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Shangrila to Shalimar Photography Tour 2020

This specially prepared tour takes you to the far north- west of India to two fabled regions of incredible beauty and fascinating cultures.

PACKAGE DEALS

Fotoworkshops are pleased to offer the following package deals for this Indian odyssey. These tours run in sequence giving you the flexibility  to chose a sector that suits you or combine the Ladakh to the Nubra Valley Photo Tour with the Vale of Kashmir Photo Tour to receive a great deal on the entire Shangrila to Shalimar tour.

LADAKH TO NUBRA VALLEY

AU $4995

1ST LEGLADAKH TO THE NUBRA VALLEY

12 DAYS ALL INCLUSIVE

11TH – 22ND OCTOBER

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SHANGRILA TO SHALIMARFULL PACKAGE

AU $6995

COMBINE AND SAVE
SHANGRILA TO SHALIMAR

17 DAYS FULL TOUR

ALL INCLUSIVE

11TH – 27TH OCTOBER

COMBINE AND SAVE

 

THE VALE OF KASHMIR

AU $3500

3RD LEGTHE VALE OF KASHMIR

7 DAYS ALL INCLUSIVE

21ST – 27TH OCTOBER

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Tour Overview

Highlights include staying in houseboats on Dal Lake, Kashmir, attending the Deskit Gustor festival in Buddhist Ladakh, exploring the remote Nubra Valley, visiting mountainside monasteries and the startling blue lake of Tso Moriri, marvelling at the intense fire-flame colours of autumn leaves in the Vale of Kashmir and the clear blue skies over stunning mountain-scapes in the Western Himalaya. We will follow ancient Silk Routes, witness Tibetan Buddhist practices and enjoy the traditions, costumes, masks, music, dancing and community excitement of an annual Buddhist festival in one of Ladakh’s most beautiful settings. We will drive over the highest motorable road in the world and take in (literally) breath-taking scenery on the way.

The tour has been planned with multiple nights at three key destinations so you can gain an in-depth feel of the locales and forget your suitcase for a while. This is not a brief ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the usual touristic cities of India but an immersion in a selection of fascinating and remote regions.

This tour is a generous boon for the photographer offering awe-inspiring landscapes of verdant valleys, multi-coloured rivers and streams, shifting light over rugged mountain ranges, colourful cultural events, 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 beaming monks. The architecture includes, mud-walled monasteries and forts, brightly decorated Tibetan-styled homes, unique houseboats, gilt-roofed temples and rustic villages with dry-stone walls.

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

11-27 October 2020

Where

India

Price

6,995 AUD p/p

Explore the far north- west of India to two fabled regions of incredible beauty and fascinating cultures. 

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.

Shangrila to Shalimar Photography Tour 2020
Shangrila to Shalimar Photography Tour 2020

You will stay in houseboats on Dal Lake, visit Kashmir, and attend 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.

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
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 Shangrila to Shalimar 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 Mentors

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Terry Taylor

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Tour Overview

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

The adventure begins as we arrive in Delhi and are transferred to our nearby hotel.

Day 2: Delhi to Leh, Ladakh

A short morning flight over an enormous collection of mountain ranges delivers us to Leh, the capital of the region of Ladakh. Once known as Western Tibet, Ladakh, with no road access for half a year is a remote and captivating ‘Shangrila’. There is a pervading Tibetan influence and heritage; monasteries dot the region in their mountainside prominence, prayer wheels, chortens, colourful prayer flags and mani stones abound.

Our hotel in Leh is the very best in town, the Grand Dragon with excellent facilities and magnificent mountain views

‘Julley, Julley!!’ is the cheerful greeting you will give and recieve from the welcoming local folk. It is very important to acclimatise to the altitude (3,524m 11,562ft) so the afternoon will be spent quietly exploring nearby sights by car with minimal exertion.

