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We offer short term packages for photography tours.

1. Macleod Ganj – Triund Ridge: Overnight bus / road travel from Delhi to Macleod Ganj. This is Buddhist world of monasteries, monks and Tibetan life. Day is spent in taking pictures of life in this town which is home to Tibetan refugees. Next day, early morning- we trek to Triund Ridge which faces mighty Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. Back in evening – next day morning, travel back to Delhi / Chandigarh / Shimla / Manali

2. Delhi – Manali : Overnight bus ride from Delhi to Manali. Buses from Delhi reaches early in morning. Have rest in hotel and walks in Manali bazaar. Next day, we make a short travel to Solang Valley. Back to hotel. Next day, we travel to 4200m high Rohtang Pass [ Subject to weather and safety ] or this day can be used in visiting Old Manali, Buddhist Market, Hadimba Temple, Mountaineering Institute, and further exploring Kullu Valley.

3. Delhi- Agra: most international flights lands in night- next day morning, we move to Chandani Chowk for RED FORT, Mehrauli for Quatab Minar and Pahad ganj for street photography. After Lunch, we relax and start evening visit to Akshardham Temple. Next Morning, we are boarding AC train for Agra- after visiting RED FORT, we are spending good time in Taj Mahal. We board evening train to Delhi- package ends.

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Ladakh , Lahaul and Spiti

LADAKH HIMALAYAS

To do artistic justice to the beauty of Ladakh, you must make more than merely panoramas, time-lapse videos, star-trail images and wildlife photographs. You must embrace its inseparable culture and its people in toto, and be at the right places at the right times of the day, so with a squeeze of the shutter button you send a vignette of the welkin straight into the annals of photographic posterity. And in an exclusive experience with just three participants in each vehicle, this Toehold Tour will help you do all that and more.

At Pangong Tso, you will discover a new scale for size. An international lake that is 134 kilometres long, it stretches to Tibet and has the Line of Actual Control with China running through it. Although said to be bereft of fish, the lake supports a rich population of birds in the summer, and around its water, a number of mammals thrive. In the winter the lake freezes completely but in the summer it gleams with the magnificence of a polished jewel and the serenity of an elegant bride.

At 4,595 meters (15,075 feet), Tso Moriri, the largest of the higher Himalayan lakes that are entirely in India, stands as a paradise for landscape photography with brackish water and a backdrop of whitish mountains. 34 species of birds and many mammals, including the Lynx and the Tibetan Wild Ass favor this area, for it is as much a wildlife haven as the strongest antonym for the word ‘eyesore’.

And finally, the Tso Kar, literally meaning ‘salt lake’, completes the trinity of high-altitude lakes to behold near the roof of the world, with turquoise water set amidst the spectacular ambience of verdant greenery. Apart from the salt concentration around the water, the other noticeable feature is the plentiful wildlife around, including the Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Little Owl, Brahminy Duck, Bar-headed Goose, Pied Avocet, and different Sandpipers and Gulls.

At the sightseeing sites of Leh, Thikse, Stok, Hemis and Shanti Stupa, savour the rich culture and heritage of the region that make Ladakh such a unique place. The monasteries inhabited by lamas and Buddhist paintings and sculptures offer a wealth of opportunities to make images and stories throbbing with cultural intrigue and chromatic richness.

At 5,600 metres (18,368 feet), you will experience the dizzying Khardung La, India’s highest motor able road and possibly the highest pass in India. Historically, its significance is that it lay on the major caravan route from Leh to Kashgar in Chinese Central Asia, which around 10,000 horses and camels would use annually, and a small population of Bactrian Camels can still be seen at Hundar, in the area north of the pass. During the Second World War, there was even an attempt to transfer war material to China through this route. Overall, with an average altitude of 4,800 meters on the Tour and such abundance of joy on offer, you will likely soon find yourself getting high on the Himalayas

Lahaul-Spiti

Lahaul and Spiti region is a desert in the higher ranges of Indian Himalayas, where nothing more than tiny grass a few inches tall grows. Muddy brown mountain surface stretches as far as the eyes can see, and the peaks keep growing taller and taller as we look ahead. Moisture laden clouds from the south are blocked by Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayan mountains, ensuring that it never rains in these parts.
There was no permanent habitation sighted on the journey for next eight hours of our drive. The road passes along lines of tall mountains forming a narrow valley bisected by Chandra River. Mountain peaks are dressed in snow that would soon melt and bare it all in high summer. Nomadic shepherds wander this forbidding land during the warm seasons in search of narrows plateaus where nothing more than bits of tiny grass grows. Herds of sheep seem to be content with just this grass and survive effortlessly, and the shepherds survive on sheep.

