North India Tour

The Tour

The Tour

Our mission is to inspire you creatively, inform you technically and share our knowledge with you on how to create the best shot possible using your equipment and techniques to maximise best use of the light. Our enthusiasm, creativity and technical knowledge will leave you feeling as though you’ve achieved the best shots you possibly can.

As well as providing you, the photographer with creative and technical advice, our Tour Leader will be on hand to help your partner/friend have a good time too by recommending activities to keep them entertained.

At least one meal per day is included and where meals are at a venue of your choice, our Tour Leaders will advise you on the best places to go in the local area.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Rajasthan
Rajasthan
Rajasthan
Rajasthan
Rajasthan
Booking

£4,495 per person

9 September 2017 – 22 September 2017

Included
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Transport to all areas detailed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Camera charges if applicable
  • English speaking Tour Leader
  • Tuition from English speaking Photo Mentor
  • 12 Day tour
Not Included
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • 1/2 meals per day (unless specified in the itinerary)
  • Photography equipment
  • Valid passport and Visa (if required)
  • Tips for staff
  • Sundries at the hotel (e.g. laundry, telephone calls, mini bar etc)
  • Drinks (unless specified)
Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival - Delhi

Accommodation: The Claridges Hotel

We will collect you from Delhi International airport and take you to the hotel. Check in time is after midday.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

There will be an introductory meeting during the early evening (once all the tour guests have arrived) in the hotel, when the Photo Mentor will give you details on the tour. This will be followed by dinner at the hotel.

Dinner:  Welcome dinner at the hotel

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel

DAY 2 – Delhi

Accommodation: The Claridges Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

Delhi is an eclectic city of medieval and modern cultures living side by side. During the morning we will be visiting the medieval Jama Mosque, followed by a walking and cycle rickshaw tour of the traditional businesses of Old Delhi, exploring ancient arts and crafts businesses. We will visit an old fashioned perfume shop and stroll through the main bridal street of Old Delhi, Kinari Bazaar, with its display of embroidered silk wedding sarees and colourful turbans for the bridegroom. There’s the opportunity to visit the spice market – Khari Baoli, where dealers have traded for more than 150 years. The smell of the spices will linger with you long after you’ve left the market.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

During the afternoon, we will visit Humayun’s Tomb, a finely proportioned red sandstone and marble structure, which served later as a model for the Taj Mahal. We will also take in the Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most famous landmarks, India Gate, the President’s House (Rashtrapati Bhawan) and Parliament House.

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 3 – Delhi

Accommodation: The Claridges Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

Today we will explore the hidden treasures of Delhi, including wandering around bazaars and exploring the lesser known garden tombs within the city, as well as Delhi’s fashion scene – all viewed from a photographer’s perspective.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 4 – Delhi - Varanasi

Accommodation: Taj Gateway Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

We will be taken to the airport to catch a domestic flight to Varanasi. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

During the evening we will visit the Ghats of the Ganges, which are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the river Ganges. There are 87 ghats, mostly used for bathing and puja (act of showing reverence to a God or Spirit) ceremonies. We will also be witnessing the Ganges aarti (a religious ritual of worship) which is performed daily by a group of priests at the Dashashwamadh ghat.

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 5 – Varanasi

Accommodation: Taj Gateway Hotel

Varanasi is a city of temples and places of worship. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, it attracts many Hindu pilgrims. There are approximately 2,000 temples along Varanasi’s streets, including the ‘Golden Temple’, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Varanasi is also known as the city of lights.

In the early morning, we will be taken to the ghats to enjoy the sunrise whilst taking a boat ride on the river. At this time of day there is a spiritually uplifting feeling about the area. We will then take a brief walking tour of the old town, where we will view shops selling brocade silks, brassware and many articles essential for Hindu worship. We will return to the hotel for breakfast.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Leisure time.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

We will be driven a short distance outside the town to visit Sarnath, which is an important centre for Buddhist pilgrims. It is the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment   Sarnath is one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage.

Dinner: Venue of your choice

During the evening we will be taken to enjoy some local musicians practicing some great Indian classical music.

DAY 6 – Varanasi - Lucknow

Accommodation: Vivanta by Taj Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

We will drive to Lucknow (7 hours), stopping along the way to take advantage of photographic opportunities. You will spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 7 – Lucknow

Accommodation: Vivanta by Taj Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

We will be taken on a tour of Lucknow. Most of the interesting monuments in the city date from the period of the Nawabs, decadent rulers who controlled the area for a century. They were lovers of the arts, which gave rise to the city’s reputation for culture and gracious living. The Asfi Masjid, situated inside the courtyard of Bara Imambara, is the best known architectural master piece of Lucknow. We will also visit the Chota, where its large courtyard houses a body of water with small imitations of the Taj Mahal on either side.

