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Mohabbat barsa dena tu..saawan aaya hai..
Tere aur mere milne ka..mausam aaya hai..

Monsoon is here..the season to shower your love is here…

The clouds hide my beautiful snow peaks. Mt Trishul and Maa Nanda Devi are just there, right behind these clouds. Still, the clouds and mountains complement each other so very splendidly !

Gagar, Ramgarh, Kumaon Himalaya, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, September 2015.

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Jis tann ko chua tune, us tann ko chupaun..
Jis mann ko laage naina, woh kisko dikhaun..

O mori Chandrama, teri Chandni ang jalaye..
Teri unchi atari, meine pankh liye katwaye…

I hide the body you touch.
What about my soul that you touch with your eyes. The high, bright moon burns me and I have cut my wings.

The moon looks lovelier and forlorn in the Himalaya.

The full moon rises from behind the hills at Gagar, Ramgarh, Kumaon Himalaya, District Nainital, Uttarakhand. Hand held shot, 375mm, f5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO400, Cropped

11pm, 4th June 2015
* Lyrics Gulzar Sahab

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Lillaah…
Ek tasleem ko har baar meri aankh jhuki hai…
Aap ko dekh ke badi der se meri saans ruki hai…

Looking at you I forget to breathe and my eyes bow down in salutation…

View from the Masters Touch room-Soulitude

What a glorious breathtaking view !
Standing tall, the hallmark range of the Indian Himalaya ! The mighty names of the Kumaon and Garhwal Himalaya.

Maa Nanda Devi is the highest peak entirely within India. Kanchenjunga is higher and is partly in India and Nepal.

Trishul 23360 ft
Mrigthuni 22490 ft
Devtoli 22270 ft
Maiktoli 22320 ft
Maa Nanda Devi 25643 ft
Nanda Khat 21690 ft
Peak details in the comments.

All peaks, about 100km, as the crow flies, from the viewpoint at Gagar, Ramgarh, Kumaon Himalaya, Uttarakhand.

* Tasleem means salutation/greeting/resignation/submission.
* Lillah means praise be to the Lord.
* Writer is Gulzar Saab.

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Udte patango mein….
Holi waale rangon mein…
Jhumenge phir se dono yaar…

Wapas to aaja yaar…
Seene se lagaja yaar…

Among the flying kites and between these beautiful colours, we will dance again my love…please come back and hug me…

In love with oil painting. When beautiful Himalayan colours meet the freedom of a digital brush, its amazing to re-imagine and deepen the saturated hues on canvas.

Soulitude In love with oil painting

The scene is real, the colours are part real, part fantasy. Gagar, Ramgarh, Kumaon Himalaya, Uttarakhand. February 2014.

Brings a smile, to realise that a Bengali, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, has written the Urdu lyrics and composed the song.

Apne ruthen, paraye ruthen, Yaar ruthe na…
Ruthe toh Khuda bhi ruthe, saath chutte na…
Allah waariyan, mein toh haariyaan…
Tutti yaariyan mila de oye…

Here ‘Yaar’ can be a friend, a lover, a passion, a hobby, a vocation or just about anything dear to us.

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Aaoge jab tum saajna…
Angna phool khilenge…
Barsega saavan, jhoom jhoom ke…
Do dil aise milenge…

Flowers blooming in Soulitude garden

Flowers will bloom in our garden when you come…
And the rain will dance when our hearts meet…

Gagar, Ramgarh, District Nainital, Kumaon Himalaya, Uttarakhand, September 2015. Hindi quote Irshad Kamil.

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On a clear day, one can see Trishul, Maa Nanda Devi and many more mighty peaks, through this window.

View from Quitude Room

Have never actually sat on these chairs. Though it would be the perfect setting for a great cup of tea/coffee with a nice book and watch the clouds stroll by. Always want to be outdoors, in the beautiful fragrant realm of the Himalaya.

Gagar, Ramgarh, Kumaon Himalaya, Uttarakhand. September 2015.

Oh My God, you are so beautiful !

Magic. From my bed at dawn.
Waking up with these mighty peaks. Outside temperatures are sub zero, with wind chill. The room is enticingly warm. Still, I have to step outside and view this magic ‘ruhbaruh‘ !

View from the Masters Touch room-Soulitude-Gagar

On view, through this window:
Nilgiri Parbat~Nanda Ghunti~Trisul~Mrigthuni~Devtoli~Maiktoli~Nanda Devi~Nanda Devi East~Nanda Khat~Trails Pass~Pindari Glacier~Nanda Kot~Lapsa Dhura~Dangthal~Chiring We~Suli Top. Peak details in the comments.

In the Kumaon Himalaya at Gagar, Ramgarh, District Nainital, Uttarakhand, January 2011.

* Picture is as shot. No manipulation, no objects added or removed, no Photoshop. It’s a clean, true to Himalaya shot. (Some normal contrast, exposure adjustment done)

I got lucky with this shot. I have attempted it since, several times, without luck. I happened to be at the right place, at the right time with the right light.

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