Photography Travel Tour - Rajasthan, India

Join our photography travel tour to capture captivating faces, astonishing architecture and amazing wildlife – in beautiful India.

Date

02.02. - 15.02.2020

Time

full days

Duration

14 days

Weekday

please see itinerary

Price

CHF 6950.00

Location

Rajasthan, India

Language

English

Group Size

6 - 10

Registration end: Nov. 25, 2019

Exotic travel scenes, captivating faces and spiritual ambience – in India's revered Rajasthan.

For thousands of years, India has been a fountain of culture, philosophy and spirituality. Our 14 day journey through Rajasthan explores some of India's most cherished sites as well as some of it's less known treasures. The region's majestic forts, luxurious palaces and amazing landscapes will leave a deep impression. But even more inspiring are it's people who's warmth and hospitality are incomparable.

DELHI – VARANASI – PANNA NAT'L PARK – KHAJURAHO – ORCHHA – AGRA – JAIPUR – THAR DESERT – JODHPUR – DELHI

Photo Tour Highlights

Great variety of heritage sites, beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife & amazing faces to photograph.

Improve your street, travel and wildlife photography with tips and feedback from your photography instructor.

Round-trip flight to Delhi, plus five domestic flights for extra comfort and time savings.

star accommodations with great in-house dining & first-rate service.

Impression Gallery

 

Photo Tour Overview

 

February 2nd

Day 1 

VIP welcome at Delhi International Airport. You will be greeted at the aircraft's gate and personally escorted through immigration and customs. Porters will assist with your baggage, a practice which will continue throughout the journey.

February 3rd

Day 2 

  • Sight seeing tour of Delhi, India's capitol which boasts over 20 million inhabitants.
  • Photo walk in the narrow streets of "Chandni Chowk" (Old Delhi)
  • Warm up your street photography while visiting Old Delhi's mosques, temples, and forts.
  • Lunch at renowned restaurant in Old Delhi's charming & bustling Chandni Chowk district.

February 4th

Day 3 

  • After breakfast, check-out and private transfer back to Delhi airport.
  • Short 1.5 hour flight to Varanasi.
  • Private transfer to Varanasi accommodations, stopping at Sarnath en route.
  • Afternoon tour through streets of Varanasi, arriving at the banks of the Ganges.
  • Shoot an ancient Hindu Aarti ceremony.
  • Sunset cruise along the Ganges River.

February 5th

Day 4 

  • Sunrise shoot on the banks of the Ganges river.
  • Photograph worshippers immersed in water prayers.
  • Return to hotel for breakfast.
  • Check-out from hotel, transfer to Varanasi airport.
  • Short one-hour flight to Khajuraho.
  • Private transfer to Panna National Park, temple stops along the way.
  • Check into Sarai at Toria wilderness eco-lodge.

February 6th

Day 5 

  • Early morning game drive followed by breakfast.
  • Remainder of the day is kept open for independent activities.
  • Escorted or independent bird life walks near camp.

February 7th

Day 6

  • After a leisurely breakfast we'll check out and drive to Orchha.
  • Visit to the Jehangir Palance and Raja Mahal.
  • After lunch we'll board the express train to Agra.
  • Arrive at Agra in the evening.
  • Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

February 8th

Day 7 

  • Sunrise visit to the world-reknowned Taj Mahal.
  • We'll visit the grounds and tour the Taj Mahal site.
  • Return to hotel for breakfast  then tour the Agra Fort.
  • Afternoon tour of various cultural sites in Agra city.

February 9th

Day 8

  • After breakfast we'll check out and drive to Jaipur, stopping en-route at Galtaji Temple.
  • After visiting the wells at Galtaji Temple we'll carry on to Jaipur arriving in the evening. 
  • Check-in and dinner at the hotel in Jaipur.

February 10th

Day 9 

  • Morning visit to the Amber Fort and visit the Shiladevi Temple.
  • Lunch stop at local restaurant in Jaipur
  • After lunch we'll visit the City Palace and Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
  • Free evening to explore the colorful markets of Jaipur.

February 11th

Day 10

  • After breakfast we'll check-out and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight to Jodhpur, arriving midday in Jodhpur.
  • Upon Arrival in Jodhpur, private transfer to Luxury Camp in the Thar Desert.
  • Lunch served at the Camp.
  • Afternoon Camel Safari, departing from Camp.
  • Great photo opportunities of camel men and sunset. 
  • Dinner under the stars at Camp.

