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India & Holi Festival Photo Tour – 14 day Photo Tour

£5,400 per person (6th – 19th March 2020) – Delhi, Jodphur, Jaipur, Udaipur

On this India & Holi festival photo tour you will be curious, captivated, delighted and even a little overwhelmed. But when the dust has settled and you have had time to reflect, you can’t help but fall in love with this country of extremes. From ancient traditions and historic forts to unique festivals and glorious food, there is no place like India.

India Holi Festival Photo Tour

This incredible 14 day adventure starts in the bustling city of Delhi. Then it’s onto one of the most stunning festivals in the world. You will get to photograph the Holi festival in its true home, Vrindavan. From there it’s onto the magnificent Taj Mahal and subsequently to Rajasthan. This is the land of the Maharajahs. A place where tradition and customs are still the same as they were hundreds of years ago. You will cross off cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur where every street corner offers endless photo opportunities. The journey ends in Delhi. This is an unforgettable photography adventure.

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Why you should come on our India & Holi Festival photo tour

Our India photo tour is designed to guide you to the most photogenic locations at the perfect time of day. India is a photography destination like no other. Over the course of the tour, you will find a whole host different photography scenario, conditions and challenges. From photographing busy street scenes in difficult light conditions to tranquil scenes where you’ll be able to set up a tripod and take your time, your tutors will be on hand to guide you through the whole process.

You will learn how to photograph fleeting moments one day and how to photograph using models another day. We will teach you how to approach and photograph people. Not only will you take home an amazing set of images, but you’ll continue to put your new skills to use. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, amazing food, and even a few drinks.

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India & Holi Festival Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Delhi (D)

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After freshening up you will meet the other guests and your tour leaders. After a brief orientation meeting and discussing each person’s photography goals, we will enjoy our first dinner together.


Day 2 – Delhi (B, L, D)

Our first day starts with an early morning visit to one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Completed in 1656, it’s courtyard can accommodate 25,000 people. After photographing the mosque we will take a walk through Old Delhi’s narrow and winding roads which are perfect for practicing street photography. We will continue our walk towards the Spice Market stopping for lunch along the way. After a leisurely lunch, we will make our way to the Red Fort where we will photograph some models in the late afternoon light. Our day will end with a delicious meal in Old Delhi.


Day 3 – Delhi => Mathura / Vrindavan (B, L, D)

Today we will depart Delhi by train on the ‘Shatabdi Express’ to Mathura. Indian railway stations offer a fascinating photography opportunity and a kaleidoscope of ever-changing human drama. After arriving at Mathura Junction you will be met for a transfer to Vrindavan. The rest of the day is at your leisure.


Day 4 – Mathura / Vrindavan (B, L, D)

Today we begin with some city sightseeing. You will see Bankey Bihari temple – one of the holiest temples of Lord Krishna in India. Vrindavan town stands on the original forest of Vrindavan where the Hindu deity Krishna spent his childhood, on the banks of the Yamuna river. Numerous events are said to have occurred here: this is where Krishna did the divine dance with Gopis (Maharaas), and spread the message of divine love with his lover Radha.

In the evening we attend Holika Dahan. Holika Dahanis is a great ritual of the Hindu religion during Holi festival. It is a tradition which celebrates the Holika death and Prahlad safety with the ceremony known as Holika Dahan. This ceremony is held according to the Muhurt by Hindu calendar which specifically falls the night before Holi.


Day 5 – Mathura (Holi Festival) (B, L, D)

We start with the Holi Celebration in Dwarkadheesh Temple. Holi is celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm all over the country but Holi in Braj is especially famous all over India for its unique celebration. Braj is a historical region which covers Mathura and Vrindavan. In the afternoon we see Hauranga Holi. It is on the Ghats of Vrindavan – the birthplace of Krishna where Holi is celebrated in the wildest, yet colourful and sane revelry. With sticks, shields, colours and canons of water, Holi celebration here is a must-see experience.


Day 6 – Mathura => Agra (B, L, D)

Baladev Dauji Temple is a famous Hindu Temple located in Mathura. This temple is dedicated to Lord Balarama. The deity which is established by Vajranabha has huge eyes and is black in colour. In the afternoon we depart by private vehicle to Agra. In the evening we photograph the Taj Mahal at sunset. 


Day 7 – Agra => Jaipur (B, L, D)

We start the day with another trip to the Taj Mahal – this time for sunrise. Then, late morning we depart Agra and make the drive to Jaipur. After stopping for lunch we visit Jal Mahal, the Water Palace, to photograph it at sunset.


