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!
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The photo tour you are looking for is currently not scheduled. Steve Davey is a professional photographer and writer and so only leads three or four tours a year to balance with his professional and family life. You can see some images from the last time that this tour ran below. At the moment we have three tours available, but are busy working on more itineraries:
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