The Indian sub-continent is more than a repository of an ancient civilization; it is a lively and ever-changing work in progress. Visit a bazaar and groups of women in saris of seemingly impossible combinations of magenta and turquoise vie for visual attention with their sisters in silk of purple and yellow. Every surface is used to catch the eye: Overripe heroes and heroines loom in enormous proportions from film billboards; mud walls are decorated with traditional geometric patterns; camel pelts are clipped to produce swirling paisleys; cattle horns are painted and decorated with brass bells; cycle rickshaws are covered in painted parrots, landscapes and slogans and decorated with chrome studs. Even the natural world is filled with an exuberance of peacock, elephants and tigers.
After exploring and photographing historic Delhi, our next highlight will be photographing the religious city of Varanasi on banks of the Ganga River, teeming with pilgrims from all over India. We then head to the heart of Rajasthan visiting the colorful annual camel fair at Pushkar and the “pink city” of Jaipur. Of course, no photography trip to India is complete without visiting the “the monument of love,” the Taj Mahal, where we have two sunrises and two sunsets to view and photograph the monument from various angles.
One of our favorite regions, Rajasthan is a wonderful destination both, for the photographic enthusiast and the ardent traveler. This Photo Tour to Northern India is designed to have ample time exploring and photographing the various sites at the right time of the day.
Day 1-2 Delhi
Explore old Delhi’s colorful bazaars and sites. Enjoy an architecture-focused tour of New Delhi, including a visit to Humayun’s Tomb.
Day 3 Fly to Varanasi
Varanasi is a holy city and the center of Hindu culture. Explore the city’s many sites and enjoy a sunset boat ride on the Ganga River.
Day 4 Explore Varanasi
Enjoy a sunrise boat ride past the ghats where pilgrims bathe in the sacred river. Walk the city’s streets and visit some of the many temples.
Day 5 Fly to Agra
Arrive in Agra and visit the Taj Mahal to photograph this iconic monument at sunset.
Day 6 Explore Agra
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise before visiting Agra Fort.
Day 7 Fly to Jaipur
Wander the old city walls of the vibrant bazaar in the “Pink City.”
Day 8 Explore Jaipur
Tour the Amber Fort and Palace, as well as the City Palace.
Day 9 To Pushkar
Drive three hours to Pushkar and make the first visit to the Camel Fair, a gathering for farmers and nomads to trade and purchase livestock.
Days 10-11 Pushkar Camel Fair
Spend two days enjoying the revelry of this most important and colorful Indian festival.
Day 11 To Delhi and Depart
Fly to Delhi, transfer to a day room, and later board your International flight home.
ABOUT YOUR TRIP LEADER
Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its park lands for over 29 years specializing in nature and outdoor photography. His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide.
Lewis teaches photography for many organizations including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, Lepp Institute and BetterPhoto.com. He is the author of The Yosemite Photographer’s Handbook, and The Yellowstone Photographer’s Handbook. His work has been published in numerous books including publications by The Sierra Club, The National Geographic Society, Little Brown, APA Insight Guides, Sequoia Communications, Prentice Hall, Hyperion Books, Companion Press, Cachuma Press. Currently
Lewis is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines. He has been named to Canon USA’s elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light. Canon USA has selected 62 photographers to represent Canon and its photographic products.
An excellent photographer, Lewis is a skilled teacher, and will assist you in every way, enabling you to bring home wonderful memories, suitable for framing.