Join Wpg.Global for a Creative Photography Adventure in Off the Beaten Path Eastern India
What you will Experience: Kolkata Street Photography – Vibrant Hindu Festivals – Holy Cities – Tribal Communities – Traditional Artisans – Ancient Temples – Colourful Markets – Wildlife Reserves – Beautiful Beaches
Who should book this trip: Creative Professionals from Winnipeg, Canada looking for a unique experience. A real adventure.
Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Level of Fitness Required: Moderate (2-3 hours of activity per day)
Dates – October 5 – 19, 2019
Price: Starting at $3,099 CAD plus 5% GST per person (double occupancy)
Tour Deposit: To secure your booking a deposit of $500 is required. Only 2 more spots left!
Not your Typical Photography Workshop:
This won’t be your typical destination workshop – we are striving for something different. We are looking at exploring this destination through the eyes of an artist using a storytelling approach. You will be challenged in a variety of different settings and environments that will inspire creativity, get you out of your comfort zone, and create opportunities to enhance your personal portfolios. We have a set itinerary, but it may change due to the group’s interests, local realities, and randomness that you can expect when travelling through a destination like this.
Don’t expect this tour to be a group of us jumping out of a van, setting up tripods and all shooting the same thing. We are going to try something better together… If you are searching for an experience of a lifetime and creating photographs you’re so proud of that you will never shut up talking about it for years to come, then you need to register right now.
This will be Wpg.Global’s 3rd expedition and this time we decided to choose something a little more challenging and off the beaten path. Welcome to Kolkata & Odisha, India – the land of diversified destinations. This tour is geared towards Creative Professionals from Winnipeg looking for an experience that triggers their creative spirit, to learn about a new cultures, arts & traditions, to be inspired for your own work, and to gain knowledge, skills and mentorship from the Tour Leaders. The first destination is Kolkata, also known as ‘The City of Joy’ and the cultural capital of India. This city has so much to offer from amazing architecture, creative cuisine, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and some amazing stories about its history. Kolkata is a city full of stories and is a mecca for street photography. Our group will arrive during the Durga Puja festival – an annual Hindu festival to celebrate the goddess Durga. You will get a chance to witness this spectacular city through the eyes of an artist.
Our next destination is off the beaten path Odisha – a land of ethnic tribes with colourful weekly markets, friendly people from lively rural villages filled with living culture & traditions, centuries old temples with stunning stone art, natural beauty in the Chilika wetlands, vibrant undisturbed beaches, high hills, and tranquil forests. This diversity makes Odisha a diversified destination and truly photogenic and will have your creative juices flowing. Undoubtedly Odisha is truly a place for inspiration for creative professionals.
This experience is tailored for those looking for artistic inspiration for their work and to even have the opportunity to do a personal / professional project while on this tour. We will have get togethers leading up to the trip to discuss some potential goals and to shape this into a special experience for those that sign up!!
Your Tour Leaders:
Ian McCausland– For over 25 years Ian has been providing award winning images for a variety of local national and international clients. A life long Winnipeger who’s passionate about this city and it’s creative community, Ian is an avid traveller, photographing all over North America, Europe Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. He looks forward to revisiting Kolkata and exploring some new off the beaten track destinations in Odisha and with his love of connecting with people in person and through social media, hopes to create some lasting memories.
Linus Strandholm– Born and raised in the archipelago outside of Stockholm, Sweden about 32 years ago and since then Linus has become a full time travel & curiosity addict. Linus makes an effort to go local on a global scale by spending time with the locals and seeing for himself what it’s all about. He’s spent about a year and a half in India, witnessed traditional whale hunting and explored blood sacrifice rituals in rural Indonesia, gone into the heart of the jungle in the ‘Indio maiz biologial reserve’ in Nicaragua, drank the shamanic healing brew Ayahuasca, experienced the healing benefits of a Native American sweat lodge in the Canadian prairies, and currently focusing energy on Canada. Excited for the opportunity to be part of this adventure.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility:
As part of Travel Roots values we always look into opportunities that you can give back to the local communities and environment in the places that you visit. A portion of the fee for this experience supports the Desia Ecotourism Project in Odisha. The goal of this initiative is to bring the economic benefits of tourism to the local tribes and communities living in the Koraput Valley and to preserve the rich tribal culture among the youth by promoting their festivals, music, cuisine, rituals etc. Special focus is given to empower the local women below poverty line by providing training on various livelihood and craft development training. Visit http://www.desiakoraput.com/about-desia-koraput/ to find out more about the Desia project.
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