There’s a cliché image people have of India. It’s busy, loud, a bombardment of colours and smells. There are cows in the middle of the road and the traffic is a nightmare. And in the cities, this image is absolutely accurate. But there’s another side of India, one that far fewer people know. It’s the India that lies beyond the city borders, far away from the capitals and tourist attractions. The India that’s remote and pure, secluded and serene. It’s the India of the Rabari and the Ladakhi, and the one we had set out to find.
"The Central Himalayas is very special for many reasons. For one, it’s the roof of the world. Home of some of the world’s highest mountains, it’s an absolutely majestic arena to take in"
For the same reason, it’s also a highly inaccessible region. You can’t get to Ladakh in winter over land. Tibet you can access because it’s on a plateau, Nepal you can reach because it’s on the edge of the Himalaya. But Ladakh is right in the middle of the world’s highest mountain range. As such, it’s completely isolated and snowed in most of the year. The only way in is by plane and even that’s very unreliable because of weather and high altitude.