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exciting areas - The Hill Tribes of Arunachal
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Hill Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh Tour
OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
Travel Photography Workshop
and adventure, when put together make for a
very photogenic experience. This exciting workshop
will hone your adventure travel photography
skills via hands-on experience while rafting
down the Zanskar. We will explore how to create
exciting landscapes, photograph people in the
outdoors, the tools and equipment involved,
basic lighting skills with reflectors and fill
flash, drawing the viewer into the image with
remote camera techniques and capturing the action
of a river trip. Michael's workshop concentrates
on anticipating and creating powerful adventure
images. The goal is to get everyone thinking
about how they can make a good image even better
and then pursuing that image.
Students will be pushed to get creative with
angles, lighting, and composition as well as
capturing the intensity and subtle beauty of
the adventures we experience while on the river.
Sanjeev will also delve into career development
and all that entails if participants are interested.
This workshop is for photographers of all
abilities who are interested in invigorating
their adventure travel photography. No
previous outdoor adventure experience is required
for this workshop.
Both film and/or digital cameras are acceptable
for this workshop. Students using digital cameras
will need to bring a backup storage device to
store their images on or enough memory cards
to get them through the three-day workshop.
A 35mm SLR camera, either digital or film is
recommended though point and shoots that can
be controlled manually are also acceptable.
Sanjeev is an internationally published outdoor
photographer specializing in adventure sports,
travel, and landscape photography. His editorial
and corporate clients have included National
Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's
Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Climbing, Patagonia,
Pfizer, Nike, Nikon, and DuPont, to name just
a few. He has risked life and limb on a variety
of assignments to bring back stunning images
of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, and
mountain bikers pushing their sports to the
limit in remote locations around the world.
He was featured in Outdoor Photographer (September
2001) for his work with extreme sports.
This three day photographic adventure includes:
* Professional, hands-on instruction by Sanjeev
* All guides, river equipment, waterproof bags,
tents and meals
* Transportation to and from the river
OF HIMACHAL PRADESH
deep insight into this vanishing culture...
The Tribal belt of Himachal has numerous beautiful
Monasteries which are the source of rich religious
literature as well as grand show of the architectural
1)Ki-Monastery, Spiti: Perched on a hilltop
this 3-storey structure belonging to Gelukpa
order of Buddhism was believed to be constructed
in 14centuary. It is a labrinth of rooms & corridors
having a TREASURE OF LITERATURE. Each of its
FIVE TEMPLES has a statue of Buddha. The walls
of the Gompa are PAINTED WITH SCENES inspired
from Jataka themes. Situated at an altitude
of 4116mt, the monastery is 12km from Kaza,
425km from Shimla. It is 3km above Ki village
& just 11km from Kibber, the highest village
of the world. It can be approached via Shimla-Kinnaur-Kaza
which is normally open throughout the year.
2)Tabo Monastery, Spiti: Termed as the
AJANTA OF HIMALAYAS due to its splendid wall
paintings, it is a world heritage site of UNESCO
located on the bank of Spiti river. This largest
Monasteric complex houses SEVEN large & small
temples. Its hall with COLORFUL PAINTINGS in
rich Indian & Central Tibetan styles are worth
watching. It has caves & a mummified body of
a lama. Tabo at 3050mt is about 47km from Kaza.
The route is as in Ki-monastery.
3)Dhankar Monastery, Spiti: This monastery
meaning precipitious CLIFF SHELTERS dominates
the Spiti valley resting on a high cliff offering
an example of local architecture. Once the residence
of ruler of Spiti this was plundered various
times by aggressors. It has two temples & is
a repository of BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES. It is about
24km from Kaza & 8km steep climb from Shilling
village on Tabo-Kaza highway..
