Winter Photography Trip to Ladakh

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DPC announces one of the most awaited Photo trips of the year : Winter Photo Trip to Ladakh

In the month of Febuary we are once again going to Leh, this time to capture the Most beautiful monstries , landscapes and people and if conditions will help we will go for Snow Leopard as well.

During this season, as you know very well that Februarury is one of the coldest month of the year, the temp. dips up to -15 to -20 degree celcius at night , day is OK, so you should come with well equipped along with warm clothes like jacket, inner thermal, sweater, caps, woolen socks, good shoe , gloves etc.

You have to also understand and cooperate with the situation during stay at the hotel, as we will not get lavish treatment as compared to summer .

Details: 8 days trip (4th Feb to 12th Feb)
We will be covering Pangong Too, Changla Pass, Khardungla Pass , Nubra Valley and we will be staying at Let only.

Other Important Details

Stay: will be on twin or triple sharing basis in Siala Guest House, a cozy and comfortable home stay environment.

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an TEMPO traveller or Xylo or innova in and around LEH together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry wollen cloths , comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen!

Fee (per person): 28000 (including registration fee)

For Members: 25000

Fee includes Local travel & group transfers, stay and meals
Cost does not include cost of Flight from Delhi to Leh and Back.

Additional Cost : Snow Leopard tracking (depends upon season and availability)

Please note : If there is any speacial need please do let us know in advance . For any medical requirements please share the history so that if required we may carry the medications to avoid any mishap.

DPC Announces Photobus to Keoladeo National park 14-15th Jan 2017

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Outstanding Universal Value

Keoladeo National Park, located in the State of Rajasthan, is an important wintering ground of Palaearctic migratory waterfowl and is renowned for its large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds. A green wildlife oasis situated within a populated human-dominated landscape, some 375 bird species and a diverse array of other life forms have been recorded in this mosaic of grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps and wetlands of just 2,873 ha. This ‘Bird Paradise’ was developed in a natural depression wetland that was managed as a duck shooting reserve at the end of the 19th century. While hunting has ceased and the area declared a national park in 1982, its continued existence is dependent on a regulated water supply from a reservoir outside the park boundary. The park’s well-designed system of dykes and sluices provides areas of varying water depths which are used by various avifaunal species.

Due to its strategic location in the middle of Central Asian migratory flyway and presence of water, large congregations of ducks, geese, coots, pelicans and waders arrive in the winter. The park was the only known wintering site of the central population of the critically endangered Siberian Crane, and also serves as a wintering area for other globally threatened species such as the Greater Spotted Eagle and Imperial Eagle. During the breeding season the most spectacular heronry in the region is formed by 15 species of herons, ibis, cormorants, spoonbills and storks, where in a well-flooded year over 20,000 birds nest.

The Keoladeo National Park is a wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl, where birds migrating down the Central Asian flyway congregate before dispersing to other regions. At time of inscription it was the wintering ground for the Critically Endangered Siberian Crane, and is habitat for large numbers of resident nesting birds. Some 375 bird species have been recorded from the property including five Critically Endangered, two Endangered and six vulnerable species. Around 115 species of birds breed in the park which includes 15 water bird species forming one of the most spectacular heronries of the region. The habitat mosaic of the property supports a large number of species in a small area, with 42 species of raptors recorded.

Integrity

This is the only park in India that is completely enclosed by a 2 m high boundary wall that minimises the possibilities of any encroachment and biotic disturbances, but there is no possibility of a buffer zone. As the wetlands of Keoladeo are not natural, they are dependent on the monsoon and on water pumped in from outside, traditionally provided from the “Ajan Bandh” reservoir. The water shortage caused by the erratic rainfall in the region is being addressed by initiating two large water resources projects that will bring water from permanent water sources in the region. There has been some concern expressed over possible air and water pollution effects from the adjacent city of Bharatpur, but these effects are unknown at present.

