Dates 15 Oct '11 to 24 Oct '11
Flexible? Yeah, sure
Est. Cost 3,100 - 3,150 EUR (EUR Euro)
Type Tour Participants Wanted
Name Learn the art of travel photography in vibrant Rajasthan
Spend 10 days in Rajasthan, India's "Incredible state" and learn about travel photography with a professional photographer. David Dunning has been based out of Jaipur since 2004 and shares his incredible insights in to life in Rajasthan.
David will help you improve your skills and learn new techniques as you visit some of the most intriguing locations and beautiful landscapes in North India. From people to wildlife, cities to rural idylls - you'll build an enviable portfolio of travel shots, each one telling the story of life in Rajasthan.
Whether you are a beginner or have bags of experience, you can choose from flexible departure dates that suit your own holiday dates, and a minimum group of two people which gives you more one-on-one time with David.
Prices include all flights, accommodation, transportation in a luxury AC car, all meals, entrance fees and activities.
On day one your connecting flight arrives Jodhpur - we will be there to welcome you, together with David who will guide you through the entire trip. We'll take you to your hotel, and after lunch you will be getting straight in to the action. We'll head up to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort that sits high above the 'Blue City'. Apart from its rich history, architecture and enormity it offers amazing views over the entire city. A great way to capture Jodhpur as a whole. You will be at the fort until sunset (darkness falls around 6pm at this time of year), so you can make the most of the changing light conditions to take some spectacular shots.
For dinner we will take you to a rooftop restaurant and those who have some energy left can take a stroll around the busy markets - the ambiance in the evening is almost frenetic as people head out on to the streets to shop for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices around the busy clock tower.
An early start on day two so you can be at the Jaswant Thada (royal cenotaphs) by sunrise – a chance to get a range of very distinctive photos as the light moves over the finely carved Chhatris. After a late breakfast back at the hotel you have the possibility to get shots from a rather unusual angle – from the Flying Fox zipwires that allow you to hover over Jodhpur for some 'aerial' photography. If you're more interested in culture, you can opt to visit the Umaid Bhawan Museum or simply go for another wander through the narrow streets in the city to capture everyday life in Jodhpur
Lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel which is located in the heart of the old city.
After breakfast on day three we head for Rohet which is a short drive of about one hour. After checking in at the hotel take the opportunity for a stroll, you're bound to meet lots of interesting characters (and potential subjects for improving your skills!)
After lunch there are several options to choose from; a jeep safari to visit a Bishnoi family home and a Brahmin village. Here you'll really learn about the simplicity of life on the edge of the great Thar desert, and how to translate this in to captivating images. Another option is to explore the area on horse back - a very different vantage point even if you're not a keen rider. Black Buck (antelope) are very common in this region, so you'll undoubtedly have fun tracking and photographing them.
Dinner will be served back at the hotel, accompanied by traditional Rajasthani music and folk dancing and a campfire. You can sit back and enjoy, or learn to capture the scene using new techniques for some great results.
Day four starts with the drive to Ranakpur. We'll be stopping at plenty of locations along the way as the landscape changes – desert scrub gives way to more contours and eventually a rocky terrain. Groups of Langurs (black-faced monkies) are a common sight next to the road, ensuring some fun photos and very close encounters!
After lunch at the hotel you'll visit the world-famous Jain temple complex, constructed completely out of white marble. The main temple is supported by 1444 individually unique carved pillars and is a masterpiece of devotional craftsmanship. The light in the different parts of the temple constantly changes during the day and will give you the opportunity to improve your skills in working with light and shadow, detail and picking the right angles and compositions when faced with innumerable possibilities. The daily routine of the temple's monks also makes for some very fascinating shots.
Take a dip at the pool back at the hotel before drinks, dinner and a relaxing evening gazing at the stars, with a backdrop of mountain silhouettes.
After a leisurely breakfast on day five we head to Kumbhalgarh on a day trip. The drive itself is worthy of the trip, taking you through rural landscapes where it seems that time has stood still. The traditional way of working and irrigating the land is all around you, and after every bend in the road a new and surprisingly beautiful scene awaits you.
