Photography Tour India
A Photographic Journey Through Rajasthan
Small-Group Tour with Wayne Kaulbach
Explore vibrant Rajasthan on this amazing India Photography Tour with award-winning photographer, Wayne Kaulbach.
Home to Incredible India’s great cultural diversity, its features include the ruins of Indus Valley Civilization, Temples, Forts and Fortresses in almost every city.
Rajasthan’s formerly independent kingdoms developed a rich architectural and cultural heritage; the same can be seen today in numerous forts and palaces, which are enriched by features of Muslim and Jain architecture. This Rajasthan tour encompasses one of the most colourful states of India and a land of unending diversity. Whether it is about the ‘pink’ in Jaipur or the ‘blue’ in Jodhpur or the ‘golden hues’ of Jaisalmer, the barren landscape is swathed in colours of the rainbow.
Rajasthan’s strong adherence to tradition is precisely what makes it such a compelling place to travel around. Swaggering moustaches, heavy silver anklets, bulky red, yellow or orange turbans, pleated veils and mirror-inlaid saris may be part of the complex language of caste, but to most outsiders, they epitomize India at its most exotic.
India is like no other country on Earth; inspire your senses as you photograph its beauty and its people. This intimate and engaging photography tour will open your eyes, your heart, and your soul to the charms of India. Take your travel photography to a higher level through one-on-one coaching with your instructor, group critiques, and hands-on practice with photography instructor, Wayne Kaulbach.
Prepare to be amazed!
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
- Meals included: None
- Sample Accommodation: Novotel – Ideally located at Aerocity, in close proximity to the Delhi airport, the hotel offers an array of food and beverage options and leisure facilities include a fully-equipped health club and outdoor swimming pool and bar.
Day 02, 03 & 04: FLY TO JAISALMER
- Flight Details: Spicejet flight SG 122 Departure 10:30 AM Arrival 12:20 PM (Subject to Change)
- Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner on Day 02, Breakfast on Day 03 & 04
Today, after breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport in time to board your flight for Jaisalmer. On arrival in Jaisalmer, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
On arrival in Jaisalmer, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Once upon a time, Jaisalmer was a bustling caravanserai along the Silk Route, and the royal Rajput clan grew wealthy collecting taxes from merchants en route from India to Afghanistan. As with all trade, in due course of time, ransacking and pilfering led to feuds between the royals’ clans and the Delhi Sultanate. The Jaisalmer Fort was captured, forcing its people to flee to nearby areas that fall within present-day Pakistan. After regimes of the Mughal and Maratha Empires, and an annexe by the British colony, Jaisalmer’s trading glory faded with the establishment of seaports.
Today, Jaisalmer is preserved as a World Heritage Site, its pale yellow Sandstone structures resemble a shimmering mirage in the desert, and it has the whimsical exoticism of a by-gone, fairy-tale era.
Jaisalmer Fort and Havelis – It is the only fortress in India today which continues to be lived in and is a vivid example of living history! The fortress pays particular tribute to Jainism and has a beautiful complex of stone-carved Jain temples within its ramparts. The Havelis of Jaisalmer are an art form unto themselves, magnificently carved with fine latticework and made out of golden sandstone.
Historic Quarters – Set off on a tour of the historic quarter, starting at Manak Chowk, the original trading post in the days of the caravanserai. The square is filled with small shops and vendors selling camel-hair and camel-leather goods and embroidered dhurries and textiles. There are shawls, mirror work articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery pieces and curios.
Kuldhara – A haunted, abandoned 13th century deserted village west of Jaisalmer. The ruins of Kuldhara exhibit the architectural excellence of those times which were buried under sand dunes until recently. Every age-old community has one spine-tingling, nerve-wracking story.
Optional Activity (EXTRA COST):
Dinner on the Dunes: Set on the dunes of the majestic Thar Desert, enjoy a magical evening of folk dances and dinner. Experience the traditional Rajasthani hospitality on a beautiful star-lit night.
Sample Accommodation: Hotel Rawal Kot – Drawing its charm from Rajasthan’s traditional and trademark, Havelis, the hotel is equipped with modern comforts and requirements.
DAY 05, 06, & 07: TRAVEL TO JODHPUR
- Drive to Jodhpur: 300 km / 5 hours approx.
- Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch on Day 05 & 06, Breakfast on Day 07
Epitomizing the romance and feudal splendour of Rajasthan with the majestic Mehrangarh Fort towering over it, the city of Jodhpur was once a flourishing trade centre for opium, silk and copper. Jodhpur is the last bastion of fort ramparts, colourful bazaars, animated people with their storytelling traditions before the desert sands and dunes stretch away towards the horizon.
Mehrangarh Fort – One of the most majestic of Rajasthan’s forts, described by the author Rudyard Kipling as “the creation of angels, fairies and giants”. Its forbidding ramparts are in sharp contrast to the flamboyantly decorated palaces within.
Why so blue, bazaars and more – Explore the older quarters of the Blue City’s quiet lanes, exquisite Havelis, and pale blue lanes onto the bazaars. Stroll the busy market streets, tour the pavement stalls and discover a whole new world of rustic glamour and ethnic finery.
Lunch at The Step Well Café – The 3-tiered café hovers above a stepwell that features balconies opening onto the square. It serves sumptuous continental dishes.
Tie and dye (Bandhej) artisans – One of the most widely accepted and traditional methods of textile printing in India. The narrow lanes of ‘Khanda-Falsa’ hold the secret of Bandhej, an old and famous process of tying and dyeing the cloth. It is an enriching experience to see the entire process, from marking the cloth, mixing the colours, bleaching the fabric, tying it with a variety of pulses and lentils (sometimes, even groundnuts!) depending on what size of motif is desired.
Sample Accommodation: Ratan Vilas – Built in 1920, by Maharaj Ratan Singhji of Raoti, a royal from Jodhpur. With its imposing yet delicately carved exterior and elegant interiors, the mansion is a genuine heritage edifice in a sylvan setting.
DAY 08, 09 & 10: TO DEOGARH
- Drive to Deogarh: 155 km / 3 ½ hours approx.
- Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Day 08, 09 & 10
As soon as you enter the town of Deogarh, you can see the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort, a fitting stronghold standing tall. Enthral into the history of this town and admire the pastoral setting in the surroundings. Deogarh Mahal was converted into a hotel by the present owner Rawat Nahar Singh and a part of the Mahal is still occupied by his kin.
Rural ramble in a vintage truck: Explore the lush neighbourhood of Deogarh on a ride witnessing the local lifestyle of its people, cattle and also stopping at some heritage sites. Catch a glimpse of the humble surroundings and ancient traditions and customs. Visit a cave temple, the shrine of Lord Shiva, and a lakeside that attracts a variety of birdlife.
Go back in time at the local bazaars: Explore the intricate mosaic of vibrant Deogarh – her charming villages and their bazaars. Understand the ancient bonding of the noble family of Deogarh with their folks.
Train ride with the locals: Drive to the local railway station to board a train for a ride across the Aravalli Hills at a height of 2158 feet above sea level. Enjoy a joy ride on the meter gauge train with locals as it passes through deep valleys that are connected by a tall rail bridge.
Culinary experience: Flavour the Mewari cuisine as you enjoy a cooking demonstration of recipes typical to the resident family.
Sample Accommodation: Deogarh Mahal – The Deogarh Mahal was built in the 17th century and stands atop a hill offering a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and numerous lakes strewn along the countryside. With its greying battlements, domes, turrets and huge gateways, the imposing structure offers a picturesque sight from the town below. Deogarh is renowned as a school of miniature painting and frescoes of this art form can be seen on the castle walls.
DAY 11, 12 & 13: TO UDAIPUR VIA RANAKPUR
- Drive to Udaipur: 185 km / 5 hours approx.
- Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch on Day 11&12, Breakfast on Day 13
On the way to Udaipur, make a stop to the Ranakpur temples – set in a secluded, wooded valley of the Aravalli Hills. The 15th century Ranakpur Temple’s grand scale, architectural complexity and sculptural ornamentation rank it among the finest examples of temple architecture.
An oasis of tranquillity in the Aravalli Mountain range, serene lakes, beautiful gardens and magnificent palaces, Udaipur acclaims nostalgia of poetic romanticism, immortalized in contemporary culture in iconic films from Jewel in the Crown, James Bond’s Octopussy to Gandhi.
Old city explorations – On a walk or auto-rickshaw rides, discover the various facets of markets and artists and artisans at work.
City Palace complex – The largest palace in Rajasthan sprawled out over an area of 5 acres, built between the 16th and 20th centuries.