February 12th

Day 11 

  • After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Jodhpur.
  • After checking-in and having lunch, an afternoon tour of Meherangarh Fort
  • Explore the downtown area "Ghanta Ghar" to soak in the local color and ambiance.
  • Great streat photography opportunities in colorful markets of Jodhpur.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

February 13th

Day 12 

  • After a leisurely breakfast, you'll have the morning free for independent activities.
  • Lunch will be served at the Hotel.
  • Check-out & transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi
  • Arrive in Delhi mid-afternoon, transfer to hotel.
  • Afternoon photo editing, dinner at the hotel.
  • Trip highlights slideshow and final celebration.

February 14th

Day 13 

  • Check-out from the hotel, private transfer to Delhi airport
  • Check in three hours prior to flight time.

February 14th

Day 14 

Welcome home!

  • Arrival at your local international airport.

PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capture interesting street photography scenes in vibrant markets.
  • Photograph renowned temples & palaces — in morning and evening light.
  • Photograph tigers and other wildlife in Panna National Park.
  • Portraits of amazing faces, ceremonies and other cultural subjects.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Open to all skill levels. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in our popular 1-2-3 Digital Photography Workshop are strongly recommended for this guided photography travel tour.

HIGH QUALITY ACCOMMODATIONS & PROFESSIONAL GUIDES

Participants will enjoy five-star accommodation throughout the tour, including a high-end safari lodge (in Panna National Park). Accommodations have been hand picked (by Dagmar and Matt) for their close proximity to shooting locations, great service and quality cuisine. For the duration of our trip you will have a professional local guide to share a wealth of interesting facts about the history and culture of Rajasthan. Matt will be there to help with photography related questions and to give you encouragement. Additional (regional) guides will assist where necessary. 

EQUIPMENT

For this tour we recommend dSLR or mirrorless type cameras and two or three lenses. Wide-angle lenses will be handy for photographing architecture and other sites. Medium length lenses (zoom or fixed) are perfect for street photography and spontaneous portraits. You'll be glad to have a longer telephoto lens if the opportunity to photograph a tiger in (Panna National Park) presents itself.

ACTIVITIES & PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS

Photographer Matt Anderson will provide you with photography tips and encouragement in the various shooting situations you'll encounter on this tour. In the evenings Matt will provide feedback and share Lightroom editing and retouching tips to help you achieve the very best end-result from your digital images. Local guides will accompany our group throughout the tour — helping us understand the historical, cultural and/or natural significance of each of our locations. 

Tour Leader/ Instructor

MATT ANDERSON

Matt Anderson is Viewfinder's lead photography instructor and is responsible for course development and for teaching a number of Viewfinder’s photography courses and workshops. Matt’s photography career began in the USA where he worked at three different daily newspapers and freelanced regularly for the Associated Press in Seattle — where he grew up. These days he regularly shoots for the Zurich-based Keystone agency and works with corporate and private clients in the Zurich area. Matt’s three passions are: exploring new places (near and far), creating impactful photographs, and helping other photographers become more creative and effective in their craft. Matt feels privileged to work in a business that combines his passions and brings him in contact with so many interesting people from all over the world.

Price & Photo Tour Information

CHF 6950.- (for shared room accommodation*)

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Direct, round-trip flight from Zurich to Delhi.
  • Five domestic flights within Rajasthan.
  • Photography tuition, in-the-field assistance, plus feedback & Lightroom support from Matt Anderson.
  • Private, air-conditioned ground transportation & personal driver.
  • Local Indian tour guide throughout the tour.
  • Train journey from Jhansi to Agra
  • Gondola cruise on the Ganges River in Varanasi.
  • All hotel breakfasts, group lunches and dinners. (Except dinner on arrival day).
  • All entrance fees, service tips (porters, guides, etc.) and airport taxes.
  • Free travel guide book for participants.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Connecting flights to Zurich (to make the onward flight to Delhi)
  • Beverages, (with or without alcohol) and snacks ordered between meals.
  • First dinner on the day of arrival.
  • Additional transfers, excursions or boat rides which are not planned in the itinerary.
  • Any visa fees (if applicable), travel & cancellation insurances, immunizations, or other unforeseen travel costs.

A 30% deposit is required to register.

*An upgrade to single-room accommodation is available for an additional CHF 1250.- (subject to availability). A CHF 600.- price reduction is offered for self-arranged international flights to Delhi international airport.

FURTHER DETAILS

  • Accommodation choices will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book early if you'd prefer single room occupancy.
  • A complete trip itinerary (including names of all accommodations) will be provided to registered guests two months before the trip's start date.
  • Matt and Dagmar experienced dry, pleasant weather on their trip in February. Temperatures ranged from 12º to 25º Celcius.
  • We'll provide a packing list for the trip, which includes clothing recommendations as well as camera equipment suggestions.
  • This trip does involve several walking tours through city streets and at various cultural sites, temples, etc. Guests are always welcome to opt for a more restful day.