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Rural Rajasthan Village Photography Tour

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Indian city dwellers often refer nostalgically to "simple village life." City artists portray colorfully garbed village women gracefully carrying water pots on their heads, and writers describe isolated rural settlements unsullied by the complexities of modern urban civilization. Social scientists of the past wrote of Indian villages as virtually self-sufficient communities with few ties to the outside world.

In actuality, Indian village life is far from simple. Each village is connected through a variety of crucial horizontal linkages with other villages and with urban areas both near and far. Most villages are characterized by a multiplicity of economic, caste, kinship, occupational, and even religious groups linked vertically within each settlement. Factionalism is a typical feature of village politics. in one of the first of the modern anthropological studies of Indian village life, anthropologist Oscar Lewis called this complexity "rural cosmopolitanis"

Detailed Travel plan for Rajasthan Village Photography Tour :

Day 1 : Delhi Photo walk : Meet and greet at IGI and transfer to Hotel. Proceed for Delhi Photo walk. Scheduled to click the slum area within Delhi. O/n Hotel

rajasthan village photography tour, village photography rajasthan, rural rajasthan photographyDay 2 : Delhi Street Photography covering busy markets such as Chadni Chowk, Connaught Place, Nehru Place, Spice Market etc. Evening board train to Udaipur. O/n Train

Day 3 : Udaipur Photo walk : Udaipur is a tourist place in Rajasthan but yea has a good prospect of Travel photography, portraits shots. O/n Hotel

Day 4 : Udaipur - Rishabhdeo : Distance between is 65 Kms and offers a good scope to click the Rajasthani lifestyle and portraits.

Day 5 : Rishabdeo Photo walk

Day 6 : Dungarpur Village Photography Tour: Dungarpur is a city in the southernmost part of Rajasthan state of India. Yet untouched by the modern civilization

Day 7 : Photography at Dungarpur

Day 8 :Banswara : Banswara is a city in Banswara District in south Rajasthan in India. Banswara princely state was founded by Maharawal Jagmal Singh.rajasthan village photography tour, rajasthan village tour, rajasthan tour, jaipur photography

Day 09 : Photography at Banswara.

Day 10 : Early Morning drive towards Udaipur. 160 Kms from Banswara. Directly proceed towards a village called Nagada (21 kms from Udaipur). Catch late night train to Jaipur.

Day 11 : Jaipur street photography. Offers an excellent option portrait the royal side of Rajasthani culture. Very commercialized and capital city of Rajasthan. Dinner at Chowki dhani resort which offers Rajasthani cultural activities and dances. O/n Hotel

Day 12 : Jaipur – Bagura village excursion tour : Bagru is a small village near Jaipur, famous for its block printing. Evening Hit the highway leading towards Delhi.

Day 13 : Delhi IGI : Drop at Airport for onward journey to home town. Tour ends.

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Photography Tour of Rajasthan with Varanasi, India

DAY 1: Arrival Delhi :- Arrival and transfer to hotel in Delhi for a overnight stay.

DAY 2: Delhi :- After breakfast, we will proceed with the first photo opportunity will be at Humayun Tomb. The Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was established by Humayun ' s first wife Bega Begum in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum Later on, you will proceed to the Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minarety in the world, and the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made of red sandstone and marble, Qutub Minar is a 73-meter (240 feet) tall tapering tower with a diameter measuring 14.32 meters (47 feet) at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at the peak. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top (After Lunch) we will take you on a photo tour of Old Delhi. rajasthan village photography tour In the 17th century, the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, made his capital in the area that broadly covers present-day Old Delhi he called it Shahjahanabad. Today, it is one of the city ’s most crowded, chaotic and captivating areas, with a bamboozling orchestra of sights, smells, and sounds. Starting at the eastern (Red Fort) end of Chandni Chowk, we will visit the 16th-century Digambara Jain Temple. The focal devotional room (first floor) has images and statues of revered Jain figures such as Lord Mahavira and Lord Parasnath. We will continue walking west until we come to the renowned Jalebiwala, a century-old sweet shop on the corner of Chandni Chowk and Dariba Kalan Road. There, we will pause to fuel up on delicious sticky jalebis (deep-fried syrupy “ squiggles ”). There will be an opportunity to do a spot of shopping at the bazaar along Dariba Kalan Road, which has a focus on jewellery — mainly silver, but also some gold and costume jewelry. India photography tour Later we take you to the Kinari Bazaar. This bubbly bazaar specializes in wedding paraphernalia, such as glittering tinsel decorations and ornate bridal accessories. Thereafter, our group will move to Paratha Wali Gali, a lane veering to the right, devoted to little eateries specializing in parathas (Indian-style flat bread). The aloo (potato) paratha is a traditional favorite, but for something a little different try the paratha stuffed with crushed almonds.

