November 30, 2016

A high altitude oasis- Hunder

Photo Details: Lake in Hunder, Nubra Valley, Kashmir, India (34.5753° N, 77.4989° E) Sept 2009

Hunder is a small village in the middle of the cold deserts of the Nubra Valley in Kashmir, India. It is a cold place with a desert that is actually very cold with sand dunes. Close to the disputed Siachen Glacier near the so-called border with Pakistan, it is an area tightly controlled by the Indian Army. The sand dunes and the desert is not exactly your Namibian-ish desert; still its rolling expanse is quite a sight especially being in the high altitude- it is cold! Even though the area surrounding the village is acrid and desolate, Hunder itself is quite an oasis famed for its orchards, nuts and flowers.


November 29, 2016

One of the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world- Shinjuku

Photo Details: Shinjuku Crossing, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan (35°39'30.65" N 139°42'4.79" E) May 2015.

Hi guys, I am back!
It has been over 3 years since my last post. I have been busy during this period, not with travel or so much with photography but with my family- my son is now 5 years old.
As a result, my travels these days are not the same as it was previously. With a young one along, we are now more in the mood of “family travels” where most of the time is spent in cities and/or more child-friendly environment. So the photos that I am taking these days are not so “outdoor” but more street photography, mixed in with lots of family photos.
Therefore I am now changing the format and focus of this blog a bit. I will still be posting photos- in fact I am planning to do a “1-photo-a-day” regime very soon- with less exif data. I am also write about travelling with family and especially with a young kid. There are challenges and there are tips that we have acquired along the way that we would love to share with everyone.
So, here we go.
Shinjuku Crossing is supposedly the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. At the peak hours, there are literally hundreds of pedestrians crossing this square block of traffic junction at every change of lights. This is one of the highlights to experience for anyone visiting Tokyo especially if you do not come from an Asian country where crowds are the norm.