Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Photographer's India: Pushkar Camel Fair with Lewis Kemper (14 days)

Nomadic Expeditions

Delhi, India To Delhi, India

Valid for Departures: 04 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018

Photographer's India: Pushkar Camel Fair with Lewis Kemper (14 days)

Day 8

Pushkar, India

Day 9

Pushkar , India

Day 10

Pushkar, India

Day 11

Jamba, India

Day 12

Jamba, India

Day 13

Jamba, India

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
04 Nov 2018
Delhi, India
Airport Hotel Pullman None

You will be arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Proceed through Immigration and Customs to the Arrivals area, where you will be met by a Nomadic Expeditions representative and transferred to our group hotel.

Day 2
05 Nov 2018
Varanasi, India
Gateway by Taj Hotel Breakfast

Varanasi is a holy city, its life dedicated to Siva. Like Jerusalem, Rome, and Athens, Varanasi is one of the world’s ancient living cities. Nineteenth-century missionary M.A. Sherring was overwhelmed by the antiquity of Benares (Varanasi) when he wrote:“Twenty five centuries ago, at least, it was famous. When Babylon was struggling with Nineveh for supremacy, when Tyre was planting her colonies, when Athens was growing in strength, before Rome had become known, or Greece had contended with Persia, or Cyrus had added luster to the Persian monarchy, or Nebuchadnezzar had captured Jerusalem, and the inhabitants of Judea had been carried into captivity, she had already risen to greatness, if not to glory.”Mark Twain in his “Following the Equator” observed: “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!”Varanasi is the center of Hindu culture; like Jerusalem it is seen as a holy land and has survived the centuries because of its sanctified place in Indian religious life. To die in Kashi (Varanasi) insures release, or moksa, from the endless karmic cycle of rebirth and suffering. Varanasi is India in microcosm, both the beautiful and the repellant. This afternoon we begin our exploration of Varanasi by visiting the ghats for which the city is so justly famous. At sunset we will have the wonderful experience of a sunset boat ride on the Ganga River, during which we will witness the evening arthi.

Day 3
06 Nov 2018
Varanasi, India
Gateway by Taj Hotel Breakfast

We will rise early this morning to take our sunrise boat ride on the Ganga past the ghats. Here, pilgrims gather on the steps that lead down to the river to bathe in the waters of the sacred river as the city begins to come alive in the magical misty light of dawn. You will walk through the streets and visit some of Varanasi’s many temples before returning to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon, we take a short drive to Sarnath. It was here at the Deer Park of Sarnath that Sakyamuni Buddha, having achieved enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, delivered his first message of the middle path to final nirvana. Also of interest are excavated pillars from the time of the Maurya Dynasty (323-185 B.C) and stupas from as late as the 12th century. These were unearthed during the British archaeological explorations in 1836 and are housed in the museum on site.

Day 4
07 Nov 2018
Agra, India
Radisson Blu Breakfast

We have one more sunrise to photograph along the banks of the Ganga, before being transferred to the airport for our flight to Agra. On arrival in Agra, you will check in to your hotel and then we make our first visit to the Taj Mahal to photograph the renowned architectural treasure at sunset. The Taj Mahal, the most famous Mughal monument, constructed by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, is the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Built in 1631 to enshrine the remains of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal took 17 years, 20,000 workers, and a king’s treasury to build. Mark Twain wrote about the Taj saying “For ever and ever the memory of my first glimpse of the Taj will compensate me for creeping around the globe to have that great privilege.” While Theo Cruz reflected “The only way I could escape the feeling of being in a dream was to close my eyes.” We will wander with our guide into the inner chambers of the planet’s most famous and most entrancing of this monument to love. Experience the Taj up close, and watch the light play on its magnificent lines from other parts of the city; sometimes the reflection of the Taj in the Yamuna River seems as spectacular as the monument itself.

