India (04-13 November 2019)

A kaleidoscope of Culture, Colour, Beauty and Photography in India.

 

This diverse tour offers all facets of India.

We explore the bustling city life of New & Old Delhi, the lake city of Udaipur and rural areas in Rajasthan.

Included is a well balanced mixture of temples, cities, people, artisans, transport, architecture, nature, farms and village life – combined with deep knowledge of the history and culture of India from Ishvara and how to improve your photographic skills from Peter and Leanne – both Accredited South African Professional Photographers.

 

>>>BOOKINGS ARE OPEN<<<

>>>SOLO TRAVELLERS ARE WELCOME<<<

>>>5% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OFFERED ON THIS TOUR IF BOOKED IN 2018*<<<

 

There are a minimum of eight and maximum of sixteen people on this tour so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Dates: 04-13 November 2019

Please see below for price and payment policy – as well as what is included and excluded.

The Team:

Our  Guide in India:

Ishvara Dhyan is South African yet has traveled to India over 20 times and is fluent in Hindi and Yiddish. He is deeply knowledgeable about the area, food, fabrics, history, buildings and the culture. His business, Ancient Secrets, has been running for many years and he specialises in Cultural Tours through the Inner City of Johannesburg. thephotowalkers.com and Ancient Secrets teamed up in 2016 and offer a wonderful combination of photography and culture.

Our Photographers:

Peter Hassall (National President of SA Pro-Photographers with 35 years experience) and Leanne Dryburgh (Western Cape Manager of SA Pro-Photographers with 27 years experience) from thephotowalkers.com are the photographers selected for this tour. Peter Hassall will join if there are more than 8 photographers booked.

Photographic Skills:

Hobbyist and travel photographers of all skills level are welcome. Solo Travelers are welcome. Come Join Us!

Partners and Non-Photographers:

Partners/Non-Photographers are welcome to join at the same price as the photographers.

Our photographers years of experience behind the lens and our guides many years of living in and scouting India is what puts thephotowalkers.com tours into a league of its own.

Photographic Highlights Include:

  • Low light in the largest temple in Delhi
  • Architecture on the Taj Mahal, The Red Fort and other similar landmark structures
  • Shutter Speed workshop including how to use a Neutral Density Filter* to make crowds disappear
  • Street Photography through the markets in Old Delhi
  • Painting with light on a rooftop restaurant
  • Reflections on the unique and beautiful lakes surrounded by white castles
  • How to the colour wheel to make your images ‘pop’ – India is all about colour!
  • Understanding how to use a Polarising Filter*
  • Bird photography on 380 species
  • Macro in Lodi Gardens
  • The importance of good composition using your foreground, middleground and background.
  • How to photograph parallel lines in ancient archways
  • How to silhouette people using interesting backlit windows
  • How to create abstract photographs when the image is too busy to find a focal point
  • How to handle all different types of light in busy cities and small towns
  • Movie night and feedback on images
  • Environmental portraiture on Artisans
  • Life and people on rural towns

*we have these filters available for loan and sale on the tour – in all sizes.

Itinerary:

Day 1: ORIENTATION – Monday 4 November

Arrival at India Gandhi International Airport with a meet and greet by the tour guide and photographers. Transfer to your hotel. At 15h00 an informal orientation walk around the Paharganj area close to your hotel in conjunction with an introduction to photography workshop and checking your camera / phone settings to make sure that you are set to capture India as best as you can.

An incredible evening at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara (Sikh Temple)  Sixteen thousand people are fed daily at the Gurdwara.

We will help in the kitchen making dhal, rice and chapati and then enjoy the meal with the locals. Night photography of the temple reflecting in the lake.

Day 2: DELHI – Tuesday 5 November

A day in New Delhi with a visit to the Lodi Gardens followed by High Tea at the Majestic Imperial Hotel. Onto Chandi Chalk – Old Delhi – a wonderful opportunity to practice your street and portrait photography. A relaxing dinner in the hotel on the rooftop.

Day 3: VRINDAVAN Wednesday 6 November

Breakfast and check out followed by a train trip at 10h00 to Mathura where Ishvara will be waiting for us. Explore the nearby town of Vrindavan (the birthplace of Krishna). Lunch at the Balaram Temple complex.

This ancient town has not changed much in the past few hundred years. In fact, it is much the same as it was 5000 years ago. This is a wonderful opportunity to capture the magic of ancient India. In the afternoon we will relax at Kusum Sarovara (the abandoned temple where Krishna picked flowers for his beloved Radharani).  Along the way we will pass through fields and villages getting plenty of opportunities to photograph rural scenes.

In the evening we check into your accommodation next to the Bharatpur National Park.

