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Photo Tour of India – 10 Days

Next Photo Tour of India dates: November 26 – Dec 5, 2018

This is the shorter version of our popular photo tour of India. This tour of India takes the photographer from bustling Delhi, straight to the heart of North India. Locations including Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Abhaneri. Rajasthan, land of Rajputs and Maharajas, an epic photo adventure to fairytale palaces, magnificent forts, and of course dizzying street markets.

photo tour india - 10 Days

Do you love to travel and also want to learn to take better photos? Maybe you've taken a photography class or two, but want something different, something more interactive, in a cool location.

How about putting it all together in this customized photo tour of India, with a professional photographer as your tour host and photography coach.

Photo Tour of India: 10 Days of Northern India

This is the 10 day photo tour of India

  • Where: India
  • When: November 26 – December 5, 2018
  • Length: 10 Days
  • Who: You and 9 other fabulous people. Spouses and non-photographers (the price is the same for them) are more than welcome to join us in India as well.
  • What: A 10-day (9 nights) photo tour catering to photographing in the best light of the day, in the field practice in a fun small group setting, and a flexible schedule to allow us to decide how long we stay at each location!
  • Why: Learn to take better photos, immerse in some local culture, and have a whole lot of fun in India!

Indian man with face painted sits cross legged

How much is this photo tour?

This tour is specially designed for both adventure and comfort. We stay at mostly 4-star accommodations and have included most of your meals. Little incidentals like water daily, small change (which you'll need for tips and for visiting the toilet), and snacks on the bus have all been taken care of for you for a smooth easy experience.

***The minimum number of people required to run the tour is seven.***

Group SizePrice
10 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 10 people
$4095 USD
Small Group Supplement
With less than 10 people (7 – 9), a small group fee will apply
+$500 USD

Photo Tour Size: 10

This is less than many other India photo tours which include 15 or more people – please look at that when researching and comparing tours!

This lower number of guests allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leader, and a really nice group size for wandering through the streets in India.

Tour Leader: Daniel Korzeniewski

Remaining Spots: 9

Carol Tompkins with face wrapped with scarf in desert
“I felt you were always available to help, inform and teach. One of the greatest things you did for me was to give me a big hug when I first arrived. That made me feel so welcomed and just what I needed after a long difficult trip. During the tour, I learned so much about photography. I feel it was an intense (in a good way) two week all day class. Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to do another.”
Carol Tompkins – Morocco Tour

Indian men walking early morning in the Pushkar Camel Fair grounds.

Indian woman early morning preparing breakfast inside a tent during the Pushkar Camel Fair. It is one of the world

The Best Light

This adventure is designed to guide you to the most stunning locations, chase light, and interact with locals in their natural environment. Few regions on earth offer such cultural and diverse opportunities for documentary and travel photography.

Come join us as this is an once-in-a-lifetime journey.

We’ll embark on a quest not only to capture the essence of this magnificent place and people, but to forge new like-minded friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

The Best Locations

This is NOT the kind of tour that goes to your typical tourist locations. Where others might go in, we go around. Where others have their map, we wander and get lost on purpose.

This is a custom designed photo tour, by a photographer, for photography enthusiasts.

We'll explore century old Amber and Nahargarh forts, the Wind Palace Hawa Mahal, the Water Palace Jal Mahal and the incredible stepwells Panna Meena and Chand Baori just to name a few.

Less Rushed

We get to fully explore each location, which allows you to discover all the hidden gems and meet people on a deeper level.

It will be ten full days of activities, but you won't feel rushed or pressured.

If you want to opt out of an activity to hang out at the hotel, get a massage or go shopping on your own, you will be able to do just that.

We've arranged a couple of afternoons off, right in the sweet spot of the tour where it'll be best appreciated.

Portrait of herder and camel in the Pushkar Camel Fair grounds.

Street around the spice market and the Chandni Chowk area in Old Delhi.

Our adventure will commence in hectic Delhi, a captivating city dotted with dusty bazaars, Mughal-era architecture, massive fortifications, incredible temples and its vibrant people. It’s a city where magic and mystery can be found at the turn of every corner.

