A Photographic Journey – Rajasthan, India

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A Photographic Journey – Rajasthan, India

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Explore India’s vibrant Rajasthan on this incredible Photography Tour with award-winning photographer, Wayne Kaulbach. Home to Incredible India’s great cultural diversity, its features include the ruins of Indus Valley Civilization, Temples, Forts and Fortresses in almost every city. Rajasthan’s formerly independent kingdoms developed a rich architectural and cultural heritage; same can be seen today in numerous forts and palaces, which are enriched by feature of Muslim and Jain Architecture. This Rajasthan tour encompasses one of the most colourful states of India and a land of unending diversity. Whether it is about the ‘pink’ in Jaipur or the ‘blue’ in Jodhpur or the ‘golden hues’ of Jaisalmer, the barren landscape is swathed in colours of the rainbow.

Rajasthan’s strong adherence to tradition is precisely what makes it such a compelling place to travel around. Swaggering moustaches, heavy silver anklets, bulky red, yellow or orange turbans, pleated veils and mirror-inlaid saris may be part of the complex language of caste, but to most outsiders they epitomize India at its most exotic.

India is like no other country on Earth; inspire your senses as you photograph its beauty and its people. This intimate and engaging photography tour will open your eyes, your heart, and your soul to the charms of India. Take your travel photography to a higher level through one-on-one coaching with your instructor, group critiquing, and hands-on practice with Langara College instructor, Wayne Kaulbach. Prepare to be amazed! Photographers and non-photographers are welcome.
DATES: JAN 5-25th, 2018

Description

Highlights Include:

    Learning about photography techniques with award-winning photographer, Wayne Kaulbach
    Immersing yourself in the vibrance of Rajasthan
    Sending your camera into overdrive with the vast subject of Rajasthan – people, forts, palaces, lakes
    Visiting the Blueish city of Jodhpur and bustling Pushkar
    Enjoying the traditions surrounding the Camel Festival in Bikenar
    Soaking in the astonishing beauty of the Taj Mahal – one of the world’s most iconic wonders
    Agra’s Red Fort and its impressive collection of halls and pavilions

Day 01 | Arrive Delhi
Welcome to New Delhi! As today is arrival day, there are no planned activities. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your nearby hotel.

Accommodation Delhi: Atrio Boutique Hotel
Meals: N/A

Day 02 | Arrive Udaipur
After breakfast at the hotel*, transfer to Delhi Airport for a short flight to Udaipur. On arrival in Udaipur, you will be met at the airport and takes you to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure or do your own activities.

Accommodation Udaipur: Swaroop Villas
Meals: Dinner
Transfer time: 1.5 hrs flying time
*Please note: Arrive in New Delhi the night before with time to rest before your flight to Udaipur.

Day 03 | Udaipur
Post breakfast, day tour of Udaipur. Lakeside Udaipur, the ‘City of Sunrise’, is set amidst the Aravali hills of south Rajasthan. Its enchanting ensemble of marble palaces, historic temples, placid lakes, landscaped gardens and green hills, has earned it the soubriquet of the ‘Venice of the East’.

Stroll around Fatehsagar Lake and stroll through the lively market before return to the hotel for some rest. Later, enjoy a two-hour boat-ride on Lake Pichola, visiting many of the ghats (banks) where ablutions and meditation take place, and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.

Accommodation Udaipur: Swaroop Villas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 3 hrs sightseeing / 1 hr boat ride

Day 04 | Udaipur – Street Photography
Enjoy the streets of Udaipur with your camera in hand.

Accommodation Udaipur: Swaroop Villas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 05 | Udaipur – Deogarh
After breakfast, we leave for Deogarh today. Here you will stay at Deogarh Mahal, an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. With its greying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, Deogarh Mahal is a picturesque sight from the town below. At a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan.

