Published: 05th August 2018
Love photography? Then you need to sign up for Prudhvi Chowdary's next photo tour NOW!
Photographer Prudhvi Chowdary has a knack for organising travel and photography tours in picturesque locations and Ladakh is his next port of call
We casually asked Prudhvi Chowdary when he bought his first camera, expecting to find out just the year, but pat came the reply, "May 24, 2015." Once we realised that dates hold a special place in his memory, we bet that the next date he'll etch into his mind is September 8, 2018 — the date he's planning to take nine people on a travel and photography tour to the Land of High Passes, majestic Ladakh. He calls the tour 'Scapes of Ladakh'.
Chowdary's work has been featured in National Geographic magazine and he will be exhibiting them at the upcoming Indian Photo Festival as well
Previously Hampi and now Ladakh, it is Chowdary's intention to plan tours that are more inclusive. There are many other tours like this being organised by different travel agencies, but these are often expensive because of which students and a few others find themselves ousted. "I wanted the trip to cater to the middle section," says the 29-year-old. In the beginning, the Visakhapatnam-born and now Hyderabad-based photographer used to conduct free photography walks on festivals like Ramzan and Ganesh Visarjan, but now, he has scaled up and has started taking photographers and travellers on tours.
Majestic view: One of Chowdary's click from his last tour to Hampi
Chowdary primarily works as a Market Research Analyst at InRhythm Solutions and the first thing he does when he gets the yearly holiday list is decide when to conduct his tours. And he prides himself on his planning skills, saying, "I plan way in advance and announce the dates early on so that those interested can sign up and plan their transportation while the ticket prices are low." Keeping this in mind, the Ladakh trip was announced in March 2018.
The ten-day Ladakh trip is planned in such a way that working professionals need to apply for only four days of leave
And while the ten-day trip is priced at Rs 30,000 per person, inclusive of accommodation, food and the various permits needed, the only arrangement the participants have to take care of is the travel to and from the destination. With that, all they need to do is brace themselves and their cameras to capture the beauty of Khardung La and Nubra Valley, the very blue Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri and indulge in some astrophotography.
All the places in Hyderabad, be it Charminar or Golkonda Fort, have been overdone by these tours. I wanted to start something fresh
Prudhvi Chowdary, Photographer
Though the slots for this trip are full, watch out for his next trip to the abundantly green district of Wayanad in Kerala, bookings for which will open in October or November.
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