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PLEASE NOTE: If you want to freshen up your photography skills before you go away, you can attend a 2-day photography workshop in Brisbane with Damian.
Nepal Tour – Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is a colourful, vibrant city and a favoured destination of travellers from all over the world. It is an exciting mix of culture, religion, people and places that leaves the traveller with wonderful memories.
Both ancient and modern, Kathmandu is a photographer’s paradise with opportunities to capture the panoramic expanse of the Kathmandu valley, bustling city streets, produce markets, religious landmarks and the daily life of the people who live there.
Damian Caniglia, in conjunction with Back Track Adventures has developed a travel and street photography workshop for keen amateur photographers who wish to expand their image library while learning from a professional. Now you can take the ultimate photography workshop trip to Kathmandu.
With five days of full access to many areas of Kathmandu, there is ample opportunity to not only learn and improve your photography, but see and experience Kathmandu in depth. The Kathmandu Photography Workshop includes daily feedback, discussion and critique of your images. You can devote your time to taking images while receiving full support and help along the way.
This is the ideal forum to explore travel photography in this amazing city. The workshop is strictly limited to eight photographers and is timed to allow you to take advantage of additional activities for which Nepal is famous such as trekking in the Himalaya, mountain biking or viewing the wildlife at Chitwan National Park.
November is an ideal time of year to be in Nepal. The Kathmandu Photography Workshop is structured to give you the ideal setting and opportunity to improve all aspects of your photography.At the same time, you’ll experience much of what Kathmandu has to offer – religious ceremonies, rural life, artisans plying their trade and people going about their daily lives.
In addition to Damian Caniglia as facilitator and instructor, The Kathmandu Photography Workshop involves the partnership of Nepalese office staff, tour guides and drivers. You’ll be delighted with the friendly, cheerful nature of your hosts and your interaction with them will be a major highlight of your time in Kathmandu.
For keen photographers, group travel can have its drawbacks; it may be difficult to find the time to shoot at the best time of day in the best locations, and there may be cultural and privacy considerations when photographing local people. With Damian’s experience and local guided support, you are able to be in the best position while maintaining a level of respect. Damian is also on hand to help with any technical questions as well as guidance with the visual communication aspects of your image making. If you’re ready to take the next step with your passion for photography, join the Kathmandu Photography Workshop and you’ll be rewarded many times over.
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Day 1Today is day one of your Back Track Adventures, Kathmandu Photographic Workshop. A pre-departure meeting will be held this evening at your Hotel. Damian, your trek leader, will advise you with more information locally. Welcome Dinner with our Nepal crew tonight. (D)
Working Nepali Tour
Day 2This morning we head out on the ‘Working Nepali’ day tour to experience everyday life in Kathmandu Valley. We walk through hidden villages, meeting the locals. This afternoon we’ll look further at our images with feedback and critique. (B-L)
Swayambunath, Bodhanath and Pashupatinath Tours
Day 3Early morning start today to enjoy the morning light at Swayambhunath. Swayambhu is a major landmark of the Valley and looks like a beacon below the Nagarjun hill. It provides an excellent view of the Kathmandu Valley. Devotees have climbed the steps on the eastern side for centuries. Later we will visit two of the most important heritage sites of Kathmandu and learn more about Buddhism and Hinduism. The walk takes you from Pashupatinath, famous amongst Hindus, to Boudhanath, famous amongst Buddhists. (B-L)
Pottery Makers of Thimi’ Tour with lunch
Day 4We head out of Kathmandu to the small township of Thimi just east of Kathmandu, renowned for their pottery which is exported worldwide. You will spend a morning with these artisans. This afternoon we will travel to Bhaktapur and overnight here. Please pack an overnight bag for our journey. (B-L)
Day 5Bhaktapur is in many ways the most medieval of the three major cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Despite recent development, the city still retains a distinctly timeless air, with much of its glorious architecture dating from the end of the 17th century. Highlights include Nyatapola, the highest temple in the valley, and Til Mahadev Narayan, an important place of pilgrimage. (B-L)
Durbar Square tour and ‘Splice of Kathmandu’ tour
Day 6Close to the heart of the tourist district of Thamel in Kathmandu, lies the bustling bazaars of Ason, Bedasingh and Thahity. Travellers pass by while walking to the World Heritage Site of Kathmandu Durbar Square, but rarely understand the order within the seeming chaos of cycles, motorcycles, temples and the crowd. On this trip, we showcase the clothes bazaar, the vegetable market, the spice shops, the herb shops, the utensils market, the traditional Nepali clothing market and the wholesale of Tibetan items. (B-L-D)
Garden of Dreams morning shoot, afternoon editing and review
Day 7This morning enjoy the peace and beauty of the Garden of Dreams. In the afternoon, enjoy editing, feedback and a review of your photographs over the trip.
Day 8Your Kathmandu Photographic Workshop concludes today, and you will be transferred to the airport in time for your scheduled flight.