Lunch: Street food

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 8 – Lucknow - Agra

Accommodation: Taj Gateway Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

At your leisure before we drive to Agra (4.5 hours).

Lunch: Venue of your choice

Later in the afternoon, we will visit Mehtab Bagh, a charbagh (a Persian style garden) which has amazing views of the Taj Mahal.

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 9 – Agra

Accommodation: Taj Gateway Hotel

We will take an early morning sunrise trip to the Taj Mahal, when the monument is particularly stunning. The Taj Mahal, a monument devoted to love, took 22 years to build and is now counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Lunch: Venue of your choice

We will take a trip to Agra Fort, which is where many of the events took place that ultimately led to the building of the Taj Mahal. This building is made mostly with red sandstone and is strikingly similar to the Red Fort in Delhi. We will then take a walking tour of Agra, starting with the historic railway station; one of the oldest in the country. From there we will visit the heart of the town including the Jama Mosque, a magnificently proportioned building built in 1548. We will travel though Vaidya Ramdutta Gali, an old land dedicated to the memory of a traditional medicine practitioner and proceed to Chidiyawala Temple. We will walk though the spice market to Patal Hanuman Temple, Mughal Police Station and Kinari Bazaar (jewellers market). We will be taken back to the car on a cycle rickshaw.

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 10 – Agra - Karauli

Accommodation: Bhanwar Villas Palace Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

We will drive to Karauli (5 hours) and en route we will visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th Century to serve as the capital of his empire. The city houses grand courts, palaces, mosques and gardens that rival the splendours of Delhi and Agra. The city was abandoned 13 years later but, despite being 400 years ago, the magnificence of the city has not faded and remains immaculately preserved.

Lunch: At a venue of your choice

Leisure time.

Dinner: At a venue of your choice

DAY 11 – Karauli

Accommodation: Bhanwar Villas Palace Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

We can continue our exploration of Karauli, enjoying the local bazaars, in an area not so familiar to foreign visitors. There is a City Palace, a treasure trove of architecture, stone carvings and jail works and paintings. The temple is known as ‘live’ and villagers sing and dance each evening in praise of Lord Krishna.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

Optional trips that can be booked through the hotel:

  • Explore the little town and its City Palace
  • Jeep Safari to the stunning countryside
  • Boat ride in the nearby Chambal River where one can see crocodiles
  • Bird watching trip to Kaila Devi National
  • Cooking classes can be organised at the palace

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 12 – Karauli - Jaipur

Accommodation: Samode Haveli Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jaipur (4 hours).

Lunch: Venue of your choice

Later in the afternoon we will explore Jaipur city, visiting the City Palace, Jantar Mantar monument (a medieval astronomical observatory). The City Palace is situated in the heart of the city and is a wonderfully laid out complex with large courtyards, balconies, cupolas, arched entrances and gardens; a combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture. We will drive past the Hawa Mahal (palace of the winds), one of Jaipur’s landmarks, built to enable the women of the hareem to see the activities of the outside world without being seen.

Dinner: Venue of your choice

DAY 13 – Jaipur

Accommodation: Samode Haveli Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel

We will visit Amber Fort, which was the ancient capital of the Jaipur state. Top locations to visit within the fort are the Palace of Mirrors, inlaid with millions of tiny mirrors, the Hall of Public Audience and the beautifully manicured gardens.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

The afternoon can be spent at your leisure. During the early evening, we will take a walking tour of Old Jaipur. The bazaars between the Badi (large) and Chhoti (small) Chaupar (square) feature some of the best sights Jaipur has to offer. There are many colourful alleyways where artisans make puppets, bangles and other local handicrafts. We will also visit the Johari Bazaar (jewellery market), explore architecturally interesting Hvelis (mansions) and visit the bangle shops in Maniharonka Rasta and flower sellers near Choti Chaupar.

Dinner: We will visit a Rajasthani home for a cooking demonstration followed by dinner. There’s the option to participate in the demonstration, or simply watch and enjoy.

DAY 14 – Jaipur

Accommodation: Samode Haveli

Breakfast: At the hotel

We will take an early morning trip to take advantage of the light (known as the Golden Hour) to various vantage points in the city to capture people, buildings and market places.

Lunch: Venue of your choice

Further exploration of the city taking advantage of the afternoon light on the historic buildings.

Dinner:  Farewell dinner

DAY 15 – Departure

Breakfast and departure to Delhi International airport (5 hours).