Jagdish Temple – A three-storied wonder of architecture comprising of an intricately sculpted spire, beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings and painted walls dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the sustainer in Hindu mythology.
Lunch at Royal Repast – For a glimpse of traditional Mewar cuisine
Optional activities (EXTRA COST):
Curated Yoga Experience $42 – A backdrop of the tranquil Pichola Lake at sunrise or sunset, offers a great setting for a holistic yogic experience. Our expert guru has trained under a disciple of the famed Shri T Krishnamacharya and has over twenty years of experience.
Painting Workshops | Jal Sanjhi $30 – Udaipur is best known for its painting styles. Jal Sanjhi is a rare, 200-year-old art form of painting on water, kept alive by one family in Udaipur.
Sample Accommodation: Fateh Niwas – A strategically located hotel, built on the ruins of old temples. Enjoy views of the city’s landmarks and the Aravalli hills from their rooftop pool and restaurant. Don’t miss out on their collection of contemporary paintings!
DAY 14: TO AGRA
- Flight Details: Indigo flight 6E 2323 Departure 7.35 AM Arrival 8.45 AM (Subject to Change)
- Onward drive to Agra: 200 km / 4 hours approx.
- Meals included: Breakfast
This morning transfer with assistance to Udaipur airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your waiting car for the drive to Agra.
It is believed that Agra’s history dates back to the times of the great Indian epic Mahabharata. Like many cities in Northern India, it became a bastion of Mughal rulers in the 16th Century. But Agra came into prominence in the 17th Century when the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, placed a Jewel in the Mughal crown with his creation of the Taj Mahal for his beloved Queen Mumtaz.
Taj Mahal at Sunset & Sunrise – Listen to the stories of Taj Mahal’s creation and subtle nuances of its architecture from our expert guide. And then comes the breath-taking moment when you walk through the passage and get your first glimpse of this most beautiful monument. While we give you time to admire its beauty in the subtle light, it is natural that you would also want to get into that ideal spot for a picture with the Taj in the background. In the vein of most Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal’s intricate beauty lies in the inlay work; where semi-precious stones are set into the marble floors to create floral motifs.
Sample Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton – Located close to the Taj Mahal, the hotel offers modern rooms and fine dining outlets. The large pool offers breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal. DoubleTree by Hilton also features an around-the-clock fitness centre, spa facilities, salon and business centre.
DAY 15 & 16: DEPARTURE FROM DELHI
- Drive to Delhi: 200 km / 4 hours approx.
Pack your suitcases with the souvenirs you picked up along the way. Drive to Delhi where upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a transit night. One of our representatives will transfer you to the international airport.
Sample Accommodation: Novotel – Ideally located at Aerocity, in close proximity to the Delhi airport, the hotel offers an array of food and beverage options and leisure facilities include a fully-equipped health club and outdoor swimming pool and bar.
Option to extend to another part of India – Varanasi, Ranthambore (Tiger Safari), Kerala, Hampi or elsewhere.
Portrait of the Photographer Wayne Kaulbach.
Wayne Kaulbach MPA F/PPABC,
Wayne received his Masters Of Photographic Arts in 2004 and his Fellowship in 2006. Along with his wife Michelle Fleming, they have owned and operated Skylight Images, a multi-award-winning photographic service specializing in natural light portraiture, in Vancouver since 1995.
Along with teaching travel and street photography through Langara’s Continuing Studies program for seven years, Wayne is also an ongoing contributor to Photo Life Magazine and a passionate travel and street photographer.
THE MINDFUL TRAVELER: WAYNE’S TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY
Travel helps us appreciate the people and cultures of the world. In recent years I’ve combined my knowledge and passion for photography with my love of international travel to create some amazing Photography Trips to some of my favourite destinations.
There’s no better way to find creative inspiration than to explore someplace new. I’ve recognized that travellers want to see some well-known areas of a new country but more often, want the quieter hoods, where tourists do not go and where we are not herded from location to location.
I’ve scouted out these alternative neighbourhoods where the tourist buses are absent and I am thrilled to share these with my fellow travellers. My travel philosophy is that we are all ambassadors of kindness and respect and we treat everyone we meet — including each other — accordingly.
Having travelled extensively around the world, Wayne is eager to continue to share his knowledge along with his love of travel and street photography. Wayne has led Photography Tours to India, Morocco, Portugal, and Cuba.
Check out Wayne’s work on his website: www.wkaulbach.com/
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