Weekly Photo Challenge : Solitary


A lone hiker resting, on the Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama trek in Himachal Pradesh, India, near the Indo-Tibet border; one of the most remote places in India. – For this week’s photo challenge : Solitary

Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama Trek, Himalayas

Living in a city and surrounded by people there is always a sense of companionship, which is comforting, but I still yearn for some solitude in a day to relax, rejuvenate and meditate. A solitary walk or a few moments of seclusion is different from living in seclusion. I felt the true meaning of being ‘Solitary’ while travelling to the greater Himalayas recently. The place is completely isolated and sheltered from city life, and the people still live with and at the mercy of nature. The area is cut-off from the rest of the world, there are no phone connections and the life of the people there hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. While trekking through the massive barren mountains I realised how minuscule & solitary I was, in this desolate place where only nature rules.

More information on Kinnaur.


31 Comments Add yours

  1. R Srinivasan says:

    Thanks for visiting and leaving your COLORFUL footprints on my self-exploration of Solitude (http://sreeniviews.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/solitary-the-greatest-thing-in-the-world-is-to-know-how-to-belong-to-oneself/). I loved going through your explorations and expressions. Warm regards and love.

  2. Gunta says:

    Thanks for sharing an experience most of us can only dream of.

    1. It was once in a lifetime experience for me! Will share some more photos from the trek soon.
      Love your images! Following your blog and look forward to more 🙂

  3. danajoward says:

    Beautiful photos. I wish I could travel there…it is an ideal place to visit. Thank you for sharing Solitary. 🙂

    1. Thanks! It’s an amazing place 🙂
      And thanks for dropping by.

  4. leahJlynn says:

    wonderful photos, I wish I lived near some a great place as this.

    1. Thanks! Ah, I wish that too! 🙂

  5. Mithun says:

    Barren, rugged yet so beautiful ..amazing how people live there 🙂 .. must be a simple and happy life out there 🙂

  6. Landscape/Mountains like that make you feel small.

    1. Yes, so true! Nature is so amazing!

  7. janina says:

    I’d like to visit there. I’ve seen documentaries about those majestic areas. Seeing those images does make one realise how small Man really is, in the overall scheme of things within Nature, even ‘tho we think we’re Big. Lovely piece and photos, ritu!

    1. Thanks Janina 🙂 It is indeed a very beautiful & peaceful place to visit and I feel fortunate to have gotten the chance to do so!

  8. djmrakiey says:

    amazing ! thanks for stopping by ♥

  9. ailsapm says:

    As there hasn’t been a new WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge so far this week, perhaps you’d like to join in the Weekly Travel Theme http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/09/28/travel-theme-foliage/ xxx Ailsa

  10. Wolfgang says:

    Like the first photo. Good composition and colours. And I love this sky 🙂

    1. Color Odyssey says:

      Thanks Wolfgang 🙂

  11. What a beautiful place, and you captured it immaculately!

    1. Color Odyssey says:

      🙂 Thanks Yulia!

  12. janina says:

    Ritu, May you have a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it. In the new year, I look forward to more of your fascinating journeys throughout your life and participating in them vicariously. Best to you, :O)

    1. Thanks Janina! 🙂 Wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year too!
      Best wishes,

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