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Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalayas between China and India, it has retained its essentially agrarian and medieval character. Its wondrous history and geography are still the defining aspects of everyday life.
Since Nepal first opened its frontiers to foreign visitors in the fifties, it has been the epicenter of Himalayan photographic activities. Our Nepal photography tour not only offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in Himalayan bliss but also a rare opportunity chance to take a step back in time. Standing before the entire world is a vivid kaleidoscope of picturesque landscapes, heavenly high-altitude meadows, magnificent mountains, incredible travel destinations, unique culture, festivals, ancient heritage, pristine backwaters, and exotic cuisine.
Nepal is undoubtedly a photographer’s delight, a land of eternal fascination. Our Nepal photography tours are a unique experience not to be missed!
Kathmandu Pick and Drop
4 hours prior to the flight and 3 hours for Train Journey.
Kathmandu-City Tour Photography-Unesco Heritage sights-Pokhara-Sangakot-Sunset at Phewa lake-Chitwan-Kathmandu.
All Accommodation in 3-star Hotel/ Camping/Lodge/Tea House and Farm House stay.
1 to 2 Pax SUV Car | 2 to 8 Pax: Toyota Hiace Bus | 8 to 16 pax: Toyota Coaster Bus.
Local English Speaking Photography Guide expert in Local tradition and Culture.
First-day L/D and last day only breakfast before Departure. All meals during Tour. Please reconfirm with us.
Our team representative from Excursion to the Himalayas will welcome you at Kathmandu airport with your nameplate. We will then transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After check-in, we will conduct a briefing on the photography tour, including the itinerary, an ice-breaking session with the local photographer leading this tour, a briefing on people and street photography ethics, and a discussion on general photography tips. You can choose to relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the vibrant Thamel area in the evening.
This day starts with a good breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will be heading to Swayambhunath, popularly known as the “Monkey Temple.” Swayambhunath is one of Nepal’s holiest sites, and the stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries for both Buddhists and Hindus. Located on a little hillock in the northwest of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath offers a good vantage point to capture the city’s panoramic view.
Next, we will be heading to Pashupatinath, famous for Nepal’s most sacred burning Ghats and a few of the remaining living cultural heritage sites globally. Built in the 5th century, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Lord Shiva. You will be able to witness and capture some Hindu rituals, including puja ceremonies and cremation along the sacred Bagmati River.
We will break for lunch (included) before proceeding on our tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is one of the three old royal palaces of the former Kathmandu Kingdom, and it is Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of Newari traditional architecture. Here, you will be able to capture the beautiful and delicate Nepalese architecture of ancient times with local people still worshipping in the shrines. We will also organize a 30 minutes private photo session with local Nepali dressed in traditional costumes or with Hindu Holy Men (Sadhu) for portrait photography in Durbar Square.
We will be doing some street photography at the bustling local vegetables and spice markets in the evening. The local markets are often an integral part of daily life for locals, and it is the best place to capture candid shots. After visiting the market, we will send you back to the hotel.
Today, we will be heading to Patan after breakfast at the hotel. Patan is known as the City of Fine Arts, displaying the extraordinary fine wooden and metal works of the Newari people. We will explore and capture the rich heritage culture such as the Golden Temple, Durbar Square filled with temples and statues, and Patan Museum.
We will then adjourn for lunch at the Patan Museum Café or Rooftop Restaurant (included). After lunch, we will be visiting the ancient and traditional city of Bhaktapur. Among the three medieval old citadels of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is the most preserved. It is known for its cobbled streets, narrow alleys, unique architecture, and storied history. We will look for photo opportunities while exploring the traditional Durbar Square, 55-window palace, Lion Gate, Golden Gate, and other ancient monuments and observing local potters spinning their wheels and drying out their terracotta wares at the Pottery Square.
We will conclude this day with a walk around the Thamel area, a lively tourist hub, where you can enjoy a walk around old alleys and capture several monuments of significance for the locals.
Optional: If you like, we can substitute the visit to Patan with Everest Short Flight (45 mins) so that you can get a closer look at Mt Everest. However, this is optional depending on flight availability, and weather conditions, and is subject to additional cost.