The tour price includes

Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Transportation during the tour in non-A/C vehicle with 4 participants per vehicle
All meals during the tour, except lunch and dinners at LEH.
Inner line permits and all entry fees
Photography sessions, expert advice and assistance, image reviews and critiques on all days
All applicable taxes

The tour price does not include

Insurance
Additional snacks, bottled water or other beverages ordered
Anything else that is not part of the includes list above

Please note:

The itinerary mentioned in this page is subject to favourable weather and road conditions. In case of bad weather and inaccessibility to a destination, we will do our best to make alternate plans. The cost of the tour or any part of it will not be refunded in the event of unfavourable conditions any time during the tour days.
Dinner on Days 5 and 7 and Lunch on Day 8 is exempt from the price above. On our previous tours, we’ve seen that some participants would like to have their schedule free at that time to go shopping or just walk around Leh at their own leisure. We wouldn’t like to impose a schedule on you by having fixed dinner and lunch timings on those days.
All participants would have to sign a Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement before joining the tour.
Accommodation

Accommodation will be in comfortable hotels on the days we are staying in Leh. At Nubra Valley we stay in simple but comfortable resorts in the valley. At Pangong Lake , we will be camping in tents near the lake.

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Kerala, Goa Beaches

Kerala Photography

Three nights in Kochi with its rich Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial heritage; specially organised photography encounters with the Chinese fishing nets, Kathakali dance sessions and the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu.
Two nights in the hill resort of Munnar, with its stunning landscapes of rolling emerald hillsides and tea estates; in addition to wonderful landscape vantage points researched by our Shoot Director, we have a specially organised inside-and-out tour of the highest tea estate in the world
Two nights at Alappuzha (Alleppey), a tropical Venice; we’ll paddle and click lazily down its famously picturesque canals, beaches, and lagoon, and have a specially negotiated photography session where we’ll meet and photograph the men who hand-build and traditionally craft Kerala’s iconic rice-barge houseboats.
Three nights exploring Kerala’s backwaters: we’ll live on deluxe houseboats and use nimble little skiffs as our shooting platform as we drift through idyllic scenes of village life, paddy fields and friendly Keralites going about their daily routines

Goa Photography

Goa photography tour can be divided in two sections of North Goa and South Goa. North Goa consists of famous beaches, churches and people on the beaches. It has huge activity of local life of fishermen too.
South Goa offers ancient hindu temples, wildlife regions like Dhudhsagar falls and mix of ancient cultures of Konkan villages.

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Khajuraho Group of Monuments

On the main road, beside the path leading to the Matangeshvar Temple is the A.S.I counter where we purchase a ticket to visit the western group of temples in this complex and the museum on the opposite side. A boundary wall surrounds and protects the temples within this large rectangular complex and there is only one entry point Here at the Western Group you will see some of the most sensational temples in the world.

DEVI MANDAP : Opposite the large Lakshman Temple are two small shrines. The one directly opposite is called Devi Mandap, its cemented peaked roof an indication that it has been renovated during the last century

VARAHA MANDAP : This open pavilion stands to the south of the Devi shrine on a high platform. The mandap stands elevated above the ground with 14 short pillars that support the high pyramidal roof capped with an amalaka and kalash.

LAKSHMAN TEMPLE : This striking temple stands facing the varaha and Devi mandaps. It is one of the three largest temples of khajuraho and the western group of temples and is considered to be the earliest ( c.AD 954 ) to have been built by the chandella rulers. The temples faces the east and is dedeicated to vishnu, though it goes by a rather inappropriate name of lakshman, the brother of Ram, the hero.

KANDARIYA MAHADEV TEMPLE : This is without any doubt the largest and most magnificent temple in Khajuraho. The elegant proportions of this building and its sculptural detailing are the most refined examples of this artistic heritage of central India.

MAHADEV SHRINE : Between the Kandariya and the devi jagdambi Temples is a small shrine whose purpose is difficult to ascertain. It is called the Mahadev Shrine and consists of a small open – pillared porch and sanctum, the structure has suffered further through renovations during the last century. A figure of the rampant lion fighting with a kneeling figure, presumed to be the emblem of the chandellas, has some reason been installed in the porch. there are two similar rampant lion figures on the platform of the Kandariya Madadev and Devi temples.

DEVI JAGDAMBI TEMPLE : This is much smaller than the magnificent Kandariya Mahadev Tenlple. lt has a cross plan with only on set of balconies, only one mandap and no inner pradakshina patha. However, the Devi Jagdambi Temple has some of the loveliest sculptures ill Khajuraho, and because of its medium height most of them are easily visible.

