India Workshop

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 Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi

 Chandni Chawk, Delhi

Chandni Chawk, Delhi

 Udaipur, India

Udaipur, India

 Amber Fort, India

Amber Fort, India

 Pink City, India

Pink City, India

 Street Photography

Street Photography

 local village, India

local village, India

 Indian details.

Indian details.

 City Palace, India

City Palace, India

 City Palace, India

City Palace, India

 Jodhpur, "Blue City", India

Jodhpur, "Blue City", India

 Friendly people everywhere!

Friendly people everywhere!

 Amber Fort, India

Amber Fort, India

 Holi Festival

Holi Festival

 Holi Festival

Holi Festival

 Aarti Ceremony, Varanasi, India

Aarti Ceremony, Varanasi, India

 Sadhu, holy man.

Sadhu, holy man.

 Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

 Ghats, Varanasi, India

Ghats, Varanasi, India

India Workshop

March 13-24, 2019

Itinerary - 12 days

Cost: $5,350.00 

March 13, Wednesday Arrive Delhi

After you have cleared immigration and customs formalities and collected your baggage, our tour representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and escort you to the coach to be transferred to your hotel. Standard hotel check-in time is 2:00pm. 

5:00 pm Meet in the lobby for workshop introduction with instructors David Tejada and Eric Krugl, followed by group dinner 

Welcome to Delhi, a bustling metropolis wrapped in mystery, magic, and mayhem. This city of 19 million people is a mix of medieval fortifications, dusty bazaars, and a treasure of sacred sites. The population of Delhi is made up of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, with hinduism being the main religion. Some of locations we’ll explore are incredible temples and mosques dedicated to these religions, where you’ll witness first-hand how life unfolds in India. Delhi’s “street” life will challenge us with unlimited opportunities for telling the story through our images of the sights, smells, sounds of India that will bombard us on this journey. 

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: The Lalit Delhi (or similar) 

March 14, Thursday Delhi  

Early morning is the great time to explore the architecture and gardens of Humayun’s Tomb (UNESCO site), built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. It is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. 

Back to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a full day of seeing the sights of both new and old Delhi. Our journey today will take us on a rickshaw ride through the narrow, chaotic lanes of Chandni Chawk. This main street of Old Delhi is as crowded today as it was during the time of Shah Jahan who built the market in 17th century. Apart from being one of the most popular streets in the world, it is also the oldest and busiest market in old Delhi, Located nearby is Khari Baoli (the spice market), rich with colors, textures and patterns of the local produce sold. 

We’ll spend time at Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia. A stop at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a peaceful Sikh house of worship, is included. The kitchen at this Bangla Sahib feeds thousands of people, with the help of volunteers, everyday free of charge. 

Return to hotel, dinner on your own 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: The Lalit Delhi (or similar)

March 15, Friday Delhi / Udaipur
After early breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your flight to Udaipur 

Depart: Delhi: at: 1320 Hrs by: Al 471 (Air India)

Arrive: Udaipur: at: 1435 Hrs

Upon arrival at Udaipur, we will transfer to hotel and check in.

In the afternoon, we’ll journey through the narrow, winding streets of Udaipur’s old city teeming with shops selling clothing, silver jewelry and various crafts, and ending our walk at the imposing City Palace.  It stands on a ridge overlooking Lake Piccola.  The rooms inside the City Palace all contain decorative art: beautiful paintings, colourful enamel, inlay glass-work, and antique furniture. We’ll also explore the 17th century Jagdish temple. We will also be doing a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola to photograph the Jag Mandir Palace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  The Lakend Udaipur/Ananta Resort and Spa (or similar)

March 16, Saturday Udaipur-Kumbhagarh

Early morning, proceed for Heritage walk in Old part of Udaipur city to experience the normal life of local people, vegetable market, temple rituals.

Return to hotel for breakfast and check-out. 

We'll hit the road to Kumbhalgarh (135 kms/03 hours) en-route visit Ranakpur Temple – the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose scale of its architecture and the highly-decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars. The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are continuing the work

Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.  Later proceed for Jeep Safari to nearby village and visit to Kumbhalgarh Fort.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Dinner on your own

Accommodation: Kumbha Bagh (or similar)

 March 17, Sunday - Kumbhalgarh - Jaipur  

After breakfast, we'll journey onward to Jaipur.