On this day, we will leave Kathmandu Valley for Pokhara in the morning. Our representative will pick you up from your hotel to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport after breakfast. The flight to Pokhara will take approximately 30 minutes, and it offers incredible scenic views of the Himalayas (Ganesh Himal, Mt Manaslu, Mt Annapurna, and Mt Machhapuchhre) from the window.
Being the second-largest city in Nepal and the gateway to trekking in the Annapurna region, Pokhara is beautifully adorned with pristine lakes against a backdrop of high Himalayas snow-capped mountains. The reflection of Mt Machhapuchhre (famously known as the Fish Tail Mountain) and the Annapurna range on Phewa Lake is an enthralling moment that every photographer would love to capture.
Upon arrival, we will have our lunch by the lakeside (included). We will explore Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and Seti Gorge for landscape photography and some caving activities after lunch. In the evening and before night falls, we will be driving up to Sarangkot and check-in at a hotel. Lies at 1,600m, Sarangkot is easily accessible from Pokhara and renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fish Tail, and Lamjung. It also offers a stunning birds-eye view of the city of Pokhara and Phewa Lake.
Dinner will be served at the hotel (included). You can then have an early rest as we will be setting out very early on the following day.
We will start this day very early at around 4.00 am. We will walk up (about 15-20 minutes) to the Sarangkot viewpoint to capture the blue hour before sunrise. When the skies are clear, you will be able to capture amazing night photography of the starry sky against the backdrop of the Himalayas or Phewa Lake. However, do note that you will require a tripod for night photography and a jacket to keep yourself warm.
Following that, we will be chasing the dawn and waiting for the morning sun’s first rays on the mighty Himalayas. It is truly a mesmerizing moment to see golden sun rays transforming the mountain peaks from snow-white peaks into celestial gold. After sunrise, we will walk back to the hotel for breakfast and rest before checking out. We will then drive back to Pokhara, check in at the hotel, and have lunch.
After lunch, we shall head to the World Peace Pagoda for a sweeping panoramic view of Pokhara city and Phewa Lake. Upon descending from the World Peace Pagoda, we will go boating at Phewa Lake. The Phewa Lake offers great opportunities for landscape photography with its colorful boats and alluring reflection of the snow-capped Annapurna range.
The long day will end with a dinner (included) in the busy Pokhara town before heading back to the hotel.
Before breakfast, we will start the day by chasing the sunrise and trying out long-exposure photography in Phewa Lake. After that, we will go back to the hotel for breakfast, check out, and head to Chitwan National Park via tourist bus or private car.
Chitwan National Park is 932 square kilometers of dense forest, marsh, and grassland, home to 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and amphibians, 126 species of fish, and many more. It offers opportunities to capture the sights of endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, gharial crocodiles, and rare freshwater dolphins. It is a feast for nature lover and wildlife photographers.
Lunch will be provided either on our way to Chitwan or upon our arrival there. After checking in at the hotel, we will visit the Tharu village for some local people and nature photography. Thereafter, we will capture the beautiful sunset from the Rapti river bank.
The day will end with a scrumptious dinner (included) and Tharu cultural dance performance at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will take a jungle walk to experience the wilderness, followed by an adventurous canoe ride in the Rapti River. We will watch monkeys playing in the trees, the elephants washing in the pool, and deer grazing the grass as we move along the river.
After lunch, we will further explore the inner jungle via jeep safari to capture exotic wildlife photographs.
In the evening, we will visit the elephant breeding center or capture a beautiful sunset from the Rapti riverbank before dinner time. After dinner, we will share some general tips on photo-editing skills to further enhance your photos.
Today, we will go back to Kathmandu via tourist bus. After breakfast, we will board the tourist bus and follow the scenic route along Prithvi Highway back to Kathmandu. On the way, we will stop for lunch (included). Upon arrival, we will send you to the hotel to test and review the photographs you have taken during the trip.
In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner (included) and conduct a photo-sharing session among the participants.
We will send you off to the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We hope you had a great time with us. Thank you, and have a safe journey home.
The best time to shoot travel or landscape photos is during sunrise or sunset and for Landscape is during winter when the weather is clear.