From Delhi, we’ll continue on to explore India’s crown jewel, Rajasthan, which is truly the Land of the Kings. Pride and tradition is the best ways to describe the Rajasthani, a place full of heritage built by this medieval society where each palace and fort seem like they are straight out of a Bollywood movie set.

We’ll hit all of the most important places – Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Abhaneri. Rajasthan is a festival of colors and tradition almost impossible to ignore; incredible warm people dressed in red turbans, the contrasting green and yellow saris and the lure of one of the most picturesque festivities completes an amazing journey into the past.

Beth Jones, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“I would say “GO!!” You'll have fantastic memories for a lifetime, and pictures to show for it, too. You will see remarkable sights; meet interesting, like-minded people; have ample opportunity to learn from Darlene; experience a completely different culture; and ride camels and ATV's in the Sahara desert! You will have a fabulous experience!”
Beth Jones

Our tour will dive deep into the Rajasthani culture and custom. We'll see the most iconic places but also wander the backstreets to discover true local life and the soul of its phenomenal inhabitants. Slow paced, with time for exploration and to photograph the best of Rajasthan.

Come join us as this is an once-in-a-lifetime journey.

We’ll embark on a quest not only to capture the essence of this magnificent place and people, but to forge new like-minded friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

This is a tentative schedule, may not be exactly as shown here:

Day 1 November 26th – Delhi (D)
Namaste – Welcome to India. You'll be greeted at the airport and then transferred to our hotel where you'll meet the other guests, meet your tour leader and have your first Indian dinner meal.

Haveli Dharmpura – Delhi (4 Star)

The India Gate, a popular tourist attraction in New Delhi.

Day 2 – Delhi (B,L,D)
Early morning visit to Jama Masjid, a rickshaw ride, walk in Chandni Chowk and visit to a spice market. Then a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Shikh temple and a chance to photograph the India Gate. After our evening meal, enjoy evening activities from the rooftop of the hotel or take a walk in old town.

Haveli Dharmpura – Delhi (4-star)

Street scene around the spice market and the Chandni Chowk area in Old Delhi.

Day 3 – Delhi / Udaipur by flight (B,L,D)
After a short in-country flight from Delhi to Udaipur, we check in to our hotel and then walk around the Ghats to capture some amazing shots of the locals and their daily chores. In the evening, we'll visit the Jagdish temple and witness an Aarti ceremony. Aarti, a ceremony of lights, is the most popular Hindu ceremony and is performed daily. It's Sanskrit in origin and means “something that removes darkness,” can be expressed from simple to the most extravagant, but always involves flame or light.

The evening remains to shoot blue hour from the rooftop.

Jagat Niwas / Udai Kothi (4 Star)

Young pandits performing the Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi India.

Day 4 – Udaipur (B,L,D)
After a sunrise shoot from the hotel rooftop and breakfast at our hotel, we'll visit the City Palace. Then, a boat ride on Lake Pichhola to visit the Lake Garden Palace on Jag Mandir Island. Absolutely not to be missed.

Jagat Niwas / Udai Kothi (4 Star)

Lake Pichola at sunset in Udaipur India

Day 5 – Udaipur / Jodhpur (B,L,D)
After breakfast we drive 300 kilometers to Jodhpur where we check into our hotel before walking to see the clock tower and then a stroll around the market.

Ranbanka Palace / Pal Haveli (4 Star)

Day 6 – Jodhpur (B,L,D)
We spend the morning visiting Jaswant Thada for an early morning shoot and then Mehrangarh Fort for more. Then, we walk down from the fort to the Blue City for a stroll around the alleyways.

The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

Ranbanka Palace / Pal Haveli (4 Star)

Jaswant Thada Memorial and the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur

Day 7 – Jodhpur (B)
We've arranged a model shoot for the morning, so you'll get plenty of time being exposed to posing and setting up your shots with a model, in an exclusive location.

The afternoon is yours to explore on your own.

Ranbanka Palace / Pal Haveli (4 Star)

Day 8 – Jodhpur / Jaipur (B,L,D)
After another 300 km drive to Jaipur, we'll walk through the Old Bazaar where you'll see craftspeople working on local forms of their art; embroidery, silver ornament work, stonework.

