Ladakh
Indian Himalayas

LADAKH - LITTLE TIBET

Price: US$ 4,495
Date: 18 to 29 June, 2022
Tour Length: 12 days
Small group
Welcome to a unique photographic adventure in one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth, Ladakh "Little Tibet".

 

We offer you a photographic expedition, where you will live a unique experience in this fascinating region of theHimalayas.

The photographic encounters with the mountain people and their way of life, the incredible road trips, the surreal serenity of its lakes, the pure Himalayan air... day after carefully planned day, all these elements come together to create a unique experience that you will remember for a lifetime. 

You will fly over the mighty Himalayas, from bustling Delhi, to the monasteries suspended in the high mountains and the stunning landscapes ofLadakh.

This photographic tour of Ladakh is a photographer's dream. It is a chance to capture life in these remote places, the stories of their friendly people, wildlife, dune and camel sites, monasteries and surreal lakes.

Ladakh, "Little Tibet", is a region in northern India.is a region in the north of India, bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the north and the Himalayan range to the south, a place forgotten by the modern world. A land faithful to ancestral customs, where life is characterised by an intense spirituality.

Ladakh is the highest plateau in Indian Kashmir, more than 3,000 metres above sea level, forming a high-altitude cold desert because the Himalayas surround the area, keeping out the monsoon rains and clouds. After Siberia, this region is the coldest inhabited area on the planet, with winters reaching minus 50 degrees Celsius. It is inhospitable and barren, where there is almost no humidity and the sparse vegetation means that there is far less oxygen in the air than in other places at the same altitude. An astonishingly beautiful landscape, where brackish water lakes simulate tranquil mirrors of cobalt and emerald tones that reflect the snow-capped peaks, such as the Tso Moriri or Tso Kariri lakes.Tso Moriri or Tso Karlakes, at an altitude of 4,500 metres.

For an extremely arid area, Ladakh has a great diversity of bird life, with a total of 225 species identified, including the black-necked crane, Tibetan snowcock, chukar partridge, bearded vulture and golden eagle. In addition, the wildlife in this region bears many similarities to the fauna of the Tibetan plateau.
Tibetan plateau, being home to some mammals such as ibex, baral, Tibetan antelope, lynx or snow leopard, whose population in this area is estimated at around two hundred specimens, as well as the Tibetan wolf, which has been hunted and persecuted as it attacks the livestock of the Ladakhis, the only source of livelihood for many families, its population being estimated at around three hundred members.

In these high altitudes and barren lands, the agricultural season is only viable for a few months each year. Farm animals are scarce and water is limited, so the Ladakhis developed a small-scale farming system adapted to these harsh conditions. The land is irrigated by a system of canals that capture water from snowmelt and snowmelt from the mountains.
The land is irrigated by a system of canals that capture water from snowmelt and snow from the mountains, with the main crops being barley and maize. These lonely lands are one of the least populated areas of Kashmir, where most of the Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shi'ite Muslims, with the city of Leh being the largest population centre, the capital of the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, which has a population of barely 30,000.

 

A great adventure awaits us in the heart of the Indian Himalayas!
DAY 1 (18-06-22) ARRIVAL IN DELHI 

Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Transfer to our hotel in Delhi, very close to the airport and rest from the long journey. 

City walk at sunset. 

Accommodation: 5* Hotel Aloft New Delhi Aerocity.

 

DAY 2 (19-06-22). DELHI - LEH 

This morning, after breakfast, we will drive to the airport for our approximately 90 minute flight to Leh. Clouds permitting, this is one of the most interesting scheduled flights in the world, where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas. 

Acclimatisation is very important (Leh is at 3500m altitude), so we will settle in at the hotel and have a quiet chat about the visual delights and challenges that lie ahead. 

In the afternoon, we will drive to Leh Fort (17th century). From the Fort there is a short trail to the Tsemo Palace; light walking may help you acclimatise, but if you prefer you can drive to the top. At the top you will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of Leh, the valley and its surrounding mountains, including the famous peak of Stok Kangri, which rises to a height of 6,137m. 

In the late afternoon we head to Leh's other great viewpoint, the Shanti Stupa. From here we can see the city illuminated in the blue hour. 

