Photographic expedition

The Great Journey through the Eastern States of India 2024

The Great Journey through the Eastern States of India 2024


  • 17 March 2024 — 29 March 2024
  • 5-9 persons
  • Available for booking
  • Tourleader Alexey Terentyev

I invite you to take part in one of the most interesting and intense journeys through three unique northeastern states of India: the bright and hospitable Indian Assam, the Buddhist dawn of Arunachal and the pagan Nagaland. In one trip we will touch a variety of cultures, visit Buddhist monasteries and pagan temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and the moon, see ancient Hindu shrines and visit real Sadhus, experience dawn in the mountains overlooking the Himalayas and ride elephants through the jungle among white rhinos. Rice fields, brick factories and tea plantations await us. We will experience the lives of a wide variety of people, many of whom have preserved their ancient traditions in both lifestyle and dress. Many still have bizarre tattoos on their faces, plugs in their noses and skulls of slain enemies kept in their backyards. And there are full-flowing rivers, forests full of birds and animals, trees that can't even be girdled by a few people, markets large and small.... We will see all this and more as we travel through three of India's most remote and interesting states.

Day 1. Meet group at Guwahati airport. Transfer to Nameri National Park.

Day 2. Introduction to the National Park. Birds. Animals. Very beautiful nature. We swim in a boat and walk in the tracks of wild animals, accompanied by park rangers. After a rest we take the road through the Tawang Gorge to the Bhutan border - one of the most beautiful roads in India. Today we cross the state border from Assam into the easternmost state of India, Arunachal. We climb into the mountains and stop at Bomdila. Here the Hindu world gives way to the Buddhist realm.

Day 3. Departure for a dawn shoot in the mountains. One of the most beautiful views of the Himalayas. After return and breakfast at the hotel, departure to a large Buddhist monastery. Here we will attend a puja and observe the young monks in training. After lunch we depart for one of the nearby mountain villages where we will get to know the life of one of the many mountain people who live in this region.

Day 4. We continue along the gorge to the village of Dirang. Here there is an old fortress with an ancient monastery in the centre. This is the centre of life for the local Monpa people. The Monpa people are Buddhist and have their traditional costumes, houses and cuisine. A visit to this region would be incomplete without meeting the Monpa people. Overnight in Dirang.

Day 5. Today we return to Assam and spend the night in the small Indian town of Tezpur, full of ancient Hindu temples, bustling streets and crowded markets. We will spend the first half of the day exploring Assam and will meet the Sadhus, who have replaced the defunct institution of monasticism in Hinduism. These are holy men who have chosen to dedicate their lives to the service of God.

Day 6. Arrival at the UNESCO listed Kaziranga National Park. A unique place. The park is famous for its white rhinos, which are very numerous here and are the symbol of the state. But you can also see elephants, tigers, buffaloes, swamp deer and many other smaller animals. The world of birds is so diverse that it is impossible to list them all.

Our hotel is situated on the border of the national park and it is not uncommon to see beautiful birds over breakfast.

Day 7. This day will be spent entirely in the National Park. An absolutely magical elephant ride into the jungle awaits us early in the morning. This is a unique opportunity not only to see many animals up close, but also to be in a natural and comfortable environment for the animals. After breakfast several jeep safaris await us.

During the breaks we can stop at one of the traditional Indian villages. Get to know the life of the people, see how traditional saris are made, how rice is grown and visit the traditional homes of the locals.

Day 8. Transfer to one of the most mysterious places in Arunachal - Ziro. Here we will meet the Apatani people.

Ziro is a small village lost in the forests of Arunachal state. It is interesting because of the ancient tradition of tattooing women's faces. Legend has it that the most beautiful girls in the area lived here and were often stolen by hunters from neighbouring villages. To avoid this, the women began to disfigure their faces. Then it became a tradition. It looks very unusual indeed.

But this village is not only interesting for its face tattoos. The locals have pagan beliefs. In particular, they worship the sun and the moon. Flags with images of these luminaries hang over many houses. At the edge of the village is a temple dedicated to these luminaries. It is a large house with two entrances - above one is an image of the moon and above the other an image of the sun. Inside is something like an altar, but the centrepiece is the same images of the Luminaries. The service is little different from any other temple. Worshippers also bring offerings - usually some kind of food in sacks, such as rice.

Day 9. This day is dedicated to Ziro and the Apatani people. We will have the best local guide with whom we will be able to visit the locals, see their lives, take photos and chat quietly. We will also visit the local Sun and Moon Temple.

Day 10. We continue our journey and today we visit another unique place - the state of Nagaland and its capital, Mon. Nagaland, India's easternmost state, was until recently completely closed to the public and had little or no control by the Indian government. This has only begun to change in recent years. The people who inhabit this land, the Nagas, have always had an independent and inhospitable temperament. What made them famous was their custom of beheading their enemies. A custom that survived until the middle of the last century, when the last case of beheading was officially recorded in the forests of Nagaland.

