PANGI VALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR 2019

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Daily Tour 09 nights / 10 days
Chandigarh, India Chamba, Dalhousie

This tour in Himachal Pradesh is especially for the travellers, who love photography and like to capture raw nature and yearning to explore unique cultures. Pangi Valley is one of the off-beat challenging tourism destinations in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Towering snow-capped mountains, beautiful valleys, gushing river, flowery meadows, and forests ensures that there is no lack of photography subjects here. A moderate level of fitness is required. This tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility.

This tour will be accompanied by our photography tutors. This amazing photography tour is aimed at photographers of all levels. Non photographers are welcome to book also. A digital SLR camera is recommended. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom and a wide angled lens. A tripod is essential for our sunrise and sunset sessions. Discover tips for better photography, techniques from professionals and take your creative vision to new heights.

Places covered: Chamba – Devi Kothi – Sach Pass – Killar – Sural Bhatori – Khajjiar – Dalhousie


HIGHEST ALTITUDE
4420 mtrs

DURATION OF TOUR
09 Nights/10 Days

FIXED DEPARTURE
8th September 2019

INCLUDED

Accommodation: 9 Nights (Hotel/ Rest house/ Camping)
Daily Breakfast, Dinner and packed lunch/ lunch on the way on fixed Menu basis
Ground Transport: 9 Days
Daily photography instruction
Mentoring & Tuitiones, Driver Allowances etc.


NOT INCLUDED

Travel or medical insurance
Photography equipment and gears
Expense of personal nature like Airfare, Railway Tickets, Bus Fare, tipping, Portage, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, monuments’ fees etc.
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.


CANCELLATION POLICIES:

In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/ unavoidable reasons we must be informed in written. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in written and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Once the booking is confirmed   – 25% of the tour/service cost.
  • 15 days prior to arrival                  – 50% of the tour/service cost.
  • 07 days prior to arrival                 – 75% of the tour/service cost.
  • Less than 72 hours or no show   – NO REFUNDS
DAY 1 (8 September): Arrival at Chamba and local sight-seeing.
       Chamba town in the north-west corner of Himachal Pradesh is distinctive and unique in terms of vast geography and history, culture and tradition. Its unique location and the sample of other aspects beguile the travellers visiting the Chamba town. The best deal in town is Bhuri Singh Museum. This museum has a remarkable collection of Pahari miniature paintings from the Chamba, Basholi, Kangra and Guler schools, including other arts such as the intriguing copper-plate inscriptions, the embroidered Chamba rumals (handkerchiefs), coins, hill jewellery, traditional and royal costumes musical instruments and various decorative objects is another attraction of the place. The museum remains open from 10 AM to 5 PM throughout the year except on Monday and other gazetted holidays.

The architectural history is an imposing beauty of Chamba city with the number of temples explaining its rich historical past. On top of the list is 10th-century Lakshmi-Narayan Temple Complex. The temple complex is known to be well preserved since its birth. There is another temple called Brajeshwari Temple, which has excellent carving and the 11th century Hari Rai temple near Gandhi Gat, enshrines a marvelous bronze image of Lord Vishnu in the form of Chaturmurti. The Chamunda Devi temple on the hilltop has artistic carvings on its lintel, pillars and the ceiling. In addition, Sui Mata Shrine and Champavati temple are of great religious importance. Akhand Chandi palace and Rang Mahal are some of the prime places to be visited in Chamba. Also worth visiting is town’s only Christian church ‘The Church of Scotland’.

Overnight in hotel at Chamba.

DAY 2 (9 September):  Local sight-seeing (Saho and Jumhar)
Saho: Well-known for the Lord Shiva temple Chandrashekar, Saho is a tiny remote village positioned 20 kms from the Chamba town and one of the heritage villages of Himachal Pradesh. Saho lies on the banks of river Sal and sounds an interesting place to visit where it has still a lot to be explored.

Jumhar: Possessing an indifferent climate and coverage of dense forests of deodar trees, Jumhar is located 22 Kms from the Chamba city and surrounded by apple gardens. Jumhar is a remote and unexplored spot where one can take a deep breath of fresh-born air in the orchards. You can also search peace near the small Nag temple dedicated to the snake god.

