Snow Clad Kashmir

Photo tour to Kashmir

Date

Feb 12 - 18 2021

Location

kashmir

Participation Fee

Standard: ₹47500

Single Supplement: ₹10500

& Avail 10% Special Discount

Overview

Kashmir is the jewel of India and for some India’s answer to Switzerland.

Kashmir – a valley between the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal mountain range, is known for its simplicity and pristine natural beauty.

Surrounded by the snow-capped mountains, Kashmir leaves an everlasting impression on one’s soul.

While there is a lot to explore in Kashmir, in this tour we will focus on some key areas around Srinagar mainly to capture the breathtaking snowscapes and life of locals on old city along with the Dal Lake as well.


Structure

Pre Tour Analysis:
Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. Our panel will analyse each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills. We will also provide individual feedback to their each submitted image and suggest improvement points.

During the Tour:
Based on the analytical data available with us post “Pre Tour Analysis” we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weaknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided based on the mistakes committed by participants during the day.

We shall also have atleast one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.

After the tour:
Each participant will be required to submit 3 of their best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.

Your Mentors

Jassi Oberai

Sandeep Mathur

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01 (Feb 12) ARRIVE SRINAGAR
After arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, we drive towards the world famous Dal Lake and check-in at the hotel and later take a Shikara ride to Char Chinari and Woont Kadal. We spend our evening discussing the tour and individual requirements over hot Kehwa. If time permits we will do some shoot as well. We stay overnight at the hotel on the banks of the Dal lake.

Day 02 (Feb 13) Srinagar to Gulmarg
After breakfast we leave for Gulmarg to witness the snow clad mountains. On our way to Gulmarg, we stop at the Panoramic View Point for The Sunshine Peak shot. After reaching Gulmarg, we leave for a Gondola Ride through the Pine Forests. We stop at Kongdoori Mountain for some shots from the height of 3,747 m (12,293 ft) On our way back, we capture some Shining Shots at the view point again for Greater Himalayan range sunset. We witness Nun Kun- Zanskar Range, Sickle Moon, Kolohai, Brahma peak. We spend rest of the day shooting minimal snowscapes of Gulmarg. We then drive back to Srinagar and for the night, we stay at the Hotel.

DAY 03 (Feb 14) Srinagar to Pahalgam
After breakfast, we drive towards Pahalgam via Saffron fields and take a leisure walk in the Pahalgam market where we can capture the culture of the outskirts of the Vale. Later we capture the Sunset shot of Tulian mountain from the children park road. This route is dotted with many photographic spots which we will make full use of. We stay in the Heart of Pahalgam for the night.

DAY 04 (Feb 15) Pahalgam Exploration
After breakfast we drive to Aru for some crisp landscape shots from the view points and drive back to stop midway for sunset shots of a small hamlet. We explore the famous Betaab Valley, Aru Valley and Chandanwari Glacier during the day. The whole day will be spent capturing the breath-taking snow clad vistas around these places. We then stay at the hotel for the night.

DAY 05 (Feb 16) Pahalgam to Srinagar
Early in the morning after breakfast, we drive towards Srinagar. On the way we visit the famous Sufi Shrine at Aahmuqam and drive to Srinagar via Bringi. This route is special and offers many photographic opportunities along the way. We then stay at the Houseboat for the night.

DAY 6 (Feb 17) Srinagar Exploration
Early morning, we take a stroll to the Floating Market. After a quick shoot, we head back to the hotel for breakfast. During the day we explore different spots to create stunning snow clad vistas of Srinagar. In the evening we capture the Sunset at Meena bazaar or the famous Char Chinar. After sightseeing we head towards our hotel and spend a relaxing evening on the banks of Dal Lake with a cup of Kehwa.

DAY 7 (Feb 18) Srinagar Exploration and Departure
Early morning, shoot whatever we could not manage in previous days. Return to hotel for breakfast and departure.

We end this mesmerizing tour and return to our respective places with fond memories and stunning images.