We will then return to the hotel and continue our acclimatisation while we sleep. 

Accommodation: The Grand Dragon Ladakh.

 

DAY 3 (20-06-22). LEH 

Today we will spend the whole day in the city, where we will continue our acclimatisation and photograph several interesting places. 

Accommodation: The Grand Dragon Ladakh.

 

DAY 4 (21-06-22). LEH - NUBRA VALLEY 

Nubra means 'garden' in Ladakhi and aptly describes parts of the bewildering northern Ladakh valley we visit today. Bewildering because this valley is home to a high-altitude desert, with camels and wind-carved dunes, vast wooded and highly fertile expanses, blue lakes reflecting the sky, huge expanses of golden barley and purple lavender, all amidst high snow-capped peaks. 

To reach the Nubra Valley, we leave Leh on a scenic five-hour drive over Khardung-La (5,359m), which is the highest passable mountain pass in the world. 

We leave the highest point behind to descend to Diskit in the Nubra Valley at 3,144m and drive along the banks of the Shyok River, where with a little patience and a touch of luck, using a long telephoto, we can photograph the red fox, partridge, hare, weasel and migrating ducks resting in the river pools. 

Sunset photo session in the beautiful dunes, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and a multitude of camels. 

Accommodation: Hotel Stone Hedge.

 

DAY 5 (22-06-22). DISKIT - HUNDER 

Here, near the highest mountains in the world, with snow-capped peaks glistening in the distance, the last thing you'd expect is a sand dune. But thanks to the peculiarities of the local geography, that is precisely what we will find, so we will take advantage of the opportunity to photograph surreal landscapes and shapes formed by the light. 

But first we head to the Diskit monastery. We will meet the monks and photograph inside and outside the monastery; this is a very good place to capture the weathered textures, the fabulous rooftop views over the valley, etc. 

As we leave the monastery, another photo opportunity is the huge 32m high Buddha statue, built relatively recently with local funds and consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2010. 

Next, a herd of camels will give us the opportunity to make a multitude of compositions amidst the surreal dunes and mountain backdrop.Even when you know what you are going to see, this desert can seem like a dream and can take a while to sink in; in a single photograph you can capture desert dunes, camels and incredibly high mountains with snow-capped peaks. 

Back at our comfortable hotel in Nubra, we will chat, have dinner and go to sleep. 

Accommodation: Hotel Stone Hedge.

 

DAY 6 (23-06-22). NUBRA VALLEY - TAKTHOK 

Takthok Monastery is the only monastery in Ladakh that belongs to the Nying-ma-pa or red hat sect. The name Takthok, which literally means "rock roof", is due to the fact that both the roof and the walls are made of rock. It belongs to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and is home to some 55 lamas. It is the only Nyingma monastery in Ladakh.

The monastery was founded in the mid-16th century, during the reign of Tshewang Namgyal, on a mountainside around a cave where Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in the 8th century.

Accommodation: Shakti House.

 

DAY 7 (24-06-22). TAKTHOK - TSO MORIRI

After breakfast, we set off for Lake Tso-Moriri (approx. 6 hours).

Tso-moriri Lake, also known as Mountain Lake, is a spectacular site in the midst of the Leh mountain ranges. spectacular site in the middle of the Leh mountain ranges.

The Tso-moriri is a high-altitude lake, located in the Changthang (literally, northern plains) with an altitude of 4,595m. The lake Tso-moriri lake is about 28 km long from north to south and about 4-6 km wide and about 30 metres wide. width and about 30m in average depth. The maximum depth of The maximum depth of Lake Tso-moriri is 75 metres. Lake Tso-moriri is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of the with the backdrop of beautiful snow-capped mountains.

Tso-moriri is a sacred and tranquil lake for the Ladakhis. The Tso-moriri is slightly higher than Pangong Tso and the water is much less brackish, which allows for more brackish, which allows for more bird life. The water is crystal clear and deep blue in colour. However, as the Tso-moriri lake has no outlet, its waters are therefore brackish, although not very detectable to taste. In fact, Lake Tso-moriri was once a popular source of salt.

