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Be part of a photographic journey like no other and explores the beauty, wonder, history and sights of India! This magical country has long been shrouded in exotic mystery, with a blend of colours, culture and cuisine unparalleled throughout the world. This small group tour will be led by a Master Photographer and take in the best that Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur have to offer.
This amazing tour also includes the Holi festival. The Festival is a once-a-year event renowned for fun and ubiquitous colour powder. It is one of the best occasions to experience India at its happiest and we'll be throwing ourselves into this hilarious festival of colours, which is also famous for its craziness, and amazing photographic opportunities.
This 12 day/11 night tour is the perfect opportunity to travel with like-minded photography enthusiasts, explore an incredible country, learn more about the arts of travel, landscape and street photography and capture amazing photographs of your journey. For the non-photographers accompanying us, additional sightseeing tours and activities will be available during photographic portions of the trip.
On arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by a representative of Get About Asia and transferred to your hotel.
As the capital of India, Delhi is the third largest city with a population of approximately 18 million. Its strategic location along the north-south, east-west route has given it a focal position in Indian history and many great empires have been ruled from here. The monuments and ruins of these are scattered throughout the city, often cheek by jowl with modern structures and high rise towers.
Delhi is split into two main sections; Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is the area defined by the old city wall and is a maze of small alleyways and side streets. Old Delhi's bazaars are legendary; today the great wholesale bazaars of Chandni Chowk still retain a souk-like quality. Their narrow streets are lined with shops, whose goods spill out onto the pavements. New Delhi is characterised by the city's growth under the British colonial rule with the grandeur of 19th -century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards.
Today you will enjoy a full day of sightseeing starting in Old Delhi where you will visit the Red Fort before walking through, savouring the ambience of the oriental, crowded bazaar. Afterwards, continue to India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid followed by Raj Ghat & Gandhi Museum.
This afternoon visit the magnificent Akshardham Temple. Tour the massive mega Akshardham Temple Complex and explore an amazing world of Indian culture ornate with 20, 000 statues, floral motifs, arches and exquisitely carved pillars.
After breakfast set out for a New Delhi Tour visiting Parliament House, India Gate, Humayun Tomb, and Qutub Minar. Humayun’s tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most magnificent tombs built in Delhi during the Mughal rule, the Humayun’s Tomb is an excellent example of Persian architecture. Constructed out of red sandstone, the Humayun’s Tomb was the first ever-garden style tomb to be constructed in India. The Qutub Minar is a towering 73 meter high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque (the first mosque to be built in India), a 7 metre high iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar.
This afternoon drive to Mathura, which will be our base for the next two days to celeberate Holi celebrations. This is a great event for taking stunning colourful images.
This evening enjoy Holikan Dahan. On the eve of Holi, at or after sunset, the pyre is lit signifying Holida Dahan. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil with people singing and dancing around the fire. Days before the festival, people start gathering wood and combustible material for the bonfire in parks, community centres, near temples and open spaces. On top of the pyre is an effigy to signify Holika who tricked Prahalad into the fire.
Day 4: Mathura
Spend the day taking amazing images of the Holi celebrations in nearby villages and temples.
Day 5: Mathura – Agra
Today travel by road to Agra, home to the world famous Taj Mahal. Agra rose to fame in the mediaeval period as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city of Agra houses a thriving carpet industry.
Visit the tomb of Idmad-Ud-Daulah, a Mughal mausoleum often described as “jewel box” and sometimes called “Baby Taj”. The tomb of Idmad-Ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal.
Also visit Agra Fort, situated on the west bank of the Yamuna River and built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573. Its imposing red sandstone ramparts form a crescent along the riverfront and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan. The barracks to the north are British additions from the 19th-century.
This afternoon visit a local village. Kachhpura provides an insight into the local culture and rural life of the region. Glimpses of traditional village life can be seen as you walk through the village. Streets are adorned with brightly coloured small houses with elaborate doorway and niches.
Day 6: Agra
Early this morning visit the Taj Mahal in all its glory as the sun is rising. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of this favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Spend the day exploring the local markets and villages around Agra, with an emphasis on Street Photography.
Day 7: Agra - Ranthambore
Today drive to Ranthambore visiting Abhaneri en route.
On reaching the village of Abhaneri, you will see the Step Well (Chand Baori), which is considered as one of the largest and deepest step wells in India. It was constructed in the 9th century and has 3500 narrow steps in thirteen stories and is hundred feet deep. Also visit Harshat Mata Temple, which is regarded as the goddess of happiness who spreads joy to the entire village. Visiting this temple takes you back to the glory of medieval India. The ruined images in the temple indicate that this temple was actually dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Upon arrival in Ranthambore, the remainder of the day is free to enjoy at leisure.
The forest around Ranthambore was once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and is one of the largest national parks in Northern India. Ranthambore National Park is renowned for its tiger population; however you may also come across other wild animals such as leopard, nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar, hyena and Sloth Bear.
Today you will enjoy an early morning and a mid-afternoon exclusive jeep safari around an estimated area of 400 sq. km of game reserve.
Please note: Photo ID is required when visiting the Park. Please ensure you bring your passport to gain entry.
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. Some parts of the road are very rough so the journey takes most of the afternoon.
Jaipur was founded in 1727, as the Mughal power within India was declining. The Maharaja Jai Singh then moved his capital from Amer Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of the Rajasthan State and commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals, and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Start today with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), tourists are unable to enter the building so you will be able to view it from the busy street opposite.
Later you will visit the Maharaja's City Palace, part of the building has been converted into a museum, while the Royal family of Jaipur still uses the remaining sections of the palace. Outside the gate to the Maharaja's City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
After breakfast we will visit Amer Fort or 'Amber Fort' as the British called it. Erected in 1799 by the Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal was built so that the veiled ladies of his harem could observe, unnoticed, the lively street scenes below. After you arrive at the base of Amer Fort, you will take a jeep that will take you all the way up to the entrance. Inside the fort, visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory, which houses the famed Sheesh Mahal.
This afternoon visit Sanganer, a small township situated approximately 16 kilometres from Jaipur. Known for its famous handmade paper industry and the textile printing industry, Sanganer is also very famous for Jain pilgrimage services. The handmade paper industry is famous all over the country, and is known to manufacture supreme quality handmade paper. Floral and block prints are also a specialty with the Sanganer block printers and artisans. The idea behind the handmade paper industry was initiated by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728. Apart from the flourishing industries, Sanganer is also known for its medieval ruins and primeval temples that are deeply rooted in the culture and heritage of the settlement. Some of the main tourist attractions at Sanganer are the Jain temples-the most prominent one being the 'Shri Digambar Jain Temple', the paper and print industries, and the remnants of a bygone, regal era.
Transfer to Jaipur Airport for your onward flight to Delhi.
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.
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|Dates:||27 Feb 2018|
"I had the absolute privilege of being on the GetAboutAsia and Remember Forever Photography tour of India in March this year. While the photographic opportunities were plentiful and varied, due in no small part to the masterly guidance of Luke Ballard, it was the immersion into the culture and daily life of India that I found so rewarding. " — Mike Fuller, Perth WA, March 2017
"We did have a wonderful time in India - it’s so diverse in its beauty and poverty. We met your Photo Group Tour & were invited to join the Holi festival activities, which meant we got to see the prayers and the lighting of the first bonfire in front of the Maharaja’s family. What a treat. All in all we had a wonderful experience, one that will stay with us for a long while to come. " — Lowe and Wilkinson party, Sydney, NSW, March 2016