Himalayan Photography Tours

Extraordinary photography experiences across the Himalayas - Ladakh, Spiti, Bhutan and Zanskar


Darter Photography brings you unforgettable photography experiences in the Himalayan Highlands. We take you on incredible journeys led by our highly capable mentors to destinations across the mountains – to the high passes of Ladakh reaching to the sky, tranquil lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains in Spiti, green slopes inhabited by happiest people in Bhutan and to the frozen snow-filled landscapes of an extraordinary Ladakh in winter.

Why travel with us in the Himalayas?



  • Our photography experiences in the Himalayas are designed by mentors with considerable know-how in travelling the region. These tours are

    • Carefully designed to enrich your experiences of the mountains.
    • Led by our well-known photography mentors with in-depth knowledge of the region.
    • Designed to maximize photography opportunities.
    • Meant to help you learn photography on the go with our mentors, with several sessions through the tour and plenty of practical help during the tour.
    • Small groups to allow group camaraderie and plenty of individual mentoring from the tour leader.
    • Excellent logistics support and safety – suitable for individual travellers, women as well as families. Our groups are usually a healthy mix of a diversity of people.

    So every time you join us on a Himalayan Photography Tour, you are sure to come back with great images, better understanding of photography, a bunch of good friends and experiences that’ll stay with you for a lifetime.


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Our Himalayan Photography Destinations


We conduct photography tours in four Himalayan destinations in different seasons, having seven departure options and more getting added regularly. This year, join us on an unforgettable Himalayan Photography Tour to Bhutan, Ladakh or Spiti.

Click on any of the destinations below to see the tour dates, itinerary and all other relevant details.

Join a Himalayan Photography Tours today!
Click on the above links to see details and sign up for a tour, or click here to inquire

 

Himalayan Photography Tours – Participant Testimonials


  • [the Himalayan photography tour] Delivered everything that was promised… The feedback sessions were wonderful for learning. It was awesome to see people’s varied perspectives on the same subject, and was awesome to see why some perspectives work and some don’t in live practical examples. – Chandra M, technology professional, Hyderabad

    I really enjoyed being a part of it and the visit to some of the most beautiful and isolated regions in this country was truly an humbling experience… I really enjoyed the tour and will definitely be coming back with you guys. – A Ashok, entrepreneur, Trichy

    I am missing the majestic Himalayan valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. Going through the pictures taken there on my trip with Darter has brought out the Wanderlust in me again. – Shobha K, Banking Professional, Trivandrum



 

Participant Images


Participants of our tours are of a wide spectrum, including just beginners in photography to people with varying background and experience. As we travel with small groups, our photography mentors will be able to spend plenty of time with every participant. Irrespective of your level of past knowledge in photography, you will benefit considerably, learn a great deal and go home with a memory-card full of beautiful images. Here is a small collection of photographs made by participants during our Himalayan Photography Tours.

Click on the images to see large size.

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    © KS Manju Mohan at Lahaul & Spiti in 2014

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    © Madhu Phaniraj at Bhutan in 2012

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    © Santanu Das at Lahaul & Spiti in 2014

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    © Hiren Shah at Bhutan in 2014

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    © Amit Kamat at Lahaul & Spiti in 2013

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    © Pratap J at Lahaul & Spiti in 2014

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    © Ram Mudiam at Bhutan in 2012

Our photography mentors and Himalaya addicts


Our photography mentors consider Himalayas as their second home. Over the last decade, we have gained tremendous experience in travelling and photographing in the High Himalayas. Our mentors have more than 500 man-days of experience in the mountains, exploring its nook and corner and understanding every possible photography opportunity. Take our word, there can be very few people who have the knowledge photographing the Himalayas as we do.

  • Arun Bhat

    Travel photographer Arun Bhat set foot in the Himalayas for the first time in 2002. He has been addicted to the mountains ever since, and has returned many times over, often spending more than a month at a time. He has visited every corner of Indian Himalayas, from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh. His vast collection of images from the mountains–landscapes, culture and heritage–have been published in several magazines and have won him national and international awards. He has been mentoring photography enthusiasts on our Himalayan Photography Tours for past four years and is known for his unique approach in helping the participants understand and assimilate core ideas of landscape and travel photography. See more of Arun’s works on his website – www.paintedstork.com

    Some of his images from the Himalayas are showcased below. Click on them to see large size.

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Himalayan Photography Tours

Ladakh, Winter

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Bhutan

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Lahaul & Spiti

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Ladakh, Summer

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Bhutan

Himalayan Photography Tours

Lahaul & Spiti

  • Shreeram MV

    Ever since Shreeram did a wildlife photography trip to Ladakh in 2009 – his first ever photography-focussed trip to the Himalayas – he’s forged a bond with the high Himalayas. He’s travelled to Ladakh many times across summer and winter. He is captivated by how life – both human and wildlife – thrives in this cold extreme desert. The Himalayas have also been one of his favourite places for mentoring photographers. They offer one of the widest array of photography themes – landscapes, culture, people, architecture, wildlife, night-scapes – a goldmine of learning and experience for photographers. He focuses primarily on helping them make the shift from good photographs to great photographs through homework, on-the-field mentoring and feedback sessions. See more of his works at – www.visualquotient.net/

    Some of his images from the Himalayas are showcased below. Click on them to see large size.

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Ldadakh, Summer

Himalayan Photography Tours

Ladakh, Winter

Himalayan Photography Tours

Ladakh, Summer

Himalayan Photography Tours

Ladakh, Winter

Himalayan Photography Tours

Ladakh, Summer

Himalayan Photography Tours

Ladakh, Winter

  • Manish Lakhani

    Few people can boast of having travelled the high Himalayas like Manish Lakhani. For more than a decade, he has wandered these mountains on foot, on bicycles and on two and four wheels exploring the corners of the mountains and often making his own path. With this experience, he can also boast of a vast collection of magnificent images of these mountain ranges that can be a cause of everyone’s envy.

    Manish was born with a love for mountains, which has carried him back to Spiti, Ladakh and other highlands many times over. He has captained some incredible expeditions in the high mountain regions, including the venerated Chadar Trek, which he has led nearly half-a-dozen times during the winter months in Ladakh. Besides being an experienced photographer, he is also a keen cyclist and a mountain enthusiast. See more of his works on his website – www.withmanish.com/

    Some of his images from the Himalayas are showcased below. Click on them to see large size.

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