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Old 28th January 2010, 13:32   #1
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Default A photolog from a forgotten forest

Kalatop, a destinaten often ignored admist Khajjiar and dalhousie.
But what a perfect place to stay for couple of nights.

We reached there after sundown, so it was time for some simple night shots
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Old 28th January 2010, 13:36   #2
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Wow! awesome night shots! waiting for the complete log!!
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Old 28th January 2010, 13:38   #3
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Default Day 2 Paragliding etc.,

Paragliding is fun when you leap from the cliff, to the Khajjiar ground. The flight is 15 minutes long, and takes you a km down.

But first some random shots
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After that it was time to haggle from 3000rs original quote to 1200rs, and drive up 6kms along the Khajjiar road.
But its not so simple. The 1km trek after that is almost vertical and trecherous. But views from the paragliders perch are spectacular


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The fun gets better with 300mm lens. the wind is strong, and the pilot wants to wait till it gets tame. so time to shoot?
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Thats Khajjiar through 300mm lens. Way way down!
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No eagles dare here, only Jet Black Jungle crows
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finally wind is low, and its time to fly
Two shots, from the many I took
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After that its time to drive down, and eat at Khajjiar... And then head back to our forest, to our sunset point.


CONT.....
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Old 28th January 2010, 13:39   #4
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beautiful pictures - tremendously attractive lighting!
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Old 28th January 2010, 13:45   #5
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Great teasing pics. waiting for more
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Old 28th January 2010, 13:48   #6
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Default An ode to the Sunset.....

The sunset point is not so tough trek. Only problem, getting lost again and again on the meandering trails.
Its not as high as Dain Kund, or the airforce station, but nevertheless, a great vantage point
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With the 18-55 lens comes the realization, the sun needs to be brought closer, and then shot.
Since I'm not bruce almighty, its time to take out the 75-300

Solaris burns strong, and I have trouble even looking into the viewfinder even with sunglasses!
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but as the earth turns, it gets weaker, and redder. What a sunset, what a sight

Though the skies are clear, the plains are in pea soup fog. Its that fog solaris tries to penetrate, succeeding, and failing at the same time
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Going down
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Down
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Almost gone
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But still some fight is left
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And then in a flash, the sun is gone, leaving behind a painted sky, the likes of which I saw many moons ago in california
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A couple of parting wider shots
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With that it gets dark, and its time to head back to the guest house... and wait for the night... and dinner

CONT.......
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Old 28th January 2010, 14:01   #7
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Oh! boy...what a scenic place and wat a excelent photgraphy.
Great going "TSK".
Its really a haven on earth.

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Old 28th January 2010, 14:06   #8
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With the 18-55 lens comes the realization, the sun needs to be brought closer, and then shot.
Since I'm not bruce almighty, its time to take out the 75-300

Solaris burns strong, and I have trouble even looking into the viewfinder even with sunglasses!Attachment 275740

Of course amazing sunset pics. Great sequence of the sun setting.

And next, isnt it dangerous for eye to lookout to the sun through the viewfinder - even though this will be setting sun and glasses.
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Dear Tanveer,
Brilliant pictures, as always!
By the way, i've been to this place twice.
Both times, i've walked to this place from that entry point, i don't remember the name of the place. Have had tea and walked back.
How do you book accommodation there, Tanveer? Is it possible through HPTDC?
Thanks for the pictures again.
Cheers,
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Old 28th January 2010, 14:21   #10
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Very nice pictures. Sunset pictures are amazing, no word for that. First pics too is great.
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Once again, back with a bang. Night shots are pretty good but the icing on the cake are the sunset pics.
They seem to be even better than those from jaisalmer and jodhpur.

You seemed to have now mastered the art of capturing the sunsets well.
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Of course amazing sunset pics. Great sequence of the sun setting.

And next, isnt it dangerous for eye to lookout to the sun through the viewfinder - even though this will be setting sun and glasses.
Yes it is, thats why I held the cam like a compact, and looked at the viewfinder from a distance, approximating where the sun would be. I shot a lot of shots, the ones you see here had sun in them

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Dear Tanveer,
Brilliant pictures, as always!
By the way, i've been to this place twice.
Both times, i've walked to this place from that entry point, i don't remember the name of the place. Have had tea and walked back.
How do you book accommodation there, Tanveer? Is it possible through HPTDC?
Thanks for the pictures again.
Cheers,
Deepak
I think you went to Khajjar and not kalatop forest as there is HPTDC here, only a FRH which you book from their office in chamba division. You can got to hpforest.nic.in for details
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Very nice pictures. Sunset pictures are amazing, no word for that. First pics too is great.
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Once again, back with a bang. Night shots are pretty good but the icing on the cake are the sunset pics.
They seem to be even better than those from jaisalmer and jodhpur.

You seemed to have now mastered the art of capturing the sunsets well.
Thanks!
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Old 28th January 2010, 16:47   #13
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Tanveer, AWESOME, that is really just an adjective, i think you should start a copyright for your pictures....
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Default It continues

The night was not really clear, so the shots are ordinary
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Our cottage
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Polaris
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Next morning, time to head back. We decided to amble along a bit to chamba instead of taking the road back from Dalhousie.
Could have gone 60kms to Bharmour from there, but would have taken a lot of time.
So we decided to drive along Ravi, and try to get access to the river from a country road.

After driving quite some time, saw the river getting wider before the chambor dam, and therefore it was time to ask for directions.
Locals told us no access here, but 2 kms or so ahead, there is a "zero point" from where a road leads down.
Zero point turned out to be a crest where the road turned away from the river.
We took the country road down which was paved and nice.
But the road ended and became a narrow gravel track.
Asked the locals, and they told us to go ahead.

Soon the gravel track became worse, and slipping and sliding we came to the end, barely 50 meters from the river side.

Was it a site to behold? You bet!
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There was a motor boat parked here, probably used by locals to cross over. The guy asked for 800rs to take us 5kms to the dam.
No ways!
So we did little exploring on foot only
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Notice the barren hills. The entire region is heavity deforested for agriculture, barring the Khajjiar and Kalatop wildlife sanctuary area
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MEanwhile the boat guy was looking interested again, and I offered him 50rs for a short round. He agreed!

So time for a boat ride....
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Default The boat ride

India is a land of Jugaad, and this boat was one of the most wonderful juggaads I had ever seen.
A simple wooden boat, with a diesel genset(small typle) in the middle, connected to a propeller. The accelerator was a string held in the guys hand
Something like a "Maruta" in water
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The view from the water was awesome
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Behind those hills the river meanders to the dam
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The boat ride ended, and it was time to say goodbye to the river Raavi
Parting shots
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Time to take the narrow path through the fields to the white elephant parked somewhere behind those trees
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the last shot from the trip
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And with that it was time to head back through maddening Pathankot NH-1A, probably one of the worst examples of how not to build roads....

So ends this incredibly short travelogue, or photologue. Probably the smallest I ever wrote!

THE END
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