Deogarh is also renowned as a school of miniature painting. Some Deogarh miniatures adorn the personal collection of the present Rawat Sahib. Frescoes of this art form can also be seen on the fort walls. The Mahal also has some exciting rooms to browse through – Sheesh Mahal – the colourful hall of mirrors, is just one of them. Deogarh family have finished converting one of their forts into an exceptionally luxurious villa, and created the magical ‘Fort Seegh Sagar’. This island fortress is truly awe-inspiring; sitting in the middle of a lake (monsoon dependent but currently surrounded by water) it can only be reached by boat (monsoon dependent, otherwise by dirt road) or by a small bridge and is set amidst a dramatic rocky landscape. Just 5 km from Deogarh Mahal and close to the ruins of the deserted village of Manpura, there are wonderful places to explore and excellent rural walking and bird watching to be done.

Accommodation Deogarh: Deogarh Mahal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Drive for 150 Kms / 03 Hrs, Village Walk

Day 06 | Deogarh
Post breakfast explore the village on your own. Do not forget to carry your most valuable item, the camera. In the heart of the town, is the Kunjbihari Mandir, which is famous for the many bats that live inside the roof of the building. There is one clock tower in the main central chowk (market) of the town at the top of Charbhuja Temple.

Accommodation Deogarh: Deogarh Mahal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Village Walk
Day 07 | Deogarh – Pushkar
After breakfast, drive to Pushkar. The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the desert. Pushkar is well visited by tourists for its famed Pushkar Mela, held every year in the month of November. Sightseeing in Pushkar includes a visit to the lake that is girdled with 52 ghats. Swarming with temples, the most famous is the Brahma temple – only one in India where Lord Brahma, the creator is worshipped. You can also witness and participate in the evening prayer meetings in the temples. Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are taboo.

Accommodation Pushkar: Hotel Pushkar Palace
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Drive for 180 Kms / 04 Hrs, walk around lake

Day 08 | Pushkar
Take a walking tour of Pushkar, for visitors it’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. We believe that every aspect of such an experience should be special.

Accommodation Pushkar: Hotel Pushkar Palace
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 2 hrs walking tour

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Day 09 | Pushkar – Bikaner
Post breakfast drive for Bikaner. Built with orange sandstone it was commissioned by Sir Ganga Singh in 1904. The palace is a charming combination of western opulence and eastern imagination. Many of the friezes on the palace’s walls, the geometrically perfect symmetry of its outlay, the ornate filigree work and latticed screens may all be attributed to his artistic vision and temperament.

The Bikaner Festival is a yearly event which is dedicated to the tough animals surviving the harsh desert conditions. The festival is being organized as an initiative by the Department of Tourism, Art & Culture of the Rajasthan Government. Organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, Bikaner Camel Festival is a yearly event in January that Bikaner celebrates in honour of the ship of the desert, Camel.

The shining rays of the sun, cool sands and the camel enliven the orange hues of the desert. For centuries, the camel has served as a means of livelihood to being the traditional mode of transport in Rajasthan. Yet, the bond of camels and their owners runs deeper – the Bikaner Camel Festival celebrates this glorious animal and its relationship with the people of
desert.
Camels at the Bikaner Festival are a vision! The festivities begin with a camel procession in the red milieu of Junagarh Fort. In a unique pageant show of camels draped in vibrant weaves of Rajasthan, they live up to the beauty standards of long, slender necks, thick eyelashes and swaying bodies. In this two day treat, the camels literally dance to the tune of their masters, performing acrobatic stunts and graceful movements with their feet. While the spectacle itself is mesmerising, you will be enticed to become a part of the ongoing frenzy of camel races, camel safari, contests including tug of war and camel milking amidst other activities. Those who cannot help but splurge can spend on exquisite handicrafts of Rajasthan.

Take a break from such flamboyancy, with musical concerts, puppetry and folk performance of skirt twirling dances as well as Bikaner’s famed fire
dance, which can now only be seen during the festival. At the Bikaner Festival, revere the bejewelled camel throughout the day, and watch the festive frenzy comes to an end with colourful fireworks embellishing the
night sky.