Day 4 : AGRA – Thursday 7 November

We will drive to Agra before sunrise, to the home of the Taj Mahal “ a pearl on the cheek of time itself “….the most popular attraction in India. Explore Agra Lal Qila (Red Fort) , the residence of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaj. An Architecture photography course on the magnificent arches at the fort. A visit to the factory where the inlaid marble tables, tiles and crafts are manufactured. A light lunch and then return Return to tranquil Bharatpur for an afternoon and evening on own after a busy start.

Day 5 : BHARATPUR – Friday 8 November

An early morning workshop followed by breakfast and a birding tour in the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is known as the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur and was accepted as a World Heritage Site in 1985. This man made sanctuary is home to over 380 species of birds, making it one of the most inviting destinations in the world for ornithologists, photographers, amateurs and nature lovers. Cars are not allowed into the park so we will hire bicycles to get around – or you can go around on foot.

Day 6 : UDAIPUR – Saturday 9 November

An early morning workshop, breakfast, check out and a drive to the airport (approx. 3 hours) for a flight to Udaipur. Lunch en-route. Check in at a hotel in Udaipur with views of Lake Pichola or the mountains. In the evening, an orientation walk around this beautiful town to get your bearings – followed by a dinner and a night time photography workshop on rooftop of Javat Niwas Palace overlooking the Lake. A wonderful treat!

Day 7 : UDAIPUR – Sunday 10 November

A free day on your own to relax at a pool on the rooftop of your hotel, do some shopping, sleep, back up you images, go for a massage – whatever you feel like. At 17h00 we will meet for a walk through the backroads of the Udaipur capturing the ‘real and beautifully happy’ India. Dinner at your leisure.

Day 8 : ARAVALI HILLS – Monday 11 November

An early breakfast followed by a journey on our private bus to the Marwar countryside. Stop en-route visiting farms where the families are harvesting crops and wells in the desert driven by oxen . A visit to Kumbhalgarh the huge wall built to keep the invading Moghuls out of the Rajput Kingdoms and Ranakpur the biggest Jain Temple complex in India.  Return to Udaipur after shooting the sun setting over the desert.

Day 9 : UDAIPUR – Tuesday 12 November

After breakfast a visit to the Sun Palace built in 1559 by the Sun King, Udai Singh, followed by lunch on your own at any of the many lakeside restaurants or in the courtyard of the palace. Afternoon on own followed by a sunset cruise to Jag Mandir Island for photographs of the setting sun against the best views of Udaipur. Back to the hotel for rooftop farewell dinner.

Day 10: Wednesday 13 November

Our last day in India consisting of time to explore / shop / photograph / chat in Udaipur with a flight back to New Delhi at a suitable time – depending on your departing international flight time. If you flights are departing the next day – you can spend the night in Delhi.

Accommodation:

Accommodation in Heritage Hotels is included for this tour. This is where the photographers and tour guide have previously stayed and are staying again this year. Its clean and comfortable and conveniently situated.

If you would like to upgrade to 5-Star Accommodation – we will upgrade you close to where the group is staying. If you take this option, there will be an additional Accommodation Booking Fee of $50.00 per person and an estimated increase of $400.00 per person sharing per night. The exact price will be confirmed upon confirmation of booking

Once you have secured your booking for the tour with the deposit, we will send you the links to the hotels for your perusal and confirmation.  thephotowalkers.com will provide as much information on the accommodation as possible that you choose and will therefore not be held responsible should you not be happy with the accommodation booked.

You are welcome to arrive a day earlier or stay a day later and we will book your room for you at the same hotel that you choose at no additional booking fee – just the cost of the room and taxes.

All of the above options are in the Drop downs when you fill out the “Booking and Enquiry” form at the top of the page.

Please click the ‘BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES’ button towards the top of the page. There are drop-downs that prompt you to tell us what accommodation requirements and if you would like to share transport . You will then receive an email with all of the relevant details.

Should you have any  questions, you are welcome to call or WhatsApp Leanne on 083 293 7208 or email Jeanne tours@thephotowalkers.com. One of them will get back to you as soon as possible. (If Leanne is taking a tour or on a shoot – she may take a couple of days to reply –WhatsApp is most effective form of communication for her)

Price and Payment Policy:

The full price of this tour is USD $3250.00 per person sharing – or $3600.00 for a single supplement. (please see below for what is included and excluded)

