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Photographer's Note

This shot takes in almost all of Dhankar village, high up in the part of the Tibetan Plateau that comprises India's Spiti Valley. Dhankar holds the only fortress in Spiti, since it was the erstwhile capital of the Nono, who ruled the valley. The fortress itself is above a one-thousand-year-old Buddhist monastery, both built precariously on crags overlooking the river valley.

Within the picture, on the left, the river is the Spiti river -- and it's actually a thousand meters below the point from which the picture was taken. It's not possible to see the sheer drop from Dhankar down to the river, but it's hair-raising to look down from parts of Dhankar monastery.

The buildings at a higher elevation in the center are mostly monastery buildings, though the yellow two-storeyed building in shadow on the right is also part of the monastery, albeit a newer addition.

If you look very carefully, you may see lighter lines running along below the monastery -- these are goat tracks used as often by the inhabitants of the village. Looking at the rock formations decreasing in length from the right towards the left, you'll see a gap -- that's where the road into Dhankar goes further to Lalung village.

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  • Copyright: Sanchia PD (Sanchia) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 4] (47)
  • Genre: 場所
  • Medium: カラー
  • Date Taken: 2006-06-20
  • Categories: 自然
  • Exposure: f/2.8
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 1:34
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