About The Listing
Type of Trip : Photo Tours
Level : Medium
Location : Leh and Ladakh
Duration : 10 Days 9 Nights
Trip Start : Delhi
Trip End : Delhi
Join in on a ten day Photo Expedition led by T. Narayan and Sanjay Sharma and learn their world-famous approach to nature photography. You will shoot at some of the most beautiful locations in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Travel with TNSS to some of their favorite spots and learn everything from how to capture the expanse of a landscape to photographing the smallest detail. This course will shape the way you look through the lens as well as how you look at your photographs.
- Shoot at some of the most beautiful locations in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti.
- Photo Expedition led by T. Narayan and Sanjay Sharma.
Review of days work
Day 01: Delhi to Narkanda - (417kms, 9 hrs).
Depart Delhi early by Tempo Traveller. Check in at Agyaat Vaas, Narkanda. Narkanda is a hill station located just 1.5kms from the famous Hatu peak.(10,122 ft) Agyaat Vaas is an environment friendly and ecologically balanced retreat situated close to famous Hatu Peak surrounded by pine trees, flora & fauna, overlooking snow-capped mountain ranges and rare wild life.
Day 02 : Narkanda to Sangla – (160kms, 4.5 hrs).
After breakfast, drive from Agyaat Vaas to Sangla. Check in at Kinner Camps, Sangla. Explore the surroundings around the camp. Enjoy soup around a campfire followed by dinner. Overnight is scheduled at Kinner Camps Sangla.
Day 03: Sangla Valley.
After breakfast, drive to Chitkul (23km), the last Indian village on the Tibet border & walk to Nagasti, the last civilian point (2.5km). Come back to camp for lunch. Post lunch go for a leisurely walk to Hurba, famous for its spring water sources. Overnight will be at Kinner Camps, Sangla.
Day 04: Sangla to Nako – (160 kms, 5hrs).
Nako is slated to be declared a heritage village and is built around a small lake. It has an important Buddhist Gompa which is 1000 yrs old & a small Temple. A footprint like impression on a rock is ascribed to the saint Guru Padmasambhava. Stay overnight at Kinner Camps, Nako.
Day 05: Nako to Kaza – (110kms, 5hrs).
After breakfast start the drive to Kaza. With few signs of vegetation, the Spiti landscape renders visitors speechless with the harsh raw beauty of its landscape. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in “Kim” in these words: “At last they entered a world within a world – a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble & refuse from off the knees of the mountains…surely the Gods live here.” On the way visit the ancient village of Tabo which is situated on the left bank of the river Spiti. Tabo is the seat of one of the most famous Buddhist Monasteries regarded next to the Tholong Gompa in Tibet. It is also known as ‘Ajanta of Himalayas’. It was constructed in 996 AD; not just in Spiti but in the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist world is called Chogs – Khor [‘Doctrinal Circle’ or ‘Doctrinal Enclave’]. It is a complex that holds 9 Temples, 23 Chortens, a Monk’s Chamber & an extension that houses the Nun’s Chamber. On the sheer cliff-face above the enclave are a series of Caves, used as dwellings by the Monks & includes an Assembly Hall. The Monastery contains large number of Scriptures & Pieces of Art, Wall Painting & Stucco. There is also a modern Gompa & Painting School founded by the Dalai Lama. Depart Tabo after lunch. Enroute, stop at Dhankar Gompa, the traditional Capital of Spiti. The Gompa overlooks a stunning valley. The hill-top Fort that overlooks the Spiti Valley also used to serve as a jail in old days. Today, more than 160 Lamas reside here. A Statue of Dhyan Buddha where four complete figures of Buddha sit back to back is the main attraction of this more than 7th Century old Monastery. Arrive at Kaza & check-in to your hotel followed by dinner & overnight stay.
Day 06: Kaza.
After early breakfast by 07 am; excursion to Ki Monastery. Situated at the foot of steep ridges & on the left bank of river Spiti is the Ki Monastery which is the Biggest Gelupa Sect Monastery in Spiti. It’s hilltop position points to a post 13th Century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle floor houses the Dukhang – the Assembly Hall & the uppermost floor has another Temple & Head Lama’s Quarters on the one side of an Open Terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of ‘Thangkas’ salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars & the Sikhs in the 19th Century. Hundreds of Lamas receive their Religious Training in this Monastery & it is famous for its ancient Murals & Books. From here a scenic drive takes you into the Pasture Country of Kibber. From Kibber, the Pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometers.
Day 07: Kaza to Nako - (110 kms, 5hrs).
Stop enroute at scenic viewpoints for some photographs. Tonight you will be staying at Nako.
Day 08: Nako to Kalpa – (117 kms, 4hrs).
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel & drive to Kalpa, via Recong Peo, the District Headquarter of Kinnaur. Kalpa was once a favourite haunt of Lord Dalhousie. Arrive at Kalpa & check-in to your Hotel. Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the Regional Capital. Kalpa has changed little in the last 500 years. It is said that as & when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on Horseback. Each & every corner of Kalpa faces Jorkanden & the Kinner Kailash Peak which is considered as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva & by its side is a 79 foot rock formation that resembles a Shivling that changes colour as the day passes & is visible to the naked eye on a clear day. Post lunch; rest in the hotel & in the evening visit a Buddhist Gompa.
Day 09: Kalpa to Narkanda - (213kms,7hrs).
After a hectic day it’s time to relax in Narkanda followed by dinner. Later there will be photo review & critique of the expedition.
Day 10: Narkanda to Delhi - (417kms, 9hrs).
It’s your last day of this enriching expedition. After breakfast you’ll leave for Delhi.
- Star accommodations on twin sharing basis.
- All meals.
- To and fro Delhi transports.
- Photography workshop.
- 4×4 transportation.
- Guide and local help.
- Mineral water.
- Light refreshments.
- Health and travel insurance.
- Beverages alcoholic or non alcoholic.
Terms & Conditions
- Cancellation 20 days or more before departure: 100% refund.
- Cancellation 15 to 19 days before departure: 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 14 days prior to departure no refund.
- In the event of insufficient tour sign-ups, which is minimum of six(6) TNSS Photography Tours & Workshops reserves the right to cancel any given trip. In that event 100% of moneys received will be returned. However, TNSS Photography Tours & Workshops is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. I am an amateur photographer, can I come on this tour?
TNSS leads the tours and is ably assisted by his hand-picked team of instructors. As you travel with TNSS to some of their favorite spots, you’ll learn their techniques for everything from capturing the expanse of a landscape to photographing the smallest detail. From their years of experience, TNSS knows the right places – and the right time of year to shoot them. Their tours and workshops are designed to give you the best opportunities to make the best captures. To ensure that everyone’s needs are met, and for the optimal size for group travel, the tours are limited to 10-12 participants. You’ll be in good company, sharing your ideas, images and love of photography with your fellow travelers. You can relax, knowing that the travel arrangements have all been handled for you.
2. What can I expect on a photography tour?
On these journeys, TNSS shares their knowledge, curiosity and enthusiasm for places, cultures and wildlife. They enjoys sharing vast accumulated experience and are passionate about helping each of their participants hone his or her vision. You’ll be in the field shooting side by side with TNSS, and then, once back at the group’s lodgings, benefiting from their critiques of your shots. Careful thought and planning go into the schedule of each trip. That said, please know that if a better shooting opportunity arises – such as a mystically foggy morning – they will juggle the schedule to help you get your best shot. You’ll work hard, shoot a ton, and take your photography to the next level – and in the process you’ll have a great time! These trips are a fantastic opportunity to immerse in your photography and TNSS will be right there giving you a personal photography lesson.
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