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CULTURE

Exploring the Vale of Kashmir Photography Tour 2020

This is not a brief ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the usual touristic cities of India but an immersion in a fascinating region.

Tour Overview

This tour is a generous boon for the photographer offering awe-inspiring landscapes of verdant valleys, multi-coloured rivers and streams, intimate images of local artisans and families, portraiture capturing some of the varied cultural groups living in this region; fair-skinned Kashmiris, leathery Tibetan faces carved by harsh conditions, cherubic children and descendants of traders from the Old Silk Road era.

Autumn in Kashmir turns trees aflame with brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. Visits to the ancient Mughal gardens on the edge of Dal Lake, will reward any photographer with stunning images full of life and colour. You will follow alpine streams into the countryside to visit rustic settings and experience first hand traditional rural life in remote Kashmir.

When in Kashmir your base is a unique British-era houseboat on Dal Lake. Your hospitable houseboat staff will ensure that your stay in one you will never forget. At night you can choose to sit on the deck and enjoy drinks, local khawa tea served from a samovar, perhaps a massage or you could choose to be paddled around the lake as you recline on bolster cushions in your shikara (gondola).

Throughout the tour you will have the services of Terry Taylor, a tour leader with 40 years’ experience and over 70 previous visits to India. Terry is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and member of the International Association of Tour Managers and sincerely believes in the traditional Indian adage that ‘The guest is God’.

When

21-27 October 2020

Where

India

Price

3,500 AUD p/p

Explore Autumn in Kashmir turns trees aflame with brilliant reds, yellows and oranges.

Your guide will be Terry Taylor, a tour leader with 40 years’ experience and over 70 previous visits to India. Terry is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and member of the International Association of Tour Managers. Terry will be there to ensure that your only surprises will be pleasant ones.

Exploring the Vale of Kashmir Photography Tour 2020
Exploring the Vale of Kashmir Photography Tour 2020

Highlights include staying in houseboats

on Dal Lake, Kashmir, attending the

Deskit Gustor festival in Buddhist Ladakh.

Under the guidance of a passionate and highly experienced tour leader, you are assured of being in the right place at the right time, to capture the multitude of sights and experiences you will encounter.

COMBINE AND SAVE

YOU CAN COMBINE THIS TOUR WITH LADAKH AND THE NUBRA VALLEY AND DO THE ENTIRE 17 DAY SHANGRALIA TO SHALIMAR PHOTO TOUR AND SAVE $1500.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be
provided each day.

Meeting place

Delhi

Place secure deposit

$1,000.00Add to cart

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly on the Vale of Kashmir Photography Tour 2020. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email bookings@fotoworkshops.com.au

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Tour Overview

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

The adventure begins as you arrive in Delhi and are met at the airport and transferred to your nearby hotel, the Lemon Tree Premier, Aerocity. This hotel is conveniently located near the airport so you are ready for the next morning’s flight to Kashmir.

Day 2: Delhi to Srinagar, Kashmir (4 nights)

You will be transferred to the airport for your short morning flight to Srinagar in the Vale of Kashmir.

After you descend into the valley, located in the foothills of the Himalayan range, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your houseboat on Dal Lake, your base for the next four nights.

When we reach Dal Lake, we will be transported to our houseboats, our base for the next four nights.  Your houseboat features intricately carved walls, doors, ceilings and even furniture. The houseboats were designed for British visitors during the Raj era and still have the charm, comforts and service that ‘one’ would expect. Transport on the lake is by ‘shikara’ which is like a gondola but with a four-poster bed installed…a perfect indulgence for sightseeing and a conveniently steady platform for the photographer.

Day 3,4,5: Srinagar and surrounds, Kashmir Valley.

Terry will consult with you to be sure to align activities with your interests. We have vehicles, shikaras, drivers and guides at our disposal.

Some activities during our stay include:

  • Visiting lakeside Mughal era gardens including the Shalimar gardens ablaze in autumn colours.
  • Visits to artisans including wood-carvers, boat-makers, workers in metal and papier mache, textiles and carpet making cottage industries… we are at the source of pashmina wool.
  • Shikara (gondola) tours of the lake, seeing floating gardens, local water-borne communities, mountain views, fishermen, families afloat and local crafts-folk.
  • Walking through the timeless bazaars of old Srinagar, still redolent of its ancient Silk Route trading past. The sense of old Central Asia, Persia, India and China all converging in commerce is powerful. This is a perfect venue for street photography, portraits and architectural images.
  • Country-side drives along alpine streams and rivers, past local farmlands and orchards.

When relaxing after a day of photography, you can enjoy the luxury of shopping from home, as it was before the time of Amazon.com. From your houseboat you can summon merchants who ply the lake in their water-born shops and watch them display their wares, jewellery, shawls, wood carving, leatherwork, fresh flowers, saffron etc.

Your group meals and free time in your own houseboats are perfect for kicking back, reviewing your images and enjoying a life of leisure and the company of new friends.

Day 6: Srinagar to Delhi

A short morning flight will return us to Delhi. Our hotel is located in the centre of New Delhi, perfect for last-minute shopping and checking out any of the amazing attractions in New or Old Delhi. Terry will have a range of suggestions for you.

Day 7: Homeward bound.

We depart for home with minds, hearts and memory cards full and an appreciation for experiencing a fascinating part of India in-depth and in great company. (Flights to Australia arrive early the next day.)

What to bring

  • A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
  • Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
  • A sturdy tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
  • Good walking/hiking shoes.
  • Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella (rain will not hold us back).
  • Your creative brains.

What to wear

  • The average temperature in Afghanistan in March is approx. 12-17 degrees.
  • Warm, Comfortable but light breathable clothing is best.
  • Good supportive boots.  Waterproof would be best.

What you will photograph

  • Mountains
  • Remote Villages
  • Ancient Ruins and Mosques
  • Clear Streams and Verdant Valleys

What’s included for Exploring the Vale of Kashmir Photography Tour 2020

All domestic flights as per the itinerary. Accommodation is on a twin share basis. All rooms have private facilities and hotels have been carefully chosen with location, comfort and value in mind. The very best hotels in Leh and the Nubra Valley. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. All transport in SUV cars with no more than 3 passengers per vehicle plus the driver. Delhi airport transfers by private coach. All permits in Ladakh. Tips and gratuities. Local English-speaking guides. Extensive pre-departure information. 24/7 support of your tour leader, Terry Taylor

What’s not included for Exploring the Vale of Kashmir Photography Tour 2020

International airfare. We can recommend and assist. Drinks, laundry, room service and purchases of a personal nature. Indian Visa. Travel insurance, a compulsory condition of travelling with us.

*Tour itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Fotoworkshops. Please read our Terms & Conditions for more information.

Why choose our Landscape Photography Tours?

Imagine combining a dream holiday with your passion for photography. You will explore secret locations and gain new expertise in one of the greatest art forms ever created. With Fotoworkshops, you will be personally mentored by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry. A truly immersive experience that is sure to check off on the bucket list. Our itineraries and experience in handpicked locations will ensure you never miss an opportunity, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.

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Fitness Level

All of our Photo Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customizing a Photography Tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

Travel Insurance

Keep in mind travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our Landscape Photography Workshops

How To Book

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email bookings@fotoworkshops.com.au

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