Catch it in -20C

It is really difficult to work at 14,000 ft. in the Trans-Himalaya where the temperature can dip to an astonishing -20C, but it is even harder to play a sport like cricket in such harsh conditions. The frozen ball pierces you when you try to stop or catch it, and you can imagine the agony of it hitting your shin after missing […]

Crocheting for Conservation

For conservation to be relevant, effective and long-term, it must benefit both animals and people. Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) along with the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) is working with women in Spiti to produce and sell quality products like crochet handicrafts and others, and in turn, garnering their valuable support for conservation. For almost 20 […]

Penguins of Tibet

Working to conserve snow leopards is a fascinating job. You get to work out of places most can only imagine. But you can also go through years, sometimes decades, of work, before seeing the elusive animal you are trying to protect. And then, suddenly some day, you get more than what you bargained for. That […]

When the mountains moved…

The fading light on the western horizon manifested the imminent arrival of the darkness of the night that would soon engulf the jagged mountains.The formidable mountains always stood stark and motionless, as if standing witness to the long chain of events shaping this remote landscape. Sometimes though, it seemed as if the mountains spoke, as […]

New program for snow leopard conservation

The BBC Wildlife Fund (BBCWF) and the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) are teaming up with the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) to launch a new program aimed at securing a healthy population of snow leopards across Asia. Snow leopards are one of the most endangered big cats in the world. They are found across 12 […]

The Fortress of Gya

Gya, the highest peak in Himachal Pradesh, a towering 6794 m tall giant, but as elusive as the snow leopard. The peak is hidden so deep in a maze of other smaller mountain peaks that it remained unknown till the late 1980’s. Gya is located at the tri-junction of Himachal (Spiti), Ladakh and Tibet. Approaching […]

Death on the highway

This article was published in The Hindu Survey of the Environment 2009 (pages 113 – 118) without the supporting footnotes. The original article with footnotes and photographs is reproduced here. Crunch! Splat! Thud! A daily massacre is occurring under the wheels of our vehicles. Thousands of lives are snuffed out tragically, instantaneously, and yet, we hardly […]

The mysteries of the Lingti valley

Lingti is a little known valley in eastern Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is bound from all sides by high Himalayan peaks and ridges. To the north is the massive Gya peak (6794m); the highest in Himachal Pradesh. Gya Peak is at the tri-junction of Ladakh, Tibet and Spiti. From Lingti valley, towards North-east […]