Ladakh nature photography tour | Min Group size: 6
July 2019 | 9N/10D | 75,500/-*
July 2019 | 9N/10D |Rs. 75,500*
At Birdwing’s Ladakh photography workshop the focus lies on individual experiences. To enable you to get the most out of every moment spent, we limit participants to a maximum of 6 on the tour. This tightly-knit tour group helps you gain the most in terms of individual attention and guidance and lets the mentors offer a profoundly enriching photography learning experience to a smaller set-up. Moreover, we also believe that comfort is key. Our participants move in comfortable vehicles in groups of 3. This provides more room for equipment and also for a comfortable journey across long distances. After all, an unfettered mind learns best.
Snow peaks that reach the summit of the skies and plunging valleys that end in gushing glacial streams; words fall short to describe the myriad of Ladakh landscapes that await the wanderlust-filled traveler. Birdwing headlines an epic adventure in search of exotic avian wildlife and mammals that call the Northern Himalayan region in Ladakh as their home.
Picture pristine rivulets that stream along from nooks and crevices in mountain valleys and end in white rivers gushing towards unending meadows of green. A sky so blue and clear that it seems to blend with vanilla-white peaks of snowy mountains. A few miles ahead, the meadows fade to white sand deserts that seem to roll on and on into an unending horizon. An amalgamation of landscapes so different and yet, they all bind together as one in the alluring region of Ladakh, North Indian. Landscapes so rich in nature’s bounty that they are home to plant and animal life so varied, it seems almost impossible to count.
The picturesque Ladakh landscapes are complemented by the rich culture and heritage of the region. Let your eyes feast on magnificent monasteries, stunning stupas and colorful Buddhist flags that form a truly heart-warming sight. Steaming hot cups of tea followed by homely thukpa soup and a few plates of authentic mok mok will truly mark you a warm welcome in this mountainous region north of the country. Come and experience Ladakh and see truly why this place makes it to the bucket list of travelers from across the world.
Day 1 – July 12th (Fri)
Step into Leh city and it is easy to see why you can fall in love with the land. The capital of the Himalayan region of Ladakh, Leh city is situated in an embrace of mountains and icy streams. This high-altitude city s deeply seated in ancient Tibetan culture with Buddhism being not only a religion but also a way of life. The local people are warm and welcoming even as you wind your way through the Ladakhi town markets selling trinkets and dotted with tiny cafes and cozy restaurants. A city dotted with monasteries, photography enthusiasts will be delighted to visit Shanti Stupa, Shey Monastery, and Thiksey Monastery. The quaint old lanes and bylanes will provide plenty of opportunity for candid portrait and cultural photography.
Day 2 – July 13th (Sat)
Leh: Hemis National Park & local market
Early Morning WakeUp call birding at Hemis High Altitude National Park in the morning. One of the largest national parks in South Asia, Hemis National park is famed for having one of the world’s highest populations of snow leopards. This protected high-altitude park is also home to many exotic avian wildlife and mammals that make for a photographer’s delight. Birders can enjoy spotting many species of winged creatures including the Himalayan griffon vulture, the golden eagle, the black-winged snow finch, Blyth’s swift, the robin accentor, and the Himalayan snowcock, among others. Rumbak Valley is the spot to head to at the break of dawn, for a truly unforgettable Leh Ladakh photography experience.
Day 3 – July 14th (Sun)
Leh-Chang La-Pangong Tso
Immortalized in movies on the big screen, one visit to Pangong Tso is a must on your Leh tour. You will see how pictures and videos cannot do justice to the natural beauty of this mountain lake. The journey to Pangong Tso from Leh city takes you through the awe-inspiring mountain roads of the Himalayas. The passage through Chang La pass is a truly unforgettable journey. Situated at an elevation of over 17,000 ft. Chang La is one of the world’s highest motorable roads. This mountain pass offers plenty of photography opportunities for birders, though the cold snow-clad surroundings demand great patience and resilience. As you descend down to Pangong Tso, the weather improves and so do your chances for birding. Pangong Tso welcomes migratory birds and is also a breeding ground for many avian species. You can spot the bar-headed goose, Brahmini ducks, and thousands of seagulls who come to the nest by the river’s edge.
Overnight: Pangong Tso
Day 4 – 6 – July 15th (Mon) -17th (Wed)
Pangong Tso – Hanle
Early breakfast and leave to Hanle via local Ladakhi villages. We will be birding along the way till Hanle.
This high-altitude village is perhaps best known as home to the world’s highest observatory: The Indian Astronomical Observatory. With crystal clear lakes and snow-capped mountains, Hanle is a place for the traveler seeking solace in the arms of nature. This village is known to few and the limited footfall ensures rich biodiversity thrives here. Birders will not be disappointed as the avian population is rich and includes the black-headed gull, brown-headed gull, terns, grebes, and finches, among others. A visit to the mountain ranges will bring you to face to face with the Tibetan gazelle, bearded vulture, and Tibetan wolf.
Overnight: Hotel at Hanle
Day 7-8 – July 18th (Thu) – 19th (Fri)
Hanle – Tsokar
A wake-up call will be given early morning. We will head out to Tsokar. A distance of 160 kms will be covered in 7 hours time with en route birding. Tsokar will be our base for two nights.
A drive to the tranquil Tso Kar lake lets you experience a whole new world of birding at Puga Valley. Puga Valley holds its own identity in the beautiful landscape of Ladakh and is also made rich by the presence of many natural minerals in the land. A halt at Puga lets you spot horned larks, the Mongolian snow finch, little owl, the great rosefinch and the Tibetan Snowfinch, among many other species of birds. Tso Kar itself will amaze you with the beautiful reflections of the morning and evening sky on the clear waters of the lake. The fertile marshlands of Tso Kar are home to many avian species including the great crested grebe, Brahmini ducks, Tibetan grouse, strip geese, rust geese, and bar-headed geese. This salt lake has a wilderness that is inhabited by rich wildlife including wild horses, gazelles, foxes, and yaks.
Day 9 – July 20th (Sat)
TsoKar – Leh
We will wake up early for a morning session of birding in Tsokar plains. Post breakfast, we will head to Leh via Taklang la pass where our targets will be high altitude birds like the bearded vulture, golden eagle, upland buzzard. As we bird we reach Leh by evening.
Overnight : Leh
Day 10 – July 21st (Sun)
You will be given a wake-up call in the morning followed by a sumptuous breakfast. You will be dropped at the Leh airport for your departure.
CAMERA & LENS
Comfortable & Dull colored clothes
15° to 21°
Bring your own toiletries
A pullover or sweater
ID card that was given while booking the tour.
Tour needs min 6 people to run.
Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.
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