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What's Included

• GST @5%
• Assistance upon arrival at Srinagar airport with traditional welcome in the Hotel
• Accommodation on twin/ double sharing Basis as per the Itinerary
• Meal Plan-Breakfast & Dinner.
• Return airport and round trip transfers along with all photography as per the program.
• One night stay in a deluxe houseboat
• Transportation within Kashmir as per itinerary

What's not Included

• Any airfare or airport tax
• Lunch on all tour days
• Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
• Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
• The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
• Guide fee, Camera fee & any park Entrances
• Any horse riding and/or sledding/skiing
• Medical & Travel insurance
• Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc
• Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

Events Terms & Conditions

P.S: It’s our endeavour to make this the best possible trip that it can be, but we would not be liable for delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Limited seats on first come first serve basis. Discount for accompanying non-photographer companions only.

All prices and fares are quoted in Indian Rupees or otherwise specifically stated. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing. Current GST is @5% and is a part of the listed price. Any subsequent change of Tax by Govt. before the final execution of tour resulting in higher price will have to be paid by the participant before the tour commencement.

• Photographs shot on the tour are properties of the photographers.
• Photographers abide by the rules and regulations explained by the mentor on the tour and will abide by rules that disallow cameras to be used during specific times of the schedule. (Ex. While another photographer is in action)
• The Management of Xploring Light has every right to ban and deport participants who do not abide by the rules and respect the models and crew. No refund will be given to participants who will be deported back in such eventuality.
• Xploring Light shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any participant in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the our control.
• All participants attending Snow Clad Kashmir Photo Tour organized and conducted by Xploring Light must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Registration and Disclaimer” form.

Payments, Cancellation and Refunds

To reserve space on a Xploring Light Group or Private Tour, the full amount is required at the time of your booking.

You can pay using online payment link on website or ask for account details to make NEFT transfers.
Your reservation may be cancelled if full payment has not been received at the time of your booking.

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark (standard mail or electronic).

Cancellation deductions will be as per following policy:

There is no cancellation applicable. However, if the tour does not take place owing to sudden Covid outbreak and subsequent restrictions, we will refund the amount after deducing Rs. 3000/- towards all preparation.

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy.

The Tax component will not be refunded.

Leaving a tour in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a tour.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrolment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants.

If a tour is cancelled prior to departure, Xploring Light will provide you with a full refund of money paid to us; except in the event that the cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the tour as planned, in which case Xploring Light will provide you with a refund and/or credit toward a future Xploring Light’s Tour, Workshop or Private Tour equivalent to the amount paid to us.

All refunds will be processed within 7-10 business days. We strongly suggest travel insurance to protect your investment.
Accommodation booked on your own behalf is excluded from this refund policy.

Responsibility
By registering for a Xploring Light Tour, Workshop and Private Tour, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants; and they are aware of any associated risks created by field locations, activities and weather; that they agree to follow the instructors’ directions, particularly in matters of personal and group safety, including but not limited to the importance of hydration, need for nutritious snacks, altitude sickness, exhaustion, leave no trace, sunscreen, bug dope, danger of overhangs, footing, vehicle safety, boat safety, hot air balloon safety, helicopter safety, ferry safety, common-sense safety, respect for others, etc.

Xploring Light and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Xploring Light’s Tour. Workshop or Private Tour.

Xploring Light and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Neither Xploring Light, its designated tour operator, nor its tour administrator shall be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Xploring Light’s Tour, Workshop or Private Tour departure city.

Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Eligibility:
Participants in Xploring Light Tour, Workshop and Private Tour must be 18 or over. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey.

Hotel Accommodation
Prices are per person, based on two people sharing with private bath or shower. In some specific tours like Iceland, Norway, Slovenia or Faroe Islands, proper hotels are not available as we move interiors and we book cottages which have multiple rooms. These rooms may have varied bed arrangements with some even having bunk beds. In such scenario the bath and/0r shower will be shared by all occupants of the cottage.

Passports, Visas and other Entry/Exit Requirements

All guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas. Due to government imposed security/ immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the start of tour. It is the guest’s sole responsibility to secure and/or pay for any and all visas, reciprocity fees, affidavits, immunizations, etc. that are required to be permitted entry into each destination. In some countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/ exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. Please note that entry to any country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. For up-to-date detailed information on travel documents and visas, entry/exit taxes and further information on entry and exit requirements please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility.