DAY 3 : Delhi – Mathura (Drive 185 Kms – 03 Hours)

After breakfast, we will drive to Day 9: Mathura/vrindavan to enjoy religious place as there are plenty of Temples. Vrindavan is a town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the site where according to Hinduism, Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. The town is about 11 km away from Mathura, Krishna's birthplace on the Agra-Delhi highway. to Kri and stay overnight at the hotel. Holi is celebrated in almost every part of India, Holi in Braj is especially famous. Braj is a historical region which covers the area of Mathura, Vrindavan and some nearby areas. Holi here attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world because of it ’s special customs and traditions. Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up in his childhood. (We do organise Holi photography tours in the month of march and same itinerary can be organised).

DAY 4 : Mathura – Agra (Drive 60 Kms – 01.5 Hours) :- After breakfast drive to Agra, the city of Mughals. Agra offers many monuments, majestic buildings, the fort, the palaces and popular arts and crafts, all vivid reminders of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries Later in the evening, there will be a walking tour through the rural village of Kachhpura. Day 9: tour to mathura This charming hamlet has many delights to revel in. It is over here that you get the true essence of an Indian village. Witness the colourful traditions and customs and interact with the village people. Enjoy their rich talents at the regaling performance of street play. Later, we will head back to hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 5 : Agra :-The rich early morning shots are the best at Taj Mehal , one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal (closed on Friday), is a poem in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. Full day tour of Agra City, which includes Morning Agra market tour which is known for fabulous marble made handicrafts and soft stone inlay work. The Mughal were great patrons of arts and crafts. india tour in rajasthan Agra ’s major handicrafts product besides marble and Inlay work are: leather ware, brassware, carpets, Jewellery and embroidery work. Agra offers a variety of leather items including footwear, purses, bags and decorative items Thereafter, there will be an opportunity to visit the shop of Sandal and rose wood items, brass and stone decorative pieces, embroidered rugs, stone inlay work, floor carving. After that you can see what Zardosi is a unique 03 dimensional thread work that originated in Agra during the Mughal region and has held on till today. In today modern era, artisans of Agra have perfected the art of creating wall hangings, table cloth and cushions covers made of Zardosi. Agra is famous for its carpets and Dhurries. You can see nearby factory to see the process of creation of these items. The city has been center of making carpets and Dhurries since the Mughal days. Later in afternoon, we will visit Agra Fort (Fort and Palace) situated on the West Bank of the river Jamuna. The Agra Fort resonates with rich Mughal architecture. Later in the evening we will saunter through the inviting Mehtab Bagh and mesmerizing view of the Taj Mahal at sunset. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6 : Agra – Jaipur (235 Kms – 06 Hours) :- Morning proceed to Jaipur City the Pink City. On arrival check in at hotel. Jaipur was established by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. The Royal heritage of Jaipur lives in its architecture and culture. The city in pink is symbolic of the hospitality that reigned in the Rajput culture. Later evening will be a photo opportunity for street photography, environmental portraits and architecture in Jaipur. rajasthan tour in india Included in our visit to the impressive City Palace which is located right in the centre of the Old City. A complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings, the outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over the centuries. There are palace buildings from different eras, some dating from the early 20th century. Despite the gradual development, the whole complex is a striking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728, which resembles a collection of bizarre sculptures. The name is derived from the Sanskrit Yanta Mantr meaning ‘instrument of calculation ’, and in 2010 it was added to India ’s list of World Heritage Sites. Papu Bazar is a famous market in Jaipur and there are other markets located nearby: Indira Market, Nehru Market & Sanjay Market have a unique style where all the shops are of the same size & style. The whole market is very symmetrical and a particular street is known for a specific item. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7 : Jaipur :- This morning we visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipurs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding hills. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. You will visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five- storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. Later we will take to you to nearby village where the block making and block printing work is done in the morning. The sound of the muffled thud of the block on the fabric is so gorgeous, and the sharpness of the eye of the printers never ceases to amaze the block always goes down in the right place. Along the street are tiny shuttered shops with men sitting in wood chips, with smiling faces, chip chip chopping at blocks, making the most intricate designs with the utmost precision. we will visit a handmade paper factory where you will see mass production of recycled cotton pulp paper. Here it is made with flower petals or leaves and is then cut and made into books, cards, and all kinds of stationary. Finally, on your way back to the hotel, you can visit a small pottery workshop. Jaipur is famous for its blue pottery and at this workshop you can see the intricate, labour intensive painting of the pottery. Following lunch, there will be a tour Of City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The centre of the palace is a seven storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine vies over the gardens and the city. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the whole central grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. The Palace Of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. for overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 8 : Jaipur :-TODAY morning we will take you to the Anokhi ’s roots lie in Jaipur, a city whose founders were enlightened patrons of the arts and crafts. Skilled craftsmen were invited to settle here and were ensured a secure livelihood. In the Jaipur tradition, Anokhi tries to maintain an open and honest relationship with its crafts persons. It helps them to work in conditions of their own choosing and commits itself to providing them with sustained work. The hand block is carved out of wood and is the simplest of printing devices. Dyeing with vegetable colours is the oldest of colouring techniques. As pioneers of hand block printing for the export market, Anokhi has built on these for the last thirty years. It constantly seeks to create an environment in which traditional textiles have their place and value and to build a symbiotic relationship between the market and the design product between skill and tradition. Later in the afternoon we will take you to Elephant Village famous for Elefantastic, is lies in the depths of the jungles and on the peaceful hilltops. It is a wide and beautiful farm area, which is famous as a natural habitat of elephants and for elephant ride. It is located in the Amber, is the small and elegant town located 1 km from the Amber Palace. This beautiful place is the shelter of 24 elephants. There are 23 female elephants and only one male elephant live as a family. Amazing experience by royal ride of elephant by this you can explore complete area of this place. Your visit start from the warm welcome by the team of elefantastic and elephants. The elephant safari starts before sunset and end after dark. They will prepare your royal ride, wash the elephants, feed and water them. There is a huge gallery and collection about the elephant decoration. Colors, designs and traditional way of elephant decoration are really very fascinating and great of attraction of your visit. After a traditional and delicious lunch, a wonderful elephant ride will start with our elephant rider or tourist guide. This trip starts from the visit of the jungle area. The area of Elefantastic is full with wild animals. This wonderful tour starts from the visit of aroma of nature, chippering of birds and sound of many wild animals. Golden birds, Black Shouldered kite, Peacock and Asian Paradise Flycatcher are the beautiful birds of this farm area.

