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Legendary cities, opulent palaces, majestic forts, teeming jungles, barren deserts, bustling temples and ruins form the state of Rajasthan. There is never a question of what to photograph or when, it is a never-ending kaleidoscope. The only question will be when to stop.
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14 nights accommodation, selected meals, sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary, services of a private car and driver and a local English speaking guide.
Departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 18 April - 30 September 2018
From the brilliant colour of the ladies' saris and men's carefully twisted turbans to the stunning landscapes and cultural highlights of of the countryside where village markets are set against a backdrop of imposing forts and palaces, India is a photographer's paradise.
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The mix of modern and traditional in Delhi
The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and bustling streets of Agra
The experience of watching the evening ceremony of the Ganges Aarti
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Upon arrival in Delhi you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
This morning is at leisure before your afternoon flight to Jaipur where you will be transferred to your hotel upon arrival. In the evening, take a walking tour of the 'Pink City' exploring the local bazaars and markets. (B)
Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the monuments and villages of Jaipur. This afternoon visit the famed sights of the City Palace, the Observatory and pass the Palace of the Winds, or Hawa Mahal. Visit the astronomical instruments of Jantar Mantar, and spend some time exploring the colourful bazaars. (B)
Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the monuments and villages of Jaipur. In the afternoon visit the Observatory and City Palace, followed by a walking tour of the old city which takes you past the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. See the impressive Rajasthani architecture of the City palace, which was once a private royal museum of art and artefacts from all over the world. Wander through the colourful bazaars and be introduced to a nomadic community of blacksmiths and learn more about their community and trade. (B)
After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to the beautifully rustic village of Narlai, located between the cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur and the perfect place to experience rural life. Enjoy tea by the lake, where you can have the opportunity to photograph the different species of migratory birds that nest in the area. (B)
This morning, take a train safari with a half day trip on the train that still runs through the beautiful countryside. In the afternoon, take a walk to Elephant Hill, which offers a spectacular view over the village below as the sun sets. This evening, enjoy a dinner at the 16th Century Baori or Step-well where you'll witness local entertainment from local folk singers and enjoy a culinary feast of traditional delicacies. (B) (D)
After breakfast, take a walking tour of Narlai village with a local community member, where you'll witness the traditional way of life of the villagers. Later that morning, transfer by private vehicle to the 'Venice of the East', Udaipur. En route stop to admire the marble carved temples of Ranakpur, one of the holiest Jain sites in the country. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. (B)
Enjoy a full day exploring the city of Udaipur, famed for its lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens. Begin your tour with a visit to the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola. Witness the rare art of Jal Sanjhi, or painting on water. This 200 year old artform is a tribute to Lord Krishna and you'll get to try your hand at the home of a priest in the old city. This evening, take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, surrounded by hills, palaces and ghats and marvel at the two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas. (B)
Following breakfast, your morning is at leisure to explore Udaipur before your transfer to the airport and onward flight to Delhi, where your trip will end upon arrival. (B)
Following breakfast, travel by rickshaw and explore on foot with a morning street photography tour of Old Delhi. With iconic locations like the Red Fort, Chandani Chowk, Chawadi Bazaar and the spice market, this area is one of the best places to capture the crowds, food and diversity of Delhi. Spend time photographing the old mansions or havelis, colourful shops, temples, mosques and the bustle of people and traffic, which are unlike anything you'll experience elsewhere. This afternoon, you'll take a photography tour through the iconic landmarks and bustling metropolis of New Delhi. Sample mouth-watering street foods en route as you visit famous buildings such as Connaught Place, Jan Path, the Bengali Market and Raj Path. The rest of your evening is at leisure. (B)
Following breakfast, visit the temple of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, where every morning, afternoon and evening a community kitchen feeds 10,000 people, where you are welcome to assist and volunteer your services. Following your temple visit, stop at Humayun's Tomb, built by the widow of Emperor Humayan in memory of her husband. This tomb is the first example of proper Mughal-style design, with a double dome inspired by Persian architecture. This tomb is said to have inspired the design of Agra's famous Taj Mahal. Visit the striking Lotus Temple or Bahai House of Worship, built in white marble in the shape of a lotus flower, with the nine-sided building symbolising unity. Continue to the oldest monument in Delhi, Qutab Minar, a soaring 73 metre high victory tower built in the 12th Century. (B)
Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Varanasi, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today, you'll visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon to the five disciples. Marvel at the 34 metre high Dhamek Stupa and the brilliant frescoes of the modern Mulganha Kuti Vihar temple with its life-sized golden Buddha statue. This evening, proceed to the old city of Varanasi for a sunset boat ride and to view the Ganga Aarti prayer ceremony that takes place every evening on the banks of the Ganges River. (B)
This morning, take an early boat excursion to experience sunrise on the Ganges River, where the early morning light is particularly good for photography. Travel by boat from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat and back, before commencing a walking tour through the narrow streets of old Varanasi, considered the holiest city of the Hindu religion, and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities. During your walk you'll visit an Akhara, or traditional wrestling centre to watch the athletes training and competing. Return to the hotel for breakfast. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Varanasi including a visit to the Banaras Hindu University, one of the oldest educational centres in India, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, which is open to worshippers of all faiths, and the Durga, or Monkey Temple, dedicated to the goddess Durga. Visit a traditional weaver's village, where the tradition of hand-weaving silk is passed down from generation to generation. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Agra, where you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the beautiful Taj Mahal, referred to as one of the wonders of the world. This tribute to eternal love was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, and the white marble mausoluem took 22 years to build during the 17th Century. Enjoy a stunning sunset and enjoy the changing colours of the marble against the backdrop of the Yamuna River. (B)
This morning visit the Taj Mahal to experience the sunrise over the marble dome before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Later, tour the magnificent Agra Fort, the magnificent fort palace which is a mixture of defensive and decorative architecture and is decorated with marble and mosaic. The fort enjoys a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal over the Yamuna River. Visit the beautiful Hessing's Tomb, or the 'Red Taj Mahal'. (B)
After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to Lucknow and upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel. Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is renowned as a centre for Urdu poetry, Hindustani music and has a rich artistic and culinary tradition dating back centuries. This afternoon, take a walking tour of old Lucknow, stopping at the oldest marketplace, or Chowk, in the city. This evening, enjoy a culinary walking tour near Akbari Gate to observe the chefs at work and let your taste buds explore the fascinating cuisine of the region. (B) (D)
Following breakfast, take a guided tour of Lucknow's Muslim monuments and religious buildings, such as the Asifi Husainabad, Rumi Gate and Clock Tower and the Asifi Imambara, which features one of the largest arched constructions in the world with no supporting ceiling beams. This afternoon, explore British-era Lucknow, including the palatial La Martiniere School and Dilkusha Palace and Gardens, as well as the Lucknow Residency, and the grave of Australian architect, Walter Burley Griffin, who designed Australia's capital city of Canberra. (B)
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