Rajasthan: “Cultural Immersion Photography Journey”

Includes Holi - The festival of colour.

9 Days - From £1495* (BOOK NOW)

1-day and 2-day Extensions available for Agra and Bagru.

9-days (02 March 2020 – 11 March 2020)

10-days (02 March 2020 – 12 March 2020) Includes Agra

11-days (02 March 2020 – 13 March 2020) Includes Agra and Bagru

Deadline to book (31st January 2020 - 11:30 pm)

Rajasthan: “Cultural Immersion Photography Journey”

9 Days - From £1495* (SOLD OUT)

1-day and 2-day Extensions available for Agra and Bagru.

9-days (15 February 2020 – 24 February 2020)

10-days (15 February 2020 – 25 February 2020) Includes Agra

11-days (15 February 2020 – 26 February 2020) Includes Agra and Bagru

About the region: (Check out some of the images of the area)

Rajasthan:

  • the largest state in India

  • culturally and traditionally vibrant

  • desert state, with camel, sand and lots of colour

  • home to the Aravalli Mountains - the oldest and longest fold mountains in the world

  • land of the maharajas, beautiful palaces, havelis, forts and temples

  • with Hindu (Rajput) and Mughal architecture in perfect harmony and juxtaposition

  • land of numerous famous warriors who have left their mark on the region

  • place of Makrana marble and the famous blue pottery

  • has very colourfully attired people

  • Indigo dyeing and bandhani textile at the heart of the tradition

  • has ghoomar dance with hypnotic desert music

  • home of the gypsies, the original wandering desert tribe

  • with some of the oldest and steepest step-wells in the world

  • photographers' haven – ideal place for street, portrait, landscape and historical photography

Holi - Festival of Colour: (included in the March 2020 trip)

  • a very significant festival in Hinduism that is enjoyed by all faiths across India

  • celebrated over two-days (one for prayer, the second day for celebration)

  • people get-together and celebrate by throwing harmless powdered colours on each other

  • water guns are used to add to the fun

  • community spirit is enjoyed at Holi time

 

Agra:

  • a few hours car's drive from Jaipur

  • the land of the world-famous heavenly Taj Mahal - UNESCO's one of the top seven wonders of the world.

  • several another monuments in Islamic architecture

  • loads of photography opportunity

Bagru 1-day workshop:

  • a place for those who want to see the process of vegetable dyeing and block printing by the traditional Chhippa community 

  • community of textile printers, using vegetable dyes

  • workshops run to show the process

  • all participants get to print their own scarf (material provided)

  • plenty of street photography opportunity in the village 

  • enjoy simple meal cooked by the host Chhippa family

9-days, 10-days and 11-days trip – Starts and ends at Jaipur (Sanganer International Airport).

Travellers are expected to have some knowledge of using their cameras. There will be ongoing advice on travel photography.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1:        Arrival

 

Airport Arrival – Jaipur (Sanganer) International Airport. Pick-up schedule will be sent closer to time.

Arrive at the heritage hotel (with restaurant and bar) with the host. 

Introduction and meeting at the hotel. Lunch can be purchased at very reasonable group rate.

Photography inside and around the heritage hotel, introduction with local people.

Visits to local traditional shops.

Dinner at the heritage hotel. (Drinks can be purchased by you at the hotel restaurant and bar)

Exchanging of ideas and day’s experience. Followed by host’s briefing for Day 2.

 

Day 2:        Pink City Walk

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer. Drive to the Pink City.

Guided walk through the historical city of Jaipur, stopping for tea break tea and lunch breaks at city’s restaurant and café.

Throughout the walk, there will be advice on places, people, photography rules, shopping, traditions, important sights, specialities of the region, cuisine, cultural aspects.

Will be seeing: The art of making traditional (bandhni) tie-and-dye colourful Rajasthani turbans.

Also, the local silversmiths of Rajasthan with precious and semi-precious stones, and tribal jewellery art-form.

Dinner. (Drinks can be purchased at the hotel restaurant and bar)

 

Day 3:        Amber Fort and Temple Tour

Early Start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer. Drive to the fort.

