Nitish Waila | India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ (@nitishwaila) โ€” Traveller & Adventurer โ€ข Mountaineer โ€ข UI/UX Designer
๐Ÿ†NatGeo MII 2018: Best Adventure Photographer
๐Ÿ“ทFeatured: NatGeoโ€ขBBC Earthโ€ขCanonโ€ขVivographer
Do you know this place is called 'Moonland' and why not? Just look at it ๐ŸŒ•
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Do you know this place is called 'Moonland' and why not? Just look at it ๐ŸŒ• . Since it's a super moon tonight and supposedly my westerner friends will also see a beautiful Lunar Ecplise, this is as close as I can get to Moon with my camera ๐Ÿ™ˆ . #whpwanderlust@instagram . #moonland#supermoon#lamayuru#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#dryland#cpfeatureme#earthcapture#lookatthosecolours#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals
20.01.2019 15:26:05
When you wander and just wish to get lost ๐Ÿ”๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฉ๏ธ
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There are times during my trave
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When you wander and just wish to get lost ๐Ÿ”๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฉ๏ธ . There are times during my travels where I really have this feeling to just be lost in a place. Hanle turned out to be that exact kind of a place where it's so raw yet so serene. . Do you feel the same at times? Which are your favourite places that you wish to be lost in? . #whpwanderlust@instagram . #hanle#colddesert#desert#goldensands#sandstorm#minimalism#winterinindia#winterlandscape#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#cpfeatureme#earthcapture#lookatthosecolours#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals
20.01.2019 06:06:41
If you haven't guessed it yet, this is  Iceland... of India ๐Ÿ˜‰โ˜ƒ๏ธ
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If you haven't guessed it yet, this is Iceland... of India ๐Ÿ˜‰โ˜ƒ๏ธ . Sending down chills to my bones just by a look at it, this is how charming Dras looks in winters. With the Moon rising and that beautiful post sunset sky the whole landscape look right out of a fairy tale, just that my fairy for this shot was a man ๐Ÿ˜‚ . Last few posts have been about this wonderland and it's super heros. This one is purely about the beauty of Dras, the coldest inhabited place. Hope you all have loved this winter side of our country, I will definitely be returning back to Dras soon because I just can't resist. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿคฉ . #coldestplaceonearth#dras#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#snowpeak#snowwhite#moonrise#winterlandscape#winterinindia#jktourism#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#beautifuldestination#indiapictures#bbctravel#himalayas#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#dslrofficial#whpwanderlust
18.01.2019 08:44:58
Yes, we do have Ice Hockey in our country  and we have players that represent In
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Yes, we do have Ice Hockey in our country and we have players that represent India on international level. I was lucky enough to meet one here in Dras @mirziaurrahman ๐Ÿ™ . Being such a remote location and the coldest place to inhabit, the Humans of Dras really felt like 'Superhumans' to me. I was stunned by the fact that even at such harsh conditions and being cut off from the external world mostly, people have this amazing grit to be sportsmen and play for their country. . Almost every young guy here plays Ice Hockey in Dras now. I have been fortunate enough to meet young amazing players who have all played Nationals and are preparing for their selection in the Indian team. And leading this pack of talented sportsmen is our hero of Dras @mirziaurrahman who is the only one in this village yet who has represented India on several occasions and is now helping everyone to reach that level and beyond ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ . When I see such talent hidden in the snow covered extremes of our country, this really makes me proud. But more than the pride, this also makes me sad about how these people have to struggle for the very basics of life which will eventually help them improving their skills. . With all my high aspirations and hope, I really wish these Superhumans of Dras progress to the highest levels in their sport and life. Also wishing that our govt support their life in the best possible manner ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ . #icehockey#hockeyindia#winterinindia#winterlandscape#icerink#puck#iceskating#coldestplaceonearth#dras#jktourism#redbullphotography#givesyouwings#india#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#bbctravel#himalayas#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#cpfeatureme
17.01.2019 08:27:25
HUMANS OF DRAS. DO GIVE IT A READ ๐Ÿ˜‡
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This place is labelled as the second colde
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HUMANS OF DRAS. DO GIVE IT A READ ๐Ÿ˜‡ . This place is labelled as the second coldest inhabitable one in the world with temperatures going down to -45 regularly or even to -60 on certain occasions. . On the contrary I found the 'Humans of Dras' to be the warmest to welcome and host us. Dealing with the harshest conditions by nature, these people unfortunately also have to be cut out from the main land for most part of the winters. And because of the lack of connectivity the locals here are left at the mercy of only the harsh nature to survive. One of the prime disconnect is because of the Zojila tunnel which if built will connect Dras from Srinagar in all seasons and will make their life so easy. Really hope the Govt. helps them out in solving such bigger issues. . Even with the gravest issues of connectivity with the outside world, the 'Humans of Dras' I met were