  • A deposit of $1000.00 (R14 300.00) per person is required to secure your place/s. This will be held in a trust account and refunded to you should the minimum number of people (six) is not be reached by the closing date for the tour – 30 June 2019. However, when the minimum number is reached we will confirm the trip with you and your deposit will count as a part payment.
  • 50% of the balance is payable by no later than 30 June and the balance is payable in full by 31 August 2019.
  • Late bookings are welcome if the tour is not sold out – but may incur an additional cost due to late accommodation and internal flight bookings.
  • For Credit card payments, or Payfast payments – a 4% surcharge is added to the final payment. Payments bank transferred into our bank account do not incur an additional expense.
  • Due to the high costs of this tour – no discounts are applicable. (*other than the 5 % Early Bird Discount for booking in 2018)

Included is:

  • Photography instruction throughout the tour
  • A cultural specialist to teach you about all of the wonderful places that you will be visiting
  • Accommodation and government taxes
  • Domestic flight – Udaipur to New Delhi
  • All private bus trips, train rides, local taxis, tuk tuks and transport throughout the tour – included in the itinerary above
  • Airport transfers for your international flights
  • Boat trip to Lake Pichola to watch the sunset at the Temple Island in Udaipur
  • Entrance fees and camera fees to all of the places listed in the itinerary
  • Hotel Government taxes

Excluded is:

  • International flights arriving in Delhi are excluded. (Please make sure you land by lunch time on the 4th of November the latest).
  • All meals
  • Any unforeseen transport costs.
  • Any local transport not included in the itinerary above
  • Entrance fees not listed above and bicycle hire
  • Additional accommodation and transport for international flight times other than on day 1 and day 10 of the tour.

Passports, Visas, Travel Insurance, Medical Aid, Cash and Vaccinations:

  • All visitors must have a passport that is valid for at least six months.
  • Please check if you require a Visa (South African citizens qualify for a free visa which is best obtained through electronically through an E-visa. This take 24 hours to process and the link is https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html)
  • Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance that covers thephotowalkers.com and your international flights cancellation policies.
  • Please bring EUROS, INDIAN RUPEES or US DOLLARS with you to change at travel desks. We have found that drawing cash in India and paying with a credit card can be troublesome. For ‘standard’ everyday meals and drinks and the couple of entrance fees, we recommend about € 45.00 // INR 4000.00 // $ 50.00. Shopping money at your own discretion!
  • Ensure your Medical Aid knows that you are travelling abroad.
  • Typhoid vaccinations are recommended – Hepatitis and Yellow Fever are optional.

What to Bring for Photography:

In order to achieve the most from the Accredited South African Professional Photographer, a camera body with a manual mode function is recommended. However, all makes of cameras and cell phones are welcome. Please bring a spare battery or two – and enough memory cards.

If you would like thephotowalkers.com help with camera gear (what to bring from you bag, what to buy – please email tours@thephotowalkers.com.)

Head torches for the evenings.

‘Sensible’ clothing to bring:

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. There is beautiful cotton clothing for sale in India and you will have time to shop – so don’t worry to buy before you come!

Fitness:

A certain level of fitness is required to enable you to transport your own camera bag and personal effects. Reasonably short to medium distances are covered. If during ‘free time’ you would like to partake in other adventures, additional fitness may be required.

Should you suffer from any chronic medical conditions, we recommend that you get a full medical clearance before committing to this Tour.

Duty Free Allowance:

  • Alcoholic liquors or wines up to 1 litre per person can be purchased in Duty Free and brought into India.
  • 200 Cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco can be brought in.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations within 3 months of the tour: No refund will be issued.
  • Cancellations more than 3 months before the tour: 50% refund will be issued on any monies paid to date – less any expenses incurred – including accommodation and transport.

Liability:

Although every possible care is taken to safeguard you and your property, no company involved in this Tour accepts responsibility for any accident, injury, illness or death incurred during or arising from any tour, or loss or damage to clients property during a tour. We strongly advise you take out Good Travel Insurance for yourself and your property before the start of the tour.

No company involved will be held responsible for any expenses or loss of tour days resulting from changes in flight schedules, delays or loss of baggage by international air carriers or local air charter companies.

Indemnity:

By booking this Photo-Tour you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, it’s staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature whatsoever while on the tour, in the shared transport, in the accommodation or during an activity. By booking this tour you understand and accept this. thephotowalkers.com will do their best to avoid any circumstances that may lead to the above.

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality:

By booking this tour you understand, accept and agree that any information given as well as any service providers, locations, workshops, partners, techniques or any part of the tour whatsoever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com).

BOOKINGS ARE OPEN for our 2019 Photography Tours

Book before 31 Dec '18 and qualify for Our Early Bird Discount.

Join us in our 6th year of Hands-on Educational Photo-Tours with Accredited SA Pro Photographers.

We have 15 tours lined up for 2019 - which we have scouted and know the best places to stay, the best back roads, where the best light is and when to be there.

We hike, we tour, we go on 4x4 adventures & safaris & we go overseas.

Come Join Us!