Xploring Light bear no responsibility for such information and will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your vacation related to improper documentation.

Weather:
We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or re-route the Xploring Light Tour, Workshop, Private Tour up until last minute, due to inclement or unsafe weather conditions, safety or other uncontrollable circumstances. A full refund of the tour costs will be given. Accommodation booked on your own behalf is excluded from this refund policy. All refunds will be processed within 7-10 business days.

Travel Insurance:
Xploring Light strongly recommends purchasing travel insurance that protects you and your investment in the event of a sudden emergency before or during your trip and coverage for trip cancellation or interruption, illness, injury, and damage, loss or theft of baggage, as well as emergency assistance.

Important:
The itineraries and staff presented on this website are subject to modification and change by Xploring Light or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. Xploring Light makes every attempt to provide photographic opportunities during the best possible light, but this is often compromised by daily itineraries and travel schedules. Since the best light is just after Sunrise and just before Sunset when the Sun is low, it is impossible to visit all locations during these limited hours. Xploring Light makes every attempt to instruct throughout the tour. It is important that you arrive with a working knowledge of your cameras settings. Xploring Light does not provide any classroom instruction on the basic camera operation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out your mentor when you need help.

Health Requirements:
You must be in good physical and mental health. You must be able to maintain the pace of the group throughout the tour. Any physical condition, diet, or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing when you register. Failure to participate in daily activities due to physical or mental health will not result in any refund. For special dietary requirements, we do our best to convey this information to restaurants and food establishments, but communication of these requirements to restaurants and food establishments is ultimately your responsibility.

Xploring Light do not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at the guest’s expense.

Xploring Light is not responsible or liable for losses or costs incurred due to unavailability of medical services, or medical services obtained while on vacation, or for the quality of the care or services received. Medical care in other countries is not always comparable to care that you may receive in your local area. You are encouraged to purchase medical insurance that will cover you while on vacation. Your regular health insurance benefits may not apply abroad.

In purchasing your photo tour, you attest that you are physically fit for it. If you have concerns, please request additional details about your journey from your Travel Agent or Xploring Light.

Behavior:
We are here to provide the best services possible but in doing so we will not tolerate abusive or aggressive behavior from our Guests. We will refuse to deal with and may terminate the photo tour of guests who assault our Company Representatives or who are abusive or aggressive. When you make a booking, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party including yourself during your stay. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the travel arrangements and/or cease to deal with any party member(s) whose behavior, in the reasonable opinion of us or our suppliers, may cause danger, upset, disruption or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will apply and no refund will be made. We shall have no obligation to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation and return transportation arrangements) guest may incur as a result of the travel arrangements being terminated.

If you damage the accommodation in which you are staying or any property, you must reimburse the accommodation provider or property owner concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay if the cost has been established by then or as soon as it has been established if later. You must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (also including legal costs) made against us. Criminal proceedings may be instigated. Xploring Light is not responsible for any costs incurred concerning a guest removed from a guided photo tour or aircraft, ship or train. Guests agree not to hold Xploring Light or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions.

Extended Stays

If you plan to extend your tour either before or after the actual tour dates, it is your sole responsibility to make travel and stay arrangements. Xploring Light does not encourage bookings through us and even if we decide to do, it will be at additional cost payable to us at the time of booking.

Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any tour or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use.

By making a reservation on a Xploring Light Tour, Workshop or Private Tour, the participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by Xploring Light, and authorized third parties, and the Tour Operator without compensation to the participant. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure of the trip.

Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by the participant (“tour Materials”) shall belong to the participant upon creation.

The participant grants to Xploring Light a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any tour Materials provided to Xploring Light and/or the Tour Operator in any media for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use and promotion of Xploring Light’s travel programs

Force Majeure:
Xploring Light will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancellation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Xploring Light and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Other:
Other Terms and Conditions may apply to some tours and will be provided with pre-trip emails or mailings. By registering for a Xploring Light Tour, Workshop or Private Tour, the participant agrees to the Responsibility statement and the Terms and Conditions herein.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions and Other Important Info

– How different are tours and photo tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday based on what is hot in that season with almost no inclination to offer you what you would want to see, Photo Tours are innovative ways to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. All of our photo tours are fun with a loads of learning and knowledge sharing. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts only it makes your experience your experience more focused and fun filled.

