Who we are

MOONPEAK is equal parts Indian and Australian. Ashwini does more of the photography, while Angus does more of the writing. Angus does more to maintain the blog, while Ashwini does more to maintain the computers and the espresso machine. Both of them enjoy the free coffee.


Ashwini Bhatia qualified in engineering but his creative side soon got the better of him. After a punishing seven months as an automotive engineer, he joined HarperCollins Publishers in Delhi before a trek to Dharamshala in the late ’90s saw his first travel article printed in a national newspaper. After a stint teaching physics and mathematics at the Tibetan Children’s Village school, he opened Moonpeak Pictures in partnership with Angus in 2000, and has pursued professional and personal projects ever since. Ashwini has worked as Dharamshala correspondent and photographer for the Associated Press newsagency since 2003, and his work appears regularly in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek and other leading publications. He takes assignments from private clients and from organisations such as Deutsche Welle, CNN and Le Monde.


Born in Paris, raised in Canberra, London, Delhi and Dhaka, Angus McDonald blames his parents for his insatiable wanderlust and his enduring love of the Indian subcontinent. After studying history at Sydney University, he returned to India as a backpacker, and subsequently to research a master’s thesis on Bollywood film, before deciding that being away was more interesting than staying at home. His writing and photography have taken him to many wild and woolly parts of Asia, but since 2000 he has maintained a base in Dharamshala. His work has appeared in National Geographic Adventure, The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The South China Morning Post, the weekend magazines of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, and many other quality publications. He is the author of The Five Foot Road: In Search of a Vanished China, published by HarperCollins. See www.angusmcdonald.net.au



2 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. Interesting introduction…. No doubt u two are partners. There are more even(s) than odd(s). Folks of feather flies together.
    Moonpeak is one of the reputed place in Mcleodganj. Good people, good cakes n pies n of course.. Best coffee with best service.
    Angus got a Tibetan version of Jansport bag pack stitched from a handicraft shop in late 90’s and saw him carrying it for a long time. Moral is: simple living high thinking.
    Mr. Bhatia is still missed by TCV…. Wish you both best of luck.

    Posted by Tsewang | 2 October, 2012, 5:45 am
  2. Dear Shri Ashwini Bhatia,

    Recently I saw your lovely images of the Dark Blue Royal butterfly on one of the butterfly sites. I am Isaac Kehimkar from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and presently I am writing a book on Indian Butterflies. I would request you to please share your butterfly images of this species for publishing in my new book.

    As a practice, the photographer is given due photo credit in the book and copyright of the image too remains with the photographer. A honorarium of Rs 500/- is paid per image published. If you do agree , I would be grateful if you could please mail me the images (both upperside and underside, more than 1 mb file each) at : isaackehimkar@gmail.com

    I look forward to your valuable support.
    Isaac Kehimkar, Mumbai

    Posted by Isaac Kehimkar | 17 December, 2014, 1:51 pm

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