Through eco-development activities in the surrounding villages, the grazing of cattle within the park has been minimised and the local communities are also engaged in participatory resource conservation, which includes removal of invasive alien species. Keoladeo attracts many visitors who are taken for bird watching in bicycle rickshaws by trained local guides from surrounding villages, which provides additional livelihoods as well as reduces noise pollution.

A recently started conservation programme for the 27 satellite wetlands surrounding this park has further enhanced the protection of the migratory waterfowl arriving in the Central Asian flyway to winter in Western India.

 

Here are the trip details

DPC’s is announcing next Photo bus trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary / Keoladeo National Park a paradise for the avian world and a pilgrimage for the bird lovers. This is going to be a 2 day/ 1 night stay in Bharatpur photo capture trip to take some breathtaking photos, learn photography from peers, and be your creative self 24×7 leaving office and work behind!

The details for this trip are as follows:
We are traveling by road.

14th January (Saturay):

Travel Details: Leave Delhi for Bharatpur
Meeting Place: IIT Delhi, main gate
Timings: 5.00 am (pls be there 15mins prior to departure)
Breakfast on the way to Bharatpur

Reach Bharatpur checking in at Guest House and after Lunch rushing to National Park and clicking till the sunset dinner.

15th January (Sunday):

Early morning getting ready for the Photographing through the day at National Park
Coming out of the park for lunch
Start back at 6.00 after the sunset .
Dinner on the way

Other Important Details:
Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.
Mode of Travel: We will be travelling by 12 seater tempo Traveller.
Meal: Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club.

Fee (per person): Rs 5000/- and rs.4600/- for members (including registration fee). Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay & meals, ticket to part and rickshaw ride in the sanctuary are not included in this, Because we are planning to walk.

Please note: Ticket for camera is not included.
Village.

Please note:
1.If for any reason you are not able to come, the registered amount is non-refundable and Non transferable.

For clarifications and/or communication, please contact Virendra Singh 8826712162

 

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DPC annual Picnic and potluck 25th Dec 2016

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Hi, Here we present the annual Picnic and potluck as part of Last heritage Photowalk of year 2016  at Lodhi Garden on 25th Dec 2017 from 2.30 pm onwards

All are invited

Please note:

1- A return mail from our side confirming your participation will be sent.
2-The Picnic and Potluck is on Sunday 25th December at Lodhi Garden at 2.30 pm, and will end at 6.30 pm.
3-We will end the picnic with the heritage walk at the last monument near the water body.
 
Ways to reach:
By metro: The nearest metro station is Jor Bagh. Take an auto from there to reach the Lodhi Garden, gate no. 1.
By car: You can park the car at the Lodhi Garden, gate no. 1 or on the opposite side of the garden.
 

Kindly note

5-There is no charge for anything else. However, we are expecting a gathering of 25-30 people. so please feel free to bring your contribution(only food articles).

6-Any sort of soliciting or promoting any product or service among the photowalkers is a strict NO. These photowalks are to encourage amateur photographers and beginners to come out and enjoy photography, please help us maintain the spirit.
7-Some people want to help us. There are two ways,
a-tell about the club to as many of your friends as possible and ask them to join us either on the Facebook page (look for Delhi Photography Club, non-profit organization)   when you search on Facebook
b-send us photos clicked in the walk so that we may upload them in the club’s album
8-Please bring your water bottles, shades, and wear comfortable shoes as it will be hot and sunny. 
9- Please send 10-15 photos zipped and compressed to virendra@delhiphotographyclub.com after the walk for submission to DPC facebook album.

 

Lets enjoy the year closing in style.

