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 […]

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 […]

When the cat did not have its fill

Or How apparently harmless human presence can disturb an elusive carnivore by Rishi Kumar Sharma (Rishi is in field at the moment with little access to email and I am posting this on his behalf) It was a usual summer morning at Spiti; the first rays of the sun were illuminating the tops of the […]