Ethical Photo Tours
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Tour: Amritsar & Himachal Pradesh
incl. Golden Temple, Himalayan cold desert mountain landscapes & lush valleys.
Date: 15 - 29 Jun 2018
Summary: A 15 day tour starting at the iconic Golden Temple in Amritsar, where we will visit the temple at both sunrise and sunset, giving us plenty of opportunity to photograph it during the best light, whilst exploring the old parts of the city. From here we head east to McLeod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama, where we will experience the daily life of monks as they dash between classes, followed by a day visiting local villages of the Gaddi people who were once shepherding nomads. We then drive east through the brown and mauve cold desert landscape of Spiti Valley (similar to the Altai mountain region of Mongolia). During our time in Spiti we will trek to a 150 foot waterfall, camp overnight at a glacial lake under unpolluted star filled skies, visit the highest inhabited village in Asia, marvel at an ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched atop a 300 ft jagged rock and an even older monastery of cubic mud construction, not dissimilar to a Star Wars movie set. From the earth tones of Spiti, we loop through the Rohtang Pass, which is only open for a few months mid-year and will take us through the lush green valley of Kinnaur, famous for its apple orchards and green velvet hats worn by the locals. Here we will head down the Sangla valley and soak up village life in a more verdant terrain, before ending our tour at Chandigarh airport. Please note that due to the high altitude of this region, this tour can be demanding on the physical body. If you have not been skiing or trekking at high altitude before, we advise you read up on the possible side effects by clicking here. However we'd like to relay that the local team we are liaising with, has many years experience of running groups in this region and has communicated it is extremely rare to experience the severe symptoms of altitude sickness. This tour is off the beaten track, so accommodation is basic within the remote regions of the valleys, but to a good standard near the airport at the start and end of the tour. If this sounds like your kind of tour and you would like to read a more detailed itinerary click on the itinerary button below.
Who are these tours for? These tours are suitable for all those who enjoy travelling and taking photographs. Whether you are an avid Instagrammer looking to return with great travel images or a dedicated amateur photographer with the latest DSLR camera looking to expand on your travel photography portfolio, these tours will have something to offer you.
Benefits: The benefits of joining this tour are twofold depending on whether you are primarily a photography or travel enthusiast:
If you are a photography enthusiast apart from getting you to great photographic locations, these tours cover an incredibly broad range of subjects within a compact time frame, including street photography, environmental portraiture, historical architecture, wildlife and landscapes. They will give you the opportunity to test the capability of your camera and every lens in your kit, whilst exploring different genres and refining your creative style. You will return with a large and vibrant body of work to develop your portfolio from and due to the range of genres covered, these tours serve as a great platform for creating images worthy of entering into photography competitions.
If you are a travel enthusiast with a passion for travel, but have previously felt your photographs didn’t quite reflect the depth of your experience, these tours are a great introduction into the photography tour environment, with both the inclusion of key sites and immersion into local culture, which will give you an opportunity to assess whether delving further into photography will enhance your travel ventures, through a gallery of beautiful images that more accurately portray your experience.
Tour leader: The tour leader for this tour Melissa Fileppi (click for instagram feed), who has curated this tour with the aim of offering flexible and more affordable photo-centric tours than a traditional photography tour, as a vehicle for travel and photography enthusiasts to tour and photograph with like minded individuals.
Type of tour: For those that are experienced or intermediate photography enthusiasts already digitally processing their photographs this tour is designed to maximise travel photography opportunities. For beginners and those that do not currently digitally process their photographs, your tour leader is happy to take you through photographing in a semi-automatic mode (aperture priority), along with an introduction to digitally processing in Lightroom.
Minimum group size: The beauty of this tour is, there is no minimum size. However this can only be achieved by reserving the right to partner you with a local English speaking guide, as opposed to a UK guide for groups numbering 3 or less. If this does happen, your local guide will be fully cognisant with the itinerary and the nature of a photography centred tour, where participants will require more time photographing sites, people and cultural scenes, along with the necessity to adhere to timings in respect of early starts to take advantage of good light and fewer crowds. This will give you the security of knowing your tour will proceed and take advantage of the opportunity of having a unique experience, without paying the usual premium that a 1:1 or 2:1 tour would command.
Maximum group size: 8
Accommodation: We offer two levels of accommodation, a Budget Rate (1 - 2 star hotel equivalent) and a Standard Rate (3 - 4 star equivalent). The difference between the 2 rates is budget hotels usually have more basic bathroom and in-room facilities. For further guidance on accommodation click here.
What's included: Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver and local English speaking guide/s.
Not included: International and internal flights to and from the arrival and departure city. Meals and drinks outside of breakfast, visa applications, criteria not listed under 'what's included'.
Physical level: These tours are relatively fast paced to ensure you experience the highlights of each region, with an average stopover of 2 nights. If you are uncertain about its suitability, we advise reading the itinerary before booking. As quick guidance, so long as you enjoy being active on holiday and taking photographs, you will revel in the visual extravaganza and cultural stimulation of these tours.
Date: 16 - 30 Jun 2018 (15 days)
Tour: Amritsar & Himachal Pradesh
1 - 3 Star Rate (incl. 10% discount*): £2268 Solo / £1818 Shared
(list Price: £2520 Solo / £2020 Shared. Discount is a saving of £252 Solo / £202 Shared)
3 - 5 Star Rate (incl. 10% discount*): £2673 Solo / £2223 Shared
(list Price: £2970 Solo / £2470 Shared. Discount is a saving of £297 Solo / £247 Shared)
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