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 further view her Instagram feed by clicking button below:
A 15 day tour starting on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and meandering south to take in the lush green forests of Meghalaya, interspersed with the awe rendering 1115 foot sheer drop Nohkalikai and the serenely beautiful Krang Suri Waterfalls. Whilst waterfall tracking we will journey into the forest to witness a marvel of man and nature in the form of a double decker living root bridge, formed by locals by training the aerial roots of rubber trees to grow through betel tree trunks that are placed across rivers in the region. The process can take up to 15 years, but it is thought the bridges can last up to 100 years as a self renewing living bridge, so long as the trees involved remain healthy. From here we will head north east for a safari ride atop elephants in the mighty Kaziranga wildlife park, home to the largest population of the one horned rhino. We will then journey east to Jorhat to visit some of the oldest tea estates in the region, whilst learning the process of harvesting tea, now during this time the harvesting season has usually come to an end, but we felt it was important to visit the area during the tribal Hornbill festival and when Kaziranga park is open (it is closed during monsoon season). Following our visit to tea estates we take a morning walk through a Gibbon Sanctuary, before driving south into Nagaland and the tribal war cries, drumming and dance that is the Hornbill festival.
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.
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.
Tour: Assam, Meghalaya & Nagaland
Incl: Hornbill Festival
Date: 29 Nov - 13 Dec 2018
Duration: 15 Days
Maximum group size: 6 - 8
*currently our group size does not exceed 6, however if demand is high we will consider extending to a max of 8.
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.
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Early Bird End Date: 27 Sep 2018
A 15% early bird discount is offered to subscribers and ends on the above date. A deposit (approx. 25% of the List Price), is paid for bookings made prior to the above date, with the balance paid thereafter. For bookings made on or after this date the full amount is paid.
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