A 15 day tour starting in the beautiful city of Udaipur known as both, the 'Venice of India' as it sits on a lake, and the 'White City' due to it's pristine white buildings. We then move on to the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur, where we visit the charming gift shop of the charity we are supporting on this tour, as well as the mighty Mehrangarh Fort and the indigo houses of the old town. From Jodhpur we enter the desert terrain of the Pushkar Camel Festival, where traders arrive with their prized camels and Marwari horses, unique to the region and distinguished by their endearing inward turning ears. Whilst in Pushkar, which is considered a holy city by Hindus, we will also visit Pushkar Lake, where Hindus perform cleansing rituals and prayers, particularly during this time of the year, when Diwali or the 'festival of light' is being held. From Pushkar we move onto the bustling Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' with it's semi submerged Jal Mahal (water palace), impressive Amber Fort, Intricate pink stoned Hawa Mahal, fascinating astrological park and with life size instruments. We then journey to Ranthambore nature reserve for chance to spot a tiger in the former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur. From Ranthambore it's onto the Taj Mahal for a sunrise capture of the iconic Taj Mahal, before transferring to one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Varanasi, where hundreds of lit candles line the banks of the Ganges, for one night a year only. Very few Pushkar Fair tours include this event, so if you have ever wanted to visit Varanasi, this is the most memorable time to do it. Whilst in Varanasi, we also take both a sunset and sunrise boat ride, as well as visit Sarnath, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, said to be where Buddha gave his first sermon. The tour ends with a farewell dinner in Varanasi, before guests depart for their onward bound journeys the following day. For more detailed info click itinerary button below.
Maximum group size: 8
Who are these tours for?
These tours are suitable for all those who enjoy travelling and taking photographs. Whether you are a photography enthusiast looking for a tour built around maximising photographic opportunities or a travel enthusiast interested in exploring photography as part of your travel experience.
If you are a photography enthusiast, apart from getting you to great photographic locations, these tours cover an incredibly broad range of subjects within a compact time frame, including street photography, environmental portraiture, historical architecture, wildlife and landscapes. They will give you the opportunity to test the capability of your camera and every lens in your kit, whilst exploring different genres and refining your creative style. You will return with a large and vibrant body of work and due to the range of genres covered, these tours serve as a great platform for creating images worthy of entering into photography competitions.
If you are a travel enthusiast with a passion for travel, but have previously felt your photographs didn’t quite reflect the depth of your experience, these tours are a great combination of a culturally immersive tour, with a practical introduction into digital photography, giving you an opportunity to assess whether delving further into photography will enhance your travel ventures, through a gallery of beautiful images that more accurately portray your experience.
Intro to digital photography
For those that do not currently photograph in semi-automatic mode, use RAW files and/or digitally process their photographs, your tour leader is happy to introduce you to photographing in aperture priority and digital processing using Lightroom software. Please note this is a entry level introduction, to give those new to photographing outside of full automatic mode, a flavour of what can be creatively achieved with user input. Depending on the number of requests, this is either carried out on a one to one basis or as part of a group and is fitted in around the itinerary in a practical format. To let the tour leader know you would like this option please check the appropriate box when registering your interest for this tour.
The tour leader for this tour is Melissa Fileppi, who has curated this tour with the aim of offering flexible and more affordable photo-centric tours, as a vehicle for travel and photography enthusiasts to tour and photograph with like minded individuals. To explore Melissa's photographs further view her Instagram feed by clicking button below: .
Tour: Rajasthan, Taj & Varanasi
(incl. Pushkar Camel Fair, Tiger Safari & Light Festival)
Date: 10 - 24 Nov 2018
Duration: 15 Days
For this tour two levels of accommodation are available, a Standard Rate and a Premium Rate. Hotels in the Standard Rate should be considered as budget - standard (1-3 star hotels) and for the Premium Rate, standard - premium (3-5 star hotels). The best regional available option is always selected, including heritage hotels, within our accommodation budget. Please note where a premium hotel is not available, any savings made will be used to upgrade your premium hotel when next available. There may also be times when Standard and Premium room options are available within the same hotel.
Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver, local guide and/or Ethical Tours UK rep (depending on size of group).
International and internal flights to and from the arrival and departure city. Meals and drinks outside of breakfast, visa applications, criteria not listed under 'what's included'.
These tours are relatively fast paced to ensure you experience the highlights of each region, with an average stopover of 2 nights. If you are uncertain about its suitability, we advise reading the itinerary before booking. As quick guidance, so long as you enjoy being active on holiday and taking photographs, you will revel in the visual extravaganza and cultural stimulation of these tours.
10% Early Bird Offer:
Standard Hotels (1-3 Star):
Solo Rate: £2403 (own room)
List price £2670 | Saving: £267
Shared Rate: £1953 (min 2)
List price: £2170 | Saving: £217
15% Subscriber Discount Rates
Premium Hotels (3-5 Star):
Solo Rate: £2808 (own room)
List price £3120 | Saving: £312
Shared Rate: £2100 (min 2)
List price: £2620 | Saving: £262
Early Bird End Date: 7 April 2019
A 10% early bird discount is offered to those who book up to 9 weeks prior to the tour date. During this time only a deposit amount is due, which is equivalent to approximately 25% of list price. This will secure you place until balance of payment.