This beautiful valley is inhabited by a small population of 'Changspa', who are nomadic herders. The area is rich in wildlife, including wild donkey, black-necked cranes and geese. wild ass, black-necked cranes and geese flock to the lakeside to breed during the summer months. the lakeshore to breed during the summer months. This serene lake and the surrounding surrounding area attract a wide variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots and migratory birds, marmots, wild asses and (rarely seen) Tibetan wolves. wolves.

Near the lake live nomadic herders of goats, yaks and cows. In reality this place is extremely hard and difficult to survive, especially in winter.

 

DAY 8 (25-06-22). TSOMORIRI - ULEYTOKPO

Today's mission is to follow the Indus River westwards, stopping at different points (some monasteries, landscapes, portraits, etc). 

The first point of interest will be Sangam , the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers near Nimmu. It is a meeting of the bright blue Indus with the dark green Zanskar. 

We then drive to Alchi Monastery, a spectacular Buddhist temple complex dating back 1,000 years. Here we will see statues of the Buddha, elaborate wood carvings and dazzling paintings - some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh. Unlike the other monasteries we visited, this one does not allow interior photography, but the exterior is impressive. 

To Uleytokpo and Tia, charming mountain villages where the welcome is warm and friendly and where street and portrait opportunities are constant. 

Further west, we visit the village and the impressive Lamayuru Monastery, photographing the monks at their afternoon chores. 

Accommodation: Uleytokpo Eco Resort.

DAY 9 (26-06-22). ULEYTOKPO - LAMAYURU

Today, we will have the privilege of enjoying the Buddhist festival of Lamayuru.

Festivals are traditionally held to commemorate the birth anniversary of religious figures (Buddha, Padmasambhava, etc.) and other important dates in the Buddhist calendar.

Lamayuru is one of the most picturesque villages in Ladakh and the grandeur of its monastery is further accentuated by the celebration of the Yuru Kabgyat festival.

Such is the significance of this two-day festival that monks from different parts of the world attend in large numbers. The main highlight of the festival is the cham or sacred mask dances-dramas. One of the dances depicts Yama (Lord of Death) and Guru Rinpoche or Padmsambhava (also known as the Second Buddha).

Accommodation: Uleytokpo Eco Resort.

DAY 10 (27-06-22). ULEYTOKPO - LAMAYURU - DHA HANU

Today after breakfast, we will return to the Buddhist festival of Lamayuru, then drive to the village of Dha Hanu (approx. 5 hours).

The picturesque villages of Dha and Hanu are among the few villages that are home to the Drogpa ethnic tribe of Leh, famous for their hospitality.

They are said to be descendants of the original Aryan or Indo-European race. These villages are an excellent way to explore the cultural diversity of the region and a great attraction for photographers, who love to capture portraits and landscapes.

The tribes have a unique style of ornamentation and interesting headdresses that make for great images. Dha and Hanu are located in the Brokpa region of Leh and are famous as the 'Last Aryan Peoples of India'.

Accommodation: Aryan Valley Camp.

 

DAY 11 (28-06-22). ARYAN VILLAGE - LEH

Today we will spend most of the day visiting and photographing the Brokpa tribe.

In the afternoon we will set course for Leh.

Sunset photo session at the Shanti Stupa.

Accommodation: The Grand Dragon Ladakh.

 

DAY 12 (29-06-22). LEH - FLIGHT TO DELHI

After breakfast, we will drive to Leh airport for our flight back to Delhi. 

End of the Photo Tour

INCLUDED:

  • 11 nights accommodation (shared double room). Single room supplement: +$900.
  • Breakfast and dinner included during the stay in Ladakh.
  • Photographic advice throughout the trip by professional photographers.
  • Bottles of water throughout the tour.
  • Entrance fees and lodging privileges in protected areas and national parks.
  • All entries and permissions for the use of cameras.
  • Transport by minibus, driver and petrol.
  • Local guide.
  • Transfer service to and from the airport.
  • Full travel/health insurance.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights (Origin-Delhi).
  • Domestic flight (Delhi-Leh) approx. $200
  • Visa.
  • Tips.
  • Personal needs.
  • Anything not listed under the heading Included.
  • Services or meals not specified in the "Included" section.
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is made.