4)Nako Monastery, Kinnaur: Believed to
be founded in 1025 AD this is the main center
of pilgrimage in Nako village in Kinnaur. Its
temples are decorated with MURALS & STUCCOS
& walls are full of Tibetan inscriptions. At
2950mt, this is 107km from Recongpeo 33km from
Pooh & km from Shimla. The route is Shimla-Recongpeo-Pooh-Nako
5)Gurughantal Monastery, Lahaul: Situated
on the confluence of rivers CHANDRA & BHAGA,
this is the OLDEST monastery of Lahaul dedicated
to PADMASAMBAVA & BAJRESHWARI Devi. Made of
wood with pyramidal roofs & wood carvings, it
houses an image of Buddha..GHANTAL festival
is celebrated every year during full moon in
June. At 3020mt, this is 8km from Keylong, 4km
steep walk from Tupchilling, near Tandi. 6)Khardang
Monastery, Lahaul: This multistoreyed building
having four temples is the LARGEST MONASTERY
of Lahaul on the banks of river Bhaga. It has
rich collection of manuscripts, loose sheets
in Tibetan language wrapped in silk handkerchiefs.
At 4575mt, it is 8km from keylong town located
on Manali-Leh highway.
7) Shasur Monastery, Lahaul: This 3-storey
building containing numerous wall painting &
a 4.5m THAGKA(wall painting), is renowned for
SHASUR TSESHE festival held every June/July
where CHAAM (evil dance) is performed. It is
situated on a hill behind Keylong (3km). Route
is as in Khardang(6) 8) Namgyal Monastery, Dharamsala:
Residence of Dalai Lama, this is modest structure
influenced by Tibet. It has large BRONZE IMAGES
OF BUDDHA, Rimpoche , Rows of prayer wheels
& Rich collection of teachings of Buddha,Art,Literature,Astrology
& Medicine.It is situated in McLeodganj which
is 10km from Dharamsala
OF LADAKH (JAMMU & KASHMIR)
the land of High Passes is often named as MINI-TIBET
of INDIA & has large numer of beautiful Monasteries
besides numerous Trekking Routes,remotely located
High-Altitude Lakes,lush Valleys,immensely rich
& diverse high-altitude Wildlife. Below are
a few beautiful Gompas/Monasteries of this amazing
and mysterious land of high passes. 1) Namgyal
Tsemo Gompa, Leh: Built in 1430, this gompa
contains a fine three-storey high Buddha image,
ancient manuscripts and frescoes. The fort above
the Tsemo Gompa is ruined, but the views of
Leh from here among the fluttering prayer flags
are superb. The steep path starts from the road
to the Leh palace.
2) Soma Gompa, Leh: This gompa is Leh's
modern center of Buddhism and headquarters of
the Ladakh Buddhist Association. It has the
usual gompa features, including a library and
notice board displaying articles on Buddhist
persecution, both in other parts of Jammu &
Kashmir, and in Tibet.It is located near the
main market of the town.
3)Sankar Gompa, Leh : This gompa is
situated north of the town center,&is an easy
2km walke through pleasant country lanes. It's
a busy little Gelukpa order monastery, and the
upstairs part of the Gompa has an impressive
representation of the Buddhist deity of Compassion,
Avalokitesvara (or chenrezig; one of Buddha's
most important disciples), complete with 1000
arms and 1000 heads.
4) Spituk, Leh: Proud on a hilltop above
the Indus river and only 8km from Leh stands
this Gompa. This was built in the 15th century
by the Gelukpa order. It is situated near the
military airport. The two prayer rooms have
some nice Buddha statues, unveiled only once
a year during the Gu-stor Festival. Spituk is
the main trailhead for the seven-day Markha
Valley trek to Hemis.
5) Likir Gompa: The magnificent and
less-visited gompa, known as Klu-kkhyil Gompa
(klu-kkhyil means 'water spirit'), was founded
in the 11th century and was the first in Ladakh
known to have been built by Tibetan monks. The
present gompa was rebuilt in the 18th century
and rededicated to the Gelukpa order. Unusual
for Ladakhi gompas is the external 25m-high
Maitreya statue that dominates its setting.
