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India in~depth 
join us...
on an immersive photographic journey that takes in India's hidden corners, a once in a 12-year festival, the world's most spiritual city, and a very special nonprofit organisation. 
 

When:             January  10th - 22nd January 2025 (13 Days)

Who:                Tour leaders ~ Lynn Gail and Hazel Holloway

Where:            Exploring Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi, Jodhpur (meeting a forest tribe), Old Delhi

Level:               Beginner to experienced photographer

Fitness:          Photographic pace

Sleeping:       A mixture of traditional hotels, havelis, camps, and guesthouses.  

"To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim."

Martin Luther King JR

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India - no other place compares

We have planned this special journey to unravel India's extraordinary layers, to reach out and feel its honest heartbeat. India, often coupled with the word 'incredible' is just that - from the moment you arrive, its people, traditions, and beliefs change the way you see the world - and changes your own. One trip often turns into two, three..... four, maybe more.

 

It's where beautiful sari-clad women, markets lined with aromatic spices, flower sellers, Masala chai makers and sadhus colour the streets in a never-ending reel of traditional Indian life. Join us to connect to its people, explore its villages, cities, and rural areas and see for yourself how life unfolds in a country that's plays to the strings of its own unique customs.

 

Our journey is designed for any photographer wanting to improve their travel and documentary skills. We will spend time taking time to explore, meet and learn from people who still practice generations-old beliefs. Throughout the tour we will teach you how to shoot and how to enhance a wide range of travel imagery. The immersive tour will challenge you how to photograph from an emotive level, and how to take imagery of subjects unique to this part of the world. 

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DAY 1 : DELHI - LEH

Fly to the old silk route town of Leh, nestled in the mighty Trans-Himalaya.


Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Leader and transferred to your hotel. You must rest all day to acclimatize to high altitude. This necessitates limiting your activities today to properly acclimatize. 


Leh, the capital of Ladakh, was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west, and also between India and China for centuries. The main goods carried were salt, grain, pashm or cashmere wool, charas or cannabis resin from the Tarim Basin, indigo, silk yarn and
Banaras brocade.

 

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DAY 2: EXPLORE LEH

After an early breakfast, drive down to the monastery of Thiksey to attend morning prayers. This is a beautiful and calming experience steeped in the tradition of the Gelugpa, or yellow hat order, of Buddhism.

After the morning prayers have concluded, drive around the beautiful Indus valley to view the monastery of Stakna towering above meandering Indus. Then drive to the monastery of Matho to view a different order of Buddhism, and take in the sights of the Indus valley from a high vantage point. Rest at your hotel after lunch before heading out to view a sweeping sunset from the Shanti Stupa, or peace pagoda, built by the Japanese, with commanding views of Leh and the Stok Range.

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DAY 3, 4, 5, 6: NUBRA VALLEY

Cross the high pass of Khardung La, one of the highest motorable roads on earth and descend into the famed Nubra Valley, overlooking the Ladakh Range, the Saltoro Range, and the high Karakorum Range.


Nubra is a melting pot of the Central Asian culture of Xinjiang, just across the mountains in China, the Muslim influences of Baltistan (now mostly in Pakistan), and the Buddhist history of Tibet that infuses so much of Ladakhi daily life. It is the perfect blend of landscapes and portraits for the photographer.


Using the village of Sumur as a base, you will explore Ladakhi culture, silk route history, and some of the impressive local monasteries. Over three days in Nubra valley, you will visit remote villages, including Hunder and Deskit, explore high altitude sand dunes and be awed by surrounding towering mountains.


We will visit an old caravanserai, a remnant of the days of the silk route for some portraits. Sumur and Teggar were the last major villages that silk route caravans encountered before crossing the Karakorum pass into the region known as Yarkand, south of Xinjiang in China.  You'll visit some fascinating traditional houses in the area.

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DAY 7 & 8: SHANG VALLE

Cross the high pass of Wari La (5,312m) and descend into the Indus Valley. Cross the Indus and enter world famous Hemis National Park, abode of snow leopards. Here we’ll stay at the LUNGMĀR Remote Camp, a beautiful property with 5 rooms. Spend the day relaxing after a long journey and a productive photography session in Nubra. On the next day explore the villages around the LUNGMĀR for more portraits, landscapes, and a look at sheepherding life.

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Day 9, 10, 11: TSO MORIRI LAKE and NOMADS

After a relaxed breakfast, you’ll drive to the village of Korzok, perhaps the highestaltitude village in the world that is inhabited year round. Korzok is nestled by the stunning lake of Tso Moriri at 4,500 meters and is one of the headquarters of the Changpa nomads of the region. You will stay in a luxurious mobile camp by the lake.


The stunning landscape is home to families of pastoral nomadic Changpa that have reared pashmina goats and livestock in the region for millennia. Pastoral nomadism has played an important role in shaping world history. The periodic interaction, cooperation, and conflict between Central Asian nomadic tribes and the sedentary peoples that shared their borders played critical roles in the development of trade routes, the
transfer of ideas between East and West, and the spread of technology across the world.


Nomadic life is often romanticized, usually with representations of freedom, wanderlust, and being
beyond society’s obligations. In reality, the lives of these nomads are harsh, difficult, and dangerous. They follow migration routes that are centuries old, moving in between pastures and meadows that have been divided and assigned to different families. They walk the same path that their ancestors trod, moving their herds of Pashmina goats, sheep, yaks, and horses in cyclical journeys season after season. Losing animals to predators like snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, and lynxes are a sobering reality. They camp in stone-walled
structures called rebos and spend cold winter nights in canvas tents.

The village of Korzok, by Tso Moriri lake also has one of the highest situated monasteries in the region. This monastery follows the Drukpa system of Tibetan Buddhism. You’ll get privileged access at the monastery and can shoot in different locations with a few monks. Here we camp besides Tso Moriri Lake in a luxurious mobile camp for 3 nights.

 

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Day 12: RETURN TO LEH

Cross Taglangla La, one of the highest passes in Ladakh open to civilian traffic, and descend into the Indus valley. It’s about 5 hours driving to Leh if road conditions are good. Spend a free relaxing afternoon in Leh.

Day 13: FLY TO DELHI

Today we say farewell after connecting to the Ladakhi people in what can only be described as an incredible and immersive journey through some of the world's most extraordinary terrain. 

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Tour pricing:

Tour Cost:   AUD $13,750 twin share Add $2,200 for single supplement

Numbers –  Minimum photographers: 6. Maximum photographers: 8.

Photography ability:  Beginner to advanced

Please note: A deposit of AUD$2,000 secures your place on the tour.

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Tour includes:

  • Airport transfers in Delhi, with meet and greet.
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner.
  • All transport.
  • All tourism permits.
  • All entrances.
  • All guiding. 

  • Photographic critique and tuition.

Tour excludes:

  • Any flights.
  • Alcohol.
  • Travel / medical / trip cancellation / comprehensive travel insurance(
 Policy number REQUIRED)
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. curios, souvenirs, beauty treatments, telephone calls.
  • Tips/ Gratuities

  • Camera insurance and equipment.

  • Excess baggage claim.

For terms and conditions covering the India tour, including cancellation fees, please make sure you read through our T&C’s policy, available on request, and sent on booking your place on the tour.

  To book your place on the  India In-depth Journey, or, if you have any questions,
   please get in touch:
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