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DPC Pune Heritage Photowalk Pashan lake 3rd Dec 2016

p1020374DPC Pune Chapter announces next photo walk at Pashan Lake.  3rd Dec Saturday 

Pashan lake is a manmade lake, built by bunding a small rivulet (Ramnadi). The rivulet originates from Bavdhan and flows via Pashan, SutarwadiBaner to Someshwarwadi before flowing into the main Mula river.The total catchment area is 40 square kilometres (15 sq mi). Lake served as a source of water to old Pashan village, for growing crops all the year round and to nearby Governor’s house. Lake and its surrounding area attracts migratory birds and so is popular spot for bird watchersPune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has constructed a 300-metre footpath called the nature trail alongside the lake. It is constructed along the western shore of Pashan lake. Also, PMC has built a bamboo plantation and wall alongside the lake to protect it and attract birds. Within municipal limits of Pune city, Pashan has the maximum hill area of 5111.89 hectors (excluding 23 fringe villages). 

Date :  3rd December 2016. 

 The photo walk will start from the main gate of the Pashan Lake complex at 6.45 am. 

 Participants should reach the venue at least 5 minutes before the start if they want to see and capture the sunrise which is enerally around 6.45-6.50 am.

Activity open to all. 

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

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DPC Heritage Photowalk : Red Fort (3rd and 4th Dec 2016)

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Red Fort

In 1638 Shahjahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and laid the foundations of Shahjahanabad, the seventh city of Delhi. It is enclosed by a rubble stone wall, with bastions, gates and wickets at intervals. Of its fourteen gates, the important ones are the Mori, Lahori, Ajmeri, Turkman, Kashmiri and Delhi gates, some of which have already been demolished. His famous citadel, the Lal-Qila, or the Red Fort, lying at the town’s northern end on the right bank or the Yamuna and south of Salimgarh, was begun in 1639 and completed after nine years. The Red Fort is different from the Agra fort and is better planned, because at its back lies the experience gained by Shahjahan at Agra, and because it was the work of one hand. It is an irregular octagon, with two long sides on the east and west, and with two main gates, one on the west and the other on the south, called Lahori and Delhi gates respectively. While the walls, gates and a few other structures in the fort are constructed of red sandstone, marble has been largely used in the palaces.

From the western gateway after passing through the vaulted arcade, called Chhatta-Chowk, one reaches the Naubat- or Naqqar-Khana (‘Drum-house’), where ceremonial music was played and which also served as the entrance to the Diwan-i-‘Am. Its upper storey is now occupied by the Indian War Memorial Museum.

The Diwan-i-‘ Am (‘Hall of Public Audience’) is a rectangular hall, three aisle deep, with a façade of nine arches. At the back of the hall is an alcove, where the royal throne stood under a marble canopy, with an inlaid marble dias below it for the prime minister. The wall behind the throne is ornamented with beautiful panels of pietra dura work, said to have been executed by Austin de Bordeaux, a Florentine artist. Orpheus with his lute is represented in one of the panels here. Originally there were six marble palaces along the eastern water front. Behind the Diwan-i-‘ Am but separated by a court is the Rang-Mahal (‘Painted Palace’), so called owing to coloured decoration on its interior. It consists of a main hall with an arched front, with vaulted chambers on either end. A water-channel, called the Nahr-i-Bihisht (‘Stream of Paradise’), ran down through it, with a central marble basin fitted with an ivory fountain. The Mumtaz-Mahal, originally an important apartment in the imperial seraglio, now houses the Delhi Fort Museum.

The Diwan-i-Khass (‘Hall of Private Audience’) is a highly-ornamented pillared hall, with a flat ceiling supported on engrailed arches. The lower portion of its piers is ornamented with floral pietra dura panels, while the upper portion was originally gilded and painted. Its marble dias is said to have supported the famous Peacock Throne, carried away by the Persian invader Nadir Shah.

The Tasbih-Khana (‘chamber for counting beads for private prayers’) consists of three rooms, behind which is the Khwabgah (‘sleeping-chamber’). On the northern screen of the former is a representation of the Scales of Justice, which are suspended over a crescent amidst stars and clouds. Adjoining the eastern wall of the Khwabgah is the octagonal Muthamman-Burj, from where the emperor appeared before his subjects every morning. A small balcony, which projects from the Burj, was added here in 1808 by Akbar Shah II, and it was from this balcony that King George V and Queen Mary appeared before the people of Delhi in December 1911.

