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Nepal is a photographer’s dream destination, with 8 of the world’s highest peaks and 10 UNESCO heritage sites. The stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas, diverse wildlife, fascinating culture, and historic ancient citadels make for interesting photography subjects that will inspire every enthusiastic photographer. With the Nepal Photography Tour by Darwin Nature Tour, you can capture the authentic beauty of Nepal while improving your photography skills and creating unforgettable memories.
Darwin Nature Tour has partnered with local photographers to offer a variety of Nepal photography tours suitable for any keen photographer. Our tours can be customized to your schedule and photography interests, whether you prefer street photography, architecture, landscapes, night photography, wildlife, birds, or even macro photography of insects and flowers. Simply contact us to discuss further.
Embark on the Nepal Photography Tour and explore the best photography locations in Nepal. This tour offers a unique opportunity to enhance your photography skills while visiting the top attractions of Nepal. You will witness the magnificent sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayan range and experience the vibrant streets of Kathmandu’s historic citadels.
Furthermore, you will have the chance to capture stunning shots of spiritual stupas adorned with colorful prayer flags and local people dressed in traditional costumes, including the revered Hindu Holy Men (Sadhu). For wildlife enthusiasts, a safari jeep ride into the verdant forests of Chitwan National Park provides an opportunity to photograph tigers, leopards, one-horned rhinoceros, and even rare freshwater dolphins.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our team representative will greet you with a nameplate and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Once you're settled in, we will provide a briefing on the photography tour. This includes going over the itinerary, introducing you to the local photographer leading the tour, discussing ethics for people and street photography, and providing general photography tips.
After the briefing, you are free to either relax at the hotel or take a leisurely stroll around the lively Thamel area in the evening.
The day will begin with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before we embark on our journey. Our first stop will be Swayambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple." This holy site is of great significance to both Buddhists and Hindus and has stood as a symbol of faith and harmony for centuries. Perched on a small hill in the northwest of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath offers a stunning panoramic view of the city, perfect for capturing through your lens.
Next, we will head to Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred burning ghats and one of the few remaining living cultural heritage sites in the world. Built in the 5th century, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Lord Shiva. Here, you will witness and capture various Hindu rituals, including puja ceremonies and cremations, along the sacred Bagmati River.
After lunch (included), we will continue our tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three old royal palaces of the former Kathmandu Kingdom and a magnificent example of Newari traditional architecture. You will have the opportunity to capture stunning shots of ancient Nepalese architecture, with locals still worshiping in the shrines. We will also arrange a 30-minute private photo session with local Nepalis dressed in traditional costumes or with Hindu holy men (Sadhu) for portrait photography in Durbar Square.
In the evening, we will explore the bustling local vegetable and spice markets for some street photography. These markets are a vital part of the locals' daily lives and provide the perfect backdrop for candid shots. After the market visit, we will escort you back to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will explore Patan, also known as the "City of Fine Arts," famous for its exquisite metal and wooden works. We will capture the rich cultural heritage of places such as the Golden Temple, Durbar Square filled with temples and statues, and the Patan Museum.
Lunch (included) will follow, after which we will head to the ancient and traditional city of Bhaktapur, the most preserved among the three medieval old citadels of Kathmandu Valley. We will explore the Durbar Square, the 55-window palace, the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, and other ancient monuments while observing local potters spinning their wheels and drying their terracotta wares at Pottery Square.
The day will conclude with a walk around the Thamel area, a lively tourist hub where you can enjoy a stroll around old alleys and capture several monuments significant to the locals.
As an optional activity, subject to additional cost and flight availability, we can substitute the visit to Patan with an Everest Short Flight (45 min) to get a closer look at Mt. Everest.
On this day, we'll depart from Kathmandu Valley for Pokhara after breakfast. Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport.
The flight to Pokhara will last around 30 minutes and provide fantastic aerial views of the Himalayas, including Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Machhapuchhre.
Pokhara, the second-largest city in Nepal and the gateway to the Annapurna region, is a breathtaking city adorned with pristine lakes and high Himalayan snow-capped mountains. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna range on Phewa Lake is an awe-inspiring sight that every photographer should capture.
After arriving, we'll have lunch by the lakeside (included). We'll then explore David Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and Seti Gorge for landscape photography and caving activities. Later, we'll drive up to Sarangkot and check in at a hotel.
Sarangkot, located at 1,600m, is a well-known viewpoint for its panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail, and Lamjung. It also provides a stunning bird's-eye view of Pokhara city and Phewa Lake.
Dinner will be served at the hotel (included), and you can rest early as we'll start very early the next day.
We will begin this day quite early, around 4 a.m. We will hike up to the Sarangkot viewpoint, which will take about 15-20 minutes, to capture the blue hour before sunrise. If the skies are clear, you can take some incredible night photographs of the starry sky against the backdrop of the Himalayas or Phewa Lake. Please note that you will need a tripod for night photography and a jacket to keep yourself warm.
Next, we will wait for the first rays of the morning sun to transform the mighty Himalayas from snow-white peaks into celestial gold. It is a mesmerizing moment that you won't want to miss. After sunrise, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and rest before checking out. Then, we will drive back to Pokhara, check into the hotel, and have lunch.
After lunch, we will visit the World Peace Pagoda to take in a sweeping panoramic view of Pokhara city and Phewa Lake. Once we descend from the World Peace Pagoda, we will go boating on Phewa Lake. The lake is an ideal location for landscape photography with its colorful boats and alluring reflection of the snow-capped Annapurna range.
We will end the long day with dinner (included) in the bustling town of Pokhara before heading back to the hotel.
We will begin our day with a sunrise photography session at Phewa Lake before breakfast. Afterward, we will check out of our hotel and head to Chitwan National Park by either tourist bus or private car, which will take approximately four hours.
Chitwan National Park is a vast expanse of dense forests, marshes, and grasslands, spanning 932 square kilometers. It is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 126 species of fish, among others. For wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers, it provides a unique opportunity to observe and photograph endangered species such as one-horned rhinoceroses, Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, gharial crocodiles, and rare freshwater dolphins.
Lunch will be served either on the way to Chitwan or upon our arrival. Once we have checked into our hotel, we will visit the Tharu village to take some photographs of the locals and the surrounding nature. Later in the evening, we will capture the stunning sunset from the banks of the Rapti river.
The day will end with a delightful dinner (included) and a traditional Tharu cultural dance performance at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will embark on a jungle walk to immerse ourselves in the wild surroundings, followed by an exciting canoe ride on the Rapti River. Along the way, we will observe monkeys frolicking in the trees, elephants bathing in the pool, and deer grazing in the grass.
After lunch, we will continue our exploration of the jungle by Jeep safari, providing ample opportunities for capturing stunning wildlife photographs.
In the evening, we will visit the elephant breeding center or witness the captivating sunset from the Rapti riverbank before returning for dinner. Following dinner, we will share some essential tips on photo-editing skills to help enhance your photos even further.
Today, we will return to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After breakfast, we will board the bus and enjoy the picturesque views along the Prithvi Highway. We will stop for a lunch break (included) before arriving in Kathmandu. Once we reach the hotel, we will review and discuss the photos taken during the trip.
In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner (included) and hold a photo-sharing session where everyone can showcase their best shots.
We will arrange for your transfer to the airport three hours prior to your scheduled flight. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed your time with us and had a memorable trip. Thank you for choosing us as your travel companion. Have a safe journey back home.