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Keraniganj Shipyard Dhaka TB HOSPITAL DHAKA STREET DHAKA Keraniganj Shipyard Dhaka Bangladesh2020 24 Photo Workshop Adventures Mauro De Bettio Bangladesh 33 Photo Workshop Adventures Mauro De Bettio Bangladesh January 10 - 19, 2021
Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2021
January 9 - 18, 2022
Nov 27 - Dec 6, 2022
Street, Portrait and
Travel Photography
Includes
• 10 Days
• Only 4 - 8 Guests
• Photographer | Guide
• 4 or 5-Star Hotels
• All meals
• Airport Transfers
• Local Transportation
• Entry Fees
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 BANGLADESH

Dhaka, Nayarhat, Sreemangal, Korail Bosti, Char Kaliganj 

Immerse yourself in the daily life of extraordinarily friendly and smiling people.

Known as South Asia’s greenish jewel, Bangladesh is also one of the world’s most densely populated countries. From the shipyards and brick factories of the capital city of Dhaka, to the slums of Char Kaliganj, Kawran Bazar, and Korail Bosti, our 10-day Bangladesh photo tour, and cultural adventure will take you deep inside this fascinating and little known country. You will discover people who are kind, spontaneous, and welcoming towards foreigners. Our journey is sure to be a unique experience, where you will learn about the culture, the religion, the customs, and the traditions of an extraordinary people.

In Dhaka’s Old City, the area between the two main terminals for transportation on the river, Sadarghat, and Badam Tole, we will watch the scenes of river life on the Buriganga. This area is particularly fascinating due to the constant swarming of people and boats of all kinds. Along the riverbank stands a bright pink palace in Baroque style, the Ahsan Manzil. The most interesting building in Dhaka is Lalbagh Fort, an unfinished fort dating back to 1678 and located in the Old City. In the same area, there are also a couple of very fascinating mosques, including the Hussain Dalan, and the National Museum.

One of the most significant experiences of the whole trip will be our visits to two of the largest slums in all of Asia: Korail Bosti and Kawran Bazar. Here we will visit some schools, and with the help of an expert guide, navigate the maze of roads that cross this “city within the city”, immersing ourselves in the daily life of extraordinarily friendly and smiling people.

This exclusive trip will host a maximum of only 8 guests. A respectful and sustainable formula to guarantee and protect the uniqueness of genuine populations, not contaminated by tourism, where every photographer will have the opportunity to portray authentic places and faces.

Building a portfolio full of original images with a strong emotional impact such as the workers in the shipyards, tea plantations, and brick factories; always with the technical supervision of our photographer leader Mauro De Bettio and an expert local guide. A journey full of many opportunities and experimentation in the field, all while learning the secrets and techniques of photojournalism.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new-found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable about how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region, and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better place to express your creativity than in Bangladesh.

In Dhaka’s Old City, the area between the two main terminals for transportation on the river, Sadarghat, and Badam Tole, we will watch the scenes of river life on the Buriganga. This area is particularly fascinating due to the constant swarming of people and boats of all kinds. Along the riverbank stands a bright pink palace in Baroque style, the Ahsan Manzil. The most interesting building in Dhaka is Lalbagh Fort, an unfinished fort dating back to 1678 and located in the Old City. In the same area, there are also a couple of very fascinating mosques, including the Hussain Dalan, and the National Museum.

One of the most significant experiences of the whole trip will be our visits to two of the largest slums in all of Asia: Korail Bosti and Kawran Bazar. Here we will visit some schools, and with the help of an expert guide, navigate the maze of roads that cross this “city within the city”, immersing ourselves in the daily life of extraordinarily friendly and smiling people.

This exclusive trip will host a maximum of only 8 guests. A respectful and sustainable formula to guarantee and protect the uniqueness of genuine populations, not contaminated by tourism, where every photographer will have the opportunity to portray authentic places and faces.

Building a portfolio full of original images with a strong emotional impact such as the workers in the shipyards, tea plantations, and brick factories; always with the technical supervision of our photographer leader Mauro De Bettio and an expert local guide. A journey full of many opportunities and experimentation in the field, all while learning the secrets and techniques of photojournalism.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new-found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable about how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region, and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better place to express your creativity than in Bangladesh.