You will be having lunch in Kumbhalgarh before heading up to the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort, with vistas across the surrounding mountains. The fort is enormous – its fortifications second in length only to the Great Wall of China. Explore and learn to capture the essence of a bygone era.
On the way back to the hotel, we'll be taking some smaller side roads and generally getting off the beaten path. You'll delve in to the world of local farmers, small communities that seem almost completely untouched by the modern world, but where smiling faces and interesting characters are in no short supply. Heading back to the hotel shortly before dusk, you'll have an opportunity to capture the shadows changing across the mountains.
Enjoy dinner by the pool or in the hotel restaurant – either way, the food is absolutely fantastic and offers a wide variety to choose from.
Day six means a slightly more relaxing and slower pace, but still there will be plenty of opportunities to push your camera and your skills further. You have the choice to go on a guided nature walk, if you're interested in flora and fauna. Or we can take you to the nearby small town of Sadri, where you'll immediately be absorbed by the number of possibilities for great shots that come from everyday life in India. Engage with people, make friends and gain the trust you need to be able to really take a great portrait shot. A final alternative if you're feeling lazy... lounge by the pool until lunch!
In the evening we have something very special planned – a leopard safari. With wildlife there are never any guarantees, but our expert local guide has a 95% success rate for sightings, so your odds are very good. Even if you don't get close enough to get some great shots, the experience of seeing this big cat in the wild is tremendous.
On day seven we head to Udaipur - the drive takes about two hours and after check in and lunch at the hotel we head into the heart of the city. The distances between the different sites are perfectly walkable and along the way you'll be spoilt for opportunities to capture each scene in the most engaging way. You'll be visiting some of the most important sights in Udaipur - City Palace followed by the Pratap Memorial and Sahelyion ki Bari (Gardens of the Maidens of Honour). We'll try to time a boat ride on Lake Pichola so that you can use the perfect lighting as the sun sets across the water to get some stunning shots of your surroundings, including the two floating palaces.
Dinner will be served at the hotel's rooftop restaurant with a view over the lake and the beautifully illuminated palaces.
Day eight means an early start as we go on another day trip, this time to Chittorgarh which is a two hour drive. The Chittorgarh Fort is absolutely huge and contains several palaces, towers, step wells and temples - you have to drive through this “history park” by car.
Part of the fort is still inhabited, and along with colourful pilgrims, cows, goats, pigs and monkies create an unimaginable scene. Chittorgarh has an epic history, famous for its heroes and heroines, battles and for repelling invading forces. You'll learn to tell some of these stories (as well as the real life situation that is Chittor today) through your pictures.
We'll take care of a picnic lunch and drinks so you can spend the entire day exploring the ruins, the reconstructed buildings and those that have stood the test of time. We'll head back to Udaipur and the hotel in time for sunset, drinks and dinner at another rooftop restaurant.
The next morning on day nine, there is enough time for a slow start and after breakfast it's on to the Jagdish temple in the center of the city. This working temple is decorated with intricate carvings from top to bottom, including a ring of miniature carvings of elephants. You can wander through the markets and do some shopping before lunch, after which we'll take you to Sangjjangarh Palace (or Monsoon Palace), followed by a cable car ride which gives you another perfect vantage point for capturing Udaipur and the Aravali hills at sunset.
Dinner will be served at the hotel and afterwards we recommend a walk through the streets as locals head on to the streets in the cooler temperatures. Absorb the nighttime atmosphere in this special city on your last evening in Rajasthan.
Day ten is the last day of your photography adventure in Rajasthan, but surely not the end of your learning! Once you get back home you can stay in touch with David who will gladly advise you on any ideas about how to make the most of your pictures in your portfolio. And without a doubt you will have some amazing shots that will be lasting memories of your time in Rajasthan.
Depending on the timing of your flight out of Udaipur there might be some time for last minute shopping (or photographs) before we take you to the airport for your flight to Mumbai or Delhi and connecting flights home.
Learn the art of travel photography in vibrant Rajasthan
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