Impressions of
India 2018
Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Jaipur
Day 3: Bharatpur
Day 4: Vrindavan
Day 5: Vrindavan
Day 6: Vrindavan
Day 7: Agra
Day 8: Agra
Day 9: Gwalior
Day 10: Orchha
Day 11: Khajuraho
Day 12: Night train
Day 13: Varanasi
Day 14: Varanasi
Day 15: Trip ends
 

Steve has travelled in India countless times, but has never taken part in the incredibly colourful and chatic Holi Festival. Noted for the joyful throwing of paint and coloured powder, Holi is at the heart of this exciting photography tour.

This itinerary will visit many of the most famous site of this incredible country, as well as a number of less visited and more hidden places. You will see the Taj Mahal, the great forts at Amber and Gwalior, as well as the erotic carvings on the temple at Khajuraho. We will see pilgrims in temples, and also bathing in the holy River Ganges at Varanasi - one of the most spiritual places in the country. Travelling by train, rickshaw, boat and bus we will see both the ancient and modern India, and have the chance to photograph countless expressive faces, ancient places and even unspoilt landscapes and birds.

The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts, as well as the chaos of the Hindu festival of Holi.

Our adventure starts in the busy capital city of New Delhi, before heading into Rajasthan and the pink city of Jaipur. Here we will visit the City Palace, as well as the Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds. From Jaipur we drive to Bharatpur - home to one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in India.

A short hop takes us to Vrindavan where we will base ourselves for the Holi Festival - also visiting the nearby city of Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.We will stay here for three nights to explore the Holi Festival at a number of different locations and temples.

Another short drive takes us to Agra, where we will have a little time to gather our breath from the festival - and to photograph the Taj Mahal at sunrise, of course! One of the most beautiful buildings in India, everyone should visit the Taj at least once in their lifetimes.

Crossing into the state of Madhya Pradesh our next stop is the city of Gwalior - home to an intricate hilltop fort and a Royal Palace that is a byword for the wealth and power of the Maharajahs.

Continuing through Madhya Pradesh we spend an atmospheric night at the little visited city of Orchha, before continuing on to glean a few ideas from the erotically carved temples of Khajuraho! Guaranteed to make even the most broadminded person blush – these temples hark back to the days of the Kama Sutra!

Our final destination is the Holy city of Varanasi, or Kashi. Blessed with amazing light and graced by the holy River Ganges, Varanasi attracts pligrims from all over India as well as wandering holymen called sadhus who sport great dreadlocks and often perform incredibe Yogic feats.

Our tour finishes in Varanasi, allowing you to explore further, or to catch a cheap flight back to Delhi for your return flight.

 

Please note: this is an exploratory trip. Steve has travelled to most of the places on this itinerary, but never during the Holi Festival. This exploratory nature is reflected in the trip price. We will, however, have expert local people to guide us and to help us have the best experience and also come back with some excellent pictures!

The price quoted is per person. Prices for our this trip is based on a twin share basis: that is on two people sharing a room.

If you are travelling with a partner, or a friend, then this doesn't affect you, but if you are travelling on your own, you will be paired up with another same-sex member of the group to share with.

Sharing a room, or paying the single supplement is compulsory on this trip. To keep the price as low as possible for everyone, we simply can't let anyone have a single room without paying for it.

This means that we will have to manage the rooming lists carefully, so that this situation doesn't crop up. Unfortunately this means that the availability of places or the availability of the optional single supplement cannot be guaranteed. When making a booking, the more flexible that you can be over rooming and dates, the more likely you will be to get a place!

This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!

Ethiopia is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, and there is no better time to visit than when the country celebrates the Easter festival.

Be prepared to forget almost anything that you have heard about Ethiopia. Although there is povert, it is a more sophisticated and complex country than Bob Geldof ever lead you to believe. Notably, Ethiopia was one of the first countries to adopt Christianity - and traces its history back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba! Devout Ethiopians believe that they had a son, Menelik, who later brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Ethiopia, where is it believed to currently reside in a chapel in Axum.

Ethiopia is a vast and varied country, and so we have restricted our tour to the North of the country. Even so, you will visit a stone castle, ancient carved churches, painted monasteries, great packs of baboon and the source of the Blue Nile. We will even visit a walled Muslim city and where if you are brave enough, you will have the chance to feed wild Hyenas!

