Let's take you for photography in the most Green Areas of Himalaya
These Photography Holidays offer you a different landscape, a different form of hill architecture and a different way of lifestyle in the hills. We remain in the foothills where a stunning valleys, towering pines and dominating snow clad Himalayan peaks keep you busy looking at them. The mountain air in these regions is breath-taking.
Photography Holidays in Orchards and Villages of Green Hills
This trip is a blend of traditions and innovations. These Photography Holidays start from pragpur the first officially declared heritage Village and head towards Shimla – A British time hill station through Dharamsala – the seat of Dalai Lama and some of the most beautiful valley of the Himalayan foothills.
You may have a choice between Acrylic Paint, Charcoal pencil, lead pencil or water color.
We provide you the following
- Folding canvas
- Folding Easel
- Folding chair or Stool
- A Sketch Book
- An Awesome Environment
On your second day in Chandigarh you will have an interaction with world’s renowned artist of the Shimla and take lessons from him.
At the end of the trip we reach Shimla to display our work at the Tavern Hall of Historic Gaiety Theatre on the Mall Road of town. We’ll make effort that the exhibition of your paintings is inaugurated by eminent personality or any renowned artist of the State.
Leisure Green Painting Holiday
Number of Participants
Minimum Two and Maximum Eight
Thirteen Days and Twelve Nights
Transfer to your hotel. We will see you for the briefing of the trip.
Delhi – Shimla
This day take a 3.5 hrs train ride to Chandigarh where you are met and transferred to the toy train at 12.10 PM. It is a 5.30 hours journey to Shimla through the Himalayan foothills, villages, forests, tunnels, over the bridges and Georges. The guide keep explaining about the making of the Kalka Shimla Railway as built between 1898 – 1903 this was a fantastic project and an amazing feat of engineering.
Arrive Shimla at 5.20 pm and check into your hotel. Shimla is a lovely town and has been the Summer Capital of the British from 1864 till 1947. Evening you are free to stroll at the Mall Road and have dinner at there as well.
Shimla is a Walker’s paradise. Many people coming to Shimla regret if they miss it, so we keep here two nights for you so that you can walk through the Heritage Lanes of Shimla with your guide. There are beautiful Churches, A Viceregal Lodge now called Institute of Advanced Study, Army Heritage Museum, Annandale Ground, Gaiety theater and of course The Mall road – a busy street but meant only for the pedestrians.
Shimla – Chindi
Distance : 92 km. Driving Time : 3 hours.
In Chindi the hillsides are covered with thick forests, acres of fields with apple orchards that makes if one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. This portion is still off the beaten track so is an excellent off-beat destination. The place offers excellent sites for landscape, culture and lifestyle photography.
Today we shall visit Pangana and Karsog valleys, The is untouched area offers amazing views of lower hill landscape and has several temples that display a high level of traditional craftsmanship. Some important ones are-Mamleshwara Mahadev, Kamakshya Mata, Mahunag, Ardhnarishwara, and the sacred Bhima Rock, Churag temple, Nag Dhamooni at Sairi Bangla, temple at Nag Dhamooni at Saranda.
Chindi – Jibhi
Drive to Chindi is as scenic as it can be. Once driven over Keolodhar we descend to the mighty river Satluj and then drive along with that to ascend to Jalori pass (3550 m). On the way we shall also stop at Behna to visit its ancient wooden temple dedicated to Shiva. The wood carvings in this age old temple is an amazing work Distance : 100 km. Driving Time : 3 hours as Optionally we are going to visit Seolsar Lake on the way.
From Jalori Pass we have an option to walk for nearly 5 kilometers through a dense Oak forest to visit a lake called Seolsar. This is a natural lake and has a tiny structure next to it as a temple dedicated to Boodhi Nagin – The old Serpent Goddess. Then drive to Jibhi and check into your guest house / home stay, a nicely built by a locale who has a large market from all over the world.
Jibhi – Chaini – Jalori Pass – Jibhi
Morning we shall drive for six kilometers to Shringa Rishi Temple and then hike up for 1.5 kilometers to Village Chaini. Here is a high tower, nearly 1000 years old, made of wood and stone. These towers were once used as watch towers and also were the fortresses to protect the area. Return to guest house for lunch and then drive to Gada Gushaini. From here the views of some of the himslayan ranges are spectacular.
Return to Jibhi for over night stay.
Jibhi – Taragarh
Distance : 200 km. Driving Time : 7 hours.
Taragarh is an old residential estate owned by the king of Jammu. The area around is known for Tea estates planted by the British officers. We stay at hotel Taragarh palace.
Meal Plan : Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner
Visit to Andreta and Baijnath Temple. Andreta is known for making of clay pottery started by a famous potter Gurcharan Singh. Try your hand to learn a few tips to make your own pottery. Later visit the house of Norah Richard, and Irish writer who settled here in mid 30s of last century.
Taragarh – Pragpur
Today we drive through the countryside and on the way visit to the ruined forts of Sujanpur Tira of Katoch dynasty and Nadaun.
