As well as giving participants a taste of India’s unique culture, this inspiring photography tour (for beginners and intermediates) allows you to wander through some of India’s most stunning and photogenic sites. From the forts of Udaipur, the remote nomadic life of Jojawar, to the maze-like lanes of Bundi, this trip is designed to delight your senses and ignite your creativity. The tour, commencing 27th November 2017 also takes you to the astonishing Taj Mahal and other wonderful historic and sacred sites as well as the peaceful Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. Photography classes are interspersed throughout the tour.
Facilitated by Mumbai-based photographer Jay Weinstein, this tour gives beginners and intermediates great photography knowledge and tips, fabulous creative perspectives of India’s architecture, landscapes and it’s colourful inhabitants, as well a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the real India….
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to our well-located hotel in South Delhi.
Today, we have combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi including a cycle rickshaw ride around Old Delhi’s narrow chaotic alleyways, a visit to Jama Masjid, Humayun’s tomb and a driving tour of New Delhi. Overnight Delhi
Today, we have an early drive to Agra for a guided tour of the exquisitely-jewelled Taj Mahal, described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. After lunch we visit the fascinating ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Overnight Bharatpur.
After an early cycle rickshaw ride around the peaceful Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, we drive to Jaipur, stopping en route to visit an ancient step well and temple. Also, see some of the wonderful sights of the chaotic pink capital of Rajasthan including the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal.
Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Amber Fort followed by a visit to the fabulous Anokhi Museum of Block printing. In the afternoon, we have time to wander through the colourful bazaars.
After breakfast drive to Bundi, a captivating town with atmospheric narrow lanes, blue houses, temples, bazaars and palaces.
Immerse yourself in the wonderful ambience of this beautiful town with a morning guided tour. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
This morning we drive to Chittogarh. The fort here was constructed by the Mauyans in the seventh century and is considered the greatest in Rajasthan. Being the citadel of many great Rajput warriors, its history is filled with chivalry and tragedy. After a guided tour and lunch, we drive to Jojawar, a small town in the foothills of the Aravali Range with a suitably romantic past and a wonderful heritage hotel
In the morning we head out for a jeep safari to visit villages of the Rabari people who inhabit much of the western desert of Rajasthan. They are a semi-nomadic people with a strong ethos of protecting the fragile environment that supports them. The jeep safari will help you to gain an appreciation of their lifestyle as well as the natural beauty of this region.
After lunch, we drive through the hills and board the special mountain-railway train for a wonderful scenic journey through the Aravali Range. Overnight Jojawar.
Today we have some free time for further activities such as a cooking class, bird watching or horse riding and of course, photography!
En route to Udaipur, we enjoy a stop at the Ranakpur Jain Temple with intricately carved marble interiors and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. From the extensive fortified walls the views extend for miles. Overnight Udaipur.
While in Udaipur, we will have a guided tour of the majestic City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the stately Bagore-ki-haveli. We also have free time to explore the narrow crooked lanes of this charming town or the surrounding countryside and villages. Other options include – sampling teas in the quaint tea shops or enjoying an ayurvedic massage. In the evening, enjoy a traditional folk dance performance.
Enjoy a visit to the Shilpgram handicrafts village – a living ethnographic museum depicting the lifestyles, architecture and art of the folk and tribal people of the Western states. We then have a late afternoon flight to Mumbai.
Experience the chaotic madness of Mumbai with some great sightseeing and time for shopping. We have a final group dinner before departure to airport.
This wonderful 14-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, all accommodation, all excursions and entrance fees, internal flight, some meals, guides, guide tips, photography classes.
Price $3570 per person twin share.
(Single supplement $920)
Your facilitator: Jay Weinstein
Jay Weinstein is a Mumbai-based, photographer of mainly Australian-American heritage. At the age of 3, he moved to India with his schoolteacher parents and spent the next 12 years living in Vrindavan, a historic town filled with temples and monkeys. At 15, his family moved back to Australia to facilitate his secondary education. Though Jay thought he was done with India, he ended up returning year after year, drawn by her overpowering, vibrant, chaotic cadence. His passion for photography was ignited on these trips. Later, his profession had him traveling from the lush, palm-dotted southern states to the breathtaking Himalayan mountains of Nepal; the ancient majestic forts of Rajasthan to the unending paddy fields of West Bengal. These gradually transformed into the photography travel trips he is now addicted to!
Jay brings to his work a unique charm and an eye for hidden beauty. Through the easy rapport he builds with his subjects, he creates unforgettable images that transport one to the heart of India and its people. See more of Jay’s work on this website – www.jaywphotography.com
Jay has been working on a wonderful photography project over the last couple of years called ‘So I asked them to smile’. To view photos, click this link – https://www.facebook.com/soIaskedthemtosmile/
Short theory sessions and focused practice time cover portraiture, basic composition, point of view and other topics. There will be morning and evening ‘photo’ walks where participants focus on a specific photography element for a limited time and can then go freestyle. Participants are always encouraged to make the most of any magic moments. Our meditative approach to photography also leaves plenty of room for participants to wander ahead and explore their photography independently.
Other Topics covered include –
What makes an image interesting?
Breathe then see – meditative approach to photography. – eyes closed then eyes open
Light and ISO
Beauty in the big picture – wide shots, action, layers, landscapes
Beauty in the detail – up close
Basic Camera 1 – ISO and shutter speed
Basic Camera 2 – aperture and lenses
Portraits – etiquette, eyes, bringing in a story
Point of View – finding interesting angles, depth of field