Used primarily by the locals, these bustling markets will get you first hand experience with the city's traditional craftsmanship.

Mandawa Haveli (4 star)

 Portrait of a Sadhu in Varanasi. The Sadhus or Holy Man are widely respected in India. Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India, the holiest of the seven sacred cities and with that one the most frequented places for Sadhus.

Day 9 – Jaipur (B,L,D)
Get ready for a long day, filled with some of the best of India.

We're up before the sun for a morning golden hour shoot of the Wind Palace Hawa Mahal before breakfast. Then get ready for a ride on an elephant at the Amber Fort, before taking a Jeep to the Old city of Amer.

We'll do a heritage walk through the narrow streets behind Amber fort and then visit Panna Meena step well.

After lunch, we're off to tour the City Palace and then to explore Nahargarh Fort, where we'll get a remarkable view of the sunset over Jaipur.

Finally, a blue hour shoot of the Water Palace, Jal Mahal.

We wrap up this amazing day being entertained by a traditional folk dance while enjoying our farewell dinner at the Diggi Palace.

Mandawa Haveli (4 star)

Panoramic View of Jaipur from the Fort Nahargarh

Jal Mahal also known as the Water Palace is located in the Man Sagar Lake of Jaipur and it is a very popular torist attraction.

Day 10 – Jaipur / Abhaneri / Delhi(B,L,D)
While we're making our way back to Delhi on this final day of our photo tour of India, we've arranged a stop in Abhaneri to visit Chand Baori stepwell, built by Kind Chanda during the Chauhan Dynasty.

In a word, it's amazing.

The design and structure of the stepwell was intended to conserve as much water as possible. The bottom of the well is 5-6 degrees cooler than at the top and it was used as a filming location for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Dark Knight Rises. A sight not to be missed.

After arriving safely back in Delhi, you'll have an opportunity to wash and change before our last dinner together.

Finally, after dinner and good-byes, you'll be transferred to the airport for our flight home.

You can certainly choose to stay for a time in India on your own if you've made other arrangements.

There are no accommodations booked for this day, so if you're staying on in India, you'll have to make sure you've got a place to stay ahead of time.

No Accommodations – Late Evening Flights

Minaret at the Qutub Minar complex. With 73 metres, is the tallest brick minaret in the world and second highest minar in India, a popular tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visiting Agra – The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is under renovation right now and has been since at least 2016. It's currently covered in scaffolding and they're doing re-construction work in phases. The completion date as advertised is March of 2018 but the current phases are already months behind. To be safe we made the decision not to include a visit to Agra on this tour to eliminate any possibility of dissapointment. However, getting to the Taj Mahal is an easy excursion from Delhi, so by doing your own research you would be able to add this on yourself either before or after. You'll have more information about the state of construction closer to the photo tour date.

Testimonial Headshot - Ann Nickerson, Nicaragua
“I have been on three of Darlene's photography tours.
They are full of adventure, learning opportunities, and fun!
Darlene creates situations that allow you to be creative with your photography
and gives you advice on trying new techniques, all in beautiful settings.”
Ann Nickerson

Your Photo Tour Leader:

Photo tour leader Daniel Korzeniewski shown wearing a blue Moroccan Berber headscarf.Daniel Korzeniewski

Your tour leader for this 10 day photo tour of India is Daniel Korzeniewski. Daniel is a Miami-based travel photographer whose work has appeared in several publications. He contributes to various stock photography outlets and has been hand selected to lead Digital Photo Mentor photo tours.

Daniel contributes articles about travel photography here on Digital Photo Mentor and is the photo leader for this photo tour of India, our Morocco photo tour, and also Peru and Myanmar.

Cost of Photo Tour of India

Our photo tour of India is a tiered pricing system depending on the number of guests, and based on feedback from other tours we have decided to reduce the maximum number of participants to 10! This means you will have more time with your tour leader, which gives you more time to practice your photography while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of India.

***The minimum number of people required to run the tour is seven.***

Group SizePrice
10 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 10 people
$4095 USD
Small Group Supplement
With less than 10 people (7 – 9), a small group fee will apply
+$500 USD

Maximum group size: 10

This lower number of guests allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leader, and a really nice group size for wandering through the streets in India.

