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Behzad Larry

Behzad Larry is a professional photographer and adventurer.

An avid explorer, Behzad specializes in documenting the remote reaches of the world.

Through his travel photography he covers portraiture and landscapes in the high Himalayas, Central Asia, and the Tibetan Plateau. Behzad spends over 9 months a year combining his loves of history and photography by traveling with clients to capturing life in the high mountains through studio-like portraiture and leading expeditions to document elusive wildlife such as snow leopards.

Behzad specializes in photography expeditions to North India and Central Asia. His team has incredible experience and have hosted filming expeditions for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC, including BBC’s snow leopard filming for the “Mountains” episode of Planet Earth II.

Behzad calls New York City home, and is originally from the small town of Mhow, in central India. He has lived and worked across North America, Eastern and North-Western Africa, and South Asia. He has served as a William J. Clinton Fellow, and is a trained historian from Colby College (USA), where he was a Ralph J. Bunche Scholar. Besides English, he speaks Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and has studied Arabic and Farsi. Behzad has been featured frequently in travel magazines and has done travel features for both print and web.

He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and a Nikon Pro.

Client Testimonials

  • India – Snow LeopardShravan Rao, Canada

    The recent first ORYX expedition for Snow Leopards was outstanding. The communication from the first e-mail enquiring about the trip to the time we got back, was very good. Trouble broke out between India and Pakistan in another part of India during our expedition; you ensured our family were informed immediately of our well-being. Thank you!

    The expedition was very well organized. Behzad ensured each of us acclimatized to the high altitude in the first two days. None of us felt altitude sickness. Behzad and the team also kept a close watch on our physical ability and mental awareness throughout the trip. Their attention was key in a very enjoyable experience.

    The camp site was perfect. Behzad had pitched the tents well in advance of our arrival, to take the best position. The tents themselves were luxurious, with a bed ensuring we were not sore or cold by sleeping on the ground. The food was delicious, with pizzas, pastas, noodles, dumplings and Indian food for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was elaborate, with porridge, eggs, bread and cereal. Many varieties of tea and coffee were always available through the day.

    The sightings were exceptional. Khenrab Phuntsog, the renowned tracker from BBC Planet Earth 2, is not only a great tracker, but also one of the lead conservationists in Hemis National Park. He gave many, many insights into the ecology, animal behaviour, culture and conservation aspects of what we experienced. He delivered in spades each day: we had 7 snow leopard sightings including one from a few hundred feet and two from the camp (a first, I am told), 5 tibetan wolf sightings, including one from the camp (a first again). We also saw a red fox, many blue sheep and birds. The calls on four different mornings of 'snow leopard' even before the first cup of tea, and the first time I saw a snow leopard, will always remain with me.

    Behzad went over and beyond in helping us with our photography, setup portrait sessions, cultural experiences and helped with astro photography. He is an exceptional photo mentor, tour leader, cultural and snow leopard expert, and above all a very warm, funny and extremely friendly person.

    This trip was supposed to see the snow leopard, to take it off my bucket list. Instead, it has turned into the first of hopefully many more trips to see the snow leopards again.

    Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Upcoming Tours with Behzad

snow leopard photo tour New Tour
 
01 March 2020 - 14 March 2020
14 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader

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