Rajasthan, Varinasi and the Holi Festival in India
12 days and 11 nights * group size 8-9
March 19th – 30th, 2021
workshop cost $5,800 plus 2 internal flights
*** one spot open ***
I will be doing another exciting India photography workshop on March 19th – 30th, 2021. I am not sure I have ever been anywhere in the world as photogenic as India and up in the north, in Rajisthan, 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 be able to photograph behind the Taj Mahal in one of my favorite places, along the river on the backside of the Taj where one of my best buddies lives behind the Taj Mahal with his family. We will also travel to Jaipur, home of the painted elephants which we will photograph by the huge and one of a kind, Agra Fort. The city of Jaipur is one of my favorite cities in all of India and with the Pink City, Floating Palace and and very special painted elephants, this is one amazing place.
The highlight of this workshop will be the incredibly colorful Holi Festival in Rajasthan where it is all about color. Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the ” festival of colours” or the “festival of love”. The Holi festival involves covering everyone in colored powder and water and the images from this incredible festival are second to none!
I have been to many amazing festivals and stunning cities in my life but I have to hoenstly say that nothinhg I have ever witnesses compares to taking part in Holi! To me, it will be the highlight of this adventure and our last group was blown away by Holi! I have never experienced anything at all in my life like the one of a kind Holi Festival!
We will also fly to the religious center of the entire country. Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. This is beyond words in terms of photography and something you have to experience to believe. We will photograph a ton of amazing sites and faces in Varinasi including the photogenic Sadhus who pilgramage to this religious city from all over India.
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 $5,800 and will include transportation in air conditioned buses, a guide throughout all of Rajisthan and Varinasi, all transfers, entrance fees to monuments, all hotels which are at least 4 star hotels and all buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners in the hotels. The single supplement fee will be approx. $960 for your own room but the exact price I am not sure of yet as I have to wait for my guide to let me know.
The workshop does not include: the cost for two internal flights which are not expensive, lunches, tips, trip insurance & airport transfers in and out of New Delhi
I will be helping everyone understand the best ways to capture this amazing country and work with each person individually on their photography. My guide is very knowledgeable and one of the best in India and I am now working on making sure everything is nailed down perfect for 2021. 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 another one of the most photogenic workshops I have ever run as India has no match anywhere on earth for photo opportunities! To see more images of India on my site here, click on this link.
Intermediate to Advanced
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 March is a pretty good time of the year for the good temps. The average for March in Rajasthan is usually a low of 63 degrees and a high of 92 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.