A land of sun, sand and snow. Leh has the most extreme climate and that’s the reason of it being pristine yet. Leh compels people with its display of gigantic mountains strewn with a palette of colored sands, sprawling unhedged, uncivilized desert land abundant with wildlife. The snow peppered mountains and the meadows of colorful flowers. The painted skies mirror imposes them in the clear waters of the Pangong Lake, Tsomoriri Lake and Tsokar lake. The best of land and yet offering sky touching experiences as Leh has the world’s three highest motor able passes offering thrilling journeys. Be it the culture, people, or places- Leh, is a barren yet mystic beauty, which you would understand as you watch the golden colors of sunlight painting the land.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh, drawing tourists from world over, situated at a height of 3505 meters towards the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir situated at the extreme northern end of India, quaintly lying in the laps of mighty Himalayas has a lot to showcase. Leh, is a kaleidoscope of panoramas, unfathomed valleys, azure skies, oasis, barren mountains, clear waters and golden dusted sands. The region is watered by the Zanskar River, which flows into the Indus River just below. Leh is a divine experience, satiating a holistic approach towards spiritual, historical, material and adventure front. The Ladakhi capital is laden with plethora of monasteries and ruined palaces. The architecture is a maze of mud-brick walls dressed in colorful intricate designs. The stupas stand stark white furling the colorful prayer flags. The huge buildings dominate the golden desert sands and remain a pride of Ladakh. The Tibetan-Buddhist culture rules here. The monasteries are living examples of the erstwhile era; holding secrets and historical significances.
As one approaches Leh for the first time, via the sloping seep of dust and pebbles that divide if from the floor of the Indus Valley, one will have little difficulty imagining how the old trans -Himalayan traders must have felt as they plodded in on the caravan routes from Yarkhand and Tibet: a mixture of relief at having crossed the mountains in one piece, and anticipation of a relaxing spell in one of central Asia’s most scenic and atmospheric towns.
HISTORY OF LEH
The geography of Leh will surely keep you bolted, but for the history seeking fraternity here is some information on Leh. Indian King Sengge Namgyal who ruled Ladakh during 17th century and during whose rule Ladakh was at its greatest shifted his court from Shey to Leh. Leh in India became the regional capital and very soon the town blossomed into one of the busiest markets on the Silk Route. During the 1920s and 1930s, the broad bazaar that still forms its heart received more than a dozen pony- and camel-trains each day. Leh’s prosperity, managed mainly by the Sunni Muslim merchants whose descendants live in its labyrinthine old quarter, came to an abrupt end with the closure of the Chinese border in the 1950’s. However its fortunes begin to look up after India rediscovered the hitherto forgotten capital’s strategic value after two wars in quick succession with Pakistan. Today, Khaki-clad Jawans (soldiers) and their families from the nearby military and air force bases is the mainstay of the local economy in winter, when foreign visitors are few and far between.
GATES OPENED FOR TOURISTS
Indian government’s decision in 1974 to open Ladakh to foreign tourists was a major shake-up. From the start, Leh bore the brunt of the annual invasion, as busloads of backpackers poured up the road Srinagar. Twenty or so years on, though the main approach is now via Himachal Pradesh rather than Kashmir, the summer influx shows no sign of abating. Leh India has doubled in size and is a far cry from the sleepy Himalayan town of the early 1970’s. During July and August tourists stroll shoulder to shoulder down its main street, most of whose old style outfitters and provision stores have been squeezed out by Kashmiri handicraft shops, art emporiums and Tibetan restaurants.
Scheduled dates: 2nd – 9th September 2017 (7N 8D)
Day 01. Arrival at Leh, Overnight at Leh
The first day at Leh is to sit back and relax, this is to allow the body to acclimatize and get used to high altitude and low levels of oxygen. This is very critical and important for the further days to go smoothly and without hiccup.
