The Indian sub-continent is more than a repository of an ancient civilization; it is a lively and ever-changing work in progress. On this photo tour of India, visit a bazaar where 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, the next highlight of this photo tour of India will be 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
Begin this photo tour of India by exploring 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 before this photo tour of India comes to an end.
Day 11 To Delhi and Depart
Fly to Delhi, transfer to a day room, and later board your International flight home.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Dates:Oct 20, 2017 - Nov 2, 2017
6 – 7 Participants: $5985 per person
8 –10 Participants: $5645 per person
Internal India Airfare:
$215 per person, Economy Class, Delhi–Varanasi–Agra; Jaipur–Delhi
This trip is easy to moderate touring staying in five-star hotels.
A Word About 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 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.
In the last decade, Lewis had led multiple photography tours to Tibet and India. On his most recent tour of India, Land of Tiger, (April 2017), he and his group sighted an unprecedented 20 tigers in the wild! 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.