Come winter, temperatures in the hot plains of Northern Karnataka begin to dip and the faraway winter sun casts an orange glow on the boulders and heritage sites in the ancient city of Hampi. Darter Photography, our venture in photography centric journeys, takes you to the incredibly photogenic and versatile expanse of this city by the river that was once the capital of the most powerful rulers of South India.
Many Worlds of Hampi – An Outdoor Photography Tour
February 15, 16 & 17
Few places can offer a photographer such an amazing choice of subjects, irrespective of his/her area of interest and degree of expertise. In Hampi, a landscape photographer is greeted with, what a guidebook calls “arguably one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world” and perhaps the most colourful sunset one can ever see in this part of the world. The travel photographer, inclined towards heritage sites and street life, will have enough work for his camera that can keep him/her busy for weeks together. A wildlife and nature photographer will be equally amused, with a range of bird life unusually rich and diverse for a region this arid, and a wildlife sanctuary teeming with sloth bears.
Is this tour for you?
The Hampi Photography Tour is designed to (a) help amateurs and photographers of any level of expertize to see and capture the beauty of Hampi (b) travellers keen to explore the diversity of Hampi, not necessarily having photography in mind.
Our calendar is built in such a way that (a) we work closely with every photographer, helping them no matter what is their level of expertize (b) help beginners understand the basic nuances of photography and get beautiful images of Hampi (c) facilitate expert photographers to see and capture the right place at the right light, assisting them further when necessary (d) allow non-photographers to explore the diversity of Hampi.
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The Photography Tour
“Many worlds of Hampi” is a 3-day photography tour designed to cover a wide range of interesting subjects that goes beyond the architectural splendours of Hampi. We have explored all the corners of Hampi to bring you the best in –
Landscapes – the river, boulders and hills of Hampi. Standing on the top of one of the highest landmarks of Hampi on an early morning as we wait for the the first rays of sun, our group of photographers will see the eagle’s eye view of the vast boulderscapes of Hampi with ancient temples and pavilions (mantapas) dotting the landscape. The Tungabhadra River magically squeezes its way through this arid landscapes, gently reflecting the blue skylights of the morning, perhaps with a coracle or two floating on it, ferrying people from the bathing ghats to Vithala Temple. Have you ever felt, in places like this, that no photographs can justify the beauty of nature in front of you? We tend to agree, but we will also stay with you to bridge that gap between what you see and what you capture.
Sunsets can be equally captivating, as the sun paints the sky in hues of deep orange-pink, as we gather on a lively hillock littered with pillared pavilions, large boulders, small temples and a fragrant frangipani tree. Don’t be surprised if you forget photography for a moment and get engrossed in the evening landscape. But Darter Photography Expert will make sure you have the time of your life, with your experiences of the place as well as with your camera. There is no way you will go back home without taking great pictures and a brilliant smile.
Wildlife – birds and bears. A short drive from Hampi is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to protecting a dense population of sloth bears that wander the shrub jungles adjoining the ancient city. It is not just the big, fat, adorable bears that we have here. Painted Sandgrouses, Grey Francolins, Flocks of parakeets, Black Redstarts, Sirkeer Malkohas, Yellow Throatred Bulbuls, White Browed Bulbuls, Indian Peafowl (Peacocks), Monitor Lizards and Star Tortoises are part of the big list of wildlife that our photographers have captured in Hampi. While wildlife sightings are left to chance, we know where to find them all, and the best ways to photograph this wildlife. Of course, expect plenty of leads on making great wildlife images as we go hunting these birds and animals on our way to Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary.
Architecture – the famed ruins of Vijayanagar Empire. Of course you would have heard of these. Hampi’s architectural heritage and its temples in various stages of ruination have brought this small village the UNESCO world heritage site status. A large number of monuments more than four hundred years old are strewn all across the plains of Hampi, inviting photographers to lose themselves in the ruins. But it would make little sense in making mere imprints of these beauties in your camera. With nearly half a dozen visits to the site, your photography expert has done a lot of work to find out what are the best monuments to shoot at what time of the day, to assess the direction of light that works good on these monuments and some great locations of Hampi and the right hour to capture their essence. All this knowledge is at the disposal of our participants, which helps make the tour a highly fruitful photography sojourn. The photography expert is there with you all the time, helping you when you have problems, reviewing your pictures and assisting you on field, ensuring that you get the best of what Hampi has to offer.
The tour calendar includes
- Visit to sites in Hampi that offer excellent photography opportunities in landscapes, wildlife and architecture
- Photography sessions at the resort that help participants in (a) capturing the best of what Hampi has to offer and (b) sprucing up your photography skills
- Daily image reviews at the end of the day
We will be staying at the Sloth Bear Resort, the new offering from Jungle Lodges and Resorts, on the boundary of the Daroji Bear Sanctuary.
This tour costs Rs.12,950 per person.
To register for the tour or for more details, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 9740083260 (Shreeram M V) / 9880006460 (Arun Bhat). Alternately, fill in the contact-form at the end of this page.
The cost includes:
– Accommodation on twin sharing basis and all meals at Sloth Bear Resort
– Visits to the sites and local transfers
– Photography sessions and services of expert photographer for the group
– Transport from Hospet to Sloth Bear Resort (for buses and trains arriving to a pre-planned schedule) and transport during the three days in and around Hampi.
The cost does not include:
– Transport from your location to Hospet/Hampi
– Additional soft drinks/mineral water/liquor ordered at Sloth Bear Resort
– Additional snacks or eatables ordered at Sloth Bear Resort
– Tips and anything that is not part of the includes list above
Your Photography Expert: Arun Bhat
Accomplished travel and landscape photographer Arun Bhat’s works have been used by publications in India and across the world, all the way from Japan to USA. He is a professional photographer who has extensively travelled across India, creating some of the finest imagery of India’s landscapes and heritage sites.
Having travelled the country many times over and being used to waking up at 5am in bitter cold winter days, he has seen and captured finest landscapes all the way from Himalayas to the peninsular India but is yet to see anything as spectacular as the ‘morningscapes’ seen from the top of Hampi’s Hills. His half-a-dozen or so visits to Hampi have helped Arun develop a sense of familiarity and a good understanding of Hampi’s photography opportunities. Expect his guidance to come in your favour in making beautiful images of Hampi’s attractions.
Book this Tour
To register for the tour or for more details, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 9740083260 (Shreeram M V) / 9880006460 (Arun Bhat). Alternately, fill in the contact-form below.