DAY 9: Jaipur – Ranthambhore :-After breakfast, proceed to Ranthambhore. On Arrival, check in at hotel. After lunch, we will provide Sharing jeep safari at national park Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: Ranthambhore :-Morning and Afternoon jeep safari at Ranthambhore Ranthambhore National park is spread over an area of 392 sq km. along with its nearby sanctuaries like – the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predators in its natural habitat. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day time busy at their ordinary quest- hunting and taking proper care of their young ones. Ranthambhore is also counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Certainly, a visit to Ranthambhore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover. The time spend on watching tigers roaming around, verdant greenery, a gamut of other species of chirpy birds and animals is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a life. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at hotel.

DAY 11 : Ranthambhore :-Today we again will provide Morning and Afternoon jeep safari at Ranthambhore. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12 : Ranthambhore Agra (Drive) Varanasi (Overnight train Departure from Agra at 2200 Hrs and arrival Varanasi (next day) at 0900 Hrs) :-Today we will provide a Morning Jeep Safari at Ranthambhore National Park. After Lunch proceed to Agra railway station to board overnight train for Varanasi Varanasi is referred to as the city of temples and learning the holy city of Varanasi (Benaras), situated on the banks of the river Ganges in India, and is one the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth. Encapsulating the essence of India ’s Hindu religion, Varanasi with it ’s endearing faith, picturesque river ghats, and a way of life unlike any other in the country, Varanasi ranks amongst the most sought-after destinations on our India photography tours. One of the holiest destinations of Hindu pilgrimages, Varanasi stands at the very center of the Hindu universe, offering the photographer a unique perspective to the soul of India.

