Photographer's Note

My todays upload shows a "lonesome monk" on the rooftop of the Buddhist monastry Spituk, near Leh in Laddakh, North-India.

I've been travelling in 1995, 4 months in India, at the end of my journey the way led me to Laddakh (literally translated from Tibetian language "moonland"). The scenery there looks unreal, most of the time I felt like being in adream. It was one of the most impressive places I've been.

In this Northern tip of India the atmosphere is really peacefull, the only bigger "city" Leh has got only 28000 inhabitants.
What a big contrast to the overpopulated and hectically rest of India

In the high altitude dessert of Laddakh the temperatures in winter are getting extremely cold, but with allmost no snow. The Hiamlayan range stops the monsoon clouds, before they can reach to "Moonland", so there is just a little bit of rain during spring and autumn. Only where the Indus river brings his waters there is the chance to grow something.

The Indus river flows there in an altitude of 3500m.

At end of September the temperatures are getting lower and lower, the very short summer comes to an end. In winter time the temperatures are very low (sometimes between -20 & -30C)

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