The beauty of the 6700-meter high Mount Kailash that looks like a symmetrical cone shaped rock capped by pure crystalline ice is equally venerated as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön-Po. Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and Jains as a scared site where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment. With its four sheer walls, distinctive snow-capped peak, and valleys interspersed with brightly-clad Tibetan pilgrims, Mount Kailash or Khang Rimpoche (‘precious snow-peak’, as known by the Tibetans) is an awe-inspiring sight.
Upon arrival in Lhasa, you enjoy sightseeing tour of Lhasa visiting all the Palaces and Monasteries. After visit of all the major places and proper acclimatization, your Kailash trip begins. You get to explore colorful mosaic of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, custom, tradition, lifestyle and cuisine and in the process attain profound spirituality. You become a witness to a host of indigenous cultures en-route to Gyantse, Shigatse and other significant ancient cities. Further drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau brings you to Holy Lake Mansarovar, before completing a Trek (Kora) around Mt Kailash passing highest pass of the trip Drolma la Pass 5630m. From there, you re-cross the vast arid
Plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. The tour begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational Trans Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world. This is the only Everest flight that flies over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. If you start your tour in Lhasa arriving from mainland China; Tour briefing will take place in Lhasa.
Capturing life, culture and nature of Asia’s one of the most vibrant cities- Kathmandu Photography Tour. Nepal is a land of unparalleled scenic beauty located within one of the most geographical diverse areas on earth.
Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya between China and India, it has retained it’s 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.
Photographing in Nepal 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.
- All accommodation as per the itinerary;
- All meals starting at dinner day 1 and ending with breakfast day 7;
- All entrance fees as per the itinerary;
- All airport transfers;
- All ground transportation;
- Professional English speaking Nepalese guide;
- All local guide fees;
- Bottled mineral water (1lt per person per day over and above beverages served during each meal;
- Government tax;
- Gratuities for local guides and services; and
- Hands on photographic tutoring by ORYX Leader Marius Coetzee.
- Price Excludes:
- International flights;
- All beverages;
- Airport taxes and Visa costs;
- Travel Insurance; and
- Personal expenses such as souvenirs, telephone calls etc.
DAY1: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU
It is a panoramic feast for the eyes flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you that are almost tangible, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that will stay with forever. A Tour Officer and driver representing ORYX will cordially receive you at Kathmandu Airport and escort you to your hotel in the city. Welcome to Nepal for a memorable photographic journey! Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal. It has been a popular destination for photographers ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city is a melting pot of wonderful cultures; Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. This Photography Tour of Kathmandu will offer you an opportunity to capture an incredible portfolio of images!
DAY2: PATAN, KHOKANA AND BUNGMATI
We depart early just after sunrise to make our way to Patan. Patan Durbar Square is regarded as the richest culturally and historically of the three Durbar Squares. It offers a wide array of wooden arts in the form of monumental historic edifices that reflects the architectural influence in the city during ancient and medieval times. The creative wooden carvings depicting the sutras of Lord Kamadeva (God of Human love or desire) are scattered throughout the pagoda style temples in the backstreets. Patan, the city of Artists, offers many visual treats for your camera. After a complete exploration of culturally diverse Patan we proceed to Khokana: a traditional tiny and picturesque Newari village. It is famous for its unusual mustard-oil harvesting process in which a heavy wooden beam is used to crush the mustard seeds in order to extract the oil. From Khokana we start to travel on foot to Bungamati. The village dates back to the 16th century and is situated on elevated land overlooking the Bagmati River. Traditional houses made out of mud and brick with tiled roofs, stone paved streets, old temples, people working and carving wood on the streets, provide a glimpse into medieval era. At the end of the day you will drive back to your hotel in the city. Overnight 4 * Kantipur Temple House or Similar.
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