Rajasthan, India and the Pushkar Camel Fair
November 2-14th, 2016
workshop cost $5,500 single supplement fee: $ 1,060
I will be doing my first workshop in India on November 2nd – 14th, 2016. I am not sure I have ever been anywhere in the world as photogenic as India and up in the north, in Rajisthan, as it is just off the wall amazing for photography. The incredibly bright colors and eye candy in every direction is non stop and there are photo ops everywhere you look. We will be traveling all over the north of India in Rajisthan to some of my favorite locations including New Delhi and then of course the Taj Mahal in Agra, which is hard to describe in terms of pure magic for your camera.
We will also hopefully be able to photograph behind the Taj Mahal in one of my favorite places, in the river on the backside of the Taj. We will also travel to Jaipur, home of the painted elephants which we will photograph and also ride up to a huge fort way above the city. I love Jaipur so much and it is so photogenic and just being around these elephants is such a high! *** Update…as of October 28th, the workshop is full. Please email me here if you would like to be on the wait list.
We will also go to the city of Jodhpur, with it’s Blue Walled section that I love, which is incredibly special and one of my favorite places to photograph. We will ask locals to model for us in the Blue City and set them up doing different things. It really is so powerful being in this super cool city in India and I am hoping we come away with some very special images. I have to capture unique images like this for my stock agencies and I will let everyone see how I design these kind of shots.
We will also be at the Pushkar Camel Festival, one of the wildest and most photogenic places I have ever witnessed. It is the largest gathering of livestock possibly in the world for sale and a sight to behold. The photo ops are endless and we will also photograph after dark all around the festival, trying to capture incredibly unique and one of a kind images. I have been to many festivals all over the world but nothing compares to this once a year event.
I am limiting this workshop to a maximum of 8-9 people as I do not like large groups in foreign countries. The workshop will cost approx. $5,500 and includes all transportation with a guide throughout Rajisthan, all hotels which are at least 4 star hotels, breakfasts and a dinners in the hotel and also the flight from Jodhpur back to Delhi, at the end of the journey
I will be helping everyone understand the best ways to capture this amazing country and work with each person individually on their photography. I am actually going to India very soon, after my next workshop in Burma on November 17th, 1015 and I will be working with my guide in India to get everything all set up perfectly for our 2016 India workshop. My guide is very knowledgeable and I want to make sure everything is nailed down perfect for 2016. I already have many people interested so if you think you want to come, please email me here asap as I am sure there will be a waiting list soon. This is going to be one of the most photogenic workshops I have ever run as India as no match anywhere on earth for photo opportunities! To see more images of India on my site here, click on this link.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This workshop includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. The weight of a camera backpack through the dirty and dusty streets can take it’s toll on anyone. India is a very dirty country in almost every city.
The climate is always hot and can be pretty humid at times but going in November is a good time of the year for the coolest temps. The average for November in Rajasthan is usually a low of 57 degrees and a high of 85 degrees. Plan on being hot and bringing a towel to wipe away your sweat is always a good idea!
Shorts are probably what you will want to wear most days with light shirts but nights can be cooler. I would also bring a few pairs of long pants and hiking shoes or tennis shoes. I like to wear good sandals such as Tevas…and you might want to bring a pair of these as they keep you cooler and cut down on bringing so many socks. A light rain jacket is a good idea too.
The currency in India is the Rupee. The best place to exchange money is not in the airport but at money changers in the city. We will exchange money as a group on the first day but make sure you bring extra cash for tips and also a major credit card.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date. U.S. passport holders must have an e-visa to enter India, which you will apply for online. I will give everyone instructions on how and when to apply for your e-visa as it is a lot of questions but is easy to apply. I love doing visas for foreign countries online!
India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C). You will need a plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter. View more information about electrical standardsaround the world.
India is a very dirty country so you have to bring lots hand sanitizer and be careful of what you eat and what you drink. Only drink bottled water. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A: The CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in India, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Typhoid: You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in India. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.
Malaria: Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. See more detailed information about malaria in India.