Our journey into the mountains began in the year 2011 as researchers working on different ecological and social aspects of the valley of Lachen. The valley is situated on the rooftop of the world stretching through the steep Himalayan range and the magnificent Tibetan plateau, along the international borders of India and China.
Initially, we had a very pedantic understanding of the region, its people, their governance system, forest type and the landscape based on articles and books. As we spent more time living with the people, understanding their surroundings, culture, beliefs, the mountains and its rich biodiversity, we gained an insight on more than what we had originally bargained for.
At the end of our four years of research work in this landscape- we bore in our heart an immense sense of awe and at the same time a haunting melancholy for the people and the land, that was- that is- and that what shall remain.