Photograph the fort and the temple housed inside the fort.

Lunch and tea can be purchased at the fort’s café.

Walk to the surrounding areas. Meet the locals and watch the local tradesmen.

Drive to Panna Meena ka Kund – an 11th century step-well. Photograph the Kund, and the centuries-old

muralled walls and temples in the nearby area.

Throughout the walk, there will be advice on places, people, photography rules, traditions and cultural aspects.

Drive to Jal Mahal and Man Sagar Lake.

Dinner and drink (purchased by you) in a local restaurant on the way back.

Discussion and briefing over a drink for the next day.

 

Day 4:        Abhaneri Village and Galtaji

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer. Drive to Abhaneri after packing some snacks along (purchased by you)

Abhaneri – Walk to Chand Baori - one of the oldest (over 1000 yrs) and steepest stepwells in the world.

Also visit the 500-year old temple nearby.

There will be history of the place covered. Photography tips and rules and advice by the host.

Refreshments at a local shop.

Meet the local people and artisans.

Drive to Galtaji.

Reach Galtaji. Start with photographing the temple complex and the murals on the walls. The bath area in the multiple pools (Kunds).

History and photography tips covered. The Dos and Don’ts.

Optional: Ascending to the Sun temple for those who are able to walk on steeper tracks. The ones who are unable to,

can remain near the Monkey Temple and water ponds. Visit the various temples in the complex and

photograph the murals.

On the way to the Sun Temple, we continue photographing the several kunds, old temples, idols, bathing

pilgrims, holy men, small villages, fold mountains and local folk.

Enjoy the views, photograph the temple, the landscape. Take group photos.

On the drive back to the hotel, we stop at a local restaurant for dinner and drink (purchased by you)

Discussions and briefing for the following day.

 

Day 5:        Bhangarh Fort (The Haunted Palace)

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer. Drive to Bhanghad Fort after packing some snacks along (to be purchased by you)

Reach the Fort and start photographing straightaway.

History and photography tips covered. The Dos and Don’ts.

The arches and the gates leading to the ruins.

Photograph the local people with colourful attires.

Visit the old temple inside the Fort’s premises.

Climb the ruins. Spend a couple of hours photographing the ruins.

On the drive back, stop to photograph the marble artisans.

Back at the hotel. Dinner and drink (purchased by you).

Relaxing and discussions. Briefing for the following day.

 

Day 6:        Drive to Shekhawati Region

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer. Drive to Bhanghad Fort after packing some

snacks along (to be purchased by you)

4 hour-drive. Will stop on the way for refreshments and other facilities.

Arrive at heritage hotel.

After refreshments, we head out to the nearby areas for photography of the havelis, temples and local

People and artisans.

Dinner and drinks given by the host.

Discussions and briefing by the host for the following day.

 

Day 7:        Mandawa and Fatehpur

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Drive to Mandawa surroundings.

Photograph the beautiful Mandawa haveli and its surroundings.

History and photography tips covered. The Dos and Don’ts.

Lunch/snacks (purchased by you) locally.

Drive to Fatehpur.

Fatehpur haveli photography.

Dinner and drinks (purchased by you)

Discussions and briefing for the following day.

 

Day 8:        Street Photography in the Shekhawati Region

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Drive to the countryside.

Full-day Street Photography and Cultural Interactions.

Visit to the local artisans.

Dinner and drinks (purchased by you)

Discussions and briefing for the following day.

 

Day 9:        Back to Jaipur (Holi Day 10th March 2020)

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Drive back to Jaipur.

Street Photography and celebrate and photograph Holi 

Group photographs.

City Palace tour late afternoon.

Photograph Hawa Mahal - Palace of Breeze, with intricate latticework exterior.

Dinner and drinks party by the host.

Some more candid photographs of the group.

Relaxation. Discussions. Briefing for departure the following morning.

 

Day 10:      Departure from Jaipur – The 9-day tour ends here

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Departure – airport drop-off arranged by the host – This departure is for those who have only

purchased the 9-day tour.