We continue our drive to the Heritage Villlage Pragpur. Later walk around the village to explore the old houses of Sood community known for their architectural beauty.
A day to visit Masroor temple and village Masroor. This whole temple is carved out of one single rock. Known for its own style Masroor temple is a marvel example of sculpture.
Pragpur – Amritsar
After breakfast, we drive to Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, in the Himalayan foothills called the Shivaliks. Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple, is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities in India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Being the gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from Central Asia, it soon became the center of various commercial activities. The Golden Temple was founded by the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Ramdas, and completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev. It is famous for its full golden dome, one of the most sacred pilgrim sites for Sikhs. Amritsar – Delhi – DepartureThe Mandir is built on a 67-foot square of marble and is a two-storied structure. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the upper half of the building built with approximately 400 kg of gold leaf. The Golden Temple is surrounded by a number of other temples, such as the Durgiana Temple. After lunch we visit the Golden Temple of the Sikhs. We will circumambulate the temple, stopping periodically for moments of quiet reflection. The temple complex is like a small community, filled with many different activities. We will visit the kitchen where free meals are prepared by volunteers throughout the day; the temple where the holy book, Aad Guru Sahib, is read aloud from 4 am to 10 pm daily; and observe devotional rituals.
Travel to the border town Wagah to see flag ceremony at dusk.
Amritsar – Delhi – Departure
Morning independent. Transfer to airport for flight 9W 7151, departing 1430, arriving 1555 in Delhi. Transfer to hotel shared rooms for wash, change.
Dinner and late night transfer to airport for flight home.
This tour is for those who enjoy painting along with walking & traveling without the knowledge of what is around and the next corner. In this tour you see altogether different landscape, a different form of hill architecture and a different way of lifestyle in the hills. Although we run these walking programs on fixed itineraries but still we keep the trips as flexible as possible for the convenience and comforts of our clients. In these trips we offer the opportunity to walk to some remote areas where every one wishes to go at least once in his or her life but due to certain reasons, such as health, or time sometimes can’t go there.
This trip is for one
- One who enjoys in the unknown.
- One who is ready for the ups and downs of exploratory travel.
- One who does not expect silky comforts during the trips.
- One who is prepared to pitch in and help when required.
- One who does not care what is there around and after the next curve.
- Before you travel to India it is advised that you should consult your doctor for up to date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses.
- Although a First Aid Box is always a part of our Kit still we recommend that you carry any personal medical requirements if you have.
- Please stick to sealed bottled water. It is cheap and easily available throughout. In car we are going to keep enough water for you.
- You should be in a reasonably fit state of health for this holiday. The drives are not very long except on the day 3. Most of the drive are 3 – 4 hours drive. No early morning get up except on the day you travel from Delhi to Chandigarh by train.
Safety and Security
- Check with the embassy in your country and follow their advice for their latest travel information.
- It is recommended that you use a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards and other valuable items.
- Leave your valuable jewellery at home as you won’t need it while travelling.
- Keep your baggage under lock and key.
- The participant to this Walking Tour should have a certain level of fitness. You may be expected to walk for 5-6 hours a day with your own day pack. The luggage is left in the vehicle so no porters or mules are required to carry it.
- We shall be walking on the trails through the green area. The trails at a number of places are narrow, bumpy or dusty. At some places we might be crossing the streams or water flow. So due to these conditions we are likely to walk slowly and might become irritating for you. But only those shall enjoy this Walking Tour who know how to enjoy the Natural beauty and the landscape around.
- We are dead sure that the Geographical Carvings and the Landscape on this Walk is so stunning that it does not give you any opportunity to get irritated and leave your camera.
- Since we remain under the Tree line so the effects of altitude cannot be a problem, but sometimes if the gradient is steep for you then it is suggested to slow down and go gradually.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets.
- Health requirements arranged. 1 photocopy of above documents, Money: cash/credit card/ travellers’ cheques, Money pouch.
- Your personal First-Aid kit including rehydration salts, Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses due to harsh sunlight and exposure to high altitudes.
- Wide brim hat or umbrella
- Antibacterial hand gel, when water is scarce.
- Walking Boots – light weighted.
- Boot Protector.
- Thin Liner socks : 3 pairs
- Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day.
- Heavier outer socks.
- Tights, for Women. At least one pair.
- T – Shirts. Take several.
- Light weighted.
- Walking pants.
- Rain Pants.
- Warm socks.
- Alarm clock and torch/flashlight.
- Lightweight travel towel.
- Refillable water bottle, for filling from thermos.
- Ear plugs can be useful if avoid someone snoring in the group.
- Your own sleeping bag.
- Warm clothes. It is recommended to bring thermal under wear, and either a down or a fleece jacket.
- A wind proof jacket.
- A pair of gloves.
- A scarf or face mask for dust, Sarong for covering up when washing / showering.
- Underwear. Three pairs are enough.
- Bras. For Women, a couple.
- Tampons or Sanitary Napkins. They are easily available in the open market.
- Toilet Kit.
- Insect Repellent.
