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Start: 5 March 2020
End: 13 March 2020
Price: From £2895 pp
excl. flights based on a single room basis.
Price per person if two people booking a shared room: from £2495 pp.
Min 5; max 6 people
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Trip is full!
flight cost £650
photo tours with steve davey
assignment: Holi Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Ranthambore
Day 3: Ranthambore
Day 4: Mathura
Day 5: Mathura
Day 6: Mathura
Day 7: Agra
Day 8: Delhi
Day 9: Tour ends
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Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.
Bookings are made through the Intrepid Tailor Made Dept. in London not the Intrepid website or Stores. Contact Steve Davey for information
This tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.
The Indian festival of Holi is celebrated in the twin cities of Vrindavan and Mathura, with an intensity that is seen nowhere else in this vast country. It is, quite simply, the best place to witness this incredible festival, and we have an itinerary that will allow us to see as many of the events as possible, whilst also having time to just wander through the streets soaking up the local atmosphere.
There are a number of events that make up Holi. There are offerings at the two main temples in Vrindavan and Mathura, there is a Holi procession and also the Holika Dahan - a series of religious bonifires to celebrate the killing of Holika by Vishnu. More peripheral events include the Hauranga Holi, where women playfully beat men with sticks, and the immense Dauji Hauranga, which rounds of the festival in a riot water fights, coloured powders and women beating men!
Holi is also about fun. As you walk around you will playfully have coloured powder daubed on you, and water thrown over you. People hold small and joyful parties, dancing and eating, and we will no doubt be invited to join in. This is the best time to shoot portraits of paint-covered faces, and also to throw paint yourself!
This is the first in our new series of assignment: tours, that seek to emulate the way that a professional photographer would approach a commission. These trips are unashamedly not a holiday: they are designed to help serious photographers to achieve the best coverage of this atmospheric festival, whilst engaging in a way that is impossible in a large group, or even for that matter if travelling on your own.
With a maximum of six people on the tour, we will be able to be more responsive and find it easier to get into the best positions; whether it calls for moving quickly, or getting into place early and waiting. We will also be able to engage more fully with a festival or event, and to ensure that we get as close to the action as possible.
This trip is about far more than the Holi festival though. We are taking the opportunity to fit in three tiger safaris at the beautiful Ranthambore National park, and also making sunrise and sunset visits to the Taj Mahal.
Whilst we have established good local knowledge and contacts, it is important to remember that local restrictions and conditions might prevent us from doing everythig that we are intending, especially where it involves getting into temples. Rest assured though that we will be using our best efforts and local contacts to achieve as much as possible.
Following the approach of a professional photographer will offer a unique way of covering this festival, and a fantastic opportunity to develop skills that will help your photography in future. However, the quoted price does not include the rights for any commercial exploitation. If you are hoping to publish pictures from this trip in any commercial context (other than on personal websites or on social media) then please contact Steve before booking.
Highlights of this trip
• Holi at Mathura & Vrindavan
• Huranga at Dauji Temple
• Ranthambore tiger safaris
• Incomparable Taj Mahal
• Targeted photographic help
• Intense photo assignment