It has a small museum containing various Tibetan
culture, martial and religious artefacts, some
300 to 400 years old. There's an interesting
Dosmoche festival held here every February.
The Gompa is about a 30-minute walk across the
6) Thiksey Gompa: About 17km south of
Leh, this beautiful Gelukpa gompa is the best
and probably the most popular place near Leh
to observe a puja ( prayers). It is advisable
to come early in the morning and sit quietly
at the back or make your way to the roof to
see the monks blowing the gigantic Tibetan horns
for prayer time. The roof also provides some
of the best views of the Indus Valley in Ladakh.
Inside is a separate temple with a two-storey
Maitreya. You enter the top floor to be immediatly
captivated by a large golden head with a smile
of inner knowledge. The gompa has some excellent
artworks.From the bus stop it's a 2km walk uphill
to the gompa.
7) Matho Gompa: Built in the 16th century
under the Sakya order, this gompa holds an annual
Matho Nagrang oracle festival in which monks
go into trances and inflict wounds on themselves
which appear to leave no marks. Only men are
allowed to visit the dark and mysterious rooms
in which they prepare with two months of meditation.
8) Taktok Gompa: With at least five
different spelling, Taktok is the only gompa
in the upper Indus Valley belonging to the Nyingmapa
order. It is built around a cave above the village
of Sakti; the initial date of construction is
unclear but there have been subsequent additions.
The frescoes have been damaged over the years
but there are some intricate rugs and painting
to see. Taktok is a little difficult to get
to and not on the usual 'gompa trail'. A return
taxi from Leh costs Rs.1000.
9) Stakna Gompa: The gompa at Stakna,
meaning 'Tiger's Nose', is set spectacularly
on the Hemis side of the Indus River.It was
built by King Singge Namgyal's stepbrother,
as part of the Brokpa order, it can be combined
with a trip to Matho.If you're coming by bus
get off at the sign by the road to the gompa.
Cross the bridge& walk for 30 minutes across
the shade-less fields and up the steep path.
10) Hemis Gompa: Also known as Chan-Chub-Sam-Ling
(or Lone place of the Compassionate Person),
Hemis Gompa,45km south of Leh, belongs to the
Brokpa order and was founded in the early 17th
century. It is now one of the most accessible,
famous and visited Gompas. This Gompa has well-preserved
frescoes showing Kashmiri influence, a three-storey
statue of the renowned sage Padmasambhava and
the largest Thangka in Ladakh,12m long and four
storeys high. The famous annual Tse-Chu festival
commemorating Padmasambhava's birth held here.
The great Thangka is only unfurled once every
12 years-its next outing isn't until 2016. There
are no guesthouses in the village but you can
book camping (tent Rs. 75 per person) through
the outdoor restaurant next to the Gompa entrance.
11) Karsha Monastery, Zanskar: Like
a smear of whitewash against red ochre mountains,
Karsha Monastery is a jumble of buildings visible
from PADUM on the opposite side of the river.
It's Zanskar's largest monastery, founded around
the 10th century. Several prayer halls have
been renovated in recent years and are covered
with Glorious Murals.The Monastery is a good
two-hour walk from Padum There are strong winds
in the afternoon, so walk in the morning. By
road it's more of the diversion, backtracking
8km to the vehicle bridge at Tungri to the narrow
road across the river. There's no formal transportation
Beter make your own arrangements.
12) Phugtal Monastery, Zanskar: Clinging
to the side of the vertical gorge, Phugtal must
surely be one of India's most impressively sited
Monasteries, and certainly one of the most isolated.
Phugtal means 'Through the Cave', and that's
how the monastery appears. It is built out of
a large cave that contains a natural spring
renowned for its healing properties. I t is
700 years old and contains Frescoes similar
in style to those at Alchi. The great reward
of Phugtal's location is getting there. It can
only be reached by walking - the best way is
as part of the Padum to Darcha trek.
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