Five hundred kilometres is a long way, especially through the cold Himalayas. It is also what it takes to reach a snow-quilted Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh from capital Shimla. The photographer undertook the journey—with a quick stop at Kinnaur—for the love of Himalayan wildlife, and encountered it aplenty. He returned fuller than intended, memories inhabited by the great outdoors and its winter playmates: cold rivers, hot momos, and apple orchards dusted silver.
Located halfway between Kibber village and Spiti’s district headquarter Kaza, Kee Monastery offers grand winter vistas.
Ibex are the prime prey of the snow leopard.
Sheep-wool socks made by a women’s self-help group in Kibber.
Ceremonial drums at the Bhimakali temple in Sarahan, Kinnaur.
A baby red fox indulged the photographer near Spiti’s Chicham Bridge.
Shichling is a tiny village dotted with barren willow and poplar trees.
The Spiti River sparkles and sings beneath a bridge connecting the towns of Kaza and Tabo.
Sambit Dattachaudhuri is a photographer, film-maker, and travel guide. He is the co-founder of the travel initiative called 'The Doi Host'. When he's not playing FIFA, he's usually planning a road trip to the remote Himalayas to take you on.