Photographer's Note

Nyoma acts as an administrative center of the Changthang region of Ladakah. Changthang is a high altitude plateau extending from south eastern Ladakh to all the way east in to Tibet. Only a small portion of 1600 km stretch of high lands crosses the border in to Ladkah.

Most of the region is marred with salt beds and is unsuitable for cultivation. The majority of people of Changthang are nomadic pastoralists known as 'Changpa', for 'northerners,' or 'Drukpa' for 'nomads' in Tibetan.

Large areas of Changthang are semi-arid with very little vegetation in the region. Most of the pastures and agricultural lands are confined to limited areas along the riverbanks. The winters are extremely harsh and can be critical for livestock due to lack of grazing areas. Come the summer, life is infused back in to the grass lands with the growth of vegetation.

The picture captures one of the pastures on the onset of summer along the river beds of Indus.

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