Weekly Photo Challenge: On a Himalayan Scale

Ladakh's Mighty Mountains
Cars crawl along the ginormous Himalayan slopes like ants – do you see them yet? Click to enlarge the picture
In case you still haven't spotted them - here they are!
In case you still haven’t spotted them – here they are!

After more than a week of driving around in the Himalayas of Ladakh, it was easy to get used to the massive scale of our environment and forget that we were in the middle of (and sometimes on top of) the world’s mightiest mountain range. 4000 metres, 5000 metres, we’d seen them all. Of course, when we got back to the cramped lanes of Mumbai, it was almost heartbreaking to think of the immense and open landscape that we’d left behind a few flight hours ago.

I found this picture among the hundreds that I’d taken over those 9 unforgettable days in one of the most barren, yet beautiful places I’ve been to.

The first time you look at this picture, you’re probably thinking – ‘Yeah, well, mountains. Big ones, okay.’

But I’d like you to click on the picture to open a full-sized version and take a second look, a closer one (pretty please?), and draw your eyes to the winding road along the mountain on the bottom left – see those 3 little ant-like things on the road? Those are medium-sized vehicles actually, two SUVs and one mini-bus. And now imagine, if that’s how tiny the vehicles look in comparison, you and I’d be sort of, well, invisible here. Amazes me every time, that realization.

(And now I’m trip-nostalgic, *sigh*)

This post is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.” (click to see more interpretations)

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