Tour: Amritsar & Himachal
Date: 16 - 30 Jun 2018
Duration: 15 Days
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 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 move 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 physically demanding. 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, has many years experience of running groups in this region and has said it is extremely rare to experience severe symptoms. 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.
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 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 combination of a culturally immersive tour, with a practical introduction into digital photography, giving 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.
Intro to digital photography
For those that do not currently photograph in semi-automatic mode, use RAW files and/or digitally process their photographs, your tour leader is happy to introduce you to photographing in aperture priority and digital processing using Lightroom software. Please note this is a entry level introduction, to give those new to photographing outside of full automatic mode, a flavour of what can be creatively achieved with user input. Depending on the number of requests, this is either carried out on a one to one basis or as part of a group and is fitted in around the itinerary in a practical format. To let the tour leader know you would like this option please check the appropriate box when registering your interest for this tour.
The tour leader for this tour is Melissa Fileppi, who has curated this tour with the aim of offering flexible and more affordable photo-centric tours, as a vehicle for travel and photography enthusiasts to tour and photograph with like minded individuals. To explore Melissa's photographs view her Instagram feed by clicking button below:
Who are these tours for?
These tours are suitable for all those who enjoy travelling and taking photographs. Whether you are a photography enthusiast looking for a tour built around maximising photographic opportunities or a travel enthusiast interested in exploring photography as part of your travel experience.
Maximum group size: 6*
*group size does not exceed 6, however 8 will be considered if non-photographic partners are included.
For this tour we offer two levels of accommodation, a 1 - 3 Star Rate (budget to standard) and a 3 - 5 Star Rate (standard to premium). For each rate we aim to secure the best available accommodation within our budget and include local heritage hotels where ever possible.
Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver, local guide and/or Ethical Tours UK rep (depending on size of group).
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'.
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.