Drang-Drung glacier

Drang-Drung glacier

What flows, goes far.
What goes far, must return.


Panzila (14,436 feet above sea level), a mountain pass connecting Suru Valley to Zanskar, overlooks the 23 km long Drang-Drung glacier, flowing from Doda peak at 21,490 feet. Here begins the Stod river, a tributary of Zanskar, which later joins the Indus. Near it also lies the Panzila glacier, giving rise to Suru river, flowing in the opposite direction into the lush green Suru valley.


From Panzila pass, a view of the Doda peak and the Drang-Drung glacier, is a sight that amazes on self-sustainability of creation. Here begins the journey, frozen and static in the deep layers of ice, inching into the glacier belt. A frozen force, journeys more than 23 kilometers, melting into water, rapidly moving towards the ocean. The only objective being to merge with it’s source. From the ocean, it soon finds its way back in the form of rain and snow on the top of the mountains.


So where lies the beginning and end? It’s the discovery that can ground us in the most fundamental way. A view of the Drang-Drung glacier from Panzila pass is a reaffirmation that the beginning is mysterious and beyond definition.

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Photo : Drang-Drung glacier from Panzila pass.

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Photo : Drang-Drung glacier from Panzila pass.

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Photo : Drang-Drung glacier from Panzila pass.

19 Comments

  1. adarsh goindi

    Vow, this is amazing, doesn’t seem real….its such a fantasy………..these pictures make it difficult to believe, there exists a place so pure…..too good.

  2. Now this is smthin really g8 bhaiya…… osm photography….

  3. Mohindra Chadha

    Incredible!!

  4. Raj Mehta

    Amardeep’s pic-text combo is always something else…As usual, this installment is as refreshing as the cold mountain breeze you often encounter at an alpine pass…

  5. Surupa Chatterjee

    The wonders of this earth are mysterious, limitless and beyond our narrow
    comprehension and your photographs every time forces us to think beyond the ordinary realms of human lives…..Yes where is the beginning and where does it end…..they take us on a mystical journey over and over again….Brilliant!!!

  6. Khushrow Bharucha

    Wow! That’s Amardeep doing what he does best!

  7. amarjeet kaur

    Whata brave job you have done Amardeep. I only saw glaciers once in a time in my life when we went to Hemkunt Sahib. I felt wondered that on this much high these glaciers are making ways to welcome man and you brought visuals for us.Thanks a lot.

  8. Rajinder Modgil

    THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE HEAVENLY. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU HIS GIFT OF AN ARTIST /PHOTOGRAPHER. YOU MUST HAVE TREKKED HARD TO REACH AND PHOTOGRAPHED THESE BEAUTIFUL SCENES. I WILL TRY TO CONVERT SOMETHING OUT OF IT INTO PAINTING.

  9. Kamaljit

    Beginning. ….End….great

  10. Kamaljit

    Beginning. ….End… Beginning. …..great

  11. Sanjana Kiran

    Breathtaking. …

  12. Amarjeet

    NICE ONE.

  13. Jasmeet

    Brilliant work!

  14. Hoshiar

    Wow…

  15. Geetali

    simply brilliant.

  16. kishore kumar biswas

    There is a rhythm in the nature , in the universe. Invisible but active.Nothing in nature is unnecessary and everything is linked with each other. They are bonded with reason. Here Amardeep brings the story of water – clouds- rain – snow – water.
    The water comes from the peak of the mountain , it’s source, to turn into clouds. It turns to droplets in pain to return to its source. It rushes to the earth . It freezes on the top of the mountain . begins its slow journey to the ocean , gradually gain momentum changing into water. At the end jumps back to the ocean to start the cycle of journey again. Thus a cycle completes.
    Throughout the whole journey a magnificent divine design takes place. The design takes many shapes in cloud, rain , snow, glacier , stream , river and ocean. A meticulous design. Perfectly chained into a circle. A divine circle .
    Here Amardeep with his extraordinary ability presented this magical harmony in nature through his brilliant photography and thoughtful text.

  17. Dhiraj

    Awestruck because it looks so unreal! What a beautiful way to present the cycle of water and life! Superb stuff!

  18. Dipika Sen

    Full of information never known before…the glacier and the surrounding are so serene that it seems time has stopped here!!! Kudos

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