Day 5
08 Nov 2018
Agra, India
Radisson Blu Breakfast

This morning you will rise early to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast at the hotel, set out to explore Agra. Drive over the Yamuna River to visit the forerunner of the Taj Mahal—the elaborately ornate Itmad ud Daula. In memory of her father, this mausoleum was built by Queen Nur Jahan in 1622, and is a perfect example of the fine inlaid stonework and translucent marble screens for which Agra is so famous. Many historians believe that this monument was the inspiration for Shah Jahan to build the Taj and is often described as the “petite Taj.” After lunch, visit Agra Fort, built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1565-73 in the finest architectural style. It is an almost perfect fusion between military might and lavish beauty. The fort, approachable through its two lofty main portals on the west and south, was successively occupied by three great Mughals— Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan—each of whom made significant structural contributions to this complex. Shah Jahan died here, imprisoned by his son, gazing at the Taj Mahal he had built in memory of his wife. We will also have the opportunity of photographing the Taj from across the river at sunset, before returning to our hotel.

Day 6
09 Nov 2018
Jaipur, India
Jai Mahal Palace Breakfast

Drive to Jaipur After breakfast we depart for Jaipur. En route, we will stop at Fateful Sikri, Akbar’s eerily abandoned city, full of elegant small palace structures carved from red sandstone. An hour outside of Agra, Fatepur Sikri was built as the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1570 and 1586. Akbar built the city to celebrate the birth of an heir (the future Emperor Jehangir). Jaipur, the “Pink City,” is the home of the Rajputs, a group of warrior clans who ruled this part of India for a thousand years, Jaipur was built in 1727 by the warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh-II. The city is laid out as described in the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, “Shilpa-Shastra.” Battlement walls with seven gates encircle the old city; broad avenues divide it into neat rectangles. Jaipur is popularly known as the “Pink City” due to the rose-colored sandstone of the buildings in the old walled city. This afternoon we will venture into the heart of old Jaipur, within the old city walls, to wander and explore the vibrant bazaar – a great place to photograph, find a bargain, or perhaps a wonderful treasure!

Day 7
10 Nov 2018
Jaipur, India
Jai Mahal Palace Breakfast

This morning we tour the Amber Fort and Palace, stopping along the way to photograph and watch the sun light up the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). The fort is a beautiful and very well-preserved 16th-century structure, built on four levels and surrounded by ruins. It was the location for the Mira Nair movie “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.” We will have the opportunity to ride an elephant to the top of the fort, just as the Royals did years ago. We then visit the City Palace, where the present Maharaja resides. There is a Mughal art museum, housing a lovely collection of Rajasthani & Mughal miniature painting. Part of the complex is an outdoor 18th-century astronomical and astrological observatory (Jantar Mantar) with several incredible sundials (accurate to 0.2 seconds) and very modern-looking astrological markers.

Day 8
11 Nov 2018
Pushkar, India
Ananta Spa & Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we begin our three-hour drive to Pushkar. All meals in Pushkar are vegetarian due to the religious nature of the gathering and no alcohol is served. Although the local chefs try to cook a variety of vegetarian dishes, they are hindered by a lack of fresh produce. After checking in to our hotel, we make our first visit to the camel fair. The fair is reputed to have in excess of a hundred thousand head of camels, cattle, goats, and horses. The gathering takes place for farmers and nomads to trade or purchase livestock. The balance of the day is spent exploring and photographing the fair.

Day 9
12 Nov 2018
Pushkar , India
Ananta Spa & Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Like the rest of India, festivals play a major role in the Rajasthani way of life, and today you partake in one of the most important, definitely the most dramatic and colorful festivals of them all - the gathering at Pushkar. All over India temples abound dedicated to two of the Indian Trinity of creation: Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. Pushkar is the sole temple dedicated to the all-powerful Brahma the creator. To bathe in the ghats at Pushkar offers great sanctity. Around the eleventh full moon of every year (Hindu lunar calendar) is a weeklong festival when everyone in Rajasthan congregates at Pushkar bringing with them camels to barter with, goats and cows to trade, pottery, jewelry, and other fine handicrafts to sell. It is indeed a time of festivity, of music and dance, of trade and barter, and of religious observance. We have two full days to explore and photograph Pushkar, watch the local horse and cattle show, sunset on the camel camps, sunrise at the bathing ghats, the dance dramas - there is activity round the clock.

