The name Ladakh when translated means the “land of high passes” with elevations of as high as 10, 000 feet and above. Anyone travelling to Ladakh will be overwhelmed by its extraordinary beauty. Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India and its culture and history has a strong Tibetan influence. It is the largest of the 10 provinces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The great Indus river flows right through Ladakh. The province is divided into Leh (the capital), Nubra (the land of cold white desert), Zanskar, Lower Ladakh and Rupshu. Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, and the corners of China in the far north; it is bordered by Karakoram ranges in the north and Himalayas in the south.
Ladakh has long and bitter winter of frozen landscape but yet spectacular, and a short summer, which contributes remarkably in making the landscapes of Ladakh even more gorgeous. If you have to visit Ladakh then summer is the most enjoyable time for trying numbers of adventure activities, for sightseeing and of course plenty of mind-blowing photography opportunities.
**A small Private Photography Tour.
Itinerary & Cost
Ladakh, The Roof of India is a Photographer’s Paradise! Ladakh is a land of lunar-like landscapes, high-altitude lakes & mountain passes (at a mind-blowing elevation of 17,000 feet and above), ancient Buddhist monasteries, cold desert, picture-perfect villages, and an array of other intriguing sights and attractions. If you are a passionate photographer with zeal and lust for capturing one of the most breathtaking places in India, then our specially-crafted ‘7 nights & 8 days’ photography tour to Ladakh is a golden opportunity. The highlight of this tour is the photography journey to Ladakh during the famous Hemis Festival - one of the biggest religious festivals of Ladakh. Rest assured, a dream journey for any photography loving travel enthusiast.
10 JULY: DAY 01: ARRIVE IN LEH AIRPORT - LEH CITY
On arrival at Leh Airport, our representative will greet you and assist you in transfer to your hotel in Leh City. Check-in at the hotel and relax and acclimatize. Enjoy lunch, followed by a health check in the evening and briefing about Photo tour, and photography tips.
Note: Acclimatisation is essential to get accustomed to such high elevations in Leh and Ladakh, which are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet, and altitude sickness is a common condition for most tourists flying to Leh.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive you to Hemis monastery (45 km/ approx 1.5 Hrs. drive from Leh.) where you will experience Hemis Festival. The festival is dedicated to the birth of the spiritual leader Padmasambhava, the founder of Tantric Buddhism. Watch and enjoy Cham, a sacred masked dance performed by the Lamas (monks), which marks the victory of good over bad. Hemis monastery is one of the oldest (built in the 17th century, but its earliest evidence dates back before the 11th century), largest and most popular monasteries in Ladakh. The beautiful Hemis Monastery combined with the alluring enchanting Hemis Festival will give you great photography opportunities. Keep your camera handy, as this by far would be the most fascinating and colourful experience of the trip.
Later, proceed for lunch at Chamba Hotel at Shey Monastery. Next, explore Shey Monastery, which is located within the Shey Palace and has a huge statue of seated Buddha.
Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Post breakfast, check-out and we head for Khardungla Pass (17852 Ft), which is the world’s highest motorable pass. It lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. It would take about 6-7 hrs. from Leh crossing over Khardungla to reach Nubra Valley which is a high-altitude desert. We would be taking small breaks along the way for photography. On reaching Nubra, we will explore Diskit Monastery and nearby areas. Diskit Monastery is the largest and oldest monastery in the Nubra Valley.
We will call it a day and head to check-in at Hotel / Luxury Camp and relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the Luxury Camp/ Hotel in Nubra.
This morning after breakfast, we will take a journey to Turtuk Village (3-4 Hrs drive approx.), which is the last village on the Indian side and very close to the Indo-Pak border. The place is great for street photography, children portraits, amazing landscapes and much more. However, the people here are conservative, especially ladies, so please respect if they may not let you photograph. The culture here is different from the Tibetan Buddhist dominant region of Ladakh, as we will see a sudden shift to a more Islamic community. After exploring the village and lunch, we will continue back to Nubra and then relax at the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Nubra.
14 JULY: DAY 05: NUBRA - LEH (6-7 HRS. INCLUDING PHOTO OPS)
After breakfast in Nubra, we head back to Leh city, but not before experiencing the high altitude cold-desert sand dunes and the double-humped camel rides of the Nubra Valley. Also, get a great opportunity to capture some wonderful pictures of this surreal natural wonder.
We will have lunch on the way and then try to reach Leh by evening, so that you may also experience the local markets and pick some souvenirs.
Arrive at the hotel and relax. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Leh.
This day we will start our day with an early breakfast, then we head to Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake - the main attraction of the trip. This is a high altitude lake (at 14,000 Ft), which extends from India to China and is 83 miles in length. The road to Pangong Tso is very scenic and we will take many stops to capture some great photographs. En route, we will cross a wildlife reserve and you may be able to sight some rare Himalayan animals. We go over Changla Pass then stop for lunch. Later, we head to Pangong Tso; this is where the most scenic part of the journey starts. We reach the lake in the evening hours, which is the best time for photography, and get ourselves comfortable in our camps on the banks of Pangong Tso. We relax for a while, enjoy dinner and post that we will have Night sky /landscape photography session. Then by 10 pm, we call the night off and get some sleep to wake up to an equally magnificent next day.