Apart from a few large towns, almost all life in Nagaland is centred in villages. At the head of each village is the local king - Angh. In most villages you can still see the real kings who ruled their villages not so long ago. Many of them had several wives (there is one king who had 60 wives, but after the adoption of Christianity only 2 remained), almost all of them killed their enemies and cut off their heads, as evidenced by skull decorations. Most of the kings have retired due to their age, leaving the real power to their successors, who are not in a hurry to communicate with tourists. There are many reasons for this: the Nagas' natural seclusion, the encroaching influence of the neighbouring Indian state of Assam, and the still-active opium trade, whose plantations can still be found in the wild borderlands with Myanmar.

The Nagas remained pagan for many years. Despite being part of India, Hinduism has not touched these places in any way. Cows are not sacred animals here and people eat meat in peace. Buddhism, characteristic of the inhabitants of neighbouring Myanmar, has not touched these places either. Paganism allowed people to kill enemies from outside and from neighbouring villages, to have many wives and to worship stone and wooden statues.

Hunting is still an important source of food for many families. For this reason, the free carrying and use of weapons is legal in this state. You can find teenagers and almost all children with guns. However, most of the guns are very simple and primitive in design.

The world is changing fast enough and the opportunity to see people's lives and traditions as they were many years ago is almost unique. Nagaland always provides unforgettable impressions and beautiful photographs.

Day 11. Explore the Naga villages, interact with the kings, learn about the local traditions and way of life. Overnight in Mon.

Day 12. Transfer to Diburgarh. A very colourful Indian town in the far east of the state of Assam. On the way stop and shoot at tea plantations. This is where the world famous Assam tea is grown.

Day 13. Last morning shooting in the city. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Delhi.

Price of the photo tour to India

The cost of the programme for 1 person with double accommodation can be quoted by email or phone. The supplement for single accommodation is $400. The possibility of double accommodation depends on the availability of a sufficient number of participants of the same sex. Reservations are made with a 30% deposit. The deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. A further 30% is due one month before the start of the tour. The balance is payable locally on the first day of the tour.

Photography Programme

Discovering and exploring the world through photography

Photography in our travels becomes another way of communicating, learning and interacting with the new world. Through photography we communicate with people, we learn to see and notice more, photography pushes us to explore more deeply and at the same time gives us more impressions and vivid emotions.

Shooting in the morning and evening

There are more and more opportunities to shoot bright and expressive images during the day. We try to structure our schedule so that we can be at interesting locations during regular shooting hours, leaving travel and rest for the day.

Time to shoot and create

Photography is a creative process in its own right, and it takes time. Lack of time to shoot is a perennial problem on most tours. We are aware of this and make sure that there is enough time for photography and creativity.

The chance to shoot your own photo story

Telling stories through photos, sharing what you have seen and experienced, turning individual shots into poems, stories and novels - what could be more exciting? Even more so when the results of our travels and photo tours are published in magazines. Want to tell your story? We will be happy to help you every step of the way, from choosing a subject to selecting photos. The main thing is to write to us before you go.

Portrait photography, people's lives

People and their lives are the most interesting thing in any country and on any trip. That's why we always pay a lot of attention to portrait photography. Do you want to learn how to photograph people even better when travelling and gain new experiences? We're on our way!

Discussing and reviewing the photos

After each trip we have a big review of the participants' photos. Some time has passed, the equipment has settled down, everyone has made their choices - it's time to discuss the photos. The post-trip photo review is free for all participants.

Creative team, experience of other photographers

We always have small but very lively and creative groups of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. We often have well known and experienced photographers travelling with us and it is a pleasure to shoot with them. The exchange of experience and creative charge is an important part of a good trip.

And of course it is important that we shoot together - all the photos on the website are taken during the tours. Each participant has the opportunity to see the whole creative process from the inside, to become part of it, to see how these photos are taken. Amazing locations, unique programmes multiplied by creativity and photography - the formula for a perfect trip, proven over the years. Join us!

The price includes

Meet and greet at the airport.

Double room accommodation in hotels for the duration of the programme.

Breakfast in hotels.

Comfortable private transport throughout the programme. We never use public transport.

Drivers and guides.

Permits, tickets for nature reserves, museums, etc. All permits included.

Trekking in Nameri National Park.

Elephant and jeep rides in Kaziranga National Park.

Photography programme.

Price does not include

Lunch and dinner.

Flights to and from Guwahati from Diburgh.

Souvenirs and personal spending.

Visa to India.

Medical insurance.

We can assist you with buying tickets from your city, arranging insurance.

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