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India Photo Tour – 14 day photo tour through this photography paradise

£4,050 per person (17th – 30th November 2020) – Delhi, Jodphur, Jaipur, Veranasi and more

On this India 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.

This incredible 14 day adventure starts in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll see the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Then it’s onto Rajasthan – 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 Pushkar and it’s world famous camel festival. You’ll also visit Veranasi – the spiritual capital of India during Dev Diwali. The festival of lights of the Gods in Varanasi is something to behold. This is an unforgettable photography adventure.

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Why you should come on our India 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 more tranquil areas where you’ll be able to set up a tripod and take your time, your tutor will be on hand to guide you through the 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 discussions, amazing food, and even a few drinks.

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India Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Delhi (D)

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may have some time to explore the city or enjoy the hotel facilities.


Day 2 – Delhi (B, L, D)

We commence our first day with a tour of New Delhi.  New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920s.  It’s a city of wide boulevards, impressive government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi.  Lutyens designed an imperial city which had palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. Our first stop will be Agrasen ki Baoli which is only a short drive from our hotel and the first of three different stepwells we will see and photograph during our tour.  Our drive then takes us along the Ceremonial Avenue, imposing India Gate, President’s Palace and Parliament House.  We then visit two monuments from Delhi’s past, Qutub Minar with the largest minaret in the world followed by Humayun’s Tomb, built-in 1570 and inspired by Persian architecture.

After lunch, we make our way into the ancient city of Old Delhi. Here we experience the hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw. Chandni Chowk is a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewellery and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets.  This is an experience you will never forget, ending with a more relaxed visit of Fatehpuri Masjid, a 17th-century mosque.


Day 3 – Delhi => Jodhpur (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport to catch our flight to Jodhpur, a city ringed in high stone walls with seven gates and several bastions.  The second-largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Rao Jodha in 1458 AD.  Owing to its unique blue architecture, Jodhpur is often referred to as the “Blue City’ of Rajasthan.

After lunch at our hotel, we venture into the city centre to visit Sardar markets and the old city of Jodhpur.  We will wander around the streets and markets, weaving our way through and around hustling and bustling Jodhpurians as they finish their busy day. Late afternoon we head over to Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell before making our way to a special roof-top location for dinner.


Day 4 – Jodhpur (B, L, D)

This morning we visit Mehrangarh Fort, a perfect location for viewing and photographing the “blue” city.  The towering fort known as Mehrangarh rises 120 metres above the plains.  On a clear day, one can even see the fort of Kumbalgarh which is 124 kilometres away. We will be able to explore the splendid palaces located in the fort, noted mainly for their exquisitely carved sandstone latticework.

Afterwards, we visit Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.  The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble.  These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun’s rays dance across their surface.

Mid-afternoon we will enjoy a casual walk through the streets of the “blue” part of the city ending at a roof-top bar/restaurant for sunset and a light dinner.  Our journey back to the hotel will be by rickshaw.


Day 5 – Jodhpur => Pushkar (B, L, D)

After breakfast, once again we will head into the city centre for one last walk around the markets and surrounding laneways. We then commence our journey to Pushkar, stopping at Nimaj Palace for lunch.

Pushkar is the location of one of the world’s largest and most famous camel fairs.  For many, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional festivals. It attracts more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle, and is visited by over 400,000 farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. After checking into our hotel we head over to the fair late afternoon to explore and photograph the camel herders and activities.


Day 6 – Pushkar (B, L, D)

Today will be an intensive day wandering around and photographing the Pushkar camel fair. There will be plenty to photograph, from the countless camels strolling across the sands of Rajasthan to the gathering of livestock and horses. We will also photograph men with their large colourful turbans and an assortment of facial hair, and women dressed in traditional attire and adorned head to toe with exquisite jewellery.

The festival also attracts stalls selling colourful clothing and jewellery, tattooists, juggling acts and fire dancers. This is going to be a day to remember.


Day 7 – Pushkar => Jaipur (B, L, D)

For those who are keen, this morning we have the option of going out to the fair one last time, otherwise, you are free to relax.  After breakfast, we commence our journey to Jaipur.

Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan state. The kingdom of Jaipur was originally known as Amber, which was also the name of its ancient capital situated eleven kilometres from Jaipur. Its history can be traced backed to the 12th century. In the 1720’s Sawai Jai Singh II, began to build the new city of Jaipur. The city turned out to be an astonishingly well-planned one based on the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shastra. Different streets were allotted for different professions such as potters, weavers, dyers, jewellers and bankers. Jaipur has a variety of manufacturing industries. It is especially known for its arts and crafts, jewellery, enamel work, hand-printed fabrics and stone sculptures.

Late afternoon we enjoy a casual walk around the city’s busy commercial and historical centre.


Day 8 – Jaipur (B, L, D)

This morning we depart for Amber Fort, stopping briefly to see and photograph Hawa Mahal commonly known as Palace of the Winds.  Amber Fort is regarded as one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. The structure has four different parts, each with a separate entrance. The main entrance to the fort is through the ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate which opens up into the main courtyard.

After lunch back in the city, we visit Jantar Mantar, the largest astronomical observatory built in stone followed by the City Palace complex with its impressive gardens and museums.


