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India Travel Photography Tour with Steve Davey

On one of Steve Davey's travel photography tours, you will not only have an enjoyable holiday, you will also learn more about travel photography than you ever thought possible. Steve is mindful that people don't just come on one of his tours to improve their travel photography, but to explore fascinating places: consequently, we try to fit in as much as possible, as well as showing you as many photo-opportunities as possible.

How is Steve Davey Qualified to Run Photo Tours to India?

Steve Davey is a professional travel photographer, whose work appears in magazines, newspapers and websites all over the world. He is the author and principal photographer of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die and Unforgettable Islands to Escape To Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve is used to working in a variety of styles and situations and enjoys sharing this experience and knowledge.

Steve has recently published Footprint Travel Photography, a major title sponsored by Nikon UK and Intrepid Travel, encompassing everything you could ever want to know about travelling with your camera. Steve also writes regular travel photography features for Wanderlust Magazine and Get Lost Magazine in Australia. All of this has given him a unique and unprecedented ability to explain all aspects of travel photography, no matter what your level of experience and to guide you to improving your travel photography.

Steve has previously led a number of Intrepid's (now discontinued) Through The Lens Travel Photo Tours, and the inaugural Better Travel Photography Tours – Impressions of India and Impressions of Morocco – ran successfully in 2009. This has given Steve a wealth of experience in both travel photography and leading tours! Steve has travelled and photographed in India many times, including photographing some of the greatest festivals in the sub-continent. He has travelled in Tibet on a number of occasions.

Travel arrangements on the Ladakh Photo Tour

All of the land arrangements on this trip are provided by Intrepid Travel, and the accommodation is based on their 'original' style. This is defined as clean and comfortable, but simple. Most of the time this will be in locally run guesthouses or hotels, but there will also be five nights of camping - with all necessary equipment provided. The tour is organised with private transport throughout, to give us more freedom and flexibility, and to allow us to stop for any photo-opportunities we encounter along the route and to take our own time on our journeys.

Learn Travel Photography

Steve mixes illustrated talks most evening, group practical demonstrations and individual tuition and photo critiques to tailor your learning to your own needs and interests. Although these travel photo tours are predominantly designed for people who want to learn more about Digital Travel Photography, you will also learn a vast amount about travel photography even if you are still shooting film.

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Start: 3 July 2013
End:
17 July 2013 Code: TBA

Price: 1749 ex. int. flights, based on

Min 8, max 12 people

Approx other currencies*:
€ 2160 • US$ 2700

AU$ 2725 • NZ$ 3500

Note: if you have travelled with Intrepid and have a 5% feedback discount you can use it on this trip

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Impressions of Ladakh Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Leh
Day 3: Leh
Day 4: Likir
Day 5: Lamayuru
Day 6: Stok
Day 7: Hemis
Day 8: Tsomoriri Lake
Day 9: Tsomoriri Lake
Day 10: Tsomoriri Lake
Day 11: Serchu
Day 12: Manali
Day 13: Manali
Day 14: Delhi
Day 15: Tour ends

Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.

Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in Melbourne not the Intrepid website or Stores. Use this link for more information

From the capital New Delhi, we catch a morning flight to Leh, the main city in Ladakh. Leh has a distinctly Tibetan feel, and there are a number of monuments to explore, including the Leh Palace, which resembles the Potala Palace in Lhasa, and the Tsemo Gompa.

For the next few days we drive west on the Srinagar-Leh Highway towards the historic town and monastery of Lamayuru, visiting many of the highlights of this area including Rizong and Phayang Gompas and the palaces of Alchi.

After spending another night in Leh, we then visit the famous Hemis Gompa, via a Stok Palace and the monks of the Thiksey Gompa. We spend a night camped in Hemis, where we can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding are, and the following day explore the monastery, with it's famous museum, packed with Buddhist artifacts.

From Hemis we head out to the remote Tso Moriri Lake - the largest in the region, and rare bird and mammal life can sometimes be seen here. Our visit is timed for the Korzok Gustor festival, where will should witness many pilgrims and monks carrying out their traditional masked dancing.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see a traditional festival, and as we are camping at the lake we will be able to truly soak up the atmosphere of this festival, the monastery and also the haunting beauty of this lake.

After the festival we continue along the Leh-Manali Highway to Manali,over nighting in Serchu. The highway is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and we cross a number of high passes, including the Rohtang Pass. To me, this a man-made wonder, cutting through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. It needs permenant maintenace from snowfall and landslides, and travelling it is an adventure.

When we arrive at Manali in Himachal Pradesh we spend a welcome two nights at a comfortable hotel! Manali is a pretty town, with a different feel to Leh, set in a deep valley amidst picturesque apple orchards. We have a whole day to explore it's alpine charm.

On our penultimate day we drive to the nearby Joginder Nagar Railway Station and catch one of India's famous Toy Trains to Pathankot, where we board a night train to Delhi a night train or fly to Delhi where the tour ends.

India is a vast and varied country, and the region of Ladakh is unique: a high altitude landscape sandwiched between the Greater Himalayan and Karakoram Mountain ranges. The feeling here is distinctly Tibetan: arguably more pure than Tibet itself. Ladakh is a heady mix of fertile valleys, mountains and ancient monasteries, and on this tour we camp to allow us to get close to some of the best it has to offer.

This trip has run twice before, in 2010 and 2011. We have tailored the itinerary and made a number of improvements, including our second visit to the Korzok Gustor festival at the remote Lake Tsomoriri, that we visited for the first time in 2011. We have our own transport in Ladakh, allowing us to take our own time, and stop for numerous photo-opportunities as we explore this magical land.

The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

Highlights of this tour

• Korzok Gustor Festival

• High altitude town of Leh

• Hemis Gompa

• Lamayuru Monastery

• Leh-Manali Highway

• Picturesque Manali

• Historic toy train

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Start: 3 July 2013
End:
17 July 2013 Code: TBA

Price: 1799 ex. int. flights, based on

Min 8, max 12 people

Approx other currencies*:
€ 2100 • US$ 2710

AU$ 2620 • NZ$ 3290

Note: if you have travelled with Intrepid and have a 5% feedback discount you can use it on this trip