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The Indus Basin

The Indus Basin
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-17
Categories: River
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-25 6:25
Viewed: 3839
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This panoramic landscape belongs to one of the most treacherous high altitude terrains on the earth in Ladakhy Himalayas.

I was driving next to the serpentine course of river Indus basin on my way to Chumathang from Leh at an altitude of 14,000 feet ASL to see the spectacular colored mountains of Chumathang close to Indo-China border. Barren landscape, huge boulders in the arms of Himalayan ranges, with a turquoise blue water of Indus river had been flowing besides us as our constant companion.


The Indus river which lends India its name also known as the 'Lion River', flows across the high altitude cold desert region of Ladakh in an almost straight line from the north west to the south east, passes through the Leh valley and flows into Pakistan.

The Indus, having originated hundreds of kilometers further east from near the Kailash mountain and the Mansarovar lake in Tibet, enters India in the region of Skardu in Baltistan. While water levels are high, between the end of June and late August; travel agents at Leh, the capital of Ladakh offer many fascinating rafting expeditions lasting one or three-four days in the river. The best time to raft this river is during July - September when daily trips are organised.

Indus river is one of the most scenic white water runs anywhere in the Himalayas. The view is breathtaking which takes one through the Canyons in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges with various monasteries or gompas along the river bank.The icy cold and clear river have rapids generally of I and II grades and at some places, has grade III rapids.

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Hi Subhash
Very nice shot
Beautiful sky and good composition

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-25 10:31]

Hi Subhash,

Another exquisite landscape giving the feeling that no one was there except you. It has an out of this world look. The sky, river and mountains are all beautiful. You have composed this perfectly.


The sublime beauty of Ladakh is well captured in this shot, Dr Subhash.
I was watching a program on Ladakh on Discovery channel yesterday, so this view also adds to my perspective on the land I visited only once in 1988.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Mr. Subhash,
A beautiful landscape capture showing the Indus Basin. Very well composed with excellent light. Thanks a lot for shariing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-27 0:08]

Hi Subhash,
Beautiful landscape.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting.

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