TOUR OVERVIEW

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR or mirrorless cameras
  • Active and adventurous schedule
  • Travel by private vehicle
  • Limited elevation changes and lots of walking

Weather | Sun

January – Temps 78/55 F | 25/13 C  Sunrise 6:42 | Sunset 5:28 (17:28)
Nov/Dec – Temps 85/66 F | 29/19 C  Sunrise 6:20 | Sunset 5:11 (17:11)

Includes

  • 10 Days
  • Street, Portrait, Documentary and Travel photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local Guides and Fixers
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 or 5-star accommodations
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transportation – Modern A/C car, Rickshaw, Private Boat
  • Entry Fees

Travel Information

Arrival and Departure Airport: Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAC)
Our adventure begins at 2 PM on the first day and ends in the morning on the last day.
Travel Visa: A few visas may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Dhaka – Six Seasons, Le Meridian, Intercontinental or similar
Sreemangal – Nishorgo Lichi Bari Ecocottage

Bangladesh Prices & Dates


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Mauro De Bettio

January 10 – 19, 2021
Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2021
January 9 – 18, 2022
Nov 27 – Dec 6, 2022
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Michael Chinnici

Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

BANGLADESH 10 DAY PHOTO TOUR

Day 1 | Dhaka

We begin in the early afternoon in the lobby of our hotel where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. We will also discuss the program, the places we will visit, our previous experiences, and each guest’s experience level. Informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve with their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. In the evening we celebrate our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Dhaka. (D)

Day 2 | Dhaka - Buriganga River

After breakfast, we depart for the old city where we will find lively fruit and fish markets, excellent for a street and portrait photography. We’ll have the possibility to watch and shoot the scenes of river life on the Buriganga. This area is particularly fascinating due to the constant swarming of people and boats of all kinds.

Next, we will jump aboard a rickshaw and take it along the narrow winding roads until we reach the port. No visit to the city would be complete without a rickshaw ride, a unique experience to help you understand just how densely populated this city is. The port is an amazing experience where every morning all sorts of goods arrive. Here we will witness the scenes of river life along the banks of the Buriganga. After lunch we will visit the aluminum factories. (B, L, D)

Day 3 | Kawran Bazar - Brick Factories

At first light we will enter the slums of Kawran Bazar, a city built along the railway that crosses the outskirts of Dhaka; another experience that will surely leave its mark on you (and your camera). This old historical market, important to feeding almost the entire city, is one of the busiest businesses of Dhaka. There are hundreds of small temporary shops in and around the market. The market has separate blocks for wholesale trade in fish, vegetables and rice. After we return to our hotel for breakfast, a little rest, and then transfer by private taxi outside the capital to visit the brick factories. 

 Brick production in the country is estimated at about 18 billion pieces a year. The brickfields are typically small independent businesses. Most operate only during the dry season. The fields are located near towns or major construction sites. The same locations are used repeatedly over the years. Some have permanent shed and well-organized input support systems. We will try to visit more than one factory to have the opportunity to experience different scenarios, depending on the time we dedicate to each one. We will have the opportunity to watch the mud collectors, the shaping of the bricks, the firing phase and we will be able to portray the workers who move, transporting stacks of very high bricks in balance. 

 We will have the opportunity to photograph all stages of processing step by step. On the perimeter of each factory, workers mix water and mud to form a thick clay. Men with wheelbarrows collect the clay and transport it to nearby fields. Next, workers pack the clay into molds and set the wet bricks in the sun to dry. Each kiln has a different stamp on the mold to identify where the blocks come from. Once the bricks have dried in the sun, they are stacked in massive kilns. After the bricks are stacked, they are covered in dirt, and the spaces are filled with coal. The coal is ignited, and a hot fire bakes the bricks. Once the bricks have baked in the kilns, they are removed by hand, stacked in trucks, and sent off to construction sites around the city. After this, we return to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 | Char Kaliganj - Shipyards - Geneva Camp

Today we head south of the capital where we will visit Char Kaliganj, a slum and home to the largest shipyard in Asia. A labyrinth-like city in which giant skeletons of old ships provide work for around 15,000 people, with the task of dismantling ships, and creating new boats with the recovered parts. This is probably the greatest opportunity to witness a unique world spectacle and rare opportunity to immortalize it with your camera, and to be able to get shots like those made famous by photographers like Steve McCurry and Sebastiião Salgado.