Places will not be reserved without a deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% reimbursement minus €400.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

INFORMATION
Indian Himalayas

LADAKH - LITTLE TIBET

Price: US$ 4,495
Date: 18 to 29 June, 2022
Tour Length: 12 days
Small group
Welcome to a unique photographic adventure in one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth, Ladakh "Little Tibet".

 

We offer you a photographic expedition, where you will live a unique experience in this fascinating region of theHimalayas.

The photographic encounters with the mountain people and their way of life, the incredible road trips, the surreal serenity of its lakes, the pure Himalayan air... day after carefully planned day, all these elements come together to create a unique experience that you will remember for a lifetime. 

You will fly over the mighty Himalayas, from bustling Delhi, to the monasteries suspended in the high mountains and the stunning landscapes ofLadakh.

This photographic tour of Ladakh is a photographer's dream. It is a chance to capture life in these remote places, the stories of their friendly people, wildlife, dune and camel sites, monasteries and surreal lakes.

Ladakh, "Little Tibet", is a region in northern India.is a region in the north of India, bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the north and the Himalayan range to the south, a place forgotten by the modern world. A land faithful to ancestral customs, where life is characterised by an intense spirituality.

Ladakh is the highest plateau in Indian Kashmir, more than 3,000 metres above sea level, forming a high-altitude cold desert because the Himalayas surround the area, keeping out the monsoon rains and clouds. After Siberia, this region is the coldest inhabited area on the planet, with winters reaching minus 50 degrees Celsius. It is inhospitable and barren, where there is almost no humidity and the sparse vegetation means that there is far less oxygen in the air than in other places at the same altitude. An astonishingly beautiful landscape, where brackish water lakes simulate tranquil mirrors of cobalt and emerald tones that reflect the snow-capped peaks, such as the Tso Moriri or Tso Kariri lakes.Tso Moriri or Tso Karlakes, at an altitude of 4,500 metres.

For an extremely arid area, Ladakh has a great diversity of bird life, with a total of 225 species identified, including the black-necked crane, Tibetan snowcock, chukar partridge, bearded vulture and golden eagle. In addition, the wildlife in this region bears many similarities to the fauna of the Tibetan plateau.
Tibetan plateau, being home to some mammals such as ibex, baral, Tibetan antelope, lynx or snow leopard, whose population in this area is estimated at around two hundred specimens, as well as the Tibetan wolf, which has been hunted and persecuted as it attacks the livestock of the Ladakhis, the only source of livelihood for many families, its population being estimated at around three hundred members.

In these high altitudes and barren lands, the agricultural season is only viable for a few months each year. Farm animals are scarce and water is limited, so the Ladakhis developed a small-scale farming system adapted to these harsh conditions. The land is irrigated by a system of canals that capture water from snowmelt and snowmelt from the mountains.
The land is irrigated by a system of canals that capture water from snowmelt and snow from the mountains, with the main crops being barley and maize. These lonely lands are one of the least populated areas of Kashmir, where most of the Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shi'ite Muslims, with the city of Leh being the largest population centre, the capital of the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, which has a population of barely 30,000.

 

A great adventure awaits us in the heart of the Indian Himalayas!
ITINERARY
DAY 1 (18-06-22) ARRIVAL IN DELHI 

Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).

Transfer to our hotel in Delhi, very close to the airport and rest from the long journey. 

City walk at sunset. 

Accommodation: 5* Hotel Aloft New Delhi Aerocity.

 

DAY 2 (19-06-22). DELHI - LEH 

This morning, after breakfast, we will drive to the airport for our approximately 90 minute flight to Leh. Clouds permitting, this is one of the most interesting scheduled flights in the world, where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas. 

Acclimatisation is very important (Leh is at 3500m altitude), so we will settle in at the hotel and have a quiet chat about the visual delights and challenges that lie ahead. 

In the afternoon, we will drive to Leh Fort (17th century). From the Fort there is a short trail to the Tsemo Palace; light walking may help you acclimatise, but if you prefer you can drive to the top. At the top you will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of Leh, the valley and its surrounding mountains, including the famous peak of Stok Kangri, which rises to a height of 6,137m. 

In the late afternoon we head to Leh's other great viewpoint, the Shanti Stupa. From here we can see the city illuminated in the blue hour. 

We will then return to the hotel and continue our acclimatisation while we sleep. 

