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28/09/2016 07:18 EEST

Καταπληκτικές φωτογραφίες ενός από τους πλέον επικίνδυνους δρόμους των Ιμαλαΐων

In this Aug. 15, 2016, photo, a car drives along a mountain road that leads to Spiti Valley, a remote Himalayan valley situated at 4000 meter above sea level, India. It takes about ten hours to reach from Manali, a city in Himachal Pradesh. For centuries, the sleepy valley nestled in the Indian Himalayas remained a hidden Buddhist enclave forbidden to outsiders. That's all now starting to change, for better or worse, since India began allowing its own citizens as well as outsiders to visit the valley in the early 1990s. (AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)
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In this Aug. 15, 2016, photo, a car drives along a mountain road that leads to Spiti Valley, a remote Himalayan valley situated at 4000 meter above sea level, India. It takes about ten hours to reach from Manali, a city in Himachal Pradesh. For centuries, the sleepy valley nestled in the Indian Himalayas remained a hidden Buddhist enclave forbidden to outsiders. That's all now starting to change, for better or worse, since India began allowing its own citizens as well as outsiders to visit the valley in the early 1990s. (AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)

Η National Highway 22 στην περιοχή Χιμάτσαλ Πραντές του Θιβέτ είναι μια μια εντυπωσιακή οδική αρτηρία που πλαισιώνεται εναλλάξ από άγρια, χιονισμένα βουνά και άγονες πεδιάδες μεγάλου υψομέτρου.

Κάποτε αποτελούσε μέρος του φημισμένου Δρόμου του Μεταξιού ωστόσο διανήχθηκε για πρώτη φορά το 1850 από τους Βρετανούς με σκοπό να συνδέσει την Ινδία με το Θιβέτ.

Το δρόμο ο οποίος βρίσκεται 3,6 χιλιόμετρα πάνω από την επιφάνεια της θάλασσας φωτογράφισε ο Βρετανός φωτογράφος Gareth Phillips κατά τη διάρκεια ενός ταξιδιού του στην περιοχή, αναφέρει δημοσίευμα του QZ.

Η Ομόσπονδη Πολιτεία Χιμάτσαλ Πραντές ιδρύθηκε το 1971 με την απόσχιση ανατολικού τμημάτος της Πολιτείας Παντζάμπ.

Πιο κάτω μπορείτε να δείτε ορισμένες επιλεγμένες φωτογραφίες από την περιοχή από τη σελίδα του New Yorker Photo στο Instagram.

The Old Hindustan Tibet Road. ​This is the last image from this part of my series on the Old Hindustan Tibet Road and will conclude my New Yorker Instagram takeover. I appreciate you all taking the time to look and comment on my work. Thank you all. Here people are forced to walk a section of road between two landslides, with the precarious fresh overhang of compacted rock above them and the Spiti river flowing below them. This organic and delicate landscape is in a constant state of renewal but maintains an air of unpredictability that envelops all that travel through this mountainous region. Photograph by @garethphillips_ #himachalpradesh #road #india #landslide #car #hindustantibetroad #nationalhighwaytwentytwo #spiti #river

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Morning, this is photographer Gareth Phillips posting from my recent trip to Himachal Pradesh. I will be showing images from a project I am working on about high altitude roads in India. This week, you’ll see photos of The Old Hindustan Tibet road or National Highway 22 as its now known, In the central Himalayas, which has been dubbed one of the world’s most treacherous roads due to its perilous drops, continual landslides, frequent car accidents. The road connects the former British hill station of Shimla to the Indian border post of Shipki La. It was originally part of the ancient silk route and was then developed by the British in 1850 as a way of improving trade links with Tibet and China. Although the border between India and Tibet is now closed, the road supports a constant flow of traffic and daily commutes for locals, taking trade from town to town and attracting adventure tourism. The work I am showing focuses on the elliptical nature of the road, with fragility, destruction, renewal and beauty intertwining on a daily basis. As sporadic landslides destroy sections of the road, commuters are forced to take great risks to continue their journeys. As unfortunate drivers lose control and crash over the mountainous edges, the car wrecks are found and recycled. As road workers expose their bodies to the dusty sun scorched elements, their toil secures a temporary flow of traffic and movement. Its a delicate balance that binds all that use this road with the only constant being beauty and awe for anyone who travels along this ancient and vital road. Here the road from Khab to Nako is observed with the Spiti River deep below the valley. It is close the the Shipki Pass that takes you to the border of India and Tibet. Photograph by @garethphillips_ #himachalpradesh #road #india #landslide #car #hindustantibetroad #nationalhighwaytwentytwo

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