Jaipur is an essential stop in any tour of Rajasthan. The old walled section of the city is known as the Pink City. It was painted red (a lucky color in Hindu culture) to welcome England’s Prince Alfred in 1853 and the fading old buildings retain their hue. Jaipur is one of India’s newer cities, founded in 1727, and was the creation of Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of the KuchwahaRajputs.  When the Mogul power was on the decline, he decided to move from his outmoded hillside fortress at Amber to establish a new capital on the plains further south, which today is known as City Palace. 

Upon arrival at Jaipur proceed to hotel for check in. Dinner on your own. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodations: Le Meridien Jaipur (or similar)

 March 18, Monday - Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, our morning will be devoted to exploring both the City Palace and Amber Fort. 

City Palace, is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.  (we can ask if we can also include a short stop to explore 

Amber Fort defines the city of Jaipur. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power for six centuries. (Elephant ride is subject to availability and optional for client to pay directly. Jeep included). 

Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles – the earlier constructions in the inner apartments designed by the Hindu founder are austere, while later constructions abound in the rich flourishes characteristic of Muslim influence.

Reachable by jeep, once on top you will stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms are adorned with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Sheesh Mahal is one of the most exciting and beautiful features of this fort. The literal meaning of Sheesh Mahal is “mirrored”.  This room is decorated with patterned mosaics, colored glass and mirrors from floor to ceiling. The most awe-inspiring thing to observe in Sheesh Mahal is that one candle was enough to light the entire hall room because of the reflections in the mirrors.

Lunch at local restaurant, followed by tuk-tuk ride to the local bazaar.

Afternoon free to explore, shop, rest or take in sites on your own.  You may wish to check out Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is a defining landmark of Jaipur. Built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design and rising five stories high, it was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city. Inside it’s barely a building at all, only around one room deep, with narrow, delicately scalloped walkways.

JantarMantar, near City Palace, is an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728, which resembles a collection of bizarre sculptures. The name is derived from the Sanskrit YantaMantr meaning ‘instrument of calculation’, and in 2010 it was added to India’s list of World Heritage Sites.

06:30 Early evening shoot of the Water Palace.

Return to your hotel. Dinner on your own.  

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodations: Le Meridien Jaipur (or similar)

March 19, Tuesday Jaipur - Agra

After breakfast, we will drive to Agra. (240 Kms/ 05.30 Hours)

En-route stop at Abhaneri (95 Km from Jaipur): The small village of Abhaneri has one of India’s deepest and largest step wells, Chand Baori. Step wells are unique to India.

Continue your drive to Agra.

The Taj Mahal is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in mid-17th century as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, , the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world.Marble was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and precious stones of onyx, amethyst, malachite, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade, crystal and mother of pearl were carried from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet and China.  There will be unlimited angles and ways to frame this incredible monument. 

Upon arrival in Agra, check-in at your hotel. 

Later we’ll head for the Yumana River for sunset views of the Taj Mahal.

March 20, Wednesday Agra - Mathura - Vrindavan - Agra

After early breakfast at the hotel, we'll leave for Mathura and Vrindavan to cover the Holi festival celebrations in temples and local villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Dinner On Your Own

Accommodation: Sarovar Crystal Premier (or similar)

March 21, Thursday Agra

Early morning, we will visit the Taj Mahal by sunrise.

Return to your hotel for breakfast

More shooting of Holi Festival and local people...

Dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Accommodation: Sarovar Crystal Premier (or similar)

March 22, Friday Agra/ Delhi/ Varanasi

After early breakfast in the hotel, you will be driven to Delhi Airport to board your flight to Varanasi 

Depart: Delhi at: 1435 Hrs by: 9W 370 (Jet airways)
Arrive: Varanasi at: 1605 Hrs

Varanasi gets its inherent charm from its location on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganges.The riverbank, with its bathing ghats, is always a hotbed of photo opportunities.  Hundreds of devout Hindus make their way to the river before dawn to experience spiritual rejuvenation in the sacred waters, or to cremate their loved ones.  Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities and is regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. 

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Accommodation: The Gateway or Hotel Madin Varanasi (or similar)

March 23, Saturday Varanasi  

At sunrise, we’ll head to the ghats to witness the Hindu pilgrims descending to the riverbank for purification in the Ganges holy waters.  We’ll be taking a boat ride on the River to experience life on the river from a different angle in the early morning light.