We will see, in different areas of the port, different phases and processes such as the draft of ships from the river on the mainland, workers hammering the ships to remove old paint, groups of workers carrying plates of metal (each weighing a few tons), from the river to the ship that needs repair, people cutting metal plates with torches, and the bronze melting for the production of propellers.

 After lunch we will visit Geneva Camp, the largest of the 70 refugee camps that span across Bangladesh. The camp consists of a colony of the stranded Pakistanis who migrated to East Pakistan from the Indian state of Bihar during the partition of 1947. (B, L, D)

Day 5 | Sand & Coal Transporters - Leather Factories

At dawn we will transfer by private vehicle to the north of the capital to photograph the sand and coal transporters. By the riverside, we will assist the laborers, both male and female, emptying the holds of large ships who arrive every day from the north of the country to unload their loads. We will photograph them carrying large baskets on their heads loaded of bricks, sand, stones and bricks, each weighing 55-65 lb. (25-30 kg).

 We’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, some rest, lunch and then off to visit the leather factories. The leather sector is one of the oldest industries in Bangladesh, and tanneries are the dominant employer, accounting for 92 percent of all leather workers. As a source of national export earnings, leather is second only to ready-made garments, and Bangladesh leather exports account for 10 percent of world demand.

After dinner we will review photographs. (B, L, D)

Day 6 | Sreemangal Tea Plantations

At dawn we will leave for the north of the country. Along the way we will stop to photograph the workers drying and processing rice. By early afternoon we arrive in Sreemangal, where you can take in the silence, and allow yourself to be carried away by the beauty and the heady scent of the tea plantations. We will experience the culture and natural beauty of Sreemangal while supporting community development in Bangladesh and visiting one of the largest tea gardens in southeast Asia. Here we will photograph the women in their colorful saris collecting the tea leaves with care and dexterity.

At the end of the day we will check-in to our hotel and enjoy a wonderful dinner in a local village near the Lawachara National Park, a nature reserve with vast wildlife. (B, L, D)

Day 7 | Sreemangal Tea Fields - Rice Fields - Dhaka

After breakfast we will encounter a tribal family in the Lawachora Rain Forest. Right after, we will again have the opportunity to photograph the women at the tea plantations, only this time with warm morning light. After checkout, we head back to the capital.

On the way back we will stop again to photograph the workers drying and processing rice, only this time at another location during sunset. Although mechanical systems with varying technological complexity now exist, traditional drying systems are still practiced in many areas because of its low cost and ease of management. Open air sun drying is executed by spreading grains under the sun, on mats and pavements where it is raked and turned over by both male and female laborers. It is extensive and laborious work meaning that the children of the workers grow up playing in this area.

Due to rain and cloudy weather conditions in summer, and fog and shorter days in the winter, the paddy drying process can be difficult. To protect the rice from this bad weather, round shaped covers are used. These drying zones are commonly photographed by photographers from these countries due to their remarkable colors and the extraordinary lines and patterns the workers make.

Back to the hotel, after dinner, we will review photographs. (B, L, D)

Day 8 | Clay Pots - Korail Bosti

Today we depart by private taxi and then by private boat to an island, north of the capital. Here, villagers produce thousands of clay pots which are then sold and distributed across the country.

We’ll return to the hotel for lunch and in the afternoon we will enter the Korail Bosti slum, one of the most significant experiences of the entire trip. We will visit several schools throughout the slum. We will travel with an expert guide through the maze of roads that cross this “city within the city”, immersing ourselves in the daily lives of extraordinarily friendly and smiling people. (B, L, D)

Day 9 | Buriganga River - Shipyards

On our final full day, we will take a morning walk close to the Buriganga River for some wonderful street photography, full of subjects and opportunities. After lunch the visit the second part of the shipyard, where we will see the melting of the bronze for the creation of the propellers. Prepare for some awesome photographic opportunities.

By nightfall we return to our hotel and prepare for our special “Farewell Dinner”, celebrating another great PWA photo adventure. (B, L, D)

Day 10 | Dhaka

Final farewells. Flight depart Dhaka in the early morning hours.

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

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OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

 

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

Rewards Program

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


Redeeming Your Points

Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

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