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 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. Our journey starts photographing the religious city of Varanasi on banks of the Ganga River, teeming with pilgrims from all over India. We then head to the ever vibrant Rajasthan, visiting the colorful annual camel fair at Pushkar, the Bisnoi tribals in Jamba 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.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Welcome to India. After arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel to rest and relax.

Days 2-3 Fly to and Explore 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.

Days 4-5 Fly to and Explore Agra

Visit the Taj Mahal at various times of day, seeing this majestic monument to love in varying light. You will also visit Agra Fort, built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1565-73. Shah Jahan died here, imprisoned by his own son, gazing at the Taj Mahal he had built in memory of his wife.

Days 6-7 Drive to and Explore Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, the “Pink City,” where you will visit old Jaipur, the Amber Fort and Palace, as well as the City Palace.

Days 8-10 Pushkar Camel Fair

Festivals play a major role in the Indian way of life and the most dramatic and colorful one is the gathering at Pushkar. Enjoy these days exploring and photographing Pushkar.

Day 11-13 Drive to and Explore Jamba

Drive into the hinterland of Rajasthan to the region known as Jamba, the stronghold of the fascinating Bishnoi tribes. Enjoy a variety of possible excursions, including camel safaris, camel cart rides, 4-wheeling adventures, and more.

Day 14 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

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 is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer. He was the photographer for “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest,” published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Kemper’s monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. His publication “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ DVD, “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal,” features a year’s worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA. His latest publications are photo guide apps, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and “Yellowstone National Park SNAPPGuide.” 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.

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018

Pricing:

Land:

6 – 9 Participants: $6400 per person
10–12 Participants: $5885 per person

Single Supplement:

$1945

Internal India Airfare:

$450 per person, Economy Class, Delhi–Varanasi–Agra; Jodhpur–Delhi

Activity Level

This trip is easy to moderate touring staying in five-star hotels.