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Paradise for Motorcyclist....

Paradise for Motorcyclist....
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-07
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 DG MACRO, UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: INDIA : Leh-Ladakh
Theme(s): My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-14 10:05
Viewed: 3978
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Hello motorcycle riders, this is your place to enjoy. The Ladakh roads, thrill, adventure, and lovely scenery to watch. But very nerve breaking, b/c if you miss the road...you missed for a life forever!

With the hairpin bends down to Lamayuru, surely one of the most picturesque and dramatically situated villages in India, if not in world.

Masterpiece of road design and engineering, the Hangru loops, popularly known as jalebi bends-carry the Kargil-Leh road down from Lamayuru to Khaltse. KUDOS to Border Road Organiztion, under Indian military who construct these roads. This is the point, virtually whole of the stretch can be seen in all its serpentine length of bends, loops and whorls.

There are total 23 such bends. There is one particular point from where one can see almost those bends (hard to capture though). The color of mountain is due to the alloys and minerals it has got. One can see not just gray, but red, russet, dull purple, ochre, pink and even green.

There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.
Christopher Darlington Morley

ps: Have a look in WS to see another view of these hazardous trails

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2007-04-14 10:21]

Fantastic landscape and view!

What a landscape! Great to see that road meandering to the valley. Magnificent shot. The colors of the mountains are beautiful. Interesting note too.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-04-14 10:30]

Hi Vandana

Wow! That's quite a winding road! Good downward pov. Tfs!

Hello Vandana!

Just a quickie!! That is a delight for touring enthousiast like me (^_^). I love driving twisty roads in a sport car.

Hard on brakes and nerves, but so much fun !
Great POV and composition to capture the whole scene.

See you in two weeks....

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  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-04-14 10:41]

Hello Vandana,
I like this superb POV of this winding road. Great details. Congratulations. TFS
Have a wonderful weekend

interesting view here vandana :)
i like the natural patterns formed by the moutain
good clarity and sharpness :)


Great. Like a painting. Wonderful lines, textures and colours. The way the lines and colours flow into each other is just amazing. Nice note. I like the quote.

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-04-14 11:48]

This is a very impressive view Vandana, i love the colours as well!

Hi Vandana
Absolutely would love to ride my hawg through this winding road. Great POV and excellent detail. This may have been the inspiration for "the Long and Winding Road". Thanks for sharing.

Vandana I think in the real life this is a 100x more impressive, somehoe with photo's like this the real
depht fades away on photo's , but do not get me wrong, this is so special!
(IM O the one in the ws is even a bit better)
Have a great weekend :-)

hi vandana,

well composed and great capture of details. interesting place :) cheers!


Hello Vandana,
We have this kind of roads in Norway too!
One in particular (Trollstigen) is popular among tourists...
You have found an impressive point of view here, and the frame gives a good impression of the place...
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-04-14 13:26]

HEllo Vandana,
you right that makes motorcycle rider's heart beat faster. What a scenery with all the diffrent earthen colors and nice textures. Great POV to see all those hairpin curves.

Great shot Vandana, where are my leathers!!
Beautiful landscapewith lots of detail.

Regards Mark

WOW, nice road. Good photo nice colors and contrast. TFS


Hi Vandana.
Very nice landscape and great view.
Best Regards

* Piotr *

hi vandana!
wonderful perspective, great photo and view on this road.

Ah! This is so lovely capture Vandana! I love the road (and I ride motocycle:) Endless details all the way and super composition!!!
I like various textures of the labscape that you captured so well:)

Looks quite dangerous! It reminds me of the winding zoom-zoom road in the Mazda commercials! Would be an enjoyable ride, with no regard to getting hurt (gotta have youthful enthusiasm!)

Hi Vandana, I don't know if it is a paradise for a motorcycle because I don't do any but it's a very nice pov on the zigzaging road. Not easy to drive there. Well composed. Nice repetiton of the slopes.

Great work, Yan :)

The longest distance between two points is the curved line or something like that. Nice place for F1 racing. Nice and different landscape. It is a little bit similar to the Kyber's pass in Pakistan.
TFS, Sylvain

Hi Vandana,

Great shot here my friend, I guess this is just like riding the Isle of Man TT course. Probably slower though as there looks like a lot of tight twists there :)

Great aerial shot


No thanks Vandana, I become very ill driving on roads like that, There are some here in Tasmania much the same. Two excellent images with good definition and lovely colours. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Helen Trauber’

What a maze! Effective pov with good shapness and exposure. Indeed bikers will like this terrain. Best regards Vandana!

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2007-04-15 1:43]

Hi Vandana,
Very nice landscape. I like the winding and twisting road. I agree it would be fantastic driving there with a motorcycle.
AND nerve wrecking too.
Well done,

Sad making view in a fantastic taken POV !

Hi Vandana,
Excellent point of view in this very nice composition. I like the roads effect and how you framed the picture.
TFS and cheers

Hi Vandana,

I don't have a motorbike, although I must admit this must be a real challange to speed downwards (imagine Sheelbeesmom/Linda/Calamity) is traveling with 150mph down this hill :) Boy don't want to know what the impact would be if anything goes wrong.....

Anyhow, a splendid panoroma you show us here, excellent Vandana really superb!


:) Later...

Well, this is a diffrent photo.
Sorry but it reminds me a little of a drive to a funeral. There is something sad about this photo and that aspect I do not like.
Like you discribe its a dangerous road and we can see that.
No flowers-trees, as if death is all around there. When a photo makes us fall in love with it it has applied on our emotions, feelings.. when ..like here ..it makes me feel down / sad it also applied strongly on my feelings
That is the reason I have to give you an enormous compliment Vandana!