Day 3: Drive from Leh to Hunder, Nubra Valley (3 nights)

Today we leave our base at Leh to drive over Khadung La Pass on the highest motorable road in the world and then enter the intriguing Nubra Valley, a meeting place of three mountain ranges and two magical rivers with alternating rapids and calm beauty.

We will settle in to the very best accommodation in the Nubra Valley. This will be our base for the next three nights. This afternoon we visit nearby sand dunes with their population of two-humped, Bactrian camels.

Day 4: Drive from Hunder to Turtuk village and return.

Today the landscape just gets even more impressive, the mountainsides, river and cliffs constantly change colour, the scale of nature is almost overwhelming as is its beauty. We travel to the remote village of Turtuk, unique in India with its population of Balti people the rest of whom all live in the neighbouring region of Baltistan, Pakistan. In the afternoon we return to our base in Hunder.

Day 5: Hunder, Deskit Gustor festival

Time to join in the Deskit Gustor festival in the nearby Diskit Monastery. This annual festival has all the colour and intricate rituals of ancient Tibetan Buddhist practices. Masked dancers, frenetic music, chanting and many locals dressed in their finest traditional costumes congregate to celebrate. Their joyfulness and hospitality are genuine and you will certainly not feel like an intruder as you will receive many jolly and genuine greetings of ‘Juley!’ and ‘Tashi Dele!’

You also have the option to explore the less-visited but very beautiful valley of the Nubra River, the Samteling Monastery and township of Sumur.

Day 6: Drive from Hunder to Shyok

Time to leave the Nubra Valley and follow the Shyok River with yet more imposing landscapes and a true sense of mountain wilderness. We are well off the tourist trail and enjoy an evening in our remote, yet convenient guest house.

Day 7: Drive from Shyok to Tso Moriri

Our scenic journey through the Changthang region continues over dramatic mountain passes and on to the beautiful and remote Tso Moriri Lake, our home for the next two nights.

We stay in comfortable guest houses near nomadic villagers who have learnt to cope with the high altitude (4,570m or 15,00ft) and continue centuries-old traditions of herding sheep, yaks, Pashmina goats and hardy mountain horses. Reputed to be one of the highest communities in the world, the people of Karzok village, look over the spring and snow-fed lake of Tso Moriri with its varying shades of bright blue expanse, marshland and birdlife, big skies and mountainous settings.

Day 8: Tso Moriri Lake

Today we have time for leisurely exploration of the lake and its environs.

Day 9: Tso Moriri to Leh

We take an alternative route back to Leh and the welcome comfort of the Grand Dragon Hotel. The route will partly follow the Indus river in its infancy and afford convenient opportunities to take in some of the most photogenic mountainside monasteries of Ladakh.

Day 10: Leh

A full day to enjoy the environs of Leh. Witness monks in their daily pujas as they chant along with trumpets, cymbals and drums. Explore the old town of Leh, once a significant centre of Silk Route trade and full of the bustle and bargaining of bazaar life. Visit the impressive Shanti Stupa, an excellent vantage-point for viewing Leh and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Day 11: Leh to Kargil

The adventure continues as we head west in our SUVs following the Indus river towards Kargil along one of the most spectacular roads in the world. During this scenic mountain drive we will see the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, Basgo village and fort, a dramatic moonscape geological formation, the ancient and significant Lamayuru monastery and finally Kargil for an overnight stay in our comfortable, scenically located hotel.

Day 12: Kargil to Srinagar, Kashmir (4 nights).

We head further west to Kashmir on one of the two roads connecting Ladakh to the rest of the world. We drive through the Drass Valley and climb the Zojila Pass (over 11,500ft) before descending and following a tributary of the Indus into the Valley of Kashmir.

When we reach Dal Lake, we will be transported to our houseboats, our base for the next four nights.  It is autumn so the trees are ablaze in shades of red, orange and yellow, a perfect back-drop for your lakeside setting. 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 13,14,15: 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 16: 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 17: 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’s included for Shangrila to Shalimar 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 Shangrila to Shalimar 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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