The Hammam (‘Bath’) consists of three main apartments divided by corridors. The entire interior, including the floor, is built of marble and inlaid with coloured stones. The baths were provided with ‘hot and cold water’, and it is said that one of the fountains in the easternmost apartment emitted rose water. To the west of the Hammam is the Moti-Masjid (‘Pearl Mosque’), added later by Aurangzeb. The Hayat-Bakhsh-Bagh (‘Life-giving garden’), with its pavilions, lies to the north of the mosque, and was later considerably altered and reconstructed. The red-stone pavilion in the middle of the tank in the centre of the Hayat-Bakhsh-Bagh is called Zafar-Mahal and was built by Bahadur Shah II in about 1842.

In 1644, Shahjahan commenced in Delhi his great mosque, the Jami’- Masjid the largest mosque in India, and completed it in 1650. Its square quadrangle with arched cloisters on the sides and a tank in the centre is 100 m. wide. Built on a raised plinth, it has three imposing gateways approached by long flights of steps. Its prayer-hall, with a facade of eleven arches, flanked by a four-storeyed minaret on either end, is covered by three large domes ornamented with alternating stripes of ‘black and white marble.

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DPC annonces photobus to Orchha (MP) 16-18th Dec 2016

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DPC announces latest Photobus trip to Orccha scheduled for  16th Dec to 18th Dec 2016.

On a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River, which has been surrounded by a battlement wall, stands a huge palace-fort. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which is the Raja Mahal.

The Ram Raja Temple is built on a square base and has an almost entirely plain exterior, relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit. The Jahangir Mahal  is built on a rectangular base and is relieved by a circular tower at each corner surmounted by a dome, while two lines of graceful balconies supported on brackets mark the central storeys. The roof is crowned by eight large fluted domes, with smaller domes between them, connected by an ornamental balustrade. The Jahangir Mahal is considered to be a singularly beautiful specimen of Mughal architecture. A point worth mentioning here is that the mother for Jahangir was also a Rajput, Jodha. It is with this in mind that the Rajput king of Orchha had built the Jahangir Mahal. Chaturbhuj Temple  is an old temple from the 9th century.

The Uth Khana (Camel Shelter) where the King’s camels were stationed is right next to the fort and is a must-see. Tourists can also climb on the roof of the Uth Khana and get a fantastic view of Orchha town. The ruins behind the fort complex are an even greater sight. It makes a tourist travel back in time and is an integral part of a visit to Orchha. It houses the residences of various military officers, ministers (housing, roads), gunpowder factory, etc. Although most are in absolute ruins, a silent walk through the ruins can give one goosebumps.

Numerous Cenotaps or Chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river. Elsewhere about the town there is an unusual variety of temples and tombs, including the Chaturbhuj temple, which is built on a vast platform of stone. The more unguarded and neglected of these buildings are popular hangouts for tropical bees, wasps, and other such excitable stinging creatures.

Here are the trip details

Travel Details- from Delhi to Orchha

Date of Journey- 16 th December’ 16, Friday Night 10 PM 

Reaching Orchha on the morning of 17th December, Set out for Photography all day, clicking the river banks and the amazing temples

18th December  (Sun)

Ram Mandir , Set out to Photocapture fort and golden sunset.

River Betwa Timelapses and more 

18th Dec , 6 pm: Starting from orchha and reaching Delhi early morning.

Other Important Details

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an AC TEMPO traveller together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it is digital. For yourself, please wear light clothes, comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen!

Fee (per person): 6300 (including registration fee). Members Rs 5700

 Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay & meals. 

You can also pay the remaining amount at our club in Shahpur Jat Village by credit cards and cheques (in case of shortage of cash).

Please note: If for any reason you are not able to come, the registered amount is non-refundable and non transferable due to advance on accommodation reservations.

To register call 8826712162 or Register now online.