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PhotoJourney Nepal’s basecamp is the incredible Temple Tree Resort and Spa in Lakeside, Pokhara.
“The resort is ideally located right at the centre of the Lakeside in an area called Gaurighat, the only stretch of the Lakeside enjoying a full view of the lake as well as the Himalayas.
We are a short stroll from specialty restaurants, fine handicraft and trekking equipment shops,”
The workshop programme begins at 5pm (with a gentle introduction to the days ahead) on Sunday, so it is important to allow enough time to reach the hotel for the start. When you arrive at the Temple Tree, Blou will be on hand to make sure you can find your rooms and will give you a copy of the programme. All meals taken at the hotel and on excursions are included in your PhotoJourney course.
Although some of you will already be travelling in Nepal, the majority will be arriving direct from abroad. We have purposely not designed the course to begin from Kathmandu because in our experience this can restrict choice for some who perhaps want a little more flexibility in arrangements. However, we have the following recommendations:
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. We usually travel with Qatar Airway, Jet Airways, or Turkish Airlines, but there are many providers. You can easily collect your visa at the arrivals terminal at TIA. If you are staying just for the duration of the course, a 15 day visa should suffice, and it costs $25. If you are staying longer, a 30 day visa costs $40, or a 90 day visa costs $100.
Once you have cleared customs and collected your bags, head outside and ask one of the many taxi drivers to take you to a hotel. Taxis to central hotels should cost somewhere between 500 and 800 Rupees. You can change some money at the airport – or travel with some US Dollars, which can be used in most cases. If you need to book a hotel, we would recommend doing so in advance through booking.com, and the Kathmandu Guest House in the centre of Thamel is the most convenient; particularly if you are travelling to Pokhara by bus. The rooms are good and the hotel is the most central for good restaurants. If you want something more up-market, the Shanker Hotel is very good, or Dwarikas if you want a luxurious stay.
You should already have decided on your preferred method of travel before you arrive, and have booked that option. We recommend Bus travel from Greenline Coaches www.greenline.com.np which takes about 7 hours with 3 stops and a good lunch included and will cost about $25.
If you want to travel by air, there are several good airlines, and currently the most popular are Yeti Airlines www.yetiairlines.com for about $113 or Buddha Airlines www.buddhaair.com for about $123. There are many flights during the day, but we recommend a morning flight in case of delays. The flights take about 25 minutes, but get to the airport in good time. You will have let us know how you are arriving, and we will arrange transport to collect you from the airport. The Greenline coach takes you direct to Lakeside, so you will be pretty close to the Temple Tree if you come by bus.
The course finishes after breakfast on Tuesday and the Hotel will easily arrange for you your return back to Kathmandu either by bus or by air. Alternatively, you might wish to stay in Pokhara for a few days. There are several good hotels in Pokhara, but if you wanted to stay on at the Temple Tree, we have negotiated a good rate for you. Alternatively, if you wanted something different and very special, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is a luxury resort – perched on a beautiful mountain just outside Pokhara, with the most impressive views of the Annapurna mountains. Marcus, the english host, has offered a brilliant discount package. Please contact us for details.