Tour Leader: Daniel Korzeniewski

Remaining Spots: 9

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy. NOTE: You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.
  • Price for single room is an additional $995
$750 to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. The full cancellation policy is on the next page, prior to making your payment.
NOTE: There must be at least 7 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that the photo tour has a sufficient number.

The price of the tour includes:

  • Airport pickup and return (airport transfers) on the start and end dates as indicated. If you arrive early or stay later you will be responsible for your own airport transportation. We can arrange it for you if you wish at an extra cost.
  • 9 nights hotel accommodations.
  • Meals – All meals are included except for as noted below (includes non-alcoholic beverages and tips).
  • Air-conditioned transportation – included driver, fuel, and insurance.
  • Professional English speaking guide, licensed for tourism.
  • Activities including: Rickshaw ride in Delhi, Tuk tuk ride, Elephant ride (subject to availability), Jeep ride
  • Entrance fees to any historical sites, museums and paid locations.
  • Photography lessons and image reviews in a group setting (as time permits).
  • Photography tutoring and help as needed, you just have to ask.
  • Portage tips for bags.
  • Bottled water daily.
  • Domestic airfare in economy class from Delhi/Jodphpur as per the itinerary.

The price DOES NOT include:

  • Your flight or other travel to India.
  • Tips for your guide, driver, and tour leader.
  • Lunch on your free days.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal spending.
  • Optional activities like spa treatments.

Flights to India: We travel to India through Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, so book your flights to Delhi. We have arranged transportation to our lodging in Delhi for you if you arrive on the tour start date of Sunday November 26, 2018 . We just need your flight arrival information to get you picked up at the airport.

Note: if you arrive a day or two early (which we actually recommend in order to get acclimatized to the time zone) we can arrange an airport pickup for you at an extra cost of $45.

Flights home from India: The tour ends and we depart from Delhi so make your travel arrangements accordingly. Airport transfer is included if you fly out on the last day of the tour, Tuesday December 5th .

Sharon Zurbrigg, Morocco photo tour testimonial headshot
“Beyond pleased with the photo tour! Every day was a pleasant surprise and I really didn't want to know the agenda! We explored places that I would never have found on my own. I have met some absolute wonderful photography friends and I would like to have another gathering of our group!”
Sharon Zurbrigg

FAQs

What is the physical fitness level needed for this tour?

There are many stairs and hills and some of our accommodations do not have elevators. If you are in good health and fitness level you will be fine. But this tour is NOT recommended for people with mobility issues.

What if I don't have a roommate but don't want to pay the extra for a single?

If you request to share a room and we cannot match you with a roommate you will be required to pay the single supplement fee. We do our best to pair everyone up but due to gender mismatches, we may not always have equal numbers of males or females. You can certainly bring a friend along to share.

What skill level do I have to be in photography?

We encourage all skill levels to join us on this tour. It is not about what you know it's about doing photography together, enjoying the adventure, and learning a few things along the way. Whatever your level you can get some tips from the tour leader. You don't even have to be a photographer, but can come along and appreciate the relaxed pace of this tour.

Group SizePrice
10 People
Nice group size with a maximum of 10 people
$4095 USD
Small Group Supplement
With less than 10 people (7 – 9), a small group fee will apply
+$500 USD

Maximum group size: 10

This is less than many other India photo tours which include 15 or more people – please look at that when researching and comparing tours!

This lower number of guests allows for a smaller, more intimate group in order to give you the best experience. This means you will have more time with the tour leader, and a really nice group size for wandering through the streets in India.

Remaining Spots: 9

Single Supplement Price:

  • Prices quoted are for double occupancy. NOTE: You will be paired with someone of the same sex if you do not have a travel partner and request a roommate – if one is not available you will be charged the single supplement.
  • Price for single room is an additional $1500
$750 to hold your spot, with the balance due 90 days prior to the trip. The full cancellation policy is on the next page, prior to making your payment.
NOTE: There must be at least 7 people registered for the tour. Do not book your flights until we inform you that our photo tour of India is full.