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Andrew Bell (Australia): Mesmerising Ladakh
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I have just completed 9 wonderful days with Xploring Light and I have to say for me it was one of the most inspiring photographic inspirational…
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Jassi’s interest in photography goes back as long as he can remember. He shares his love of photography with a love of travels. His camera has taken him through length and breadth of India and across the globe. Along the way he has gained a deep insight to intricacies of this sophisticated art form. Jassi is never happier than when he is wandering with his camera either on his own or while leading a group of photo enthusiasts, trying to capture a spectacle in the magical light. After having worked relentlessly for years together in association with several like organizations Jassi has ventured on his own.“As a photographer I do not restrict myself to any particular genre of photography. I like to shoot mostly anything. I like the challenge of going from shooting landscape one day to close up the next and dabbling in portraiture the day after. I love nature, and great use of
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Ladakh, the ‘photographer’s pilgrimage’, Even after being a blood freezing zone it spares no one to evade the beauty it encloses.
In Ladakh, the glow of a headlamp transforms erupting steam and water into a halo around the head of a geyser. Even at a temperature of -23 degree Celsius, the water is scalding 80 degrees Celsius the boiling point at 4000m above sea level. The Shyok River sprinkles snow on any sun-starved bend, which brings to life otherwise invisible patterns on the silt and stones that make up its banks. The river itself sets ablaze by the brilliant sunset. The frozen Pangong Tso mimics the Milky Way that arches over it. In the cloudless new moon nights on the Changthang are often bright enough for stars to paint the lake ice. Chiktan’s famous colorful summer hills lie quilted in the snow, their monochrome enhanced by moonlight. Many at times great gusts of steam rise up to greet day break at Chumathang that in season puts on a mighty tones-down display. Every bit of the landscape inspires you to capture its panorama.
The unmatched beauty of this place attracts travelers from all parts of the world. The multi-hued mountains silhouetting at a distance, the clear blue skies with occasional white clouds floating in their vastness and reflecting in the calm blue waters of the lakes. There is no doubt why it is the photographer’s paradise.
Pre Tour Analysis:
Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. Our panel will analyze each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills. We will also provide individual feedback to each submitted image and suggest improvement points.
During the Tour:
Based on the analytical data available with us post “Pre Tour Analysis” we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weaknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided based on the mistakes committed by participants during the day.
We shall also have at least one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.
After the tour:
Each participant will be required to submit 3 of their best images from the tour. Each image will be analyzed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on Social Media.
Your Travel Document
DAY 01 (Jul 15) ARRIVE LEH
Arrival at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the MOST SENSATIONAL FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize.
Day 02 (Jul 16) Day in Leh
Post breakfast we drive to Sham Valley. Visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill and Confluence of Indus & Zanskar River. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight at Leh.
DAY 03 (Jul 17) Leh– Turtuk (190 kms. / 6-7 hours)
We start early today and drive to Turtuk via Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Turtuk passes over Khardung La(The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. We also cross Nubra Valley. Turtuk is the last village in India. You will be greeted by Shyok, a turquoise river which snakes through the valley and crosses the Line of Control to enter Pakistan. At the end of this trail, towards the Indian side, is the tiny little hamlet of Turtuk. On arrival, we check in and immediately head for photographing the beautiful people and their lifestyle. Overnight in a camp.
DAY 04 (Jul 18) Turtuk to Nubra Valley (77 kms / 2 hrs.)
Post Breakfast we depart to the Nubra Valley. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. We spend the evening doing photography at the famous white sand dunes. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
DAY 05 (Jul 19) Hunder to Pangong Tso (165 kms / 6 hrs.)
Post breakfast we leave for Pangong. This route is almost life off roading but picturesque. We will pass through Shyok Valley, Agam and Tangtse villages. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “Indo China Border”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong lake. Evening shoot on Pangong Tso. We will be looking for some unique compositions. Overnight at Pangong Tso.
DAY 06 (Jul 20) Pangong Tso to Leh (227 kms / 6 hrs)
Wake up calls by the migratory birds this morning. Indulge in the walk beside the lake or go for your photography splurge. Leave for Leh after breakfast. Arrive at Leh in the second half. Evening free. Overnight in Leh
DAY 07 (Jul 21) Leh to Pangong Tso
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake. We drive towards Chang La 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “Indo China Border”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.
Day 08 (Jul 22)
Leh Local and Post Processing Session – We cover few other places for photography and do one post processing session alongwith image review session. Overnight in Leh
Day 09 (Jul 23) Departure
We checkout as per the flight timings and catch our respective flights with fond memories of this exciting tour.
How to Reach
You can reach Leh using any of the following option:
By Air:Best way to reach Leh is by air. Nearest airport is Delhi. Flights are usually scheduled in morning hours. There are no flights in the evening. Cabs will be arranged for airport pickup to take you to the booked hotel.