About Destination: Delhi
Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.
About Destination: Agra
Agra is a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. It's home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631). The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets.
About Destination: Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence.
About Destination: Pushkar
Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert, in the northeastern Indian state of Rajasthan. It's set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. The town has hundreds of temples, including 14th-century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to the god of creation, which has a distinctive red spire and walls inlaid with pilgrims’ silver coins.
About Pushkar Fair
The Pushkar Fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) or locally Pushkar ka Mela is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs. Apart from the buying and selling of livestock, it has become an important tourist attraction. Competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists. The Imperial Gazetteer of India mentions an attendance of 100,000 pilgrims in early 1900s.
Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.
It is celebrated for five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day (the 15th) of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar. The full moon day is the main day and the day, according to legend, when the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, thus numerous people swim in its sacred waters.
About Destination: Jodhpur
Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.
About Destination: Varanasi
Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city's winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
About Dev Deepawali
The Dev Deepavali ("the Diwali of the Gods" or "Festival of Lights of the Gods”) is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartika (usually between November - December) and takes place fifteen days after Diwali. The steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honour of Ganga, the Ganges, and its presiding goddess. The gods are believed to descend to Earth to bathe in the Ganges on this day. The festival is also observed as Tripura Purnima Snan. The tradition of lighting the lamps on the Dev Deepawali festival day was first started at the Panchganga Ghat in 1985. During Dev Deepawali, houses are decorated with oil lamps and colored designs on their front doors. Firecrackers are burnt at night, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets of Varanasi, and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.
24 October 2017 (Tuesday)
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Today, late evening arrive at Delhi International airport. Garland welcome, meet and greet by our team members at the airport followed by a short walk to parking area from where we will board the waiting vehicle and drive 30-40minutes to the hotel for overnight stay.
Meals – Nil
25 October 2017 (Wednesday)
Day 02: Delhi – Agra By Road: 260Kms/4-5Hrs
Morning after breakfast drive 260Kms approximately 4-5Hours to Agra. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and relax. Later proceed for lunch.
In the afternoon drive to Agra Fort, which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site established besides the eighth wonder of the World – The Taj Mahal.
Here one can click the pictures of marvellous architecture of the Agra Fort and also take photos of different culture of India and foreign tourists visiting the fort. From the fort there is also a very good view for the photography of the Taj Mahal and Yamuna River flowing beside this great monument.
After visiting Agra Fort drive to one of the greatest monument and eighth wonder of the World – The Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) for photography.
The view of Taj Mahal is best during the sunset and sunrise. The view of the monuments when the sun light falls on its top and when the sun is rising is setting down behind the monument is mesmerising. Many photographers spend several days to click the photos of the monument in different shades of sun light and all photos look very special and different from each other.
After photography of Taj Mahal drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at Delhi Hotel, Lunch and dinner at hotel in Agra.
26 October 2017 (Thursday)
Day 03: Agra – Jaipur By Road: 260Kms/4-5Hrs
Early morning we can arrange The Taj Mahal visit again for sunrise photography at and additional entrance charge. Return to hotel for breakfast and drive further to Jaipur – The Pink City. En-route stop and visit Abhaneri village. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means "city of brightness," but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins but best for photography and it attracts tourists from across the globe. The village also has “Chand Baori” – A well made of steps which is unique in itself and several creative photographs can be clicked at this spot. After photography drive further 90Kms to Jaipur.
On arrival transfer to the hotel for lunch and relax for a while. Later in the afternoon drive to Amer Fort. Here we can find several decorated elephants that carry the tourists from the road to the Fort on the top of a hills. These decorated elephants look very colourful covered in very bright cloth and the photos of tourists on top of these elephants with fort in the background is spectacular. At the Amer Fort we can also take an elephant ride at an additional cost.
After visiting Amer Fort drive to Nahargarh Fort for photography from where we get the best view of the Jaipur City.
Later drive to back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at Agra hotel, Lunch and dinner and Jaipur Hotel.
27 October 2017 (Friday)
Day 04: Jaipur – Pushkar By Road: 150Kms/3Hrs
Early morning drive to Hawal Mahal (Wind Palace) for photography from outside. When the early rays of sun falls on the Wind Palace which has total 953 windows, the view is awesome. We will organise space on the roof top of the market in front of the Wind Palace for sunrise photography.
After photography we will walk down to the streets of Jaipur for photography of local market, people and different vendors etc. Return to hotel for breakfast and then drive 150Kms/3Hrs to Pushkar.
On arrival transfer to hotel for lunch and relax for a while. Later drive to camel fair ground for photography. The gathering of Camels and traders are maximum on the day prior to inauguration as all traders have to be ready with their camels well decorated at the time of inauguration. This gives us the best chance to take photos of camels decorated in different ways and also you can people from different cultures of Rajasthan and India. Men wearing their traditional clothes, turban, moustache and beards and women wearing colourful dresses and sarees draped in different ways all living together on the camp ground temporarily like nomads for buying or selling their Camels. This is a unique set-up for taking photos.
Spend the entire evening taking photos and return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at Jaipur, Lunch and dinner at Pushkar
28 October 2017 (Saturday)
Day 05: Jaipur – Pushkar
Morning we can wake up early and visit the ground to take the several photos such as people taking their camel from one place to another with sunrise in the background. After photography return to the hotel for breakfast. Later during the day participate in the inauguration of camel fair and take photos of the largest Camel gathering in the world.