Day 10
13 Nov 2018
Pushkar, India
Ananta Spa & Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy another day of the festival.

Day 11
14 Nov 2018
Jamba, India
Dera Dune Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After one last sunrise shoot at the Pushkar Fair grounds we drive approximately five hours into the hinterland of Rajasthan to a region known as Jamba, the stronghold of the fascinating Bishnoi tribes. All Bishnois follow the 29 (bis-noi) tenets laid down by the 15th-century guru Jambeshwar, affectionately known as “Jamba-ji.” They fervently believe in the sanctity of animal and plant life so wildlife finds a natural sanctuary around their villages. We will spend three nights at the private Dera Sand Dune Resort. This is an exclusive property, set atop a 130’ high sand dune with panoramic views of the Thar Desert. The Resort features exquisite examples of traditional Rajasthani architecture used throughout, with stonework and carvings using local design and sustainable materials and, most importantly, utilizing the skills of local craftsmen. It has individual deluxe cottages, a swimming pool, spa and beautiful restaurant.

Day 12
15 Nov 2018
Jamba, India
Dera Dune Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have two full days to explore the Jamba area. After breakfast, go 4-wheeling cross-country on dirt and sand roads to continue your exploration of “Jamba-ji’s” land. These excursions introduce you to traditional Rajasthani hospitality, as well as giving you a chance to witness rural Rajasthani life up close. The villages are built with painted adobe walls, and village life continues unaffected by the big cities nearby.Bishnoi villages are immaculate, scrubbed daily by brightly clad women who are weighted down by silver jewelry and festooned with bangles right up to the length of their arms. By contrast, their tall men dress entirely in white, their large turbans loosely swathed around dark skinned, weathered faces. You will also have an opportunity (if you are so inclined) to go on a two- to three-hour camel safari or ride on a camel cart. Return to Dera Resort in time to watch the setting sun light up the desert. When guests are in camp, musician and dancers from nearby villages usually come to dance away the evening.

Day 13
16 Nov 2018
Jamba, India
Dera Dune Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another full day of exploring Jamba.

Day 14
17 Nov 2018
Delhi, India
None Breakfast

We have our last “sunrise shoot” before we start our journey back to the USA. Midmorning we will drive (3 hours) to Jodhpur for our flight to Delhi. We will be met on arrival and transferred to the Pullman Hotel, located 5 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, where we have day rooms. You will be transferred to the International Terminal in time for your outbound flight from Delhi. We will be met on arrival and transferred to the Pullman Hotel, located 5 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, where we have day rooms. You will be transferred to the International Terminal for in time for your outbound flight form Delhi.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

The Indian sub-continent is more than a repository of an ancient civilization; it is a lively and ever-changing work in progress. Visit a bazaar and groups of women in saris of seemingly impossible combinations of magenta and turquoise vie for attention with their sisters in silk of purple and yellow. Every surface is used to catch the eye: Overripe heroes and heroines loom in enormous proportions from film billboards; mud walls are decorated with traditional geometric patterns; camel pelts are clipped to produce swirling paisleys; cattle horns are painted and decorated with brass bells; cycle rickshaws are covered in painted parrots, landscapes and slogans and decorated with chrome studs. Even the natural world is filled with an exuberance of peacock, elephants and tigers. Our journey starts of photographing the religious city of Varanasi on banks of the Ganga River, teeming with pilgrims from all over India. We then head to the ever vibrant Rajasthan, visiting the colorful annual camel fair at Pushkar, the Bisnoi tribals in Jamba and the “pink city” of Jaipur. Of course, no photography trip to India is complete without visiting the “the monument of love,” the Taj Mahal, where we have two sunrises and two sunsets to view and photograph the monument from various angles. One of our favorite regions, Rajasthan is a wonderful destination both for the photographic enthusiast and the ardent traveler. This Photo Tour to Northern India is designed to have ample time exploring and photographing the various sites at the right time of the day.

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