– Is there lack of oxygen in Kashmir?
No. Kashmir is a normal hill station with max height being of Gulmarg which is at a height of 8694 ft (2650mtr). Oxygen levels start depleting only at the height of 10000ft or above.

– How many people will share my vehicle in while traveling within Kashmir
We believe in giving you sufficient space to move around to adjust quickly to situations and shoot with comfort. We will have 5-6 people traveling per 12 seater van.

– What is the guarantee that we will see snowfall in Kashmir?
Though we have planned after doing lot of research but weather is always unpredictable. Owing to this unpredictability, we cannot guarantee either snowfall or even snow clad valley during our itinerary.

– What is the suggested equipment for this tour?
Wide angle lenses like 10-22 or 16-35 are required to capture the beautiful landscapes and cover the majestic grandeur of Kashmir. We always advise to carry a monopod / tripod to shoot spectacular low light scenes. Telephoto lenses like 70-200 or 100-400 are recommended for candid shots of beautiful local people and even compressed landscapes there.

– I am a rank beginner in photography / I only have a simple point and shoot camera. Can I be a part of this tour?
Oh yes very much! We always encourage every nature and travel enthusiast whether an experienced photographer or not to attend such organized photo tours. Feel free to be a part of this tour and get to take valuable tips home from our skilled team of experts and other participants as well.

– How many participants are expected to share a Room?
All participants are accommodated in twin-sharing rooms. Single supplements are charged extra. Please inquire with us about your single supplement charges.

– Since it is a winter tour, will it very cold and what type of clothing is required for this tour?
It will be cold and temperatures are expected to remain between 10 degrees to 0 degrees. Wearing 4-5 layers is the best option. Since we may expect snowfall, it is important that your footwear is proper. High ankle snow boots or gum boots are the best options while walking on snow.

What are people saying

5/5
So this was my first experience with xploring light and I can safely say it was a great one! Met new people, made new friends! Not practicing photography professionally so I was a bit apprehensive at first but the whole experience turned out to be fun and illuminating. The places that we visited were very thoughtfully selected in terms of photography. Overall the trip was excellent. Will be keeping my eye open for the next adventure :)
5/5
I had a great tour and a great time with Jassi Oberai and Sandeep Mathur. After a zero travel period for about a year, I was super excited for my photo tour to Kashmir with exploring lights. Both the mentors knew what background my photography experience stemmed from, and what I hoped to accomplish with the tour and customized it from there. I think if you are looking to clinch “that one shot” while you’re visiting Kashmir, booking this tour with this group is the way to ensure that happens. With all the covid protocols in place, our mentors provided excellent guidance, from knowing best times and locations to giving great advice on composition and camera settings to capture the mood. It was a wonderful experience that truly exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend Xploring Lights to anyone considering a future photography workshop or tour. *****HIGHLY RECOMMEND**
5/5
Snow clad Kashmir - It was a long awaited travel plan and like for most of us, there were many substantial concerns, viz. - safety regarding covid if we travel as a group and how much we will be able to optimise our chances for photography without compromising on precautions.Though it was never in my list,Kashmir stood out to be the most beautiful and unforgettable trip for me. We had great camaraderie with mentors and co-participants (close friends now)and it was akin to a 7-day long photothon with amazing opportunities created for every possible genre of photography. There was lot of fun and relaxation too and it was one cosy family where we could discuss & shoot with photography being the thread uniting us all. We had comfortable and safe stays judiciously chosen to suit photography needs. I loved the best of authentic indigenous Kashmiri food which became like a real highlight for all of us where a lot of “photography-casual” banter happened which you never really get to assimilate anywhere else. Thanks to our mentors Jassi Oberai and Sandeep Mathur and their native team of Omar Bazaz in Kashmir for their hard work and efforts at every juncture to make it a memorable trip. It is difficult to judge your own family(what with me taken 7-8 trips with xploring light already),some words are always due - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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