Situated 67 km away from Leh, the village of Alchi is famous for its isolation and significant Himalayan heritage. Alchi is located in a valley at a relatively low (Ladakh standard) altitude of 3165 metres.
Alchi is home to the Alchi Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh dating back to the 11th century. Thirty-two Kashmiri wood carvers and sculptors helped to build the structure and it is particularly famous for its painted murals and frescoes that display an Indian touch in terms of style and design. These paintings display the five families of Buddha and other deities.
Alchi also has a number of other monasteries of interest, including Dukhang, the oldest temple in town and famed for its engravings and carved images of Bodhisattvas. The temple was designed in the image of the universe and employs a special geometric design. Sum-tsek temple is typical of Buddhist art with a carved wooden facade and huge pillars. Lhakhang Soma is a modern structure with elegant columns featuring engraved lion faces.
Summer is the best time to visit Alchi when the temperatures are pleasant and mustard crop in full bloom. In this frame, the ladies with a kid 'wade' through the sea of mustard, with the Himalayan mountains looming in the BG.
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jhm (155185) 2014-06-03 3:16
It yellow mustard field makes these picture very attractive.
Also the background cares for a nice mountain view.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent composition and very well captured.
Very well done, TFS.
cargus (10273) 2014-06-03 4:09
Beautiful landscape, beautiful colors, well framed and rendered, image well done.!
pierrefonds (68063) 2014-06-03 4:26
The wideness of the field is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is shwoing the details, the colors of the field and of the mountains. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (55562) 2014-06-03 6:18
A lovely spectacle in summer when the stunning yellow flowers bloom in the meadows is a sight to behold indeed. An awesome capture that this fills the frame with loveliness and superbly managed light with impressive contrast to the backdrop. The vital human touch as always is a great value to finish off handsomely and their speck of vivid colous
give a final boost to the whole shot. A wonderful tranquil shot so pleasing to view, My congrats, TFS
Sergiom (82729) 2014-06-03 6:36
Que ces fleurs jaunes donnent de belles opportunités de photographie. Elles donnent de la joie au paysage que semble apprécier cette petite famille des yeux et des mains.
Nicou (145072) 2014-06-03 7:51
fantastique vue et iamge sueprbe compo quel champs jaune sueprbe et la roche la falaise en fond c'est sueprbe merveilleuse compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Wanda1 (15142) 2014-06-03 9:22
You bring us an absolutely beautiful image, with those yellow fields of mustard plants which contrast so well with the brown mountains in the background. I like the inclusion of the trio to add in a bit of local life to the scene too.
lousat (93564) 2014-06-03 9:59
Hi Anghsu,i seen a lot of pics showing us yellow fields,but never with a magnificent scenery in background like in your post,absolutely beautiful,cuaght in the best way and postprocessed with the usual top class,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
GyurMaster (4808) 2014-06-03 12:58
Very beautiful. It could be an excellent landscape. Without the people on the left. That's why I only give a moderate smile.
PaulVDV (29781) 2014-06-03 14:55
A very strong and beautiful contradiction between the fertile and the rugged landscape.
Attractively composed in horizontal layers.
I read the previous comment and I'm not so sure about it. I think that the inclusion of the figures on the left gives a sense of scale.
In July 1993 I've also visited Alchi and its monastery.
Best regards, Paul
papagolf21 (103710) 2014-06-03 23:32
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Une proposition photographique très réussie comme à l'accoutumée.
Un réel plaisir à contempler et à admirer.
Très bonne journée.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-03 23:39
Quel contraste entre ce champ coloré et les montagnes arides en arrière-plan!
Fis2 (100604) 2014-06-04 6:34
Excellent colors and POV.
Persons add savor of photo.
Have anice evening
pajaran (62476) 2014-06-04 6:56
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o Alchi sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano.
Lepa priroda i trenutak sa posetiocima, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Alchi interesting article about the history and description, a nice view and a second ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, well shown.
Beautiful nature and timing of the visitors, the beautiful colors.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
chrislo (4097) 2014-06-04 7:58
A fine composition of this wide yellow field bordered by a nice array of verdant trees. The brown mountains are seen in striking contrast to the yellow flowers. It reminds me so of our rape fields in France in spring. A very scenic landscape which you turned into a very attractive photograph.
Didi (60588) 2014-06-04 15:38
Nice deep coloured foreground
If I had a chance to be there I'll make a stitch of two horizontal pictures To see more of the right mountain :)
worldcitizen (8858) 2014-06-04 18:46
This is a very attractive scene and composition. I like the yellow color of the mustard fields in the foreground, and the layers of trees and then rocky hills in the distance. The people are perfectly situated in the frame, and their clothes are bright and interesting. Very nice!
shreya2000 (2629) 2014-06-04 23:40
Very nice pic showing the 2 different things of nature. A field in foreground and nice hills in background. Very good photography. I like it.
danos (99760) 2014-06-05 1:15
nice the view of this colourful land with the native people to add life in the photo.I like the multi-leveled beautiful scene with the far end snows on the top of the backdrop of the Mt. to makes the image even more effective.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-06-05 21:24
Nice composition of Ladakhi mustard fields, with an accurate framing. The different colours of the landscape form nice natural layers.
Royaldevon (40250) 2014-06-06 0:10
The mustard crop creates a bright vibrancy to the f/g and, also, creates a strong contrast, in colours and textures, with the later trees and mountains.
The family group adds scale and human interest, particularly the small child, who is fascinated by the flowers, reviving interest in the f/g.
Have a good day,
dip (23890) 2014-06-07 12:38
beautiful colorful image!
I like the inclusion of the people in frame,
mkamionka (38329) 2014-06-08 14:03
that is so funny I have recently showed a yellow field as well but of course from a quite different location. amazing view opens here just behind the yellow field,
COSTANTINO (66493) 2014-06-11 5:50
this scenery looks so amazing like
a scenery from a fairy tale
this carpet field is very attractive
the wideness of the field adds depth
have a nice time
macjake (69729) 2014-06-13 5:28
there are a couple of members on TE that often show the Northern areas of India, and i'm so appreciative of that...its so different from the 'usual' indian photos and scenes we see.
I don't think i've ever seen a field of mustard before :) for obvious reasons its very photogenic, and when you can place a mountain range in the bg - well, what more could you ask for!
a very 'pretty' scene, well captured with the women as well.
I'm sorry to disappoint you Angshu, but in the end Tosca and I did not visit Capadoccia in Turkey :(
all that planning and preparation...
the weather was not co-operating at all. So we decided we will have to wait for another time in the future :(
but i do appreciated your help and effort.
holmertz (54895) 2014-06-17 7:06
A wonderful view and the inclusion of some people makes it even better. The dark green screen of trees provides a fine barrier between the yellow field and the brown mountain. The composition is also very well balanced with the yellow area covering roughly two thirds of the view,
wolf38 (31296) 2014-06-24 7:52
Hello Angshuman. A beautiful landscape with great depth and with fantastic colors. Of course, the people are great in the picture. My compliments for this successful shot.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-07-17 0:29
lovely shot . amaZing landscape and colors.love the colors.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-11
- 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/3.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Ladakh - "The Broken Moon"
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-03 1:15