Photo Tour India, Rajasthan and Camel Fair | November 6-20 2018

Join me on a two week photography tour and expedition to Rajasthan and the Camel Fair.

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PUSHKAR, INDIA - CIRCA NOVEMBER 2016: Camel herder early morning in the Pushkar Camel Fair grounds. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, it has become an important tourist attraction. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

In November 2018, I’ll be leading a tour in Rajasthan along with Darlene Hildebrandt for a group of 13 as part of one the upcoming Digital Photo Mentor Tours. This will be my second time in India and I can’t wait to go back to the locations and places I scouted for you last year.. I truly had an amazing time there, the opportunities for photography are just fantastic. Some of my 2016 experiences and photos can be found here.

From bustling Delhi, straight to the heart of North India. Rajasthan, land of Rajputs and Maharajas, an epic photo adventure to fairytale palaces, magnificent forts, and of course the dizzying Pushkar Camel Fair.

This adventure is designed to guide you to the most stunning locations. The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of true adventurers.

This tour, like none other, visits locations such as Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and many others.

Created by photographers for photographers and includes locations, not on any other tour.

Itinerary Detail

Day 1 November 6th – Delhi (D)
Namaste, Welcome to India. You’ll be greeted at the airport and then transferred to our hotel where you’ll meet the other guests, meet your tour leader(s) and have your first Indian dinner meal.
Haveli Dharmpura Delhi (4 Star)

Day 2 Delhi (B,L,D)
Early morning visit to Jama Masjid, a rickshaw ride, walk in Chandni Chowk and visit to a spice market. Then a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Shikh temple and a chance to photograph the India Gate. After our evening meal, enjoy Diwali festivity from the rooftop of the hotel or take a walk in old town.
Haveli Dharmpura Delhi (4-star)

Day 3 Delhi / Manvar via Jodhpur (B, D)
After a short in-country flight from Delhi to Jodhpur, we drive to our desert camp and resort at Manvar by 4×4 Jeep. Enjoy a camel ride at sunset and then dinner with cultural program in the camp.
Manvar Desert Camp (4 Star)

Day 4 Manvar / Jaisalmer (B, L, D)
After breakfast at camp, enjoy a jeep safari through the desert dunes and visit a desert village. After driving back to Manvar Resort for lunch, we continue on to Jaisalmer where we check in to our hotel and then visit the local market and walk the narrow lanes after dinner.
Fort Rajwada (4 Star)

Day 5 Jaisalmer (B, L, D)
After a morning visit to the Jaisalmer fort, a local market and exploring the narrow lanes we visit Patwon Ki Haveli & Nathmal Ki Haveli. Then we spend the afternoon visiting Khaba fort, a ruined citadel. Then an evening drive to Sam sand dunes for another camel ride at sunset.
Fort Rajwada (4 Star)

Day 6 Jaisalmer / Jodhpur (B, L, D)
A 6 hour drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur allows us to enjoy the diverse countryside of India. After a rooftop dinner at our hotel, we’ll spend the evening wandering the market and visiting the clock tower.
Ranbanka Palace / Pal Haveli (4 Star)

Day 7 Jodhpur (B)
We spend the morning visiting Jaswant Thada for an early morning shoot and then Mehrangarh Fort for more. Then, we walk down from the fort to the Blue City for a stroll around the alleyways. The afternoon is yours to explore.
Ranbanka Palace / Pal Haveli (4 Star)

Day 8 Jodhpur / Udaipur (B)
After breakfast we drive 300 kilometers to Udaipur where we check into our hotel before walking around the Ghats and visiting a Jagdish temple. In the evening, we shoot blue hour from the hotel rooftop or other stunning location.
Jagat Niwas Palace / Udai Kothi (4 star)

Day 9 Udaipur (B, D)
After a sunrise shoot from the hotel rooftop and breakfast at our hotel, we’ll visit the City Palace. Then, a boat ride on Lake Pichhola to visit the Lake Garden Palace on Jag Mandir Island. Absolutely not to be missed.
Jagat Niwas Palace / Udai Kothi (4 star)

Day 10 Udaipur / Pushkar (B, L, D)
After a day driving to Pushkar, we’ll check in and then arrange for a camel ride around the Pushkar camel fair. We’ll also visit Pushkar Lake and Brahma temple.
Pushkar Palace (4 star)

Day 11 Pushkar (B, L, D)
Up early to photography the camel herders with their camels at the pushkar camel fair. Activities will be determined on the day, due to the camel fair schedule.
Pushkar Palace (4 Star)

Day 12 Pushkar (B, L, D)
Another day at the Pushkar camel fair and activities planned based on the fair schedule. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be the same as the previous day, all at the Pushkar Palace hotel.
Pushkar Palace (4 star)

Day 13 Pushkar / Jaipur (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we start our journey to Jaipur where we’ll visit Fort Nahargarh and watch the sunset before a blue hour shoot of the Water Palace Jai Mahal.
Mandawa Haveli (4 star)

Day 14 Jaipur (B, L, D)
We’re up before the sun for a morning golden hour shoot of the Wind Palace Hawa Mahal before breakfast. Then get ready for a ride on an elephant at the Amber Fort, followed by an excursion to Abhaneri to visit Chand Baori stepwell, built by Kind Chanda during the Chauhan Dynasty. The design and structure of the stepwell was intended to conserve as much water as possible. The bottom of the well is 5-6 degrees cooler than at the top and it was used as a filming location for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Dark Knight Rises. A sight not to be missed.We have our last dinner meal together on this evening, share our fondest memories of the tour and just enjoy our evening.

Day 15 November 20th Jaipur / Delhi / Home (B)
We make our way back to Delhi where we are transferred to the airport for our flight home. You can certainly choose to stay for a time in India on your own if you’ve made other arrangements. There are no accommodations booked for this day, so if you’re staying on in India, you’ll have to make sure you’ve got a place to stay ahead of time.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - CIRCA OCTOBER 2016: Street around the spice market and the Chandni Chowk area in Old Delhi. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

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