India Photography tour to the regions of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in Northern India 25th October – 08th November 2014.
On your arrival to Delhi International airport you will be met by a representative for a transfer to our hotel located in Connaught Place. The group will meet for introductions and an Indian welcome dinner.
26th October 2014: Sunday: Day 02: Mukundgarh:We start our India photography tour by driving to Mukundgarh for a wholesome authentic un-touristy start to our cultural photographic experience. We stay at an exclusive 150 years old frescoed Haveli. The area is very famous for many scattered villages & towns having old buildings covered with colorful frescoes. The region has a very likeable old world charm with several historical and authentic arts & crafts still being practiced. The sparsely populated area is great to ease into enjoying and exploring village life and interacting with the local people. Take a walk in the village. Meet the families engaged in tie and dye work for decades, visit the local shops and tradesmen. Candlelit dinner will be organized on a starlit terrace or in an open courtyard.
27th October 2014: Monday: Day 03: Jodhpur:
You may have a photography session of the Haveli in the morning or you may move out in the village to find some photo opportunities. After breakfast we drive to the Sun City – Jodhpur.
In the evening we can take a walk in the traditional bazaars and marketplace surrounding the clock tower.
28th October 2014: Tuesday: Day 04: Bhadrajun:
A dawn shoot of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort is available from the hotel rooftop for those early risers. After breakfast we take a guided tour of the fort and royal cenotaphs – Jaswant Thada.
In the afternoon we visit local villages with farmers and children. We then visit the dunes and see an unbelievable, memorable religious ceremony in a temple, the atmosphere of the ritual is intensified by the beating of drums and use of fire.
29th October 2014: Wednesday: Day 05: Ranakpur:For those who want to we can take a morning walk in the village of Bhadrajun. After breakfast, we drive to Ranakpur. Check in at your hotel. Later, visit Ranakpur Jain temples – The Ranakpur temples hold an exceptional beauty, which is well worth seeing. Renowned for some marvelous temples carved from Amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the community 96 km from Udaipur. These temples were created in the 15th century A..D. during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed with a wall. The central ‘Chaumukh’ or four faced temple is dedicated to the venerated the Tirthankara Rishabhji. Open on all four sides, it enshrines the four faces image of Adinath. Sprawling over 48,000 sq. feet, the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars-all distinctly carved.
30th October 2014: Thursday: Day 06: Pushkar:
After breakfast we drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort. It is the second most important fort in Rajasthan. Crowning the Aravali hills, this mighty fort boasts some great temples & the Badal Mahal or the Cloud Palace, which gives a scenic view of the ruined town. This immense citadel has fortifications with massive walls, rounded bastions, watchtowers & secret passages. The ramparts are wide enough for eight horsemen to ride abreast on top of them.
We then drive to the vibrating ground of the holiest city of Rajasthan – Pushkar.
We head to one of the main destinations of our India photography tour – Pushkar is known world over for its very colorful and culturally entertaining cattle (camel) fair. This is also a time of high religious significance when thousands of pilgrims throng to this small town to take a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to wash off their bad karma and to give a fresh start to their karmic lives. Women wearing colorful local dresses and men wearing fluorescent colored turbans could be seen everywhere trading their livestock, enjoying the ongoing carnival activities, buying jewelry, checking the right shade and quality vermillion from the heaps of different kinds, buying food and snacks from the temporary stalls and singing and dancing on the local tunes. The activities on the dunes are a photographers delight every where you turn there a photographic opportunities. Every day the fair changes as traders arrive and leave and different events take place.
After our arrival at our camp we take an orientation of the Pushkar camel fair on camel Carts. We drive back for dinner and overnight stay at the Camp. Our camp is really quite luxurious as we stay in huge tents bigger than most apartments with en-suite bathrooms and hot water. The camp is private and very quiet after the hectic sensory overload of the Pushkar camel fair.
31st October 2014: Friday: Day 07: Pushkar:
The day is completely at your discretion to explore the fair ground of the Pushkar camel fair. Stay overnight at our camp.
01st November 2014: Saturday: Day 08: Pushkar:
Day completely at discretion to explore various photo opportunities available in the town and fair ground.
02nd November 2014: Sunday: Day 09: Jaipur:
After breakfast we drive to Pink City- Jaipur. During the day we go for a guided sightseeing tour including Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and City Palace.
Photograph the water palace-Jal Mahal at sunset. Visit Nahargarh Fort for taking few drinks under starlit sky while enjoying the illuminated view of the old city down below. Stay overnight at Jaipur.
03rd November 2014: Monday: Day 10: Agra:
Morning walking tour to the interesting quarters of the old city including attending the heart rendering prayers at ‘Govind Deoji Temple’.
After breakfast, drive to Agra visiting the 10th century Abhaneri Stepwell on the way.
Also visit the abandoned citadel of Mughal Emperor Akbar- Fatehpur Sikri before entering Agra.
In Agra, guided tour of historical Agra Fort and sunset view of Taj Mahal. An India Photography tour without visiting the Taj Mahal would not be complete!
04th November 2014: Tuesday: Day 11: Varanasi:
We visit the Taj Mahal once again in the morning for sunrise photography.
At appropriate time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi. During the day we start our Varanasi photography tour walking a few Ghats and narrow back lanes to feel the pulse of this most sacred city of India.
05th November 2014: Wednesday: Day 12: Varanasi:
We continue our Varanasi photography tour with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges river to witness the holy rituals on the Ghats. A very spiritual experience! We take a day tour to Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon.
06th November 2014: Thursday: Day 13: Varanasi:
Day2 of our Varanasi photography tour is free for further exploring and walking. We also visit the Ghats to be a part of the Dev Deepavali festival.
The Dev Deepavali (“the Diwali of the gods” or “festival of lights of the gods”, the steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honour of Ganga, the Ganges and its presiding goddess. The gods are believed to descend on earth to bathe in the Ganges on this day. During Dev Deepawali, houses are decorated with oil lamps and coloured designs on the front door and firecrackers are burnt at night. On this occasion, processions of decorated deities are taken out in the streets of Varanasi and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.
07th November 2014: Friday: Day 14: Delhi:
Morning at leisure. At appropriate time transfer to the international airport to board the flight to Delhi.
On arrival in Delhi, pick up and transfer to your hotel. Evening is free to take a walk in the bazaars. Later, meet up for a farewell dinner.
08th November 2014: Saturday: Day 15: Departures: Farewell Incredible India!
At appropriate time transfer to the international airport to board the flight to your next destination. We end our India photography tour.