Ancient palaces, exotic temples and a rich, vibrant culture – India has always been a feast for the senses.Capture
the heart of India this October. Join professional photographer Andrew Newey on an incredible photographic
holiday through mind boggling Old Dehli, the magnificent Taj Mahal and wild Ranthambore National Park. You’ll
learn all the basics under his expert guidance and find a way to develop your technique through a series of fun
photo challenges. You may even snap a tiger!We are proud to announce that our India Insight Young Photographer
trip has been included in the top 50 ‘Wanderlust Best New Trips for 2012’.Plus: Book now and your family receive a
FREE photo book with your favourite work at the end of your trip.
Day 1 – Delhi
Arrive Delhi transfer to your first night’s accommodation in Delhi and check in. Delhi is a city of contrasts.
The present metropolis is the eighth city to have been founded on this site; its predecessors have been largely
razed to the ground. After a chance to freshen up and have some lunch, this afternoon you’ll take a guided
sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi is bustling and vibrant, a network of narrow streets and alleys
teeming with people. Mosques and temples are squeezed into unlikely places between shops and market stalls.
You’ll visit the Jami Masjid, Delhi’s largest mosque. Not only is it a place of religious worship, but also a lively
meeting place for the city’s Muslims and a fascinating insight into Delhi’s way of life. In Old Delhi you travel by local
transport, the rickshaw (own expense), to ply your way through the crowds and down to the impressive Red Fort. A
fascinating contrast awaits as you head into New Delhi. Its wide boulevards and imposing buildings conjure up
images of the British Empire at its peak. You visit the main sights – Parliament House, President House and India
Gate before returning to your hotel. Hotel – 1 night Introduction to India Insights photogaphy trip & travel
photography basics. An overview of the photographic opportunities you will encounter on the tour. Establish what
you would like to achieve during the holiday. Test cameras and ensure everyone is familiar with the controls.
Explore the photographic opportunities in the city. Learn about observation, subject matter, composition and
exposure. Your aim today is to get to grips with your camera, start taking some pictures and learn what make a
good picture! Evening – Get together and review the day’s images; likes & dislikes, charge batteries, back up
Day 3 – Agra & The Taj Mahal
This morning, you’ll make a very early start for your train journey to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal! Alternating with Delhi as the capital of the Moghul Empire, the city’s past is inextricably linked with the most famous of India’s rulers. Today it is best known as the home of the Taj Mahal but also boasts a fort, a Friday Mosque and the royal tombs on the opposite bank of the river. You’ll explore the Taj Mahal, the masterpiece which shelters the tombs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Many people believe it to be the most perfectly proportioned building ever constructed; at first glance it appears to be simply white marble, but closer inspection reveals that the surface is inlaid with a profusion of semi-precious stones which form stylised flowers and bowers. Words fail to do it justice; only by visiting it can you appreciate its exquisite beauty. Further along the banks of the river Yamuna, you visit Agra Fort. It was from here that the Moghul Empire was ruled and you spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies within. The afternoon is left free for you to wander at leisure, or relax. Hotel – 1 night. Explore the photographic opportunities in and around the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. Photo challenge 1 – Photograph the Taj Mahal at sunset (for those who would like to) with plenty of one-to-one support and guidance. Learn about aperture, shutter speeds, ISO, focal lengths, composition, light and more. Evening – Get together and review the day’s images, charge batteries, back up images. Advice will be given to help you improve so you can practise throughout the week.