Accommodation: The Grand Dragon Ladakh.

 

DAY 3 (20-06-22). LEH 

Today we will spend the whole day in the city, where we will continue our acclimatisation and photograph several interesting places. 

Accommodation: The Grand Dragon Ladakh.

 

DAY 4 (21-06-22). LEH - NUBRA VALLEY 

Nubra means 'garden' in Ladakhi and aptly describes parts of the bewildering northern Ladakh valley we visit today. Bewildering because this valley is home to a high-altitude desert, with camels and wind-carved dunes, vast wooded and highly fertile expanses, blue lakes reflecting the sky, huge expanses of golden barley and purple lavender, all amidst high snow-capped peaks. 

To reach the Nubra Valley, we leave Leh on a scenic five-hour drive over Khardung-La (5,359m), which is the highest passable mountain pass in the world. 

We leave the highest point behind to descend to Diskit in the Nubra Valley at 3,144m and drive along the banks of the Shyok River, where with a little patience and a touch of luck, using a long telephoto, we can photograph the red fox, partridge, hare, weasel and migrating ducks resting in the river pools. 

Sunset photo session in the beautiful dunes, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and a multitude of camels. 

Accommodation: Hotel Stone Hedge.

 

DAY 5 (22-06-22). DISKIT - HUNDER 

Here, near the highest mountains in the world, with snow-capped peaks glistening in the distance, the last thing you'd expect is a sand dune. But thanks to the peculiarities of the local geography, that is precisely what we will find, so we will take advantage of the opportunity to photograph surreal landscapes and shapes formed by the light. 

But first we head to the Diskit monastery. We will meet the monks and photograph inside and outside the monastery; this is a very good place to capture the weathered textures, the fabulous rooftop views over the valley, etc. 

As we leave the monastery, another photo opportunity is the huge 32m high Buddha statue, built relatively recently with local funds and consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2010. 

Next, a herd of camels will give us the opportunity to make a multitude of compositions amidst the surreal dunes and mountain backdrop.Even when you know what you are going to see, this desert can seem like a dream and can take a while to sink in; in a single photograph you can capture desert dunes, camels and incredibly high mountains with snow-capped peaks. 

Back at our comfortable hotel in Nubra, we will chat, have dinner and go to sleep. 

Accommodation: Hotel Stone Hedge.

 

DAY 6 (23-06-22). NUBRA VALLEY - TAKTHOK 

Takthok Monastery is the only monastery in Ladakh that belongs to the Nying-ma-pa or red hat sect. The name Takthok, which literally means "rock roof", is due to the fact that both the roof and the walls are made of rock. It belongs to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and is home to some 55 lamas. It is the only Nyingma monastery in Ladakh.

The monastery was founded in the mid-16th century, during the reign of Tshewang Namgyal, on a mountainside around a cave where Padmasambhava is said to have meditated in the 8th century.

Accommodation: Shakti House.

 

DAY 7 (24-06-22). TAKTHOK - TSO MORIRI

After breakfast, we set off for Lake Tso-Moriri (approx. 6 hours).

Tso-moriri Lake, also known as Mountain Lake, is a spectacular site in the midst of the Leh mountain ranges. spectacular site in the middle of the Leh mountain ranges.

The Tso-moriri is a high-altitude lake, located in the Changthang (literally, northern plains) with an altitude of 4,595m. The lake Tso-moriri lake is about 28 km long from north to south and about 4-6 km wide and about 30 metres wide. width and about 30m in average depth. The maximum depth of The maximum depth of Lake Tso-moriri is 75 metres. Lake Tso-moriri is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of the with the backdrop of beautiful snow-capped mountains.

Tso-moriri is a sacred and tranquil lake for the Ladakhis. The Tso-moriri is slightly higher than Pangong Tso and the water is much less brackish, which allows for more brackish, which allows for more bird life. The water is crystal clear and deep blue in colour. However, as the Tso-moriri lake has no outlet, its waters are therefore brackish, although not very detectable to taste. In fact, Lake Tso-moriri was once a popular source of salt.

