Bangladesh Bishwa Ijtema Muslim Pilgrimage Photo Tour & Workshop

A unique photo experience in the heart of South Asia

The “Bishwa Ijtema” Muslim Pilgrimage the World Muslim congress held at Bangladesh every year in January since 1942. It is the 2nd largest Muslim congregation in the world after the holy Hajj, More than 4 million Muslims gathered at Bishaw Ijtema. 3 days long activities of devotees praying, pray on the road, discussion on Islam, bath, cooking, and others in the congress area. After Congress, the tours continue to North-East Districts & South Diversity of Bangladesh. In this expedition, you will explore Bangladesh’s riches Festival, overcrowded Trains, peoples, daily life and culture with amazing photography opportunities.

Tour Highlights

  • Peoples traveling by Overcrowded Trains even Roof of Trains.
  • Thousands of Muslims praying on the road.
  • Old Dhaka City Heritage.
  • Biggest stone mine of Bangladesh.
  • Fishing on the world longest sea beach.
  • Dry fish processing on open sun.
  • Shipyard: dismantling, making and repairing ships.
  • Traditional brick factories.
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  Trip Date

Date: January 06-17, 2022
January 05-16, 2023

Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
Extension: 2-5 days extension available

  Tour Type & Group

Photography Tour & Workshop
Small Group
Maximum 8 Participants.
+ One Photographer Guide
+ One Tour Manager

 Skill Level

Suitable for ALL Skill Levels,
Novice to Advanced or
Beginner to Professional Photographer.

  Physical Fitness

Easy to Moderate,

Suitable For Any Mature Age Level.

Bishwa Ijtema Photo Tour Itinerary

Let’s discover the world most unexplored land Bangladesh

Day 01: Arrival Dhaka, Bangladesh

Arrive in Dhaka international airport & receive by our representative,
Transfer to hotel for check-in. This afternoon explore old Dhaka city, Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, the World’s most population density city. Peoples are the most friendly so it’s easier for you to capture people’s photos.
Photoshoot: Rikshaws (tri wheeler bicycle), Peoples, Traditional Costumes, Streets Photography.
Meals included: Lunch. Dinner. ( Local Luxury Restaurant)

Day 02: Shipyard, Dhaka

Drive to Narayangonj riverside, the place looks like 200 years old riverside city. Thousands of people crossing the river by around 3000 local small boats. Asia’s largest shipyard where more than 15000 peoples are working on dismantling, repairing and creating new ships with the recovered parts.
Photoshoot: Local small boats & riverside daily lives, Shipyards, aluminum factories.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 03: Dhaka-Northeast: Batik Village & Rice Factories

Drive through to northeast districts on the way you will explore the biggest tie-dying Batik village of Bangladesh. Here people making colors on fabrics by traditional process and dry fabrics on the open sun, you will see everywhere is color in the village. The second session of this day is rice factories, people working rice factories, dry rice on the open sun by traditional process.

Photoshoot: Batik Village and Rice Factories. Overnight at Northeast city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04: Stone Mine at Northeast Zone

The stone mine is located at the foot of the beautiful Meghalaya Hills in the northeastern part of Bangladesh. It is known for its lush green hills, rolling tea gardens, and a mosaic of stones and rocks. Around 15000 stone laborers (men, women & children) are engaged with stone searching, collecting and crushing in this area. You will enjoy people are searching and collecting stone by local traditional boats, winnowing stones, crushing stones by hand.

Photoshoot: Whole day stone mine area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 05: Northeast-South City

Drive through to South city, on the way enter the garbage field, where men, women & Children collecting junk on the garbage field. Village life and the local market.Overnight in South city.

Photoshoot: Garbage field and village life.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06: South City – South Bay

Early morning visits to the biggest sea fish port and wholesale fish market of Bangladesh. Fishermen unloading sea fishes from boats, repairing fishing nets and drying nets on the sun, making preparation to go deep sea. Drive through to the south bay, explore the world’s longest sea beach, seaside fishing activities and children playing at the sea beach until sunset.

Photoshoot: Fishing port, fish market, seaside fishing & Sunset.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & BBQ Dinner.

Day 07: South Bay World’s Longest Sea Beach

Drive to Chokoria local market to explore the biggest betel nut market of Bangladesh. Second session drive to the Moheshkhali island’s biggest fishing island of Bangladesh. You will enjoy sea fishing activities and colorful moon shape boats.

Photoshoot: Betel nut Market, fishing, Moon shape boats.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & BBQ Dinner.

Day 08: Fish Village, South Bay- Dhaka

Early morning visits to the dry fish village, around 5000 families working on the dry fish process, completely traditional process drying fish on the sun. After that take flight to Dhaka. After arriving in Dhaka visit the riverside, daily labors unloading coal from lighter vassal by carrying on their head.