Overnight in hotel at Chamba.

DAY 3 (10 September): Chamba – Bairagarh – Devi Kothi – Bairagarh (120 kms)
Devi Kothi: Devi Kothi ( 11 kms from Bairagarh) is one of the remotest villages in Chaurah valley of Chamba and is known for its Devi Kothi temple. The tiny temple is a grand welcome to the visitors. A complete old wooden structure of medieval Chamba has wood carvings and wall paintings inside the temple, a great civilization of antiquity shown among the walls of Devi Kothi. A temple certainly of Mughal influence made by Raja Umed Singh in 1754, later dedicated to Goddess Durga Devi depicts the wall paintings of her exploits and themes of Bhagavata Purana.

Overnight at Hotel/Homestay at Bairagarh

DAY 4 (11 September): Bairagarh – Sural Bhatori (via Sach Pass and Killar) (87 kms)
Sach Pass: Perched at an altitude of 4420m is Sach Pass lying on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. It is considered one of the hardest treks among all other mountain passes of Himachal. Sach pass is the Gateway to Pangi Valley. The curvy narrow roads, numerous water crossings, striking landscapes and the indifferent climatic conditions encountered on this pass are mesmerizing in spite of being treacherous. Pass is open for vehicular traffic from mid-June to September,  it remained closed due to heavy snowfall at other times of the year.

Killar: It is a charming hamlet which is connected by road via Sach Pass. Killar is sub-division headquarter of the Pangi Valley

Sural Bhatori: (Bhatori is tribe of Upper Himalaya who worship of Lord Budha). Sural Bhatori is a very beautiful valley located at the elevation of 10,000 feet above mean sea level and is the last village of the valley. One km from Sural Bhatori is a beautiful waterfall and a trek also leads towards Zanskar. The valley is known as a trekker’s paradise. The gompa of Sural Bhatori is surrounded by Betula (Bhojpatra) patch and the valley is dominated by a dense patch of bhojpatra forest on one side. The valley is also famous for beautiful flora.

Overnight camping at Sural Bhatori.

DAY 5 (12 September): Reserved for Photography Sessions.
DAY 6 (13 September): Reserved for Photography Sessions.
DAY 7 (14 September): Reserved for Photography Sessions.
DAY 8 (15 September): Sural Bhatori to Khajjiar (via Sach Pass) (195 kms).
Khajjiar: Engulfed by deodars and the lake in the middle, Khajjiar due to its topographical resemblance is rightly called as mini Switzerland. You can best explore this place on foot and hence walk is the best way to get around. Khajjiar nestled in the small plateau, covered with weed, surrounded by thick forests and meadows with a small stream lake founds an amazingly terrific beauty at 2000 m above the sea level, giving the western Himalayan view.
Overnight at hotel in Khajjiar.

DAY 9 (16 September): Khajjiar local sightseeing 
Morning after breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a full day tour of Khajjiar & Dalhousie. The best places that you can visit without starving are the villages of Khajjiar- Rota, Ladi etc. where one gets familiar with the culture of the tribes, their homes, lifestyle, food etc. Khajjiar with its vast green meadows seems so beautiful in its own vast way posing a different view in each season. After visiting Khajjiar drive to Dalhousie town.
Dalhousie: Dalhousie is one of the most popular tourist spots in the North India especially, among home and foreign tourists. The greatest activity in Dalhousie is on and around the three level Malls which were laid in the early. These roads and the steeper by-lanes which connect them to the bus-stand are still the arteries of the town. The Malls around Moti Tibba and Potreyn hills are the most popular among the tourists as the two are level and most of the business activity and hotels are around them. Gandhi Chowk, Upper bazaar. Subhash Chowk, Catholic Church of St. Frances, Sadar bazaar and the Convent founded by an Order of Belgium nuns and their Sacred Heart School are on these two malls. Dalhousie’s third and highest mall was built around the upper Bakrota hill nearly a 1000 feet above the G.P.O. (Gandhi Chowk).
Overnight at hotel in Khajjiar.

DAY 10 (17 September): Departure.

Morning after breakfast, check out from hotel and depart to nearest Airport / Railway Station.

 

***END OF TOUR***

 

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