Tour: Kolkata & Darjeeling
Date: 09 - 21 May 2020
Duration: 13 Days
A 13 day tour beginning in Kolkata, with a visit to India’s largest flower market, a frenetic melee amongst baskets piled high with flowers, followed by Howrah Bridge and a meander along the river to the potters' district, famous for its artisans who create life-sized religious sculptures, before visiting the iconic Victoria Memorial Museum. We then catch a flight to the cooler hill station of Darjeeling, where we visit tea estates, whilst learning about the tea production process and depending on season witness either pruning or harvesting. Next, we visit local Tibetan monasteries, getting a glimpse into the daily life of Buddhist monks, including a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Centre, where traditional handicrafts are created. We then change pace and head off on a short trek to the Singalila mountain ridge, which will take us through Himalayan villages and if with weather permitting allow us see 5 of the highest peaks in the world. Next, we head to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, where we will visit a local waterfall and the zoological park, containing regional wildlife rarely seen in its natural habitat. We then drive to a glacial lake called Tsomgo, known for its reflective surface and colourfully decorated yaks. As a finale, we visit local villages and a handmade paper cooperative, to experience rural life, before ending our tour with a farewell dinner.
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 and arriving before the crowds or a travel enthusiast, who has previously felt your photographs didn’t reflect your experience and are interested in exploring photography to enhance your travel ventures.
Type of tour:
These tours are a combination of a culturally immersive and a photo-centric tour, which will not only take you to key sites, but also for walks through local markets, historical districts and artisan communities to give you a sense of history and local life. For photography enthusiasts they cover a broad range of subjects within a compact time frame, including street photography, environmental portraiture, traditional architecture, wildlife and landscapes.
Photography intro (optional):
For beginners who currently photograph using the auto-settings on their camera and are not digitally processing their images, an intro to photographing in semi-manual mode (aperture priority) and digitally processing photographs using Lightroom software is available. The format will be dependant on group size, face to face during the tour for larger groups and online for bespoke or smaller groups.
Max Group Size: 8
12 incl. partners
We aim to secure the best available locally or Indian owned accommodation possible, ranging from 3 to 5 star (please note on this particular tour there are are a couple of remote locations for example the Sandakphu Trek where the accommodation will be basic as there are limited options available.
Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver, local guide and for groups over 4 a second EPT Guide.
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.