just so amazing as humans. Not that they are untouched by technology, they have pretty much everything needed but it is all built by their hard will and dedication towards their land. . We even have war heroes amongst these locals, during the Kargil war, who have helped Army alongside throughout the operation. We have amazing sportsmen in Dras who even represent India internationally. We have well educated young generation and even the older ones, with literacy rates quite high. What these people have done for themselves with so less resources has indeed left me startled and amazed by what could this place become if it is well connected by the world!? . And to top it all, I left Dras with the biggest smile on my face because of the very same 'Humans of Dras' who have made my journey worth it by their amazing hospitality, especially our Ice Hockey prodigy @mirziaurrahman ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š . Stay tuned for more such stories from Dras in the coming posts. . #dras#coldestplaceonearth#winterlandscape#snowmountains#snowcovered#whitewinter#iceland#untamedindiacontest#winterinindia#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#bbctravel#himalayas#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme
15.01.2019 13:58:41
Aren't you already feeling cold looking at this place? ๐Ÿฅถ
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Well, say hello to Dr
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Aren't you already feeling cold looking at this place? ๐Ÿฅถ . Well, say hello to Dras, the second coldest inhabited place in the world. In peak winters the temperature usually drops down to -45 degrees and the coldest this place has ever seen was -60 back in 1995, now that definitely sounds like bone chilling โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐Ÿฅถ . Despite being the coldest place I found it to be the warmest. The people of Dras made this place completely worth the short but meaningful stay for me. Luckily we made friends with @mirziaurrahman who also happen to be an Ice Hockey player who represents the Indian team (read more on the ice hockey side of Dras in coming posts). It was really an honour to meet a legend sportsman and hear his side of the story about his birth place, Dras. . We were so heartily welcomed by Zia and his friends who were like family to him, and even get to share the local food and warmth of their family houses. It even became like a mini gathering as the whole village was there to welcome the only tourists visiting them in winters. . It is the warm gestures like these which make travelling such an amazing experience for me. It's people like @mirziaurrahman and his friends who make such journies worth it for me. . Stay tuned to hear more stories from the coldest place in the next few posts. . #coldestplaceonearth#dras#ladakh#ladakhtourism#ladakhdiaries#winterinindia#winterlandscape#nightsky#startrails#astrography#astrophotography#moonlit#longexpoelite#longexposure#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight#whpwanderlust
14.01.2019 15:27:33
If you have been craving for winters, here's something to make you crave a littl
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If you have been craving for winters, here's something to make you crave a little more ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜€ . I still remember the first time I saw a frozen river, my mind was blown away by the fact that we as humans can literally walk on top of a river like penguins ๐Ÿคฏ and that was my very first welcome to this winter wonderland called Ladakh back in Jan 2016. Nature always leaves me awestruck with the sheer brilliance that it possess. . This time, nature showed me a different side of it's power, an old settlement has been engulfed by the flowing river in summers, where houses, electric poles, and even trees are now lying in the middle of the river and this river is completely frozen in winters. It was such a mystical scene, looks almost like some other planet altogether. . Travel partners @my_ladakh_holidays@eshwar96 and @architravelgrapher . #winterlandscape#winterinindia#winterfell#frozenriver#iceland#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#ladakhtourism#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
13.01.2019 10:53:15
My kind of selfie ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿคณ
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My second morning in Ladakh and it snowed, and when it sn
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My kind of selfie ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿคณ . My second morning in Ladakh and it snowed, and when it snows I can't really sit back and watch. I had to be out and what can be better than heading right up to Shanti Stupa which I have been seeing from my room the whole of first day. . Having that cold snow surrounding you with a warm sun rising up is probably the perfrct feeling that I went up for. Had the Stupa all to myself so it was very peaceful indeed, keeping up to it's name The Shanti Stupa. . P.S. the ground is not white in general it's the thin layer of snow that fell in the morning โ›„โ„๏ธ . #VivoV11pro#Vivographer . #shantistupa#firstsnowfall#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#winterlandscape#winterinindia#untamedindiacontest#ourmoodydays#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
10.01.2019 08:42:02
Can you guess which place is this? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฉ
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Hint : It's in India but it reminded me
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Can you guess which place is this? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฉ . Hint : It's in India but it reminded me of the crazy landscapes of Namibia the moment I saw it ๐Ÿœ๏ธ . Crazy high speed winds that wouldn't even let you stand, extreme cold, and those super tall mountains covered with sand, that's how the landscape felt like in this place, it's definitely no less than magic. . #desert#lightandshadow#goldensands#sandstorm#winterlandscape#winterinindia#cpfeatureme#earthcapture#lookatthosecolours#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals
09.01.2019 08:14:29
We went on driving a scooty around Leh one day, and that experience of driving a
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We went on driving a scooty around Leh one day, and that experience of driving at -15 degrees was freezing as hell ๐Ÿ™ˆโ›„ . The morning ride towards a village deep in the valley took us to this magical winter landscape. This place was a huge frozen part of the river stream overlooking the snow clad mountains. It is so fascinating to me that a flowing river gets frozen because of the extreme cold temperatures and the ice layers get so thick and strong that we even penguin walked on top of it ๐Ÿง . Although we couldn't reach the village as the road was blocked with slippery ice patches which even made us fall from our scooty a couple of times ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚ . Partner in crime @architravelgrapher . #VivoV11pro#Vivographer#frozenriver#winterlandscape#snowmountains#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#winterinindia#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
08.01.2019 08:17:34
How many Asses do you see? ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ˜‚
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Kiangs are largest of wild asses found primarily
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How many Asses do you see? ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ˜‚ . Kiangs are largest of wild asses found primarily in the Tibetan plateau. In India, these are found only in the wild alpine grasslands of Ladakh. . Enroute Hanle, we spotted a huge bunch of them grazing on the other side of the the frozen river and more than the bunch of Kiangs, I got really excited by the exciting layered landscape which has such amazing colours too. . It made me pull out a tighter frame with @canonindia_official EF 70-200 III and capture the raw beauty of dry winter on this side of ladakh. It's a heaven for insanely different looking landscapes I must say. The hardships of reaching this side are all worth it when you see this place ๐Ÿคฉ . While in Ladakh I met Namgyal @my_ladakh_holidays as a common friend of our dear @inspired_traveller and Namgyal happen to have his house in Hanle, that's how the whole trip was planned. He also has some amazing plans for Hanle this coming season, so stay tuned on his page โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ . #winterlandscape#hanle#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#frozenriver#winterinindia#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
06.01.2019 07:21:41
Since it's snowing everywhere in the mountains, it reminds me of my snow days in
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Since it's snowing everywhere in the mountains, it reminds me of my snow days in Ladakh โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ . I woke up to see a white snow covered Leh, it was just my second day though, after a good first day of acclimatization and a somewhat nice sleep in the -20 degrees. I looked out of my window and noticed the Shanti Stupa is getting the first light with that white cover. I immediately picked up my camera bag and started hiking up to see the beautiful sunrise and snow covered city from the top and had it all to myself early in the morning. . The love for mountains and snowfalls can never die for me. One of the reasons to be in Leh in winters is to experience the snowfall as well โ˜บ๏ธ . #VivoV11pro#Vivographer . #firstsnowfall#shantistupa#ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#winterlandscape#winterinindia#untamedindiacontest#ourmoodydays#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
05.01.2019 07:40:53
Welcoming the new year with the first light on Samsara ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž
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#TheFirstLight #Vivo
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Welcoming the new year with the first light on Samsara ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž . #TheFirstLight#VivoV11pro#Vivographer . Trying some crazy moves on Samsara, a 30mtr long rock wall graded 8a which is indeed one of the most difficult ones in India, is my dear friend and a wonderful climber @sandeepbhagyawant . Climbing is definitely a highly passionate routine and the last few days spent with these climbers taught me so much more about how passion drives their lives. This trip to Badami wasn't really about climbing for me but to understand the culture and how passion makes these guys climb such crazy difficult routes on the wall. . I have definitely absorbed a lot from their passionate energies throughout this trip and it's time to welcome the new light of this new year with all that passion to bring out some magic through my style of work. Hope you guys enjoy to see this adventurous journey with these amazing climbers through my eyes. . #rockclimbing#sportclimbing#samsara#badami#karnatakatourism#karnataka#sunrise#rockwall#thenorthface#untamedindiacontest#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#shotzdelight#tlpicks
01.01.2019 12:40:53
Bidding adieu to 2018 with one of the most beautiful sunsets I saw this year ๐ŸŒ‡๐Ÿ˜Ž
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Bidding adieu to 2018 with one of the most beautiful sunsets I saw this year ๐ŸŒ‡๐Ÿ˜Ž Throwback to Kerala days. . May this new year put it's beautiful light in your life and bring happiness in all you wonderful people's life. Wish you a crazy fun filled successful New year ahead ๐Ÿ™ . #happynewyear2019#sunset#lighthouse#keralatourism#kerala#bluehour#ourmoodydays#ourplanetdaily#untamedindiacontest#winterinindia#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight#tlpicks