- Bug Powder.
- A candle, large and small rubber bands, plastic bags, tape extra pens etc.
Season for this trip
- We have fix departure tours for this itinerary. You may chek the dates in fixed departure section. But you may also ask for a customised tour exclusively for yourself. In winter you might find snowy conditions or very cold anywhere in Himalayas in India above 8000 feet in elevation. Snow melts from spring onwards but also conditions vary from place to place.
- By the end of October onwards any place in the Western Himalayas can be very cold.
- From second half of July till third week of September is the Monsoon period in India so if you opt to go for this Walking Tour in these months you might have long rainy days.
- Remember that Himalayan climate is particularly dependant on two conditions, the elevation and the time of the year. So be prepared. A drop of 2 degree centigrade every 1000 feet gained in elevation is common.
- July to September are the monsoon months in India and there could be some unforeseen problems like road blockages due to land slides or roads damages. So a change or delay in itinerary could be there or we reach the destination from some other route, however it is quite unlikely.
- Check out at www.accuweather.com for the latest news on the weather forecast in India.
- It is very important that when you are travelling to India, you kindly dress up keeping in mind the respect for the locale culture, especially Ladies. In some area you might have some people gathering around you, touching you and looking at you for a long time, as you are a foreigner.
- As a general guideline full shirts and full length skirts or knee covered skirts are recommended. At some places or the religious buildings shorts are not allowed as it will restrict your entry into buildings.
- At religious places you shall be required to cover your head. The cloth is provided by the temple. So kindly follow the tradition otherwise the authorities might not allow you to enter the premises.
- In India before entering all religious places you are required to remove your shoes. You can also bring a pair of floaters footwear those are easily available in the markets in India too, these footwear are easy to remove and wear.
- Women are sometimes not allowed to enter some of the religious places in the hills.
Photography and Interaction with Local
- During our walks there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. You are allowed to take pictures but it is also suggested that you take permission before clicking their houses, lifestyle and them. One way to start any conversation is with pictures.
- Children in the villages might ask you to click their picture. If you have a digital camera you are click and show them on screen.
- Also if possible for you to bring some photos/postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country to show them.
- People in the hills are very simple and hospitable. They might ask you to come to their house and have a cup of tea as tea is a very common and untimely drink in India. They shall be very happy if you accept their invitation.
- India is a country which may be very different from something that you may have experienced before. And Specially when you in the interiors of the Himalayan Foothills it might be very different from other areas you have traveled to. In most of the villages here simplicity and poverty can result in initial culture shock. Some villages are still under the poverty line but they follow their traditions and culture strictly. So all this should be seen as an exciting new challenge.
- You’ll be escorted by our guides who are having a very good English speaking skills and with excellent knowledge of the area and it’s history.
- Our Delhi Guide will recieve you in India and will escort you during your stay in the capital.
- Second Tour Guide will catch up you in CHandigarh and accompany you throughout your Dukes’ Greet tour till you are back.
- This tour begins from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. We meet you there and drive to your Home Stay in Delhi.
- We have to purchase the train ticket from New Delhi to Chandigarh and Shimla to New Delhi, two months in advance.
- All your luggage shall be put on the top of the car or in the dickey. Ask your driver to help you.
- Travel in Delhi and Travel from Chandigarh till Shimla Railway Station shall be by Toyota Innova Cars.
- In case you want to join us at Chandigarh then kindly let us know well in advance. The amount for the Delhi section then will be deducted from your total cost.
Accommodation and Meals
- The electricity supply is 220-240V AC @ 50 Hz. You will require an adaptor of the 2 round pin variety.
- Alcohol is available at all the three units we are using so you may order separately for it.
- Except Delhi the entire tour is on Full Board basis. Packed lunches are included on our walking days. At Delhi you have to pay for your lunches and dinners.
- During the itinerary you will be traveling most of the time so pack as lightly as possible (stay under 10 kg/22lb). Most travellers carry their luggage in a back pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Avoid Suitcases.
- The mountains can be cold. Night time temperatures can be as low as 5 degrees, so bring a set of warmer clothes; thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. A warm jumper/jacket, cap, gloves and sunglasses no matter what time of the year, as we travel at altitudes above 3500m.
Why photography in Himalayan Villages?
- The Himalayan foothills treat a photographer as a bay and let you play with them. Shimla – A British Himalayan Town invites you to transfer to the bygone era where are The stunning landscape of Chindi, Karsog and Pangna will never let you keep your camera closed.
- You will remain inspired by the first hotel that Mr. Oberoi started as a hotelier, the trafficless roads of Shimla, the Toy Train and the Scotish castles.
- The hotels chosen are simple yet providing a great level of comfort as outside your window you might see the clouds dipping in valleys or a bird singing from the tree top.
- The extraordinary landscape of Karsog and Chindi will never allow you to move your eyes away from it.
The tour seems to be exhaustive, Will I get enough time?
This itinerary has been planned to give you the best of the experience in India. There will be some free time during the tour, for you to explore or just relax and the same shall be informed to you by your Guide.