1. I am again back to Madmaheshwar after 6 years with my brother Ujjal Banerjee. Madmaheshwar is one of the five Kedars in India. According to legend, Lord Shiva's navel fell here torn apart by whom else…Bhima! When lord Shiva was trying to avoid the Pandavas in the guise of a buffalo, Bhima recognized him with a trick and caught hold of the buffalo. The resultant tug-of-war dismembered the buffalo into six parts. The five places where the five parts fell are the five Kedars – Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar. The sixth part fell in Nepal, and that is the Pashupathinath temple. Other than being a pilgrimage to Lord Shiva, the place is rich in flora and fauna and offers all the diversities a trekker can dream of. We start from Hardwar as usual, reach Rudraprayag at a distance of 162 km by bus. We stay overnight at Rudraprayag.
2. Next morning we reach Ukhimath, a distance of 43 km from Rudraprayag. The idols of Kedaranath and Madmaheshwar are brought down here during winter by a spectacular ‘Doli-Yatra’.
3. We reach one kilometer ahead of Uniyana village by jeep, a distance of 22.5 km from Ukhimath. I have visited this area two times before, once in 1996 and the second time in 2001 with my mother. The first time, we had to trek all the way from Monsoona, a village 7 km from Ukhimath, and the second time from Yogasu, a village 7 km from Monsoona. Then, it was a trek of about 70 kms (up & down). Now it is only 36-38 km (up & down). There is now rapid development in Uttaranchal, and the road-project upto Gaundar village will leave a trek of only 20 km (up & down). Good news for locals and businessmen, but certainly not for Himalaya-lovers.
4. We reached the Buda-Madmaheshwar top after a trek of about 1 hr from Madmaheshwar. After we reached the top this is the scene for which I have traveled thousand miles for the third time. There are four pools of water in Buda-Madmaheshwar-top mirror-reflecting the mountain ranges. And the top is also a nice Bugiyal (grass-land).
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bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-11-10 4:04
very very good picture! I love these colors, clearness, really very well done! ...and these reflections are wonderful, congratultaions!
claudio74 (7263) 2007-11-10 4:13
Very nice mountain landscape,the reflection is very beautiful
Tayon (1985) 2007-11-10 4:26
fantastic composition and reflexes on the water...
it's a mirror!
great colors, DOF, POV and sharpness.
I liked the division with the land between the real and the reflex...
indoka28 (5261) 2007-11-10 4:35
Beautiful shot of Chaukhamba..!! I liked the reflections more the actual mountains..!!! The sharpness is just a small problem here..!! so I have tried a WS for you..let me know how u like it..!!
Good shot..!!! very nice compo..!!
arnabchat (7233) 2007-11-10 4:42
falling in love with these places, surely, following your posts. I have been around there places but plan to visit in future.
PSkillz (1327) 2007-11-10 4:47
jusninasirun (17162) 2007-11-10 5:45
This is a very gorgeous composition. The reflection is superb. Brilliant POV and excellent DOF.
gneufeld (15890) 2007-11-10 11:13
This is a very striking and stunningly beautiful image with incredible light, colors, reflection, and perfect composition. I wish you will post more. Excellent work and TFs. Gerald
dhurjati (2709) 2007-11-10 22:17
From the thumbnail view, I mistook it to be "Chandratal" - the snap of which I had just posted with quite similar surroundings and stunning reflections.This one looks very impressive.I would have personally loved to see more of the lake water to be included and some details about the place to be added in your "Note" section.TE is a global community and not many people knows where this place is.Myself being an Indian doesn't know so forget about the rest.Note always helps dear friend.
Taking nothing away from you for this fabulous composition though :)
Greetings and welcome to TE,
janneman (2860) 2007-11-24 8:13
Lucky you with this beautiful blue sky and the perfect mirror in the front.
Ber (8242) 2007-12-17 6:59
very nice composition and pespective at the mountain from over the ponds. The reflection is superb.
debrajchatterje (6) 2008-01-04 10:11
what a fine reflection and colour. so calm and quiet mood.
scalerman (26900) 2008-01-07 4:55
I: landscapes and Post-processing don't get any better than this - at least for a screen. There is perhaps a little strange noise in the sky, but your image is still impressive. regards, c
crckt (7222) 2008-01-10 6:23
Loved this shot for the excellent reflection and warm colors. Very well written note too. I have to say that I like your version more than the WS.
cfreire (11741) 2008-01-11 4:41
It's a superb picture very well composed with great colors and contrasts. The reflections are splendids and very clear. Good POV and framing. Keep up your good work. Best Regards, Consuelo
parpali (2616) 2008-01-11 14:37
very good picture..
noborders (1010) 2008-01-12 8:25
I was attracted by the colours of the thumb : opening it, I feel facing a marvel, - pristine nature, delicate clouds, splendid reflections : fantastic scenery really,
Vagabond (5848) 2008-01-18 3:47
Wonderful scenery, well captured with strong colours.
scobert (5355) 2008-01-23 19:18
Your photograph is magnificent just like the scenery. I live the Colorado Rockies and I am sure that the distant peaks would just tower over our 14,000 peaks. This scenery is just stunning! I am overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas. This is incredible photography! I normally don't like to give people much Photoshop advice but I would recommend doing a "magic wand" on the blue sky only and reduce some of the noise (soften the sky). This is a minor flaw only for such a splendid image.
- Copyright: indrajit bandyopadhyay (indraajeet) (1912)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-30
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/3.3, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Uttaranchal Peaks [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-10 4:03
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