A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.
Spend two days by the Pushkar Lake where the camel fair is organised taking photos of every moment of this huge gathering where men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. In the evening women cook meals with their hand in front of their camp on the ground which is very good moment for photography.
Later in the evening return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast on 28 October at hotel in Jaipur, rest breakfast, lunch and dinner at hotel in Pushkar.
29 October 2017 (Sunday)
Day 06: Pushkar – Bikaner By Road: 250Kms/4-5Hrs
Morning after relaxed breakfast drive 250kms to Bikaner. On arrival transfer to the hotel, relax for a while followed for lunch. Later in the afternoon visit Junagarh and Jain Temple for the photography of marvellous architecture and local people.
Junagarh Fort was constructed in the year 1593 and the construction is a fine blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput style of architecture. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The amazing architecture inside the fort inspires you. Some of the attractions inside the fort are Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal.
Jain Temple was commissioned by Bhandasa Oswal in the year 1468 and completed in the year 1514. Rajputana architecture in its excellence is evident in the construction of this temple. The unique and intricately designed temple, sculpted pillars, frescos and the gold leaf work inspire the visitor. With a blend of red sandstone and white marble used in the construction, the three-storied Jain Temple stands unique and commands admiration. The mirror work in the temple is unique as well.
Evening return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel in Pushkar, Lunch and dinner at Bikaner hotel.
30 October 2017 (Monday)
Day 07: Bikaner – Jaislmer By Road: 330 Kms/6-7Hrs
Morning after breakfast drive 330Kms/6-7Hrs to Jaislmer. Arrive Jaislmer and check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel in Bikaner, Lunch and dinner at Jaislmer
31 October 2017 (Tuesday)
Day 08 Jaislmer By Road
Early morning drive to desert to take the photos of sunrise over the golden sandunes. The place has become very touristy over the years as many want to experience the desert during sunsets and sunrise, which is some sort of being in a carnival atmosphere than any other. But there are still some glorious piece in this part of the world that have not yet been touched by so many travellers which are still yet to be revealed to the rest of the world.
After photography of sandunes landscapes, camel on sandunes etc return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner at hotel in Jaislmer
01 November 2017 (Wednesday)
Day 09 Jaislmer - Jodhpur By Road: 286Kms/5-6Hrs
Morning drive to Jodhpur (Approx. 286 kms/5-6Hrs). On the way visit Khuri Village for mud huts and local desert people photography and proceed to Jodhpur – The Blue City.
Performance at Village (subject to availability of performer) Mud Huts at the village.
On arrival at Jodhpur transfer to the hotel for lunch. Later in the afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort for the photography of the Blue City followed by Jaswant Thada photography.
Later in the evening return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at Jaislmer hotel, Lunch and dinner ar Jodhpur hotel.
02 November 2017 (Thursday)
Day 10: Jodhpur -Delhi By Flight: 1120Hrs/1315Hrs
Delhi – Varanasi By Flight: 1505Hrs/1630Hrs
Morning after breakfast in time transfer to Jodhpur airport to board flight for Delhi
Depart Jodhpur at 1120 hrs by 9W 2552 (Jet Airways). Arrive Delhi at 1315 Hrs and board the connecting flight to Varanasi at 1505 hrs. Arrive Varanasi at 1630hrs and transfer to hotel. Evening photography at the Bank of river in Varanasi and return to hotel for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel in Jodhpur, Lunch on board, dinner at hotel in Varanasi. Overnight in Hotel at Varanasi.
03 November 2017 (Friday)
Day 11: Varanasi By Road
Early morning transfer to the bank of the holy river Ganga for the photography of sunrise over the river with flying birds and bridge on the background.
Several events take place on the bank of the river Ganga which is very good for photography like people taking holy dip in the river, some offering river water (holy water) to the Sun God, some washing their clothes on the bank of the river, people enjoying boat ride, some feeding bread to random cow etc. etc. Later return to the hotel for late breakfast followed by city tour for the photography of local people, market
In the evening participate in Dev Diwali – The festival of light, for photography. During this festival the entire bank of river Gaga is lit up with lamps, lights and candles all over the places. The reflection of light in the river is breath-taking and equally challenging for a photographer. The steps of all the ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honour of Ganga, the Ganges, and its presiding goddess. During Dev Deepawali, houses are decorated with oil lamps and colored designs on their front doors. Firecrackers are burnt at night, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets of Varanasi, and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.
Later return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner at the hotel in Varanasi.
Note: During Dev Diwali the hotels at Varanasi are sold out very well in advance as the festival attracts lot of tourists all from all over the world.
04 November 2017 (Saturday)
Day 12: Varanasi - Delhi By Flight: 1050Hrs/1225Hrs
Morning in time transfer to Varanasi airport to board flight for Delhi
Depart Varanasi at 1050 hrs by 6E 175 (Indigo Airlines)
Arrive Delhi at 1225 hrs and then proceed for lunch at a restaurant followed by half day sightseeing of specific local markets of Delhi for photography including Chandani Chowk market which is called as one of the cheapest market of the world. At Chandani Chowk one can also take photos of spice vendors, rickshaw rides, etc. Later proceed to India Gate for photography of local delhites enjoying their evening with the family and then drive pass President House, Parliament of India and reach the restaurant for farewell dinner.
After dinner drive to Delhi for departure.
Days : 12 | Nights : 11