Nanda Devi from different vantage points

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#1 Sep 6th, 2016, 04:03
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Nanda Devi looks very different from various vantage points. I stumbled upon many pictures of Devi which look so different, not the same peak, one would say.

In a picture, we are obviously presented with a perspective of the place where the picture was taken. Its fun guessing the vantage point, being able to tell the place or the direction the picture was taken from.

The vantage points can be 250 kilometers away, Nainital, or even Moussorie to the west, with Devi being part of a vast panorama. Or it can be from the middle Himalayas. Kausani, Chopta. Auli or as near as Kuari pass. It can be from the summit of another peak 45km's away, like Chandrashila, or better still, from the summit of one of the surrounding peaks like Nanda Kot.

Here, i am posting pictures from various vantage points. I hope someone conversant with Google Earth etc, can post pictures of this peak from a complete 360 degree viewpoint.

The pictures are not mine. They come up in a typical google search.

I couldn't find any shots taken from the Kamet side, the north side so to say.

Hope you enjoy these.
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Image source: http://www.moran-mountain.co.uk/Nand...%20summit.html

This rare image shows the peak from south westerly side, but the vantage point is another peak, Nanda Ghunti. You can see that the shape of the peak is that of a typical image shot from Auli side, but its taken from higher up. As a result, and also because Nanda Ghunti is slightly south eastern from Garson angle, you can also see the ridge connecting it to Nanda Devi East.
Can't say what are those two peaks on the right side..
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From Curzon trail or Kuari pass. Pretty much similar view to Auli Garson westerly vantage. Almost like you have travelled 25 kilometers west from Chandrashila peak.

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Image I source:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lgFmzCqeNO...nanda_devi.jpg

The picture credit belongs to John Porter though.

Image II source:
http://www.moran-mountain.co.uk/NAND...0Changuch.html

Can you spot the difference?
They look somewhat similar, but then you notice that the foreground peak in the first image is Nanda Devi, and forground peak in the second image is Nanda Devi East.
They have been taken from opposite vantage points.
The first image was taken from Ramani glacier side, from the summit of Changabang !! It really is a rare site. The vantage point is North Westerly.

The second picture has been taken from the opposite side. South Easterly vantage point. Even this shot has been taken from close to 6000 meters, from the summit of Changuch. You see NDE in the foreground. You alao see Longstaffs cole in this picture.
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Photo credit: Bibek Bhattacharya
https://beqesh.files.wordpress.com/2.../dsc030701.jpg

These are from the Chandrashila peak in Madakini valley side. Looking west from Chandrashila peak.
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A closer shot. Trishul on the right.

Photo credit: Bibek Bhattacharya, as above
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To continue.,,
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Excellent thread, thanks
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Lovely thread and interesting comparisons
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Interesting, thanks for your effort to get all these photos and make such a lovely comparison.
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Interesting perspective...
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Thank you for bringing these images - never thought it could be so different from different vantage points.
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I can make 3D image of Nanda devi now.... using these pics.....
(I m Joking !)
But superb thread and lovely pics ....
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The veiled Goddess

Most peaks are visible as part of himalayan panorama from far. As you go near them, they are visible in full glory.

Not Nanda devi.

You see her from afar, but as you move closer, from any direction, she eludes you. Go Pindari glacier, a stones throw away, and all you see is Nanda Khat completely blocking Nanda devi. Go to Martoli and all you see is her head despite standing at the base of her twin peak, the Nanda devi east.

Even from afar, you only get a glimpse. Binsar: Panwali Dwar blocks her. Chowkori, the south east wall of the sanctuary blocks her.

From Munsiyari, you can't even see her, thanks to Nanda Kot blocking her.

She never comes out in the open.

Nanda devi is a "veiled goddess". What it means is that it's difficult to see her entirely.

As we all know the reason, she is completely surrounded by a ring of peaks which obstruct the line of sight. We can only see her head above this wall of ridges and peaks, or is it that she can see everyone from her abode being the tallest of all. A lot has been written and romanticised about her unique location and the ring of mountains surrounding her.

To see her fully, one needs to go inside the sanctuary which is not allowed.
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Nanda devi from Nainital. Looking closely at this picture reveals that only her head is visible. There is a wall of ridge in front which looks part of the peak from distance, but it is not.

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