Note: Sleeping at Pangong Lake can get difficult for many for its high altitude, strong chilly winds, etc.
Dinner and Overnight at Camp at Pangong Lake.
Braveheart’s can wake up early morning as morning sunrise could be a great time to go out by the lake for some pictures. Return to the camp for breakfast. After breakfast, we spend some more time taking photographs as you enjoy the breathtaking panorama on the backdrop of this lake. We now drive back to Leh city with more stops on the way for photography and lunch.
We reach Leh by 3:00 to 3:30 pm, and check-in at the hotel where we will relax and later meet up for a short session on Post Processing Images to be followed by dinner, drinks, and music.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then our team will transfer you to Leh Airport and from here take a flight to your onward journey/ home. We are sure you’ll have amazing memories to take back from this tour.
**Book before 31st May and get 20% discount
Starting at USD 1095 per person on twin sharing basis, in Standard hotels / tents
- All Accommodation on Single / Twin sharing basis as per quoted price in comfortable hotels and tents
- All Transportation as per above program by cars
- Daily Breakfast and Dinner at hotels / camps
- Lunch all days
- Inner-line permits and permissions
- Photography mentor fees
- Camera entry fees wherever applicable
- Oxygen cylinders in the car for the entire tour
- Bottled water in the car
- An accompanying assistance throughout the tour from Day 2 onwards
- Monastery entrances
- Hemis Tsechu Festival seat reservation fee for first day ceremony
- All currently applicable taxes, fees and charges
- Personal expenses of any sort
- Airfares to and from Leh
- Indian visa fees (For foreign nationals)
- Travel to and from our reporting point i.e. Leh airport
- Laundry service, Snacks, Drinks, Medical expenses
- Any unforeseen circumstance like Road blockage, Landslide, Natural Calamities, Illness etc.
Note: *Note: *Accommodation will be in the best available comfortable hotels and tents in those mentioned places (based on the availability of rooms). *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 anytime during the tour days
*If you are suffering from heart, lungs, blood pressure or any other chronic disease, we suggest you consult your doctor before registering for this particular workshop.
The Hemis Festival is one of the most colourful and the largest religious festival of Ladakh. It is an opportunity to witness unique cultural fiesta that leaves each traveler and passionate photographers beguiled. Hemis Festival is celebrated annually on the 10th day of the Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar, which usually falls between the months of June & July, every year. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and to seek blessings of spiritual leader Guru Padmasambhava for spiritual and health well-being.
The highlight of the festival is the masked dances known as “Cham Dance”. These very lively dances are performed by the Lamas (monks), who wear intensely multihued and elaborate masks and a headgear, and dance to the beats and traditional Tibetan instruments like long horns, cymbals, drums and trumpets and act out feats performed by Guru Padmasambhava. What makes the dance interesting and quirky at the same time are the heavy and colorful costumes and masks that these Lamas adorn. And each mask holds its own unique significance. With their spectacular moves and expressions, they generate a massive energy in the environment to create an aura of intense positivity. What adds to the scene is the adrenaline-pumping beats of the music. In addition, the picturesque location of Leh also offers uniquely natural settings for a tourist's delight.
The local people and natives dress up in their best traditional attires and gather for the function in the courtyard of the beautifully adorned Hemis Monastery, which is the venue for Hemis Festival. Hemis Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist Monastery of Ladakh, with the stunning Himalayan mountains at its backdrop.
Rohan worked as Technical Head in Nikon India Pvt. Ltd. for good 5 years. He started his photography career as a Documentary Photographer, traveller, and nature lover. After a long and distinguished corporate career he decided to follow his passion and make it his profession which started his journey as a professional photographer. Rohan has undertaken various photography Campaigns/ assignments and learnt about different genres, lighting effects, and instructed new photographers on various photography techniques.
Rohan’s passion for traveling enables him to document people, cultures and traditions, unveiling a rare glimpse at humanity's hidden stories. He most enjoys the documentary style of photography where he has worked on various Photo essays and stories.
As a Technical Head of Nikon India, Rohan has planned, managed and executed more than 2500 photography workshops and mentored in more than 200 workshops. He also played a key role as production in-charge for photography tutorial videos produced by Nikon India. He says, "It's a blessing every day to be able to get up and do what you want to do and believes "It's all about raising your work to a bar where you're not as easily replaceable as the next guy with a camera."
Photography Topics Covered
» Understanding Travel photography and its nuances.
» Exploring Long-exposure - night time photography
» Techniques for creating HDR pictures
» Filters and their correct usage
» Finer techniques of Landscape & Travel photography
» Using Mobile phone to make amazing landscape images
» Being creative with your travel pictures
» How to make travelogues & photo Stories
» Keeping it interesting training your eye to see and find subjects
» Image handling cataloguing work flow and post processing methods