Lazy Sunday Photo- Star Struck

by Mridula on July 20, 2014

in Canon D550,himachal pradesh,India,Photography

I was star struck, no literally, this time at Batal in Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. You might have noticed that I vanished for a week, the plan was to visit Chandratal, the stunningly beautiful lake close to Batal. I managed to reach the lake this time though the blue skies eluded me. However, at Batal, for a brief period the weather gods were kind to me. They lit the sky with a million stars! I was so thrilled that I did not leave my tripod behind!

Night Sky at Batal, Spiti

Night Sky at Batal, Spiti

This is what I could capture and I have to say for novice at night photography, I am happy with it. Also it was not so cold that I would freeze to death when I stayed out. I do not enjoy freezing to death on cold nights at all. A good down jacket and I was fine outdoors. In fact, I actually enjoyed staying out and turned in only when clouds covered the sky.

tent batal

A Tent and the Night Sky at Batal, Spiti

No accommodation can beat staying in a tent under a starry sky, at least for me. There would have been a moon rise at some point but then the clouds obscured it! Though, I am not complaining at all.

We went in a jeep up to Batal. There is actually a jeep route all the way to Chandratal but on the day we were going the road was closed. I am probably happier that we walked about 14 km in the stunningly beautiful region. The very next day while coming back, the jeep could come in 9 km ahead as they were repairing the road.

I am really happy that I managed to sneak out to the mountains in the end. It always leaves me a much happier person. So, tomorrow while driving if I demonstrate more patience you know why!

I trekked with Rama Kant Sharma who is a responsible trekking guide and family friend as well. I will leave you today with the pictures but of course the tales will follow.

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Rachit Aggarwal August 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I have never seen such beautiful starry night in my life. And also, I don’t know how you arrange to stay in tent at such a secluded place.
Will definitely need your no. someday to involve you in planning for next trip..


Bikram July 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I loved the sky and the tent .. a night in that place I bet it was awesome ..

I so want to do that myself



rupam { xhobdo } July 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Truly Awesome photos and post.


Indrani July 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

Wow! Sounds like a great adventure.


Mridula July 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

Going to the hills is always good for my health Indrani, it was an adventure too!


Maniparna Sengupta Majumder July 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

Twinkle twinkle little stars many of them !!!
..and really they are like diamonds…great night shots Mridula…


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thank you Maniparna.


Anki S July 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

Brilliant Night Shots dear.Very clear sky…Awaiting more stories :)


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

And in two hours it was completely overcast! But I got two hours to star gaze :D


Kokila July 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

MY God! Mridula………….. Its amazing, beautiful…. surreal !! Speechless !


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thank you Kokila nature often leaves us speechless!


VJ Sharma July 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Beautiful views and well captured.
Mridula, this is a common view from my home in Himachal and now I appreciate it better. Whenever I visit my parents, we try to spend some time on the roof-top to witness these beautiful views.


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

VJ we do appreciate it when we no longer have it I guess? Great that you can see this often at your parents place!


Lady Fi July 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

What a gorgeous starry sky!


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.


Mahesh Semwal July 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Getting such pic in night is quite difficult, you are not only a great photographer but lucky too :-)


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Mahesh for me yes, I do struggle with such pictures!


sindhoooo July 20, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Fantastic pictures! The simplest things make our happiest moments, right? I think, small pleasures keep us alive…

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Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

True Sindhu but seeing such starry sky is no longer simple in the cities :D


Tushar July 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Only two photos from 14 km trek? :(


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Tushar, all in good time will post more.


Shrinidhi Hande July 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Nice. Was it clicked using Lumina 1020 or Canon?


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Shrinidhi these are Canon pictures with tripod and sometimes remote release as well.


Najm Nisa July 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

I am craving a star grazing spree now ! Very beautiful!


Mridula July 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Thank you Najm and I hope you get your chance soon.


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