DAY 13 : Arrive Varanasi at 0900 AM :-Varanasi railway station and transfer to hotel. Varanasi is the city of temples and learning the holy city of Varanasi (Benaras), is situated on the banks of the river Ganges in India, and is one the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth. Encapsulating the essence of India ’s Hindu religion, Varanasi with it ’s endearing faith, picturesque river ghats, and a way of life unlike any other in the country, Varanasi ranks amongst the most sought-after destinations on our India photography tours. One of the holiest destinations of Hindu pilgrimages, Varanasi stands at the very center of the Hindu universe, offering the photographer a unique perspective to the soul of India After lunch you will be taken on a walk to the old part of the city Bengali Tola. This is an excellent opportunity for you to get a glimpse of the symbiotic life of people. The tour will continue to the historic ritual bathing ghat called Dashaswamedh. In the evening, we will watch the illuminated aarti ceremony that is performed at Dasahwamedh Ghat. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14 : Varanasi :-Early morning we will take to you the Boat ride at Varanasi Ghats where you can witness of Culture, set of beliefs, customs, and practices that give a people a sense of collective identity, Varanasi epitomises India ’s Hindu faith and culture. Central to culture are places where people tend to congregate; in Varanasi it is the river ghats. For thousands of years, devout Hindus have flocked the ghats every morning to bathe in the holy river and absolve themselves of their sins. For thousands of years, priests have ceremoniously lit lamps every evening and performed elaborate rituals in worship of the holy river. For thousands of years, life in Varanasi has revolved around the river and the stone steps (ghats) that lead to it. Witness and photograph the thousands of devotees, elaborate religious ceremonies and daily events at the ghats. rajasthan tour in india Afternoon we will take you to the Markets and Temples. The narrow lanes alongside the ghats bustle with activity of all sorts. Here you ’ll find the ubiquitous tea vendor dishing out his milky fare in earthenware cups. Walk ahead and you ’ll find customers bargaining with the flower seller over the price of garlands for the temple deity. Small shops sell colourful sarees there is an unhurried pace to life here that will give you ample opportunities to photograph a true exotic marketplace in the heart of India.

DAY 15 : Varanasi :-After breakfast, there will be an excursion trip to Sarnath. Sarnath, a world famous Buddhist site is about 10 kms. from Varanasi. Buddhists worldwide look upon India as the land of the Buddha and a visit to this country means a pilgrimage to those places sacred to the memory of the Enlightened One. After the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to Sarnath. Here in the Deer Park, he delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra Pravartan.). On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. In time departure transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. Meeting assistance on your arrival at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 16 Delhi departure (Flight EK 511 at 0800 hrs) :-In time departure transfer to International airport to board the flight for onward journey.

Prices Valid from 01 January 2017 till 30th April 2017

1 - 3 PEOPLE $ 2450 Per Person on sharing double room (Guided tour)

1 - 3 PEOPLE $ 3890 Per Person on sharing dbl room (Professional Photography tour)

4 - 6 PEOPLE $ 1490 Per Person on sharing double room (Guided tour)

4 - 6 PEOPLE $ 1880 Per person on sharing dbl room (Professional Photography tour)

HOTEL : CATOGORY 3 * OR HERITAGE PROPERTY

Airfare suppliment for Varanasi - Delhi - USD 150 PER PERSON ADDITIONAL

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:

1. Accommodations: Rooms based on single or double bed or a queen size bed; Single room supplement will be applicable if guest will stay in single room

2. Breakfast at local city restaurant or enroute restaurant

3. English speaking guide service during the city tours mentioned in the itinerary. *Please note that your guide in each city or area will not fly/drive with you from one city to another.

4. Meeting and assistance by our representative on arrival/departure at Airport/hotel.

5. A/C Vehicle (Medium car) will be provided as per the program

PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE

1. Flight/Accommodation/Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.

2. Visa Fee.

India visa: Visa is requested to be obtained before your arrival. Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry to India.

3. Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, and camera fee in monuments, etc.

4. Travel insurance. Highly recommend to take your own insurance on or before paying us.

5. Optional activities.

6. Wi-Fi in the hotel.

7. Excess Baggage Charges.