Fatehpur Sikri & Ranthambore You set off today to take the road leading to Fatehpur Sikri, some 38km (about two hours) away. Along the way are the remains of the Kos Minars – wayside markers which survive only as crumbled towers, pointing the way to this city built of rich red sandstone. Akbar the Great built Fatehpur Sikri, (the ‘City of Victory’), outside Agra as a tribute to a sage who foretold the birth of three sons. He duly moved his court to this new capital, only to abandon it after 15 short years because the water supply deteriorated. Today its rose-coloured walls provide the visitor with an unforgettable impression of the majesty of a 16th century royal court. You continue by road to Bharatpur and then take a train journey of just over two hours to Sawai Madhopar and Ranthambore National Park, arriving tired, but rewarded. Hotel – 2 nights (Swimming Pool – may be closed in winter. Explore the photographic opportunities in and around the 16th century, rose coloured royal court of Fatehpur Sikri. Photo challenge 2 – Learn more about aperture, focal lengths, composition, depth of field, light and more with plenty of one-to-one support and guidance.Evening – Get together and review the day’s images, charge batteries, back up images. Advice for photographing on the move in preparation for tomorrow’s game drives.
Ranthambore National Park Ranthambore National Park is one of the premier national parks of India – ‘Jungle Book’ brought to life! A wonderful blend of historical ruins and wildlife, it is the habitat of Bengal tiger, nilgai, sambar and chital (types of antelope), sloth bear and jungle cat, plus crocodile in the lake. You will make a couple of game drives during your stay here, with high hopes of getting at least one sighting of the majestic Bengal tigers that survive among the ruined forts and temples. Game drives take place early in the morning and in late afternoon for the best chance of animal sightings. Leopards have been spotted on the periphery of the park, and jackal and hyena can also be glimpsed, so there’s plenty to watch out for. During the hot summer months, Ranthambore National Park is closed. Therefore during July and August we alter our itinerary and take the opportunity to visit the nearby Swai Mansingh Sanctuary instead. A wide variety of interesting wildlife is resident here, including hyena, sloth bear, wild boar, panther and cheetah. While there is the rare chance to spot a tiger, this should not be expected. An exciting wildlife walk and a game drive will be included here.Explore the photographic opportunities in Ranthambore National Park. Photo challenge 3 – Learn more about aperture, focal lengths, composition, depth of field, light and more with plenty of one-to-one support and guidance. Advice on how to anticipate the subjects movement before taking the picture and advanced shooting camera modes. Evening – Get together and review the day’s images, charge batteries, back up images.
Day 6 – Jaipur This morning, you may have the opportunity to visit a government run school near Ranthambore (only in term time). This afternoon, you travel the three hours by train north-west to the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Travelling on an Indian train is an experience in itself; it’s like being in a town on wheels with a complete cross-section of life aboard. Jaipur, like Delhi, has both old and new parts, and this trip concentrates on the old. Kids will be goggleeyed as the streets are busy with camels and bullock-carts; above it all monkeys make their home in the old city walls. Hotel -1 night. Explore the photographic opportunities in the old city of Jaipur. Learn how to capture vibrant colours, street life, composition, light & shadow in the midst of the bustling city. Photo challenge 4 – Brush up on depth of field, composition and exposure settings, introduction to creative camera techniques, introduction to Photoshop and basic image adjustments, and tips on printing and presentation of pictures. Evening – Get together and review the day’s images, charge batteries, back up images.
Day 7 – City Palace and Palace of the Winds During your stay in Jaipur you visit the City Palace, once the home of the Maharaja. You’ll also see the famous Palace of the Winds; here royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous jali (lattice screens) which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway. This afternoon, you’ll continue your onward journey back to the capital. The journey should take around 5 hours, arriving back in Delhi in the evening. Hotel – 1 night. Explore the photographic opportunities of and around the City Palace and famous Palace of the Winds.
Day 8 – Delhi Transfer to the airport and fly home.
Holiday Price Includes
- Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.
- Transportation – Entire round trip Ex- Delhi by an air-conditioned vehicles for all categories as per the itinerary. Vehicle is as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.
- Breakfast included in all packages and Dinner is included in all non-Economy Package.
- Travel insurance.
- All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
- Wifi Internet provided in vehicles during transportation in all non-Economy packages.
Holiday Price Excludes
- Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
- Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
- Any rides, safaris, boating charges, other than the mentioned in the inclusions.
- Entrance fees and guide charges, unless specified in the inclusions.