A Patch of Paradise in The Himalayas

painting by Jofelyn M. Khapra


Twin engines roared mightily into the desert and echoed all around disturbing the silence of no man’s land. Infinite sandy hills rolling in the distance. Cadmium yellow landscape contrasted by cobalt blue sky breaking the monotony. The wind hissed as it passed by me. I clung tightly on my husband’s waist. The vastness of the arid place threatened to engulf me. We rode on destination unknown. The desert whistled a lonely tune.Then all of a sudden it sprung into view. An oasis carved down below. My companions parked their muscular bikes. Standing by the cliff we wondered how can this fecundity thrives on this sterile land. Our eyes followed the water’s origin. An eternal flow of snow melting from the peaks of the Himalayan mountain breast feeding this garden of Eden.


What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Β© JMKhapra

* I painted this landscape when we went on a bike trip to Ladakh in the Himalayas.




28 thoughts on “A Patch of Paradise in The Himalayas

  1. I am contemplating a trip to KatmNdu to study under a Tietan master Thangka painter, I am inspired by this entry, it is somehting I may experience in the not too distant future, Mahaloness to you. Nice paint:)

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  3. These photographs and painting are really beautiful. But more than anything else, I loved these words. beautifully written. You captured your journey with your husband, so beautifully with your words. A well presented post. πŸ™‚

  4. hmmm… at first, i can’t decide which is better, the painting or the pictures. then, i figure it must be the painting because it reflects a view that the lens can’t see.

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