Day 8 – Jaipur (B, L, D)

This morning we proceed to visit the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Later we visit Panna Meena Kund; a historic stepwell and rainwater catchment known for its picturesque, symmetrical stairways. After we lunch explore the famous shopping markets of Jaipur such as Johari Bazaar, Tripolia and Chand Pol Bazaars. Jaipur is truly a shopper’s paradise. The spot for this evening will be from Fort Nahargarth.


Day 9 – Jaipur => Jodhpur (B, L, D)

This morning we make the drive to Jodhpur. Then in the afternoon, we enjoy a walk in Jodhpur’s bazaars for some local flavour. Experience the rich, ethnic, diverse and extremely colourful life of the city, strolling its busy market streets, touring pavement stalls and discovering a whole new world of rustic glamour and ethnic finery. 


Day 10 – Jodhpur (B, L, D)

We start our day with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a steep hill. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Inside the fort, there is a series of courtyards and palaces. We then proceed for Blue City Walking Tour. In this walking tour, we dive deep into the heart of Jodhpur to discover the lesser known treasures of this enchanting city. Learn about legends from the past, peep into the life of locals, meet and interact with the city’s residents and wander through narrow alleyways dotted with Indigo coloured houses. Finally, visit Jaswant Thada. 


Day 11 – Jodhpur => Udaipur (B, L, D)

After arriving in Udaipur, we head to Lake Pichola to photograph the City Palace as evening arrives and the Palace becomes illuminated. We will enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring back to our hotel.


Day 12 – Udaipur (B, L, D)

The morning you have some free time to relax or enjoy the hotel facilities such as the swimming pool. In the afternoon we explore the ghats of Udaipur and Jagdish Temple. Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur, just outside the royal palace. It has been in continuous worship since 1651. 


Day 13 – Udaipur => Delhi (B, L, D)

After an optional sunrise shoot and some time to explore the city, we will pack our bags and catch a flight to Delhi.


Day 14 – End Of Tour (B)

Sadly, your tour comes to an end. After checking out from the hotel you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch your flight.

India Holi Festival Photo Tour

India Holi Festival Photo Tour

India Holi Festival Photo Tour

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What's included on our India & Holi Festival Photo Tour

Includes

– Professional photographer and English speaking guide

– Accommodation for the duration of the tour

– All tour related ground transport

– Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary

– Bottled water daily throughout the tour

– All entrance, zone and camera fees

– Fees for local models

– Internal flight from Jodhpur to Delhi

Excludes

– Any meals not included in the itinerary

– Alcoholic drinks

– Personal purchases such as souvenirs

– Additional activities such as spas or massages

– Personal travel or medical insurance

– Medical expenses

– Gratuities for hotel porters, local guides or driver

– Return flights to India

– Indian visa fees

India & Holi Festival Photography Tour Dates: 6th to 19th Mar 2020 – BOOK NOW

Prices Quoted

Prices quoted are for double occupancy. You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.


Single Supplement

An additional £750 per person will be charged for the duration of the tour for single supplement.


The cost of this photo tour is £5,400 per person. £750 to reserve your spot, with the balance due 120 days prior to the trip.


NOTE: There must be a minimum of 6 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that we’ve reached the minimum number of people.

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Or if you can’t attend these dates, add your name to our waiting list for photo tours of India and we will inform you of any future dates.


Tailor Made Tours

If you prefer not to travel with others we can also arrange private photography tours. These are designed bespoke to your needs. To find out more click here.

Additional Information
Your tour leader on this India photo tour is either Kav Dadfar & Jordan Banks. Kav and Jordan have a combined 40 years experience shooting high-end assignments in both the editorial and commercial sectors and have travelled to over 100 countries. Their work has been used by clients ranging from Microsoft to Qantas and Nat Geo to Lonely Planet and many more.
The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.
This photo tour is ideal for beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers but even non-photographers are welcome on this tour.
Although for most locations there will be some walking involved, these will be short and easy. So if you are in good health and fitness level, you will be fine. This tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.
You don't need expensive or professional equipment for this photo tour. We would recommend DSLR or mirrorless cameras and a tripod for this tour. Compact or smartphone cameras will also be suitable.
Whilst in India we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned bus. There will also be one internal flight (included in the price) from Jodhpur to Delhi.
Most visitors to India will require an e-visa. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. You can apply for an e-Visa at www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index
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