Phototour to Zanskar Valley – Suru Valley

On the second day of our Photo Tour to Zanskar Valley, we passed through the beautiful (rather exquisite) Suru Valley. This was the last bit of greenery we saw before proceeding to the Zanskar valley.

Suru valley is the gateway to the Zanskar region.

It was overcast and was drizzling. We were a bit disappointed. (Actually while coming back we realised, that it was the best weather to be there) We were lucky.

There were flowers everywhere. It looked close to Valley of Flowers in the Uttarakhand.

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We stopped many a times on the way and everywhere you look was beautiful.

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Saravanan, an ace bird photographer was trying his hands on macro photography.

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There were a few village houses around in that vast stretch.

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Sara was always keen to help others and share his vast knowledge.

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We stopped again after we saw this huge stream. Off we went with our umbrellas to capture this awesome scene. Tried using the ND filters which I had to get the really milky effect.

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Wild roses were everywhere growing profusely throughout the valley.

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The village girls who were passing by, stopped to see what we were doing. Since these places have not been accessible to mass tourism, people are very open-hearted and friendly.

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The Generation Gap 🙂
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Some people on the way
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This shot makes me remember my childhood when we used to go to some hideout and spend talking to friends and playing games. Probably these girls were doing the same.

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There were flowers everywhere. We stopped for lunch and could not stop ourselves taking some quick shots of the flora around.

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Most of the roads were bad, and some were extremely bad. Being far from the border, no-one bothers to repair them. Thats good in a way – this part is truly unspoiled. Only the dare-devils come here.
In these areas, you cannot calculate the time based on the kilometers, like the way we do for highways.

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A swollen stream on the way. There were many of them.
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We were awestruck to see this glacier and how water was passing through it. We stopped to take some pictures.

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The journey will continue in another post shortly. Till then take care!

This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer. He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.

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