31.12.2018 13:00:35
The game of light and shadow with
 the Hanle monastery ๐Ÿฏโ›…
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After taking the sta
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The game of light and shadow with the Hanle monastery ๐Ÿฏโ›… . After taking the star trails with that broken truck at night, I had very less sleep that night because it was really very cold and my feet just couldn't get warm. So with the first ray of light in the valley, I went out hoping to click some sunrise shots of the valley. And luckily the clouds came out in patches to help make that wide dry landscape much more interesting for me. . Shadows add depth to a picture and during the daytime what helps in creating shadows in a landscape are clouds. When you have a landscape like Hanle, surrounded by layers and layers of dry barren mountains which are even coloured differently, a game of shadows make the whole landscape look so enticing. . The subject here is the Hanle monastery, situated on top of a small mountain which then has layers of other huge mountains in the background. With a nice soft morning light and the layer of clouds, the image got so much character and the tight shot helped making the monastery stand out amidst the browns and yellows of Hanle, which was made possible by my new favourite tight landscape lens by @canonindia_official EF 70-200 III, with that sweet focal range it just let's you make your tighter landscapes look so crisp and sharp ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™Œ . #hanle#monastery#sunlight#ladakh#ladakhtourism#ladakhdiaries#ourmoodydays#ourplanetdaily#untamedindiacontest#winterinindia#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight#tlpicks
30.12.2018 07:57:26
Another side of Hanle ๐ŸŒ 
This is Star-wars, quite literally though ๐Ÿ˜„
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Hanle, a s
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Another side of Hanle ๐ŸŒ  This is Star-wars, quite literally though ๐Ÿ˜„ . Hanle, a small border village of Ladakh, situated at 4500 mtrs, is famous for it's night skies and that's the reason why we have the Indian Astronomical Observatory setup at this village. Fortunately or unfortunately I was there on a full moon night, which means less of stars and super bright day light kind of skies. . Shooting at or nearby this observatory requires a written permission which can only be attained from Bangalore, so I wasn't fortunate enough to have the opportunity to click pictures with the iconic observatory but then I found another very interesting subject down in the village. Looking at this old truck, I was instantly convinced to create some star trails which is the best option in those conditions. So I took out my beloved EF 16-35 III by @canonindia_official and framed this wide angle magical star-fall scene with the super interesting subject. . So here is the shot, a unique perspective of the famous Hanle on an uncommon full moon night to shoot โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ . #ladakhtourism#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#nightphotography#nightsky#astrophotography#astrography#startrails#fullmoon#moonlit#whpmagical#longexposure#longexpoelite#ourmoodydays#ourplanetdaily#untamedindiacontest#winterinindia#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
27.12.2018 07:07:34
And I thought Santa lived in Finland ๐ŸŽ…
Welcome to the land of Santa Claus in Ind
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And I thought Santa lived in Finland ๐ŸŽ… Welcome to the land of Santa Claus in India ๐Ÿ™ . Carrying a red goody bag on his back, I finally found Santa ice skating his way towards Spituk Monastery to deliver gifts to the people of Ladakh โ˜บ๏ธ . Wishing you all great luck and all the happiness this festive season. I really wish you get the gifts of your life this Christmas ๐ŸŽ . #VivoV11pro#Vivographer . #merrychristmas#santaclaus#iceskating#ladakh#ladakhtourism#ladakhdiaries#winterlandscape#ourmoodydays#ourplanetdaily#untamedindiacontest#winterinindia#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight#whpmagical@instagram#santasighting
25.12.2018 06:40:45
If you have read my story from last night, here's the shot that tested all my pa
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If you have read my story from last night, here's the shot that tested all my patience and made me jump with joy ๐Ÿ˜€ . Have you seen anything more magical than a moonlit landscape of winter Ladakh!? ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿคฉ . With frozen hands and feet, I kept waiting for the moon to rise up the mountain and lit up my subject which is the Stakna Monastery. The wait went on for quite a long, and after freezing myself at -15 degrees in the cold bone chilling weather for about 1.5 hours, I finally saw light falling on the monastery and that literally made me jump with joy. I saw something magical at the back of my camera and that magic made all the patient wait worth it. . Full moon, a great landscape, some clouds in the sky and those stars, these are the ingredients of a magical moment to be captured as a photograph. I am glad to be able to survive all through that long cold wait just to see the magic happen in front of my eyes ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ . #whpmagical@instagram#monastery#winterlandscape#moonrise#moonlit#nightsky#astrography#astrophotography#ladakh#ladakhdiaries#ladakhtourism#longexposure#longexpoelite#ourmoodydays#ourplanetdaily#untamedindiacontest#winterinindia#bbctravel#hubs_united#_soi#oph#mypixeldiary#tripotocommunity#indiapictures#dslrofficial#beautifuldestination#artofvisuals#cpfeatureme#shotzdelight
24.12.2018 11:37:35
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