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Ajanta,Ellora Caves,

Astonishingly carved into hillside rock in the middle of nowhere are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, and 29 caves at Ajanta dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD.

The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain
Location: The caves are in northern Maharashtra, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Mumbai.
Important: The Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays, and the Ellora caves are closed on Tuesdays. Both caves are open on national holidays. However, try to avoid visiting them then (as well as on weekends) as the crowds can be maddening and you won’t have a peaceful experience.

The most incredible thing about the caves is that they were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel. While the Ajanta caves are rich in paintings and sculpture, the Ellora caves are renowned for their extraordinary architecture. You can get an excellent view and perspective of inside the Kailasa temple by climbing up the hill around it. Its immense size covers twice the area of the Pantheon in Athens and is one and a half times as high! Bring a torch with you to the Ajanta caves as many of them are quite dark and lighting is poor.

The best time to visit the caves is from November to March, when it’s cooler and dry.

If you have time, do consider visiting Lonar Crater, is a small town in Buldhana district of Maharashtra close to Aurangabad. Its claim to fame is lake formed in a crater supposedly formed from a meteorite hit.

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Monuments of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer

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Monuments of Delhi

Of great architectural and historical importance- we can explore Guided tour of Delhi- Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament House, India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Gandhi Memorial and Qutub Minar Complex. Evenings at Cannaught place, Akshadham Temple and the local bazaars.

Monuments of Agra

Guided trip to covering Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah and Taj Mahal

Monuments of Jaipur, Jaisalmer

enjoy an elephant ride to Amber Fort. In the afternoon, take a road trip to the Jaipur city covering City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Nawab Sahab ki Haveli and the local bazaars etc.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the finest & largest National Parks in Maharashtra. It is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state. This beautiful wild paradise is situated 45 km close to Chandrapur District of central Indian State Maharashtra, and is about 150 km from Nagpur city which is the nearest airport for visiting Tadoba national park. Its name ‘Tadoba’ is derived from the name of God “Tadoba” or “Taru” whiich is praised by local tribal people, whereas “Andhari” is derived from name of Andhari river. It is believed that Taru was the village chief who was killed in an fierce encounter with Tiger and thus a shrine was made in remembrance of God Taru. This region was predominantly ruled by Gond tribes which had their own Kingdom in large area of Central India. Their descendents are still can be seen in local villages.

Tadoba national park is open for visitors from 15-Oct to 30-June every season. Despite of this, limited safari is possible from 01-Oct on current booking basis. Tadoba national park remains Full-day CLOSED for visitors on every Tuesday.

Major part of this forest is thrived in hilly area; it covers the Chimur Hills, and Andhari sanctuary covers Moharali & Kolsa ranges, so many hillocks, terrains provide shelter to wild animals, since it is considered that this park has a great accessibility & sighting of many wild beasts, wild-lovers from many parts of the country & world arrives here. Being popular gradually for its dense forest area, smooth meadows and deep valleys and moreover to all is the good sight-seeing of tiger despite being low numbers, the park has a great potential & atmosphere to stabilize more numbers of tigers with extending park area.

There are more than 80 tigers (as of Dec 2015) in the reserve,one of the highest in India

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Jim Corbet National Park

Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honoured as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. This unique tiger territory is best known as the father who gave birth of the Project Tiger in India to protect the most endangered species and the Royal of India called Tigers.

Spans over an extent of 520 square kilometres, its whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and large lake. It is among the few tiger reserves in India that allows overnight stays in the lap of the National Park. Nature watch and wildlife viewing in the park is done in an open four wheeler Jeep and on elephant back. Sheltering a healthy population of tigers and rare species like Otters and the endemic fish eating crocodile, the national park is one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife buffs. Dhikala, situated at the border of the extensive Patil Dun valley, is the most popular destination in Corbett because of its superb location and sheer abundance of wildlife present.

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Photography Tours – Wildlife and Birding in India

tadoba junglesWildlife conservation in India has come a long way with establishment of over 166 National Parks for protection of wildlife and conservation of reliant species, tigers and other endangered animals.
India has over 400 wildlife sanctuaries, which are home to the exotic animal and bird species of the country. During your tour to India, visiting these wildlife reserves and interacting with exotic wild species is a must if you are a wildlife enthusiast and a nature lover too.

Suggested Regiions: Jim Corbet, Ranthambore, Gir National Park, kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Chilika Lagoon, Bhigwan Flamingos, Harike Wetland, Valley of flowers, dr. salim bird sanctuary

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