Photography Odyssey to North East

Levering conservation through Photography

Photography Odyssey to North East

Mentor : Balan Madhavan , Fellow ILCP
Storyteller: Anup Sharma, Writer & Northeast Specialist
17 to 27 March

Tawang – Majuli – Kaziranga

10 day Photography tour to North East India with world renowned Conservation Photographer Balan Madhavan.

Balan Madhavan

Balan Madhavan

It is possible that the best of the world’s cameras have yet failed to capture the real hues of North East India. The magnificent sun rise and sun set over the world’s largest delta Majuli, the unsung paradise Tawang, and the world famous one-horned rhinos walking gently between the tall grasses of Kaziranga are a real feast for those who want to capture the magic of nature for a lifetime of memories.

Unusual Panorama

Root Bridge’s curated photography tour is a window to this world of wonders covering not only the spectacular landscapes of North East India, but its people, culture, cuisine and more.

The life and livelihood of these remote villages of North East India are beyond the imagination of people from other parts of the country or world. For instance, even their ways of catching fish ranges from using hands to arrows – more than a dozen styles!

Tripodic Lens

The USP of this photographic tour is Balan Madhavan and the Root Bridge research team. Our team took walks towards the rising Sun, to each and every point mentioned in the travel itinerary, exactly experienced the elements and understood the preparations needed for a fine shot.

Balan, a synonym for conservation photography in India, will be with you throughout the entire 10 days and would be imparting his knowledge and expertise in photography that extends from Africa to Antarctica. His guidance will help the traveller on the path to becoming a successful Nature photographer.

Root Bridge’s 10 day photographic tour will be off beat and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will also benefit the local communities of the region. So, under the countless stars on a pleasant hill top, we will be telling about this great North East India Odyssey, before drifting off to sleep in a romantic green tent!

Balan Madhavan

Balan Madhavan is the fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers ( and one of the 5 Asians in the elite group of 60 nature photographers across the world in which almost all are National Geographic photographers.  Balan, an UN award winner divides his time between his commercial assignments for the travel industry and his passion for nature & wildlife photography. A dedicated teacher, Balan Madhavan has conducted hundreds of photography workshops and photo tours for both the aspiring photographer as well as the experienced professional.

Balan had won the Kiezo Yamaji(Canon President Prize) Prize in the Canon-UNEP International Photo Contest organized during the first Earth Summit in 1992. Balan has more than 150 awards/ certificates in various national and International photo contests to his credits. He has been associated with the Royal Photographic Society, UK as the first Malayalee to win this prestigious honor. Top travel photographer of India with many award-winning campaigns of Kerala Tourism and Karnataka Tourism.


Other Achievements

  • Official Trainer for Canon photographic equipments in India since 2009.
  • Invited to join the International League of Conservation Photographers ( in 2008 as an Associate. The First Indian to be admitted.
  • Elevated to the status of Fellow of ILCP in 2009, one of the two photographers from the whole of Asia admitted to this prestigious world body where 55 of the 60 Fellows are National Geographic veterans.
  • Have done field assignments in Europe, USA, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore etc.
  • Conducted solo photo exhibition in Spain during the 3rd Mountain Ungulates Conference of the IUCN in 2002.
  • Exhibited all over the world.
  • First Indian selected for the Skoda Yeti Right of Way Expedition by National Geographic Channel. 2010.
  • The most sought after photography trainer in South India. Has conducted more than 100 photography workshops in different parts of the country.
Anup Sharma

Anup Sharma

Anup Sharma is a writer and Northeast India specialist. He worked for different media houses including The Times of India, The Telegraph , Shillong Times. Hailing from Assam’s capital town Guwahati, Anup has been covering the eight states of the northeastern region of India for different national and international media .

Anup has traveled across the region over the years for his assignments as well for his hobby–travelling and has gathered great  knowledge about the diverse cultures and rich history of the different ethnic communities that dot the region’s landscape

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