We start in the capital city of the country, Addis Ababa. Surprisingly devoloped, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city and is home to the skeleton of Lucy - the remains of the oldest hominin ever discovered!

We fly from Addis to Llibela, in time to witness the Easter celebrations. Before you start flicking through your diary, the Ethiopian Church uses the Orthodox Calendar, where Easter happens later than the Gregorian calendar.

Lalibela is an incredible place, with a series of stone carved churches, including the breathtaking cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George) and the massive Bete Medhane Alem. At this time of year, the stone carved churches are thronged with pilgrims, and the rituals to celebrate Easter are incredible to witness. On the Saturday there is a vast livestock market in the town as the faithful head to buy meat to break their long Lent fast.

From Lalibela we fly to Axum to see the carved stone stalae and the ruins of the Palace of the Queen of Sheba. We even get to look at the outside of thechapel where the Ark of the Covenant is rumoured to reside!

After a long drive through stunning scenery we reach the Simien MOuntains National Park- home to many endemic species including the Simien Wolf and vast packs of Gelada Baboons. The latter are very easy to see and photograph.

We move on to the town of Gondar, home to the vast 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, and also the so-called Fasilides bath, which sees the annual mass bathing during the Timkat festival.

We proceed on to Lake Tana, home of many island monasteries and also to the source of the Blue Nile. We also enjoy a short trek to view the Blue Nile Falls.

Changing pace completely we now fly to the eastern city of Dire Dawa, and then drive to the ancient walled city of Harar. This is fantastic, and little visited part of the country. The religon here is predominently Muslim, and many of the locals chew the stimulating drug Qat. We have time to take in all of the sights of the city, including the Hyena Man, who feeds wild hyena on the outskirts of town with his teeth.

Finally we return to Addis Ababa ready for your homeward flight.

 

The price quoted is per person. Prices for our this trip is based on a twin share basis: that is on two people sharing a room.

If you are travelling with a partner, or a friend, then this doesn't affect you, but if you are travelling on your own, you will be paired up with another same-sex member of the group to share with.

Sharing a room, or paying the single supplement is compulsory on this trip. To keep the price as low as possible for everyone, we simply can't let anyone have a single room without paying for it.

This means that we will have to manage the rooming lists carefully, so that this situation doesn't crop up. Unfortunately this means that the availability of places or the availability of the optional single supplement cannot be guaranteed. When making a booking, the more flexible that you can be over rooming and dates, the more likely you will be to get a place!

 

The price consists of two portions: a trip cost of 2950 and an internal flight cost. This is currently 295 if your international flight is also with Ethiopian Airlines.

The trip portion is fixed, but the internal flight portion is subject to change. We will update this price if it does indeed change, and will notify you of the prevailing rate at the time of booking.

If you choose not to fly Ethiopian Airlines, then the internal flight cost is currently 595.

Highlights of this trip

Ethiopian Easter at Lalibela

• Boat ride on Lake Tana

• Carved churches of Lalibela

• City and hyenas of Harar

Simien Mountains walk

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unforgetPlaces4PCThis tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything you need to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.

Start:24 April 2019
End:
7 May 2019
Code: ETH19

Price: From 3245 pp
excl. international flights, based on

Min 6, max 12 people
Places left: 12
Trip is to be confirmed

Optional single supplement: 495

Estimated international
flight cost 650

The price consists of two portions: a trip cost of 2950 and an internal flight cost. This is currently 295 if your international flight is also with Ethiopian Airlines.

The trip portion is fixed, but the internal flight portion is subject to change. We will update this price if it does indeed change, and will notify you of the prevailing rate at the time of booking.

If you choose not to fly Ethiopian Airlines, then the internal flight cost is currently 595.

Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.

Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in the UK not the Intrepid website or Stores. Use this link for more information

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Impressions of Ethiopia Itinerary

Day 1: Addis Ababa
Day 2: Lalibela
Day 3: Lalibela
Day 4: Lalibela
Day 5: Axum
Day 6: Axum
Day 7: Simien Mountains
Day 8: Simien Mountains
Day 09: Gondar
Day 10: Bahir Dar
Day 11: Bahir Dar
Day 12: Harar
Day 13: Harar
Day 14: Tour ends

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