 

OR (1-day or 2-days Extension) – For those who have purchased any or both of these extensions

 

Day 10 (Extension):         Taj Mahal - Agra

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Those who purchased this add-on will drive to Agra.

Arrive at the Taj Mahal.

History and photography tips covered. The Dos and Don’ts.

Spend a couple of hours photographing the famous monument.

Get personalised photographs taken.

Walk to the surrounding areas to get the feel of the local place and its people.

Photograph other lesser-known, but historically important, monuments.

Drive back to Jaipur.

Dinner and drinks can be purchased on the way at a clean restaurant.

Discussions and briefing for the following day.

 

Day 11:      Departure from Jaipur – The 10-day tour ends here

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Departure – airport drop-off for those who are leaving, arranged by the host.

 

OR  (2-days Extension)

 

Day 11 (Extension):         Bagru 1-day Textile Workshop and Tour

Early start: After breakfast - Assembly in the hotel’s foyer.

Drive to Bagru.

Guided tour of the area.

Half-day Textile and Printing experience.

Home lunch cooked by Chhippa family.

Second half day spent in photographing.

Creating your own scarf through block printing.

Street Photography of the area with brightly coloured textiles laid out or hanging over the streets.

Drive back to Jaipur in the evening.

Dinner (courtesy of the host) at a restaurant or at the hotel, depending on the traffic. Relax over drinks (purchased by you)

 

Day 12:      Departure from Jaipur – The 11-day tour ends here

 

Departure – airport drop-off arranged by the host.

*The following prices are based on twin-sharing basis:

(Minimum 6 people, maximum 10)

  • 9-day trip – £1495

  • Extension Agra: £195 (extra)

  • Extension Agra + Bagru: £330 (extra)

 

Those who are not travelling with a partner, or are simply not comfortable about sharing a room, and would like their own room, can pay extra for having an individual room at an extra cost.

Extra cost for non-sharing rooms: To be added to the price above.

  • 9-day trip – £450 (extra)

  • 10-day trip – £500 (extra)

  • 11-day trip – £550 (extra)

There are no hidden costs. If there is any extra requirement, please do email us.

 

What is included in the price:

  • 9-day Twin-Sharing Accommodation at heritage hotels in Jaipur and Mandawa (Individual rooms available at extra cost)

  • Breakfasts

  • 3 dinners for 9-day trip and 4 dinners for 11-day trip (Days 1, 6, 8 and 11) (The 9th day day dinner and drinks party by the host)

  • 1 lunch – (Day 11) – Home meal by the family of textile printers at Bagru

  • Taxes (inter-and-intra-state travel poll, monuments’ entry fee for persons)

  • Air-conditioned Mini Van with chilled drinking water facility

  • Car travel within the itinerary

  • English-speaking driver

  • Local Guide

  • Photography tips and rules

 

Not included in the price: Flights, insurance, visas, camera gears, tips to the subjects you photograph, tips to the waiters when you buy your meals, fee for carrying tripods or other accessories inside famous monuments.

 

Please note:

  • Payment: TransferWise (for non-UK clients). Electronic Transfer (UK clients). Email for payment details.

  • No refunds as we book in advance for the hotel, guides, car or van hire, and the workshop. So please be completely certain before making the payment.

  • Flights should be booked by you as soon as possible as they become pricier if left too late.

  • Any internal flights or journey is the guest’s own responsibility. But any advice needed for that is on offer.

  • Please get yourself travel (medical including) insurance.

  • Host takes no responsibility for any lost items, or any other expenses occurred to due to the guest’s negligence.

  • Guests to bring comfortable clothing and shoes to walk. You will not need any waterproof clothing at this time of the year. But, protective footwear is advisable. A warm jacket or jumper and scarves for cooler nights will be good. Please email for further information.

  • Every attempt will be made to make the stay as comfortable as possible, provide clean water and food, clean accommodation, plus advice and guidance.

  • Host speaks the dialect of the region + English fluently, so you will not never an interpreter

 

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