Photographer's Note

Between the year 1905-1908 Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer and illustrator Dr. Sven Hedin discovered that this river formed high up on a slope of the Tibetan Kailash Range of Himalayas. In Sanskrit it is known as the 'Sindhu' or the 'defender'. The early Tibetans believed that it had snaked out of the holy Manasarovar or Lake Manas in Tibet. It saw the rise and fall of one of the most evolved civilizations in the world - The Indus Valley Civilization. Mutely was a witness to India being attacked, ransacked and plundered at various period of time by Alexander the Great, Nadir Shah (of Persia) and Mahmud of Ghazni.It is the lifeline to one country (Pakistan); another country (India) derived it's name from it. It is the mighty River Indus.

Further westwards, at the valley of Padum, the rivers Doda and Lungnak meet and another great river is born, the River Zanskar.

What could have been a clash, is a beautiful and peaceful union in an awe springing and picturesque setting in Ladakh, near the village of Nimu. The green blue waters of Indus meet with the slit laden murky water of the river Zanskar. In the picture, the slow moving green water on the left is the River Indus. The coffee colured water is of the Zanskar. They meet and merge to form the Indus. Hundreds have witnessed and captured this confluence (Sangam in Sanskrit) on their camera, but we all need our share….don’t we? So this our take!

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