Day 02. Local sight seeing and night sky photography, Overnight Leh
After breakfast visit, Thikse Monastery, Shey Palace and Shanti Stupa. Join in for a thrilling night photography camp under the guidance of our photography mentor.
Day 03. Leh to Nubra Valley (150 Kms). over night at Nubra
Distance of Leh to Nubra Valley is approximately 120 Kms. After Breakfast, drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Diskit by Afternoon. Rest of the day one is free to explore Diskit, Hunder Villages and camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Diskit and Hunder Village. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04. Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake (120 Kms)
After Breakfast visit Deskit Monastery and drive to Pangong Lake via Shayok. Pangong is the highest salt water Lake in the World, shared by two countries India & China. Packed or hot Lunch will be provided. Enjoy the beauty of the lake on the banks of Pangong while appreciating the changing Colours and fascinating high altitude of the Lake. Overnight at Pangong.
Day 05: All day Photography at Pangong, Overnight at Pangong
Learn advanced landscape photography techniques from our mentor. Capture the beauty of the lake on the banks of Pangong. We also visit beautiful villages of Man and Merak on the banks of Pangong Lake, these people survive the harsh climates of Pangong during winter where the temperatures go sub zero. Overnight at Pangong.
Day 06. Pangong Lake to Leh (Please include the distance here), Overnight at Leh
After Breakfast we bid farewell to the beautiful Pangong Lake and head out towards Leh. On the way we cross Chang la Pass which is the third highest motor able pass in the world. Overnight at Leh.
Day 07: Leh – Aichi – Leh, Overnight at Leh (200 kms)
After breakfast enroute visit Lamayuru, one of the oldest Monastery of Ladakh and Moon Landscape. Visit Alchi, Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame. Reach Leh by Evening.
Day 08. Airport drop.
Transfer to the airport and fly back to Delhi with Sweet Memories of Ladakh.
Things to carry
Wide angle lens
Telephoto lenses – preferably above 300 mm
Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
A sturdy tripod is a MUST.
Remote shutter release with or without cable (preferably with a lock)
It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
Equipment available on rental – please mail our partners DCP Expeditions at [email protected]
On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. The Landscape Photography maestro will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following
Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
How to get sharp images of moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Image processing workshop
To maximize and complete your photographic learning, join our evening session of informal discussions on digital image processing. Our Expert will work on few of his own images or a few of yours (which you have clicked during the day) and demonstrate various techniques of image processing to give a final shape to your artwork. The following will be discussed
RAW files processing
Histogram and exposure control
Colour correction methods
Cropping and image resizing
Sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning
Kane Lew, one of the finest artists in the DCP panel of experts. He is an arts graduate from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, and is an Art Director in a well known digital media entertainment firm. Kane is an experienced wildlife photographer and has travelled extensively across Indian geography for several years. He has brilliant photography skills and technical knowledge in all genres of Wildlife photography with a special interest in macro and super macro photography. He is known for his innovations and his capability of giving shape to imaginations. He has a great teaching acumen. Apart from his love for art, sculpture and music, he is a skilled trainer, trekker, biodiversity expert and Wildlife Photography advisor associated with DCP group.
Our Road Captain has successfully completed numerous batches in this region. He is an expert with this terrain and all the difficulties that come along with it. His priority is your safety and to ensure you go from point one destination to the other safe and sound.
Rs 63,000 per head inclusive of all taxes.
For Registrations & Event details – contact us on +919821688770
For Bike Riders – Mechanics + Spares + Road Captain + Backup Van
For non Riders – non A/C Innova / Xylo (Only 4 in a vehicle)
For photographers – hands on training by our photography mentor
7 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis
Meals included are Breakfast + Dinner
All applicable hotel & road taxes
Inner line permits
Cost doesn’t include
Air fare or train fare
For Bike Riders – Fuel cost is not included
Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’
Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
Any other item not specified in ‘cost includes’
Guide & entrance fees during sightseeing
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% credit
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% credit
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No credit possible