Spituk Gompa Star Trails

By: Ajay Talwar, Nilesh Vayada


Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India

2010 November 02


From the photographer: "This two-camera two-hour star trail photograph highlights the Spituk Gompa situated high above on the banks of the Indus river. A tranquil spot to contemplate and shoot trails of brightly shining stars at Leh. Om Mani Padme Hum, the six syllable Buddhist mantra, is beautifully carved in wood at the Spituk Gompa temple. The bright yellow structure encloses a metal carved Buddhist prayer wheel. In the background mountains, vehicles can be seen coming down (just below the star trails) from Khardung La - considered by many to be the highest motorable pass in the world." - Ajay Talwar, Nilesh Vayada

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