Day 9 – Jaipur => Agra (B, L, D)

This morning we depart early on what will be a long day of travel. En route, we take a short detour to visit Chand Baori, one of the largest and most beautiful stepwells in the world.

After lunch, we stop at Fatehpur Sikri to visit Jama Mosque built in the 17th Century.  This is one of the largest Mosques in India with some of the designs reflecting beautiful Iranian architecture.

If time allows we will visit nearby Chini-ka-Rauza in Agra. Chini-ka-Rauza is considered a milestone in Indo-Persian architecture, as it is the very first building in India that has been exclusively decorated by glazed tile works.

As the sun begins to go down, we continue along this northern bank of the Yamuna River to a spot directly opposite the Taj known as the Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) where we watch the sun go down over the river and the Taj Mahal.


Day 10 – Agra (B, L, D)

It’s an early morning start as we travel to see the morning light on the Taj Mahal, and also to avoid the crowds that come later in the day.

After breakfast back at the hotel, we visit the Agra Fort and its Jasmine Tower, an exquisite octagonal turret from which the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan would watch the workmen’s progress on the Taj Mahal. Views of the Taj Mahal from the fort are amazing.

After lunch, we visit Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, often referred to as the “baby Taj”.  Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. Late afternoon we will go for a casual walk around a residential area where there will be plenty of opportunities to photograph the locals going about their lives.


Day 11 – Agra => Varanasi (B, L, D)

This morning we rise early to do a sunrise shoot of the Taj Mahal before returning to the hotel for a late breakfast. After breakfast, we will be transferred to the Airport for our flight to Varanasi via Khajuraho.

Varanasi, also known as “Benaras” is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges river, it has been a centre of learning and civilisation for over 2,000 years. Besides being a pilgrimage centre, it is considered as an auspicious place to die, ensuring an instant route to heaven.

Upon arrival, we quickly check into the hotel before heading down to the Ghats to the see the evening prayers being performed with burning lamps cast on the river’s surface, known as the “Aarti” ceremony.


Day 12 – Varanasi (B, L, D)

Early this morning we travel to the Ghats and undertake a boat ride at dawn along the Ganges. The activity at this time of day is fascinating and the light along the Ghats is spectacular. After the boat journey, we visit the Burning Ghats and then take a short walking tour through the maze of laneways of Varanasi before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

After lunch, we travel to the Muslim area of Varanasi, where they specialise in the weaving of silk scarves before returning to the Ghats area to do some more amazing photography and portraits of the colourful characters.


Day 13 – Varanasi (B, L, D)

Today is Dev Diwali or Dev Deepawali, the festival of lights of the Gods, honouring the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon named ‘Tripurasur’.  Varanasi attracts thousands of devotees from different parts of the country and abroad during this time. All come to witness this breathtaking sight.

We get up early to make our way down to the Ganges where devotees will bathe.  It is believed that the Gods descend to Varanasi on this auspicious occasion to take a dip in the River Ganga, so expect thousands of devotees bathing in their colourful attire. This kaleidoscope of colour is like a smorgasbord for the lens, and we will be watching and photographing it from a boat.

After lunch, we visit a local orphanage before once again heading down to the ghats for yet another boat trip, this time to watch and enjoy the night festivities, including the largest and most spectacular “Ganga Aarti” show with 24 Brahmin Priests. The main ritual takes place after seeing the moon rise, at which time the steps of all the Ghats along the River Ganga are illuminated by thousands of lamps. Celebrations continue throughout the night.


Day 14 – Varanasi => End Of Tour (B)

This morning we return to the Ghats for one final photoshoot. Once again we’ll use a boat but on this occasion will have a couple of Sadhu’s on board so we can do some portraits photography.

Breakfast will be back at the hotel and then we’ll start preparing for our journey back home. After lunch, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi airport, we will say our goodbyes and go our separate ways.

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What's included on our India Photo Tour

Includes

– Professional photographer and English speaking guide

– Accommodation for the duration of the tour

– All tour related ground transport including airport transfers

– Meals during the tour as indicated in the itinerary

– Bottled water daily throughout the tour

– All entrance, zone and camera fees (for one camera)

– Fees for local models

– Internal flights

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

– International flights to India

– Indian visa fees

India Photography Tour Dates: 17th to 30th Nov 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 £850 per person will be charged for the duration of the tour for single supplement.


£1,000 to reserve your spot, the balance of £3,050, will be due 120 days prior to the trip. The total cost of the main tour is £4,050.


NOTE: There must be a minimum of 4 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

Tour Leader: Malcolm Fackender

Malcolm, is an Australian award-winning travel photographer who specializes in small group photographic tours. With more than 30 years in the photography industry, Malcolm initially focused primarily on nature photography, however, has broadened his photographic interests over the years to encompass many other genres, including travel, people and landscape photography.

*If there are more than 9 people on this tour there will be two photo tutors.


Group Size

The group size for this photo tour is a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 guests.


Experience

This photo tour is ideal for beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers but even non-photographers are welcome on this tour.


Difficulty

There will be some walking involved during this tour including a hike through a forest. If you are in good health and fitness level, you will be fine. This tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.

Equipment

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.


Transport

Whilst in India we will be travelling via a private air-conditioned mini-bus and 4WD cars driven by licensed and insured drivers.


Visa

Please check if you require a visa for India. Visa costs are not included in the quoted tour price. To find out about visa requirements please click here.

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