India & Myanmar
Bend friend, Andy, and I spent 5 weeks in late January and February exploring India and Myanmar. The impetus was photographer Art Wolfe's announcement last November of a 9 day tour of India's Kumbh Mela Hindu festival and Ranthambore tiger reserve. Although India wasn't at the top of my photography "bucket list", the Khumb had long intriqued me and I had long admired Art's work & TV show, "Travels to the Edge". Furthermore, it had also been quite a while since I had had a photography-centric trip. So we jumped at the opportunity. In addition, Art's colleague, Gavriel Jecan, was organizing a follow-on trip to eastern central India to photograph indigenous cultures not often seen by westerners and we signed up for that as well. Finally, we added 8 days in Myanmar since that was near the top of my list of places to visit. And since Gavriel had photographed Myanmar many times, we enlisted him to guide us on that portion of the trip as well.