April 2016 Photo Contest – Results out!

We received some brilliant photos for the April 2016 photo contest. Our trekkers keep surprising us with different shades of familiar trails. Here we share the best of the lot. Congratulations to the winners! Keep trekking and keep clicking!



The landscape topped with fresh snow. The snow laden bridge right out of a fairy tale. Truly a winter wonderland!

Kedarkantha - Sanyam - Passing a beautiful bridge on Day-Summit day

 1st Runner up

 Bharghavi NDeoriatal Chandrashila

The Himalayan magic at Chandrashila peak. The foreground, the lights! A truly amazing composition.

Deoriatalchandrashila trek- Bharghavi N-The himalayan magic at chandrashila peak

 2nd Runner up

Shayak RaychaudhuriSandakphu

A trekker enroute Sandakphu blanketed in mist and surrounded by brightly coloured rhododendrons. We love it!

Sandakfu-ShayakRaychaudhuri-rhododendrons, mist and a trekker enroute Sandakfu_01


1. Shayak Raychaudhuri – Sandakphu

The Sleeping Buddha. We love this image. A common shot with extraordinary composition and sharpness. The trail to the left takes us to the mountains in the background.

Sandakfu-ShayakRaychaudhuri-view of Sleeping Buddha on 2nd day of the trek_01


2.Sushil Chauhan – Prashar Lake

This image is a bit hard to capture considering the cold night` and long exposure shots. We like the torch  pointed to the eye of the star trail.

Prashar Lake- Sushil Chauhan-Trails Logo


3.Shruthi CS – Kedarkantha

Don’t miss this lovely house during your descent from Hargoan to Sankri. In the midst of tall green pines. What a place to stay!

Kedarkantha-Shruthi CS-View during descent from Hargoan to Sankri


4.Aditya Desai – Kedarkantha

The last rays of sunlight seeping through the clouds, the sharpness and silhouette in the foreground makes this image special.

Kedarkantha-Aditya Desai-The last rays of sunlight seeping theough the clouds


5.Sanyam – Kedarkantha

Passing a Shephard’s hut on the Kedarkantha trail. One can’t help but feel humbled by the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Kedarkantha - Sanyam - Passing a Shephard's hut on Day 4


6.Alok Singh – Har ki Dun

The gold colored snow plume, colours that appear only during the golden hours makes this image special.

HarKiDun – Alok Singh – Smoky peak at Swargarohini, view from Har Ki Dun


7. Tanmoy Kanungo – Goecha La

Twirling branches and a meandering stream. The splash of pink adds to the magic in this photo.

Gochala_Tanmoy Kanungo_Welcome to Kokchurang


8. Arun Nayak – Everest Base Camp trek

Monk and the prayer wheel. This portrait says stories with spinning prayer wheels in the background.

Ebc GokyoRi_Dr Arun Nayak_Monk and the prayer wheel


A note about our judge:

Ravindra Joisa

Ravindra Joisa

Ravindra Joisa is a resident of Bangalore and has spent his childhood days in Mangalore, Karnataka, India. He is an outdoor lover and has completed several treks such as Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar and Roopkund.

He was gifted with his first camera – Canon Powershot 100/130 IS (Point and shoot) at the age of 23, using which he had experimented different types of photography for about 5 years. At 28, he bought his first DSLR Nikon D600 (full frame, currently using D610) along with a 50mm 1.4D prime lens.

Ravindra now specializes in photographic education and plans for leading photo tours on weekends. He uses a unique blend o
f illustrations, animations and photographs along with his experience in photography, all of which makes learning photography easy and fun. 

You can take a look at this website here – http://www.ravindrajoisa.com/
You can also follow his accounts on Facebook or Twitter. He’s always posting fantastic pictures!


Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers. A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content. Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact in a person's mind, body and spirit. Read Swathi's columns. Watch Swathi's videos.