This beautiful valley is inhabited by a small population of 'Changspa', who are nomadic herders. The area is rich in wildlife, including wild donkey, black-necked cranes and geese. wild ass, black-necked cranes and geese flock to the lakeside to breed during the summer months. the lakeshore to breed during the summer months. This serene lake and the surrounding surrounding area attract a wide variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots, marmots and migratory birds, marmots, wild asses and (rarely seen) Tibetan wolves. wolves.

Near the lake live nomadic herders of goats, yaks and cows. In reality this place is extremely hard and difficult to survive, especially in winter.

 

DAY 8 (25-06-22). TSOMORIRI - ULEYTOKPO

Today's mission is to follow the Indus River westwards, stopping at different points (some monasteries, landscapes, portraits, etc). 

The first point of interest will be Sangam , the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers near Nimmu. It is a meeting of the bright blue Indus with the dark green Zanskar. 

We then drive to Alchi Monastery, a spectacular Buddhist temple complex dating back 1,000 years. Here we will see statues of the Buddha, elaborate wood carvings and dazzling paintings - some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh. Unlike the other monasteries we visited, this one does not allow interior photography, but the exterior is impressive. 

To Uleytokpo and Tia, charming mountain villages where the welcome is warm and friendly and where street and portrait opportunities are constant. 

Further west, we visit the village and the impressive Lamayuru Monastery, photographing the monks at their afternoon chores. 

Accommodation: Uleytokpo Eco Resort.

DAY 9 (26-06-22). ULEYTOKPO - LAMAYURU

Today, we will have the privilege of enjoying the Buddhist festival of Lamayuru.

Festivals are traditionally held to commemorate the birth anniversary of religious figures (Buddha, Padmasambhava, etc.) and other important dates in the Buddhist calendar.

Lamayuru is one of the most picturesque villages in Ladakh and the grandeur of its monastery is further accentuated by the celebration of the Yuru Kabgyat festival.

Such is the significance of this two-day festival that monks from different parts of the world attend in large numbers. The main highlight of the festival is the cham or sacred mask dances-dramas. One of the dances depicts Yama (Lord of Death) and Guru Rinpoche or Padmsambhava (also known as the Second Buddha).

Accommodation: Uleytokpo Eco Resort.

DAY 10 (27-06-22). ULEYTOKPO - LAMAYURU - DHA HANU

Today after breakfast, we will return to the Buddhist festival of Lamayuru, then drive to the village of Dha Hanu (approx. 5 hours).

The picturesque villages of Dha and Hanu are among the few villages that are home to the Drogpa ethnic tribe of Leh, famous for their hospitality.

They are said to be descendants of the original Aryan or Indo-European race. These villages are an excellent way to explore the cultural diversity of the region and a great attraction for photographers, who love to capture portraits and landscapes.

The tribes have a unique style of ornamentation and interesting headdresses that make for great images. Dha and Hanu are located in the Brokpa region of Leh and are famous as the 'Last Aryan Peoples of India'.

Accommodation: Aryan Valley Camp.

 

DAY 11 (28-06-22). ARYAN VILLAGE - LEH

Today we will spend most of the day visiting and photographing the Brokpa tribe.

In the afternoon we will set course for Leh.

Sunset photo session at the Shanti Stupa.

Accommodation: The Grand Dragon Ladakh.

 

DAY 12 (29-06-22). LEH - FLIGHT TO DELHI

After breakfast, we will drive to Leh airport for our flight back to Delhi. 

End of the Photo Tour

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED:

  • 11 nights accommodation (shared double room). Single room supplement: +$900.
  • Breakfast and dinner included during the stay in Ladakh.
  • Photographic advice throughout the trip by professional photographers.
  • Bottles of water throughout the tour.
  • Entrance fees and lodging privileges in protected areas and national parks.
  • All entries and permissions for the use of cameras.
  • Transport by minibus, driver and petrol.
  • Local guide.
  • Transfer service to and from the airport.
  • Full travel/health insurance.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights (Origin-Delhi).
  • Domestic flight (Delhi-Leh) approx. $200
  • Visa.
  • Tips.
  • Personal needs.
  • Anything not listed under the heading Included.
  • Services or meals not specified in the "Included" section.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is made.

Places will not be reserved without a deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% reimbursement minus €400.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

Ladakh ``Little Tibet``.

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