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21 Photographs By A Jaipur Man Who Captured The Beauty of Himalayas With An iPhone

In a world where we are so engrossed in technology and the addictions related to it, we often forget to look up and see the beauty that lies there in front of our eyes – raw and unfiltered.

But here is a man who hails from Jaipur, is a passionate traveller, active social media enthusiast and a creative photographer who has travelled to more than 10 countries and has been clicking Rajasthan with a different perspective for over 10 years – Gaurav Hajela*. His photographs have been published by the leading websites, newspapers & magazines and he knows Rajasthan like the back of his hand. With two editions of coffee table book ‘Soul Of Rajasthan’ under his belt, his thirst for seeing and capturing new horizons refuses to stop. This time, he desired to explore the Himalayas and experimented with clicking these mesmerizing vistas of Himachal Pradesh with his iPhone.

Jaipur Beat is excited to take you on a road journey from Chandigarh-Rampur-Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa-Fagu and back to Chandigarh through this beautiful Photo Blog, where India just kept getting more beautiful at each turn.

Be ready to skip the beat when you get to see beauty all around surrounding the nature 🙂

On the way from Shimla to Kinnaur, there is a small town called Rampur. And this is what the journey offers you 🙂

Rampur - Gaurav Hajela

The journey to Sangla (situated in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 9000 feet) is no cakewalk. Hence the umbrella rocks are here on NH 22 highway to protect the roads and vehicles which look like some tiny kids crossing a tunnel !

En route Sangla - Gaurav Hajela

Continuing on one of ‘world’s deadliest roads’ but what makes up for it is the company of River Sutlej flowing along the highway and accompanying till Kinnaur 🙂

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The grand and quite a clouded entry to the divine Sangla Valley !

Sangla Valley - Gaurav Hajela

A sight worth melting for 🙂 Tiny tots on their way to school in Sangla, all of them wearing the flowered Kinnauri caps, distinguishing them from other school kids !

Sangla Valley - Gaurav Hajela

A small beautiful hotel Apple Pie at Rakcham much ahead of the Sangla village spotted while heading towards the snow peaks !

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Sunshine falling on snow capped mountains = A Golden Moment.

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Sangla Valley seen en route Chitkul – the last village on India’s side of Indo-Tibetan border, 28 km away from Sangla 🙂Chitkul Village Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat
Not a very smooth road ahead, let’s get distracted by the warm sun, cold breeze, tall mountains and pine trees !

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Do you see a green establishment on the bottom right of this picture ? That’s the little gorgeous Chitkul village from far away. Chitkul Village - Jaipur Beat

An auspicious welcome with flying Tibetan prayer flags 🙂

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The much needed dose of steaming Maggi noodles at Chitkul village.

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Eye-to-eye. A local connection 🙂

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On the way down the hills. Slight drizzling and the greens get greener. On the way to the tiny little Kalpa Village !

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A panorama of Sangla, with a sight of Kinnaur Kailash visible, the peak that is on ever avid trekker’s to-do list !

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Vishnu Temple at Kalpa – Can you stop staring at the wooden architecture?

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A famous monastery in Chinni village !

Monastery at Chinni Village in Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

Tiny Dhaba with a tiny soul peeping out.

Flowing clouds and foggy sky blur the sight of the towering hills and make a picture perfect landscape. This is the town of Fagu, and the netted view you see on the bottom right, is just a glimpse of how the residents protect their precious plantations.

Fagu - Himachal Pradesh

A Pahadi sunset.

Sunset in Himachal Pradesh

That’s quite a dramatic farewell, only till we meet again.

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For those who cogitate that having great shooting gear will help in taking fantastic photographs and it’s just the equipment that give enough competitive edge in taking great photographs, Gaurav Hajela reinforces this belief that its just not technology at every stage but it’s creativity that gives you an edge ultimately.

*The photographer of this astounding series clicked in Himalayas – Gaurav Hajela is also the founder of Jaipur Beat.

 

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A Cycle Affair To Remember – Jaipur Boy Sets Off On Solo Cycling Trip To Kanyakumari

Does reading or hearing about an extra ordinary travel tale give you an instant adrenaline rush to pack your bags and run?  Where do you want to travel to?  A chilling hill station, a tropical beach, a thrilling trek or a road trip with friends? But have you ever thought of travelling to the most important place which you often forget in the quotidian routine of life ? That place is ‘Inside Yourself’ 🙂
None of us are oblivious to the ‘Travel mania’ syndrome spreading like fire all around the world, but there are only few who know why they want to travel, and some find it out during their journey. One such person who is giving us the chills right now is Jaipur’s 21-year old Sudhanshu Verma.

A professional photographer from Jaipur, has began his solo trip on 10th March from Jaipur to Kanyakumari, but there is a catch here, he is doing it on a cycle !

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Started my journey with an overwhelming see off by my cyclists’ family. It now feels a lot more positive with all the motivation and wishes. Thank you all. I’ve crossed Jobner. The sun’s a little harsh but I’m loving this satisfactory feeling inside. For later, will be camping at Sambhar” , said his Facebook update on the first day of his inspiring journey.

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There is one more thing which is pretty intriguing about this zestful soul and his travel story, he is not disturbing his pocket too much. Offering his services in exchange for food at restaurants, living in his own tent and sleeping under the stars are some of his travel goals, not because he doesn’t have money, he very much does, but conventionalism is not something he is meant for 😉

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A photographer by passion, he is not just keeping us hooked to his exciting story through Facebook and Instagram updates, but also leaving us spellbound with his gorgeous photographs clicked during the journey.

This is the first gurudwara I have seen on my route till now. Absorbing all positive energy here.
Yesterday on my way to Bijaynagar I met some amazing people on the road, who turned out to be my host. I can’t appreciate enough for their help. They are doing some great work by promoting ‪#‎swachbharat‬ in their city. Well they saved me from that too. I will reach Bhilwara in the evening.”
– March 13

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Before setting off for this journey, he had joined a group called ‘Jaipur Cycling Comrade’ and there he found his inspiration and motivation to challenge himself for going on a long distance journey riding a bicycle.

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“I was just starting with my journal and All of a sudden tears roll down my cheeks, I was pulled back into flash back.
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I was running late to reach where I had to start my trip. There was no excitement on that day, but I was feeling confident and there was an urge to leave to unknown!
With every stop I took, I met a different soul. Telling me to never stop. I recalled those words from the movie again ” It is not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong.”
So far the journey to self has been wonderful!”

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We are proud of him and wish him all the best for this eccentric journey 🙂