Traditional chai wallah sitting by his chula (wood-burning clay oven). Sarvari Bazaar. Indian Himalayas.
Jasminum parkeri in bloom all over the mountains. Named after Richard Parker who, besides being the tiger in Life of Pi, first collected it in the Western Himalayas.
Winter thunderstorms roll across the Himalayas bringing snow and rain.
Old Himalayan farmhouse below Kotadhar with beehives built into the wall (where the clothes are drying in the sun). The Bara Bangahal range is covered in snow on the other side of the valley. Around 7,000 ft above sea level.
Cricket at 7,000 feet above sea level. On the Shoda Dhar ridge in late afternoon sun. Indian Himalayas.
People of the Hills XXXX: Woman wrapped in puttoos (heavy woollen handmade shawls) as the snow begins to fall. In the forest above Banogi village. Indian Himalayas.
Snow falls all the way down to the River Vyaas (a once-in-many-years occurrence) as a crow flits across the leaden skies. Indian Himalayas.
Looking north from the temple of Bijli Mahadev (Lord Shiva as the god of lightning) in the snow at dusk. Indian Himalayas, 2480 metres (8,140 ft) above sea level.
Bas-relief stone carving of a goddess garlanded with wild narcissi. Originally made in the Kangra valley, Indian Himalayas.
Basant Panchami: The first day of Spring. The king of Kullu has his feet washed as part of the day’s rituals, at the Raghunath temple in Sultanpur. The royal pandits are bearing the moorti (statue) of Raghunath behind the king.
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