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Nepal is a country wrapping in mystique for many. We like to call it a photographers dream location. The home of the highest mountains in the world and a civilization known for living in the harsh conditions of the Himalayas, Nepal has much to offer the photographic traveler. A land of spectacular and diverse landscapes, centuries old history, and amazingly friendly people. This tour will leave you with life long memories, and gorgeous photographs that will have you reliving your once in a lifetime experience for many years to come. Himalayandreamteam will offer a number of photographic themes, from culture, to historic architecture, portraits and landscapes. This will allow you to practice a wide range of your photographic skills. We start and end our tour in the Kathmandu valley with the historic old cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. We will give you all time to visit, explore and photograph the potential of each of the sights at the very best times of the day. The mornings are especially enchanting because we witness the city stir from it’s slumber, and we can sip chi with the locals. We fill our days exploring the centuries old architecture, markets and narrow streets. We visit the famous sites of Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey temple), Pashpatinath Temple and the huge Boudhanath Stupa, the living King’s cities of Bhaktapur and Patan. We will drive to the country side, visit unspoiled, authentic villages like Bandipur and scenic Ghorka. Witness the holy temple at Manakamana, taking the long cable lift into the mountains. Located on the doorstep of the mighty Annapurna mountain range, and on the shores of Phewa Tal in Pokhara, we will enjoy sunset and sunrise over the Himalaya’s in Sarangot, a mini trekking takes us there where we stay in a Sherpa hotel. We then walk down next day to the lake for a boat trip across the mirror like waters where the most scenic panorama’s unfold.
Our tour is for all ages, from 20 to 70 years. So long as you have a great attitude and a good level of fitness and a passion for photography, you are sure to have a great tour experience!
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This trip is meant for amateur and semi professional photographers. There will however not be professional guidance or assistance to the photography. The participants are merely have to learn from each other but will be brought to scenic places, chosen by professional photographers.
The ultimate photographers tour
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel + D
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport in Nepal. You will be transported to your hotel in Thamel where in the evening we invite you to our traditional Nepali welcome dinner.
Day 2/3: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley, o/n in a hotel + B
Early rise for a breakfast in the hotel after which it’s time to visit Pashupatinath, the most venerated Hindu temple of Nepal and Boudanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa of the world. It really impresses all foreign tourists. In the afternoon we visit Durbar Square in the center of Kathmandu with its impressive monuments. In the evening we will try our first evening shoots when we return for the Shiva ceremony at Pashupatinath temple.
On the second day of the Kathmandu valley sightseeing the trip continues with a visit to the famous, former King cities of Bhaktapur and Patan -the principalities of Kathmandu valley. You will visit old royal palaces, temples, stupas, and monasteries and will see lots of nice intricate wood and stone works. All entree fees included! In the late afternoon we return to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 4: Drive from Kathmandu to Ghorka (3 hrs), o/n in a hotel + B
Our first destination is Gorkha, one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal and home of legendary Gurkha soldiers. The district, with Pokharithok (Gorkha) as its district headquarters. Gorkha is famous as the birthplace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified the rival kingdoms of Nepal. Gorkha is still an important pilgrimage destination for Newars, who regard the Shahs as living incarnations of Vishnu. The main attraction is the Gorkha Durbar, the former palace of the Shahs, which looks over Gorkha from a precarious ridge. There are also historic temples dotted around the old part of Gorkha. It is a heavy climb up all the steps to the mountain temple, but the views are rewarding, especially when we return at sunset down to the center.
Day 5: Drive from Ghorka to Bandipur (1 hr), o/n in a hotel + B
Bandipur is located at an elevation of 1030m on a mountain saddle (Mahabharat range), approximately 700m above the Marsyangdi River Valley, 143 km to the west of Kathmandu. Since 1998 it is connected by an 8 km access road from Dumre (Kathmandu-Pokhara highway). Until then there was only an unreliable road, in monsoon usually not accessible or only by tractors. The mountain saddle, just 200m long, is barely wide enough to accommodate the main street lined by 2 –3 storey buildings on either side. At the backsides of these houses the mountainsides steeply descend and the gardens are only accessible by stairs. Originally a simple Magar village in the early 19th. century Bandipur developed into a enchanting and prosperous trading center and a community with town-like features: substantial buildings, with their neoclassical facades and shuttered windows and streets paved with slabs of silverish slate. It is here where we will have a chance to photography the colors of ancient Nepal, faces, buildings, traditional farm life and beautiful green surroundings and scenic views.
Day 6: Drive from Bandipur to Pokhara (2 hrs.), o/n in a hotel + B
Today we will arrive in Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. The city is located approximaely 200 km west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is the most popular tourist destination in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Due to its proximity to the Annapurna mountain range, the city is also a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit. There are numerous temples and gumbas in and around pokhara valley. Many temples serve as combined places of worship for Hindus and Buddhists. Phewa lake is the main tourist attraction. There are many excellent, especially (panoramic) and scenic photo locations located in and surrounding Pokhara.
Day 7: Pokhara/Sarangkot, o/n in a hotel + B
After lunch we will drive to the starting pint of a panoramic walk over the green hilly ridge all the way up to Sarangkot which is a beautiful village and famous tourist destination of in Kaski District Gandaki Zone. The village is located on a mountainside ridge at an altitude of 1600m with panoramic Himalayan views. From Sarankot, on the northern direction we can see Dhawalagiri in the far west. Annapurna range is visible when the weather is clear on the same side. On the southern direction the village overlooks the city of Pokhara and its lake on the north-western outskirts of the city. Here we have the ultimate sunset scenery which takes quite some hours before the last red from the sun disappears over the mountains.
Day 8: Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel + B
At 5 a.m. we rise for a short walk to set up our photo shoot for the breathtaking Himalayan sunrise. After breakfast we then walk down to the lake for a boat trip across the mirror like waters where the most scenic panorama’s unfold. In the afternoon we drive back to Kathmandu (6 hrs) where we will drop you off at the hotel in the evening.
Day 9: Photography in Thamel, free afternoon, o/n in a hotel + B
Thamel is the tourist district of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Thamel has been the centre of the tourist industry in Kathmandu for over four decades starting from the hippie movement when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel. Even though Thamel has been referred to as the “ghetto” by some, most low-budget travelers consider it a tourist heaven and very suitable for photography of an chaotic mix of old and modern Nepal in its narrow streets crowded with various shops and vendors.
Day 10: Transport to airport, +B
More tips on photographing in Nepal. Here are our tips!