Ladakh in Grayscale- When all Colours Fade

Sindhu Murthy

Ladakh, India

The desolate topography of Ladakh in India has been an enigma for tourists and travelers alike. Every year, thousands of people flock to the remote land of high passes to experience its beauty and culture. While the selfie obsessed tourists with set itineraries flock the most popular spots like the Kardung La and the Pangong Lake, popular as the 3 Idiots lake; the bike riders embrace the tough roads in Ladakh to experience the high of raging their two wheeled beauties in the land often referred to as the Mecca of bike riders. Then there are the enthusiastic travelers who intend to go far beyond the obvious and explore the unknown.

The contrasting landscape of Ladakh makes for a great subject for capturing images in gray scale.

One thing that is probably common across every individual visiting Ladakh is the desire to capture the best of the views of Ladakh through their lens- be it with their mobile phones, the ever popular Point and Shoots or the high-end DSLR cameras. The green pastures, the snow capped peaks, mineral rich hills with multitudes of colors, high altitude lakes which change color with the changing angle of the sun rays, the bluest of the skies and the turquoise blue glacial streams look the best of their colors in the thin air against the barren landscape of Ladakh. The vibrant colors in every aspect of Ladakh make it a photographers paradise. However, the contrasting landscape of Ladakh makes for a great subject for capturing images in monochrome. Here are 15 images of Ladakh in grayscale which prove that the actual beauty of Ladakh lies in its contrasts and not just its colors.

New tarmac road – It is a luxury to have a new road in the desolate terrain of Ladakh

The art of marking territory with thorns and Boulders. captured at a village named Merak on the banks of Pangong Tso.

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

Road to Infinity: Along the Thoise air strip in Nubra valley

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

Homestay in Hunder of Nubra valley

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

An abandoned truck near Nyoma

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

The protected bio diversity hotspot in Tso Moriri Lake

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

Hanging bridge across the Shyok river in Nubra valley

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

King of the Road- Trucks for transportation in the grueling landscape of Ladakh

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

The last Aryan Race: A Drokpa girl in traditional attire.

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

Of bridges and streams- A wooden bridge across a glacial streams

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

Lego homes: Beauty in brick, wood, and mortar

Ladakh monochrome photography

Nesting high: A monastery perched on the rocky hill

Ladakh monochrome photography

Eternal beauty: Does color matter?

Ladakh monochrome photography

Pashmina Sheep grazing in the Indus valley

Grayscale photographs of Ladakh

One can never get tired of photographing the beauty of Ladakh

Off to you now! How do you like Ladakh in monochrome? Let us know your thoughts for we are all ears to know if you loved it as much as we do.

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