i see clear blue sky, i see pure white clouds, i see sand dunes, I see sand storms, I see last beam of light hitting the mountain, i see mighty river flowing, i see snow caped peaks, i see nature. I am in Baltistan.
These mountains have been calling me for 4 years. I remember my first time in 2009 when i first landed on this land. It was a dream come true. On my return, i made a bond with these mountains and asked them to make a promise; that they will call me every year to meet them. 4 years have passed and i am still meeting them every year. My affair with mountains is not less then any romantic tale.
It brings me close to nature, the Creator. Observing the last beam of light hitting snow caped peaks and then diminishing, vanishing in no time. That is my best thing to do these days every sunset. It feels like as if the Creature has lighten up a candle made of mountain and snow.
I feel powerful, but yet very small when i compare myself to the mightiness of nature. Not just the mountains, but mighty river flowing miles and miles, sand dunes changing its shape along the river side every day.
After every long day trip of photography and conversation with nature, i get to sleep in one of the most amazing hotels “Khaplu Palace & Residence“. A 200 year old palace, well preserved and now being run by Serena Hotel. Staying in such palace takes you back in history. My room is again part of the palace, old, wooden work all over and dim lights.
I feel alive. At least for days i will not have to face traffic jams and buildings. I will be staying a month or so in Gilgit-Baltistan, living close to nature. Reason behind is simple; i need a good conversation with myself, to explore myself.