Frequently Asked Questions about Tibet Photography Tour
Why should I travel to Tibet for photography?
For shutterbugs and photographers, Tibet is the place one should not miss. The diversified alpine landscapes and unique mysterious Tibetan culture allow you to take different kinds of impressive photos. You can always shoot amazing things that unique to the vast land of Tibet, from lofty mountains like Mount Everest to sacred lakes as Namtso, from magnificent Buddhist architectures like Potala Palace and Ganden Monastery to hospitable locals who practice their ancient traditions and customs all the time.
The distinct terrain and climate also make the plateau present different charming views in four seasons, varying from region to region. While it is a solemn snow-white world in the region of Mount Kailash, you may witness another scene of green land and lush trees in eastern Tibet in Nyingchi at the same time. It will be worthwhile to bring your camera to discover the fascinating land of Tibet.
When is the best season to take photos in Tibet?
Generally, you can take a good photo in Tibet at any time of the year, since there is different highlighted scenery in each season. As a suggestion, we recommend you to take a Tibet photography trip in Summer season of July and August. During this time, the weather is warm and mild with strong sunshine, dry and cool atmosphere. You will not need to bring equipment or clothing as much as in winter when travelling in the open air.
Also, you will have more chances to see the most extraordinary changes of clouds under the blue sky, especially before or after the rain. The lakes and mountains always are at their best state, with rich and bright colors for better imaging. Besides, since the major Tibetan festivals always fall on summer season, you can capture the most grand and hilarious occasion of celebration.
What are the dos and don’ts for photographing in Tibet?
Respect local Tibetan customs. Ask for first for permission of the people you want to photograph, since in some areas people believe that it is inauspicious to have their photo taken. You can return their favor by offering tiny presents as a token of thanks. You should avoid asking women to take pictures for you as it may annoy their husbands.
When taking photos in Tibetan monasteries and temples, you need to seek permission of the Lamas first. Taking pictures inside holy places is most probably forbidden, especially the statue in the shrine. You will probably have to pay the much higher price for photographing. Do not take photos secretly in these places, as it may bring about unexpected trouble and may even be against local regulations. Also remember not to take photos in sensitive military areas.
What are the top places for Tibet photography tour?
There are masses of lofty mountains, sacred lakes and holy monasteries to offer for tourists to capture during the Tibet photography tour.
For lofty snow mountain photography, you can expect the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. You can get majestic views of the Everest Summit at EBC at the Tibet side. The holy mountain, Mount Kailash is also what you can't miss. You are recommended to take a shoot in Lha Chu valley, 8km away from Mount Kailash.
As for sacred lakes, you can harvest good photos at Lake Yamdrok, Lake Namtso, and Lake Manasarovar. Yamdrok Lake shapes like a jade belt in the color of turquoise and is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Namtso Lake looks like a blue gemstone inlaid on the Tibetan plateau. Crystal clear water of Lake Manasarovar, blue sky and snow-capped mountains enhance each other's beauty, which is an award for both of your eyes and mind.
Tibetan Buddhism architectures deserve a visit for your photography tour. For example, located in the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace is a magnificent palace complex that features hundreds of rooms and shrines. Known as the spiritual heart of Tibet, the impressive Jokhang Temple is also what you must pay a visit. From the roof of the temple, you can get splendid views of the Barkhor and the Potala Palace.
Where to take wedding photos in Tibet?
Tibet’s stunning landscapes make it a beautiful place to take wedding photos. There are plenty of ideal destinations available for your Tibet wedding photography.
The spectacular Potala Palace is the landmark of Tibet and turns out to be the most popular destination for wedding photography. Several sites for different views of the Potala Palace are advised, like Chakpori Hill, Palubuk Monastery, Potala Palace Square and Dragon Lake Park.
Barkhor Street is the heart of traditional Tibet, where lots of shops and stalls sell a variety of goods and religious items. You can put the lively Barkhor Street into the background of your wedding photos.
The crystal clear water of Yamdrok Lake reflecting the blue sky and white clouds offer your wedding photos a picturesque background. Known as one of the sacred lakes in Tibet, the Yamdrok Lake is also believed to endow your Tibet wedding photography a spiritual power.
Namtso Lake, the Heavenly Lake in Tibet, has a gorgeous background to offer for your wedding photos as well. It definitely deserves to go for your lifetime wedding photography.
Draksum Tso in Nyingchi is one of the most famous tourist spots of Tibet, known for its fabulous beauty and the scenic grandeur. You can also choose it as your wedding photography destination.