Kashmir : Essential Srinagar – Autumn Colors & the Saffron Harvest
Day 1: Oct 23 – New Delhi
Upon arrival you will be transported to our hotel which is in close proximity to the New Delhi airport. We will have a meet and greet dinner and trip orientation meeting.
Day 2: Oct 24 – New Delhi - Srinagar
Morning flight to Srinagar the capital of Kashmir. We will check in to our houseboat and have lunch. Afternoon photo shoot in the market surrounding the Hazratbal Mosque will then be on the agenda. Presentation by photography leader Jeremy Woodhouse.
Day 3: Oct 25 – Srinagar
We will leave early in the morning after breakfast and drive to the scenic Pirpanjal range which is the main area for saffron growing. We will photograph the saffron harvesters in the fields surrounding the villages of Pampore. We will have lunch in the home of a local family. If possible we will have a speaker join us and present on the history of Kashmir.
Day 4: Oct 26 – Srinagar
The group will have an early morning photo shoot in the floating vegetable market. We will ply the waters of Dal Lake by shikara and return to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we will take the short drive to the side of Srinagar that is bordered by the river. We will shoot the shikara builders at work, the women washing shawls and dying fabrics and shoot the winding streets of this old city.
Day 5: Oct 27 – Srinagar
The group will shoot the saffron workers after harvest in traditional villages. We will visit rural mountain villages on the outskirts of Srinagar with farmers as they work in their homes, sheds and farms. Lunch will be be at the home of a local family. Sunset photoshoot from the Taj Vivanta hotel which overlooks Dal Lake. Evening photo critique on the houseboat.
Day 6: Oct 28 – Srinagar
In the area of Baba Nagri we will photograph the famous shrine and the worshippers. We will continue to the 1000 year old shiva temple in Narang. Proceeding afterwards we will immerse ourselves in the Kangan bazaar. Lunch will be picnic style on the banks of Sindh River. We also stop at Manasbal Lake and photograph the local population. A stop will be made in the village of Wangath where we will photograph the mixed classes of Islamic school children in their 300 year old wooden school building
Day: 7 Oct 29 – Srinagar
Today we will drive to Gulmarq which is one of the highest peaks in Kashmir. We will stop at the sufi shrine called Shrine of Payam-Uldin Rishi and photograph the religious devotees. We will take the interior roads which will add time to this ride and do landscape and nature photography. Lunch will be at the historical Highland Park Hotel. We will return to our houseboat for a sunset photography shoot from the Hazratbal Mosque area
Day 8: Oct 30 – Srinagar
After breakfast we will take a motor launch ride on the River Jhelum and photograph the unique colonial architecture of Srinagar. We will have lunch in a local Kashmiri restaurant. In the afternoon we all take the short drive to Idd Gah. This village is well know for their weaving and we will also shoot the farmers who grow vegetables and harvest lotus root. The village is on the periphery of scenic Anchaar Lake. For those that want to buy crafts we will go to the largest craft emporium in Srinagar.
Day 9: Oct 31 – Srinagar
We will document the saffron harvesters in the villages surrounding Pampore which is the center of the saffron growing region. Sunset photoshoot from the banks of Dal Lake. Dinner in a local Srinagar restaurant.
Day 10: Nov 1 – Srinagar
This day of the photo tour will be spent entirely in Srinagar. The morning will be spent in the Sultan-Ularfeen or Mehboobul-Alam Mosque. Photography is permitted here and many sufi singers may be walking the perimeter of the mosque. We will also shoot the interior of the Jamia Masjid mosque. The pillars of Jamia Masjid mosque are of architectural significance. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will wander independently the streets of Lal Chowk shooting street scenes and spice merchants. Evening photo critique and image sharing.
Day 11: Nov 2 – Srinagar
Today we will drive to Pampore and photograph the Shokbab Sahib's sufi shrine. Pampore shirmaal bread is famous and we will visit the bakers and local people. On this last day we will also stop at local villages to shoot the farmers. Craft shopping for those that are interested
Day 12: Nov 3 – Srinagar - New Delhi
We will fly back to New Delhi today. The rest of the day will be free until dinner when we will meet for a farewell dinner. Those taking late night flights or early morning departure will be escorted to the airport.
Day 13: Nov 4 – Departure
Transportation to the airport will be provided for those leaving today.
Ply the early morning waters in a shikara on Dal Lake and photograph the morning market.
Photograph the saffron harvesters on local farms in Pampore. Visit the lotus growers in their homes and barns.
Travel to the highest peak in Kashmir, Gulmarq, and photograph the local villagers.
Photograph in the main mosques in Old Srinagar, Mehboobul-Alam and Hazratbal.
Take a boat ride on the Jhelum River and photograph the craftsman and dwellers in the old section.
October 23 - Nov 4, 2016
Single supplement $750
Includes 2 internal flights