Photoshoot: Dry fish process, Daily labors carry coal on the head.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09: Dhaka Muslim Congress

1st day of “Bishwa Ijtema” the World Muslim Congress, the World Muslim congress held in Bangladesh every year in January since 1942. It is the 2nd largest Muslim congregation in the world after the holy Hajj, More than 4 million Muslims gathered at Bishaw Ijtema. 3 days long activities of devotees praying, pray on the road, discussion on Islam, bath, cooking, and others in the congress area.

Photoshoot: Pray on the road, overcrowded train & devotees activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (Packet) & Dinner.

Day 10: Dhaka Brick Factories

Around 300 Brick-field surrounding area of Dhaka city where brick labors making brick by hand by traditional process. Red bricks with dust carry on their overhead. The second session visits old Dhaka city and streets.

 

Photoshoot: Brick making by hand, Red bricks carry by the head, Old Dhaka city and street.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11: Muslim Congress Final Pray

Final pray of the congress, after final pray Muslims returning home by overcrowded trains, buses, boats, risky ride to roof of the trains, buses, boats, and other transport. End of the day you have free time for shopping at the market near the hotel. Special Farewell Dinner tonight, spectacular views over the city, and time to review your images by Yousuf Tushar.

Photoshoot: Final pray, overcrowded trains
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch (packet), Dinner.

Day 12: Chicken Market- Departure

Early Morning Explore the chicken market. After breakfast preparing to check out the hotel. According to your individual Flight departure time, we will drop you at the airport and bid a fond farewell. We hope your unforgettable memories call you again to this land and show up your Bangladesh’s great images.

Photoshoot: Chicken Market.
Meals included: Breakfast

Learn post-processing like a pro

We know what your images need

Bring the touch of perfection to your digital images

Our photography expeditions are not only a simple photo trip it’s a photography workshop. Whether you are a beginner, keen amateur or professional photographer we want you to get the best possible pictures on every our tour. Each of our participants will get the right infield guidance from understanding all camera settings, creating outstanding compositions, perfect exposer on the different light conditions, developing a personal style to finalizing ideas in image editing software.

We also put emphasis on Image Post-Processing which is extremely important nowadays. We will hold post-processing panels where we will teach you the workflows in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and some additional plug-ins we use to make your pictures stand well apart from the rest. We will try to allow enough time for you to post-process your pictures while on the tour, and hopefully you will go home with your prime shots ready for the showcase.

You will learn how to

  • Organize your photos efficiently and speed up your workflow
  • Develop RAW files with Lightroom and Photoshop and apply initial adjustments
  • Use the selection, sharpening and retouching tools properly
  • Blend multiple exposures in Lightroom and Photoshop using various techniques (HDR, luminosity masks)
  • Stylize your images to give them your own artistic signature
  • Apply various image effects… and much more

Tour Price

USD 2700 / EURO 2250 Double Occupancy
USD 3200 / EURO 2675  Single Occupancy

What is Included & Excluded in the Price

Included

  • English Speaking Professional Photographer Guide.
  • 4- Star & 5 -Star Hotel Accommodations.

  • Local Transport by Minibus.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Drinking-Water and soft drinks.
  • Local Flight South Bay to Dhaka.
  • 4G internet Int. call phone card

Excluded

  • International Flight.
  • Visa fee.
  • Personal cost & laundry services.
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, and drivers.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Equipment and baggage insurance.

YOUSUF TUSHAR Tour Leader

Tushar is recognized as one of the leading freelance documentary photographers based in Bangladesh. As well as he is a Travel & Art photographer, writer, instructor, organizer, and judge of National & international photography competitions. He has years of experience guiding photo tours & workshops. His wide & long-time experience in Travel photography, Organizing, teaching, and prestigious international award-winning made him one of the best photographers in Bangladesh. He has excellent knowledge about perfect places to capture a photo of every place in Bangladesh. He loves to help with hands-on experience in a Creative learning environment while out in the field, and he absolutely loves leading photo tours! Since 2000 he has been working full-time professional photographer, over this time he has traveled to many countries as a travel photographer. His works published Times UK, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Forbes magazine, BBC, National Geographic, Daily Mail, Sunday Post, Express UK, The Sun, The Atlantic, USA Today, and renowned international photo agencies. His photographs exhibited different international photo exhibitions in Asia, Europe & USA. He has owned more than a hundred National & International prestigious photographic awards including HPA-UNESCO china, Emirates photo contest, Asahi Shimbun Japan, United Nations IYC Singapore, People & Planet Australia, PX3 Paris, CBRE Urban photographer of the year, Link Lady, SIENA International, A Photo Reporter, New York-Manhattan, celebrating Life Bangladesh and numerous FIAP & PSA patronage Award. Presently he is the Secretary-General & FIAP Liaison officer of Bangladesh Photographic Society. More Details about him

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