists to visit this place (with regards to safety and accessibility)?
Thanks for sharing this one. Really stunning place.
fritzi007 (10553) 2014-03-23 16:15
truly a beautiful river landscape with wonderful colors, very good information!
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-03-26 20:31
Hello Subho, I know exactly where that place is. I've taken the same picture some years before but you managed well to get bright hues and a perfect sharpness, it's on the road to go to Lamayuru, the houses and road weren't there so I note a modification, a fantastic region, regards
GiovanniG (3260) 2015-04-27 3:03
Splendid compostion and narrative. Love the perspective on the rivers and the starkness of these mountains. Spot on!