- Enjoy exclusive visits to Pangong Tso – sans tourist crowd
- Witness festivities during the annual “Dosmochey” ceremony at Leh Palace – an ancient tradition to ward off evil spirits
- Get a taste of Chaddar trek – try walking on water, frozen that is!
- Visit monasteries
- Experience Ladakhi lifestyle during a home stay
- Watch winter sports in Leh
The group size will be limited to 6-7 participants to ensure individual attention.
It will be an exceptional vacation and personalized workshop rolled into one informal and fun package. You will be travelling and shooting alongside a professional photographer who has covered even the remotest corners of this terrain and accompanied with a travel writer who has explored the place extensively – expect a bonus of anecdotes!
There will be sessions in addition to the on ground experience, to cover these conceptual and technical objectives:
- Making the most of your equipment – know its strengths and limitations
- Shooting in natural light – how to capture colours and details accurately, advanced practices of polarisers and filters
- Nature and People photography – understand these two genres from documentary as well as fine art perspectives
- Purpose of photography – understand the “why” behind your passion and thereby learn the “how” of composition and quality
Additionally, you will have opportunities to clarify your doubts about the basics of photography. There will be a lot of flexibility in the instruction methodology to suit any skill level.
- Enthusiasm for an absolutely off-beat journey and willingness to adapt to the harsh conditions
- Good fitness level
- Your photography gear – a suitable DSLR and lens(es), other recommended equipment will be discussed with participants
- Winter clothing, a list will be shared
- Essentials for the trip and your usual travel accessories, a checklist will be supplied
The cost of the expedition is Rs.40,000/- per person with double occupancy accommodation.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis: Stay for five nights in Leh and two in Tangtse. Considering the shortage of amenities in Ladakh, it will be difficult to provide central heating. We’ll have to rely on gas based heaters which are used in all hotels and local households.
- Food: all meals, though no elaborate menu can be arranged due to limited supply in Leh. We’ll have packed food or the staple diet of visitors to Ladakh, i.e. Maggi when out on a field trip the whole day.
- Transportation in Ladakh in comfortable and spacious vehicles with experienced and friendly drivers. This include pick and drop from Leh airport.
- Permits to visit Pangong Tso
- Tea/coffee/hot cocoa/warm drinking water (hot water bottles are a ‘must carry’)
- Air fare to and from Leh
- Photography equipment
- Winter gear or any other travel accessories
- Cost of medical treatments and evacuation if necessary
- Any other personal expenses
- Items not specified in the “inclusions” listed above
Nitin Gera does photography across genres, for commercial projects as well as for fine-art. His works are regularly published in magazines and newspapers in India. His strengths are a knack to capture unique compositions and extensive technical knowledge. He is an ardent traveller with over a lakh of kilometres of overland journeys to his credit. Ladakh has a pilgrimage status for him and he has explored the remotest passes and lakes in this region.
Priyanka Gera is an art, travel, and culture writer who also dabbles in painting and black & white film photography. She has more than a decade of experience in art and design. Her experience in visual arts and travel writing brings dual advantage to the workshop.