Return to hotel for breakfast. 

Late afternoon we’ll head out to explore the narrow winding alleyways that spider out from the river’s edge. Cows (sacred to Hindus) and human’s cohabitate together in these dusty lanes. Many shops near the river are selling materials needed for cremation. 

In the evening, we’ll find our way to the water’s edge to witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti ceremony, which takes place every night of the year. As the sun begins to set, bells and gongs ring and chants fill the air.  A line of religious celebrants hold plates of flaming ghee, moving them in a circular salutation to the Goddess of the River. Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony.

Return to hotel; dinner on your own

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: The Gateway or Hotel Madin Varanasi (or similar)

March 24, Sunday – Varanasi - Delhi (by flight) 

After breakfast and check-out, proceed for half day excursion to Lamhi Village to witness local villagers, their livelihood, local wrestling areas called “Dangal”  and visit Cow shelter. In addition to being very spiritual, Varanasi is the center of India's silk weaving industry and much of the work is done in the surrounding villages by hand using traditional equipment and techniques. One of these villages, Sarai Mohana, give us an in-depth look into the craftsmanship of the weavers with their distinct designs.

Lunch at local restaurant 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Depart: Varanasi at: 1650 Hrs by: AI 405 (Air India)
Arrive: Delhi at: 1825 Hrs

Upon arrival at Delhi airport, we will transfer to a location near the airport for our farewell dinner and wrapup.   Most flights for the US leave around 1-3 am; you’ll be transported back to the airport for check-in 3 hrs. prior to your departure.  For those wishing to stay over an additional night(s), that expense would be on your own, but we can work through our tour operator for a discount.

March 25th  Delhi – flights home 

Depart Delhi by International Flight (most US flights leave between 1 am and 3 am) Final transfer to airport arranged by tour operator 

Group Size 10-15 Guests

Experience/Difficulty - Beginners, amateurs, enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers. DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras. Travel by plane, bus, richshaw and walking.

Photographers/Guides - David Tejada/ Eric Krügl/ Donnie Sexton

Weather/Sun March - Temps 85/55 F  28/13 C   Sunrise 6:31 | Sunset 6:30 (18:30)

What’s Included - All breakfast and lunches; 4 dinners, lodging, transportation inside India (including three internal flights) photography instruction, guides, entrance fees, gratuities for guides/drivers.

Instruction: shoot, processing, lighting

What's Not Included - Airfare to/from Delhi, trip insurance, personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, Indian tourist visa. *Some monuments/ temples may charge extra if a person is carrying a video camera or multiple cameras that appear to be for commercial purposes.  This will be on a case by case basis at our various stops. The fees are usually between $4-$6

Cost - $5,350.00 Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement:    $1021.00 (if you are traveling as a single and wish to share a room, we'll make every attempt to match you up with a roommate of the same sex. In the event this doesn't happen, you would be required to pay the single supplement.) We can help arrange early arrival and late departure accommodations at discounted pricing.

 Deposit: $1,000 deposit due by September 10, 2018   We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we don't meet the minimum number of participants, in which case your deposit would be refunded.

Final payment:  Final payment due on November 1, 2018  

Refund Policy:We understand that work schedules and plans may change, or unforeseen emergencies do occur.  We have established this refund policy to try and fairly accommodate such eventualities. Please realize that once you have registered for the trip, we immediately incur expenses on your behalf.  Once you have paid in full for the trip, any cancellation and subsequent refund would come from the travel insurance you purchased.  Therefore, travel insurance is mandatory. 

Important Date: -Balance due November 1, 2018.   We need a minimum of 10 participants to  move forward with this trip.  If this minimum is not reached by, September 25, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop and refund any funds paid to date 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is compulsory for this trip.  We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation. We strongly recommend that the policy also cover personal liability, trip cancellation, delays, loss of luggage and personal effects. Your policy number, along with an emergency contact number will be required with final payment.

Links to travel insurance companies:

Travel Insurance - Affordable Plans Starting at $17‎ | Allianz Global Assistance

Here is a link to AIG Travel Guard

Itinerary Changes  We reserve the right to change the itinerary based upon ideal photo opportunities.