Don’t just take it from us, let our participants do the talking!
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So for me apart from all the above, one of the best things that happened during this trip was the Memories ! Oh yes, may sound too dramatic or melodramatic but that’s very much it.
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After having attended a number of workshops including the ones conducted by Magnum Photos I have to say this photography tour was very knowledgeable.
● Six day enthralling experience of capturing the colors and rustiness of Rajsthan.
● Shooting the beautiful architecture of Mandawa Painted Havelis and Junagarh Fort.
● Street Photography shooting people dressed in vibrant clothes on the streets of Jodhpur.
● Session on Post Processing thrown in to help you understand this important aspect of photography workflow.
● Daily evening Gup Shup Sessions where we discuss photos clicked during the day.
Possibly the most romantic state in India, Rajasthan, famous for its striking desert landscape and colorful festivals, is steeped in tales of chivalry, honor, warriors and royalty. Its legendary cities like Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are resplendent with stunning forts that bear silent witness to the bravery and might of the Rajput warriors. Opulent palaces of breathtaking grandeur and whimsical charm pay tribute to its regal past and abound with treasures of artistic skills long forgotten.
Its culture is a delight for photographers and never a day will pass when you would not get a stunning photographic possibility.
Rajsthan is not a state with tourism spots, its an experience in itself and a photographer’s paradise.
Single Supplement Charges:
Participation Fee for foreign Nationals:
USD 880 per participant
Single Supplement Charges:
USD 255 per participant
19th to 25th Oct. 2017
Day 1, Oct 19: Arrival Delhi-Mandawa (By surface approx. 260 Kms/06 Hrs)
Early morning regroup at the meeting point (to be announced closer to the date). Drive to Mandawa for about 6 hours. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Mandawa known for its intricately painted havelis (mansions), Mandawa, located in the Shekhawati region of northern Rajasthan is likened to an open air museum. The stunning havelis with beautiful paintings that have made the region so well-known are now sadly falling into disrepair but there are still some of real beauty.
We will walk around this town and see the various havelis from outside. We will also visit the local market. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 2, Oct 20: Mandawa-Bikaner (By surface approx. 200 Kms/04 Hrs)
Another early morning walk around the town to catch the morning sun on these lovely havelis. Later drive to Bikaner.
An oasis town among scrub and sand dunes, Bikaner was founded by Rao Bika in 1488. It was once an important staging post on the great caravan trade routes and constituted a major centre of learning and wool trading The walled city retains a medieval air and sandstone architecture. The Junagadh fort is one of the best preserved in the country, with intricate murals and magnificent stone carvings.
Afternoon visit the Junagadh Fort, which is unusual, because other major forts of Rajasthan were built on hilltops, but this fort is built on the desert plain, surrounded by a moat.
Later walk in the old town and see the amazing life in the streets of old Bikaner. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 03: Oct. 21: Bikaner-Jaisalmer (By surface approx. 330 Kms/6 Hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Jaisalmer founded in the year 1156 by Bhatti Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Often described as Golden City & rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage the commanding Fort etched in yellow sandstone, dominates the amber-hued city with its entire awesome splendour.
Late afternoon drive out to Bada Bagh where the royal family members were cremated. Later watch sun set on the Jaisalmer fort. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 04: Oct. 22: Jaisalmer
In the morning we’ll have a sunrise shoot of the Jaisalmer Fort. Built in the year 1156 by Rawal Jaisal. Perched on 80m high hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts, the golden hued Fort is standing like a sentinel in the bleak desert landscape. It is the only “Living Fort” in India & within its ramparts has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely Havelis (Mansions), Palaces & beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD & of course skilled artisans & ubiquitous camels.
We also visit magnificent Patwon Ki Haveli in the heart of the town. It was built by the rich merchant Guman Chand Patwa & his sons, whose business stretched between Afghanistan & China. It is the most elaborate & magnificent of all the Jaisalmer Havelis & is virtually the showpiece of Jaisalmer’s legendary architectural wealth. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade & gold.
Later we drive down 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Khuri to take the Camel ride on the Sand Dunes of Khuri while the sun is setting down. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 05: Oct. 23: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur (By surface approx. 290 Kms/06 Hrs)
In the morning we’ll have a sunrise shoot of the Gadisar Lake.
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge.
Late afternoon walk around the blue city of Jodhpur as well as the amazing medieval market of Jodhpur. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 06: Oct. 24: Jodhpur
After breakfast visit the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive & formidable structures anywhere in India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is on a 125m high hill & has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window.
We also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur.
Late afternoon walking tour of the “Old Blue City” as well as the medieval bazaars of Jodhpur. So named because of the blue indigo used in the white wash of the houses, this area of Jodhpur is a delight for the photographers. Overnight at the Hotel
Day 07: Oct. 25: Jodhpur-Pushkar (By surface approx. 180 Kms/04 Hrs)
After breakfast drop to Pushkar.
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