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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-04-15 8:04]

Hi Vandana
Wonderful landscape photo.
Nice colour.
GR Jos

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-04-15 10:03]

Wow, what a place !!!
Great shot; wonderful colours !


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-04-15 10:13]

Paradise of off-roaders, indeed! Vandana, this is a very intersting captur: great details in the roads all the way down!

Ciao Vandana.
Beautiful landscape scene with those bending roads.
Reminds me of the slopes on the 'Etna' in Sicily. Always big fun to drive.
ps. Thanks for your workshop.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-04-15 12:43]

Great view, excellent POV. The colours and sharpness on this shot are also very nice. I'm not sure I would want to go down that road :)



Hey Vandana,
We have been on roads like this in Norway, France and Switzerland...
also with the car it's nice to drive this kind of roads, although they sometimes are quite narrow.... and dangerous!

The landscape itself looks very dull... no plants and trees there.......
But.. that's something you can't change..
Nevertheless it's a very nice capture Vandana.


Hi Vandana.
Interesting motive. Excellent composition, fantastic shot. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2007-04-15 15:01]

hello Vandana
i see wonderful nature photo with your impressive perspective.
composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, sharpness, details and framing are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Vandana,
What a beautiful landscape, great to see. Amazing shot. The colors of the mountains are beautiful. Interesting note too.

Good work

Stunning scene Vandana! Great POV for capturing this winding road. Colours, sharpness all excellent. TFS. Pat.

great view... nice shot.. tfs

Hi Vandana, now this is a nice scene viewed from a good shooting point. Reminds me of the Tv commercial Zoom Zoom...and can't for the life of me remember what car it is they're advertising. It does look like a fun and challenging drive. Good OV, compo and detailed throughout the image. Very nice shot with true to life colors and thanks so much for sharing this one. Lyndon

Hi Vandana!
Beautiful view with just great composition.
Good work!

Hi Vendana
güzel bir çalışma , güzel kopmozisyon tebrikler.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-04-16 12:39]

Hello Vandana,
Beautiful montain landscape picture.Very interesting view.The colors are class. The composition is super, wonderful detail.Wonderful presentation.
My compliment.


This perfect!! If only we had something like this here, we would be riding up & down all day! (^_^)
Great POV & interesting natural colour contrats.

Well done & TFS

Hi Vandana

Beautiful colors..and amazing place..

I'm not a biker..but I'm just impressed..

Very strong deep of focus and sharpness.

best regards

Hi Vandana,

Beautiful look of this highway for motorcyclist, I am sure that will be full of them after this vision there running. an interesting fact is that she reminds me for the curves the descent of São Paulo for my city, that is below the sea level, and she has these curve, only that it changes the landscape, here it is alone earth, in mine it is surrounded by the Forest of Atlantic Ocean. Interesting.
Congratulations for the beautiful look!


Inaam sent this link to me a few days back and I was amazed at the twists and turns! I wonder if I would make it all the way down! Wonderful interesting shot!

Oh! This is just stunning Vandana! What a great POV and DOF! This place is so...special. I'm not sure that I might feel safe there :) This is an excellent picture with great details and colors. It looks almost surrealistic. Very well done! Thanks,

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-04-17 22:00]

Very cool roads! They look like they'd be sooo fun to drive on. Great pov! TFS

Namaste Vandana,
Ah this shot reminds me of so much, as I travelled some 25 years ago on top of a truck on that particular road, before it was diverted (terribly frightening, those some 18 hairpin curves just after Lamayuru) - returned there 17 years later, this time travelled in the cabin of Kashmiri truck drivers, and did not feel that more safe.
Thank you to remind me of those "precious" moments ...

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-04-18 18:43]

Wow, Vandana! What a scenery... all those hues of brown, beige & grey. Beautiful, the road adds a nice pattern.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2007-04-18 23:08]

Hi Vandana,
An amazing view. I woul dlove to drive on those roads.

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  • orkhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 152 N: 366] (3549)
  • [2007-04-19 10:56]

I don' know if if can ride my VTT here !!!
anyway, beautiful landspace, and a nice postcard.
I missed you, Vandana.

Hi Vandana,
I am repeatig that: wonderful shot,very good composition,excellent sharpness and details.
Thanks for your sending/sharing.
Best wishes.

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  • pranab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 0 N: 537] (3143)
  • [2007-04-26 14:52]

great capture of this barren landscape. mother nature has her beauty in everything even if thereis no life present. great color and detail. excellent pov.

Increduble view, really well caught by your camera..



hi Vandana,
wining POV, resulting in a really fascinating posting.
Great photographic quality.

Well done and have a great weekend.
:) :) Later

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  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2007-06-07 6:59]

Hi Vandana,
Your photo remind me such good souvenir of motorcycle riding (witch I did for ... 25 years). This is the kind of road that you can ride three time because you come back from where you started. Just enough details vs landscape to let us feel the atmosphere. Well see !

Hi Vandana,

Cet enchevêtrement de routes est superbe. Belles couleurs, dans cette image bien composée.

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2007-06-18 16:28]
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Spiral gradient of the road has been composed beautifully in this high altitude image. Hues of the rocky strata is looking magnificient. Wonderful shot didi, well done.

Thanks for sharing this image.


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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-01-29 1:46]

nice and sharp stunning pic

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