Discover the holy city of Varanasi – Full with pilgrims from all over the country. It is one of the most authentic places to photograph in India.
Sunrise & sunset boat ride on the Ganga River
Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset – Of course, no photography trip to India is complete without visiting the “the monument of love,” the Taj Mahal.
Our journey will focus on street life, we will visit the most interesting streets and markets in the following cities.
Starting with the old neighborhoods of Kolkata, the old British capital India, from there we will move towards Agra to see the greatest monument of love ever built.
The busy streets of Delhi – Delhi awaits us, with its busy life, although being the modern capital of India, there is still a lot of old and traditional to discover there.
Upon arrival in Kolkata, you will be met and greeted in the Airport by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Flights arrive at various times of the day. We’ll come to pick you up from the airport and take you back to our hotel for check-in and orientation.
Arrival can be any time on September 29, 2019. Your room will be ready by 14:00. If you arrive early, we will be happy to request an early check-in. This is a long travel day for many, so the afternoon and evening are free for you to relax and prepare for the awesome journey ahead. We will meet for dinner at a gourmet restaurant, we will try some local dishes and get to know each other and talk about the upcoming trip.
We will start our morning at the famous wholesale flower market and from there will visit some of the famous places like Kumartuli, Rabindra Sarani and try to blend with the celebrations of Durga Puja.
After Breakfast, we will head towards Agra, it will be a short flight to Delhi and another few hours on a car to Agra . Depends on our arrival time to Agra we will see if we can explore the small Muslim neighborhood around the Taj Mahal, old Agra Bazaar, weaver’s colony, or Sadar Bazar..
Rise early before sunrise and prepare for a truly spectacular sight, the legendary Taj Mahal. It is often said that Taj Mahal changes its colors by every minute depending upon the angle of sunrays and it is best seen either by sunset or sunrise. Sunrise, however, is the best timing for taking pictures of this monument under mild sunlight After a full breakfast, we will start our journey to Delhi by using the local train ( get ourselves a little Indian train experience.
When it comes to cultural and street photography, Delhi is a true gem. The old town is full of interesting characters and places. Every blink of the eye is a potential photograph.
We will start our morning before sunrise by visiting Jama Masjid and the surrounding markets. Later we will have a local brunch and head towards Gurudwara Bangla Sahib We will finish the day in the busy streets of Bara Bazar.
After breakfast, we will take our flight to Varanasi.
Varanasi is a holy city, the center of Hindu culture. Like Jerusalem or Rome, Varanasi is an ancient city, one of the world’s oldest living cities it has survived the centuries because of its sanctified place in Indian religious life. It is seen as a holy land and o die in Kashi (Varanasi) ensures release from the endless karmic cycle of rebirth and suffering. At the evening we will visit the famous Arti ceremony that has been holding daily on the river banks of Ganga river.
“Twenty-five centuries ago, at least, it was famous. When Babylon was struggling with Nineveh for supremacy when Tyre was” planting her colonies when Athens was growing in strength before Rome had become known, or Greece had contended with Persia, or Cyrus had added luster to the Persian monarchy, or Nebuchadnezzar had captured Jerusalem, and the inhabitants of “ M.A. Sherring
“Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, “!and looks twice as old as all of them put together”
Mark Twain in his “Following the Equator”
We will start our morning at Asi Ghat , walking slowly and witnessing the life around the river. Early morning people will get into the water performing religious rituals. Will take our time to explore some of the hidden corners of the city, the small tea shops, markets, and the ghats, get ready for a lot of walking that day.
This will be the last day of our photographic journey.
We will start our morning at the Ghats on the river and later board to our flight to Kolkata.
From there you can choose to be transferred to your hotel or just catch a connecting flight back to your country.
In my workshops, I strive to make things easy so everyone can focus entirely on photography. This is the reason why the rates include everything during the tour: accommodation, transportation, all meals, and even tips to local people.
Cancellation fees will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the workshop.
Gil is organizing his trips only based on personal experience.
The trip has been planned personally, the places we are going to visit, have been visited before and the main point of photographic interests was carefully selected in a way that you as a participant can get the most unique and fulfilling experience ever.
Accommodation location is planned in a way to spend less time getting to places and spend more time behind the camera.
In Gil’s workshops, there is a large amount of effort put on getting to know a place, interacting with its people and its culture. So you take home more than a set of photographs to frame on your nightstand.
Our group will never be beyond 8 people, that is the maximum amount of people to be able to run the tour effectively.