Bde-chen Gompa better known as Hanle Monastery (Red Hat sect) was established in 1624. Due to proximity of Chinese occupied Tibetan border, which is about 19 kms away, the region remains highly sensitive (after Indo-China war in 1962) and is an army restricted area. It requires special permit to be visited by Indian nationals, while foreign nationals are denied entry except for researchers/scholars at government invitation.
In 2004 National Geaographic Magazine ran an article about how against all odds photographer Mattias Klum ended up there to complete his project, which was hugely inspirational for me to undertake this journey. Getting a permit to visit this area remains just as difficult but luck held and the authorities were kind to a single lady traveling that way for the sake of photography. The shot was taken just as dawn was breaking and the valley was bathed in a strange purple light (no Photoshop here). This area was previously part of undivided Tibetan Plateau which is marked by sharp contrasts of sun and shade, night and day temperatures. The topography is characterized by undulating terrain interspersed with rocky hills, and the elevation ranges from 14,436 to 19,029 ft. above sea level. Average annual rainfall is 76 mm, with temperature ranging from -40C to -30C while annual snow precipitation is less than 7 cm.
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.