Top 12 Instagram Photographs of 2017

It is less than 12 hours to go for the new year to ring in; and this is a sort of a year in review post to continue the tradition that I started in 2015 and continued in 2016.

Top 12 Instagram Posts through the year 2017

Would you believe i failed to notice this scene when I had actually clicked it and only became aware of the fantastic photograph that it is when browsing through the gallery almost one month later?! I have to say, sometimes the phone does create a photograph better than it was for real. #travelgram #shimlalife #streetphotographyindia #Meghalaya #hippieinhills #nothingisordinary #indiaclicks #indiapictures #natgeotravellerindia #lonelyplanetindia #thephotosociety #passionpassport #travelphotography #worldbestgram #igersoftheday #photojournalism #mypixeldiary #NorthEast #vscocam #iphoneonly #roadtrip #bbctravel #travellingdiaries #myindiacnn #ig_worldclub #photographer #travellingdiaries #huffpostgram #incredibleindia #river

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An iPhone click from Shnongpdeng-Dawki in Meghalaya; plan your trip with this A Backpacking Guide to Meghalaya.

For the most unforgettable sunrises you will ever see, here’s my slow travel experience in Munsyari.

Even though travel through Arunachal Pradesh may not be easy, but it is one of the last remaining wildernesses of our country. Check my experience of somehow making it to Mechuka.

On my most recent trip to Spiti in autumn, this was the sight as I gawked endlessly on the road to Langza.

Mussoorie’s changing colours through the day showcased through the use of an instagram application. Read more about the charming part of Mussoorie; Landour. Do yourself a favour! Go to Landour

A quirky piece from Bhutan : Temple of ‘Divine Madman’ in Bhutan : Chimi Lhakhang

After waking up after what felt like an eternity, I struggled to remember where I was. The village was called Anni, and I had slept for a straight 12 hours after a humongous attempt of travelling straight from wintry Spiti to Jalori Pass. No bus would ply hereafter and a comedy of errors had it so that I started walking and still no vehicle came. A shared taxi took 100 rupees for the small distance and dropped me to the pretty village of Khanag. Jalori pass was still 6 kilometres from here. Locals came and gossiped with me, kids were happy when I gave them alpenliebe. Not one vehicle came in two hours. And then – the skies darkened and it began drizzling. Finally another sumo appeared, the locals gathered on the road and asked him to carry me across the pass, in case of closure due to imminent snowfall. And then it began; small flakes turned to bigger ones as we approached the climb that took the best part of an hour. In retrospect, it appears crazy – I asked them to leave me at Jalori Pass, so i danced in the snowfall and ran here and there chatting with the dhaba owners over rajma chawal. When everything was white, I decided it was time to enjoy the 7 kilometre walk to Shoja. Caption is of a small preview of my latest blog post of walking from Jalori Pass to Shoja village in the snowfall. – Link in bio. This photograph is clicked on the way to Kheerganga. #travelgram #shimlalife #streetphotographyindia #Himachal #hippieinhills #nothingisordinary #indiaclicks #indiapictures #natgeotravellerindia #lonelyplanetindia #thephotosociety #passionpassport #travelphotography #worldbestgram #igersoftheday #photojournalism #mypixeldiary #Kheerganga #trekking #adventure #hiking #bbctravel #travellingdiaries #myindiacnn #ig_worldclub #ig_india #travellingdiaries #huffpostgram #incredibleindia #landscape

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This post sprang a big surprise by showing up in the popular list; because there is no connection of the caption from Jalori Pass to the photograph from Kheerganga.

More pictures from the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. And surprise surprise, the above is an iPhone click that many felt was better than other dslr photographs.

Say you are walking by yourself or with somebody and you have stopped talking. You are surrounded by nature and there is no dog barking, no noise of a car passing or even the flutter of a bird. You are completely silent and nature around you is also wholly silent. In that state of silence both in the observer and the observed – when the observer is not translating what he observes into thought – in that silence there is a different quality of beauty. There is neither nature nor the observer. There is a state of mind wholly, completely, alone; it is alone – not in isolation – alone in stillness and that stillness is beauty. Just read this somewhere. This photograph was clicked in the bare mountainous region of Tabo in Spiti. I was walking to the caves behind the monastery and my eyes found the perfect frame.

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A door like that! Reminds me of my #DoorsOfIndia campaign in 2017.

Isn’t that one classy shot from the Land of the Kings – Rajasthan.

A few other posts from Parvati Valley.

“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.” ~ Murakami. And that is exactly what we need to do sometimes. Away from a phone network, and spending time with nature; perhaps lies the possibility of finding missing pieces of ourselves… Landscape of Suru Valley, clicked from a moving vehicle!! #travelgram #shimlalife #streetphotographyindia #Ladakh #hippieinhills #nothingisordinary #indiaclicks #indiapictures #Zanskar #lonelyplanetindia #thephotosociety #passionpassport #travelphotography #worldbestgram #igersoftheday #photojournalism #mypixeldiary #travelblogger #vscocam #adventure #roadtrip #bbctravel #travellingdiaries #myindiacnn #ig_worldclub #ig_india #travellingdiaries #huffpostgram #incredibleindia #landscape

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Explore Zanskar and offbeat parts of Ladakh in 2018.

And psst… in the festive new year spirit – a photograph that has me in it!

That's why sometimes it's good to have people travelling with you… (cheeky line alert!) So that they can click pictures like this! Ha ha I've changed my Facebook profile picture after a million years!!! On the recent autumn roadtrip to Spiti valley, since we had our own 🚗, it was fascinating to follow the colours of Mane Gongma and Mane Yongma from the other side of the bluish Spiti river. I've long felt that Spiti becomes even more prettier during autumn 🍂… what's your favourite season to see the landscapes in their natural splendour? #travelgram #shimlalife #streetphotographyindia #Spiti #hippieinhills #nothingisordinary #indiaclicks #indiapictures #natgeotravellerindia #lonelyplanetindia #thephotosociety #passionpassport #travelphotography #worldbestgram #SpitiValley #photojournalism #mypixeldiary #travelblogger #vscocam #earthpix #roadtrip #bbctravel #travellingdiaries #myindiacnn #ig_worldclub #Himachal #travellingdiaries #huffpostgram #incredibleindia #landscape

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As a solo traveller, I rarely have my own pictures! Do you also want to travel solo in 2018, check Top solo travel tips.

Short Disclaimer : These posts are the most popular ones through 2017 on my instagram feed. As expected, mountain landscapes garner the most attention. So, even if I travelled across most states of India and also Bhutan, this post hardly features any of those photographs. Blame it on our visual senses or instagram?! Hope you enjoyed the beauty extravaganza. Happy New Year 🙂

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. swamiupendra says:

    Beautiful captures Shubham!


    1. Thanks so much Swami, means a lot. So glad you liked them!


  2. Bro, you are simply awesome. These photographs are really very awe-inspiring, thanks for sharing this post with us.


    1. Yay, thanks for making my day. Thanks for your appreciation. 🙂


  3. All of the clicks are too beautiful… No wonder they are in your top 10…


    1. Yay, thank you so much! Glad you liked them.


  4. pruningprocess says:

    Stunning. Do you take these on your phone?


    1. Thanks for the appreciation! Some are taken on the phone, and some on the dslr.


  5. arv! says:

    Lovely captures. It’s a great idea to come out with your best Instagram pictures in a post.

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    1. Yay! Thanks Arvind bhai. Coming from you, it really means a lot.

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  6. Bharat Taxi says:

    All of the pictures are really amazing. Thanks, For share.


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