Accommodation Bikaner: Narenda Bhawan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Visit Bikaner Camel Festival

Day 10 | Bikaner
Post breakfast, visit the Junagarh fort built between 1587 and 1593, it was progressively enlarged and embellished thereafter. This wonderful architectural structure comprises of many palaces. The Anup Mahal (Diwan-i-Khas), the grandest room in the palace, has stunning red and gold filigree decorative painting and a red satin throne framed by an arc of glass and mirrors, Badal Mahal (“cloud palace”), built in the mid-nineteenth century for Maharaja Sardar Singh (1851–72) and painted with blue sky and clouds, is pleasantly understated. The Karan Mahal was built to commemorate a notable victory over the Mughal Aurangzeb. Other places worth visiting are Dungar Niwas, Ganga Niwas, Gaj Mandir. The Gigantic columns, imposing arches, minarets are all note-worthy.

Accommodation Bikaner: Narenda Bhawan
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Visit Bikaner Camel Festival

Day 11 | Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Continue to drive to Jaisalmer. Situated amid picturesque Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is rich in colour & tradition. Founded in 1156 AD; it was once the major trade route to Persia, Egypt, Africa & the West. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the ‘golden city’. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition.

Accommodation Jaisalmer: Nachana Haveli
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 3 hrs sightseeing

Day 12 | Jaisalmer
Post breakfast proceed for a sightseeing of Jaisalmer. The Jaisalmer fort made of sand stone is the dominating structure. The Jaisalmer city is also revered for its Havelis Among the many havelis –Patwonji ki Haveli, Salimji ki Haveli & Nathmalji ki Haveli are the most striking.

In the evening enjoy a camel ride through the desert

Accommodation Jaisalmer: Nachana Haveli
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 3 hrs sightseeing

Day 13 | Jaisalmer
Day free at leisure or for photography tour.

Accommodation Jaisalmer: Nachana Haveli
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Open

Day 14 | Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. Amongst the many princely settlements of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is one of the most distinctive. Countless tales of courage speak of a 500 year old history and a culture which take pride in its strength and valour. An oasis in the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan lies at the entrance to the Thar Desert in a region called Marwar. Positioned in the Thar Desert’s stark landscape, Jodhpur experiences a bright and sunny weather all through the year. For this, the city is called the “Sun City”. Jodhpur is also called ‘blue city’ because of the indigo-washed houses.

Accommodation Jodhpur: Pal Haveli
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: Drive for 280 Kms / 05 Hrs

Day 15 | Jodhpur
This day visit the Mehrangarh fort stands witness too many battles. Learn about the intensely captivating history as you wander through the city. In an area prone to droughts, the shades of blue give a sense of relief. Look down from the fort at the soothing colours in sight, shimmering like a lake, an oasis, stuff that make the dreams of a desert people.

Later visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph we will turn towards the local bazaar. Whether you try out your bargaining skills of bargaining or simply prefer the visual treat that men and women unfold in the bazaars with their exquisite craftsmanship, you will take back one of your most vivid memories of artful puppets of the region.

Accommodation Jodhpur: Pal Haveli
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity: sightseeing

Day 16 | Jodhpur – Jaipur
Enjoy breakfast at the palace before departing by road to the fabled ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, one of the jewels in Rajasthan’s crown. Jaipur is surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort, while the old town is packed with beautiful palaces, magnificent mansions and historic temples. The palaces and forts of yesteryear, which were witness to royal processions and splendor, are now living monuments and but for the inevitable nod to modernity in the form of busy traffic, little seems to have changed. In the afternoon, a sightseeing tour takes you to see the City Palace, the adjacent Palace of Winds, the Jantar Mantar observatory, a batik fabric print works and more.

Accommodation: Hotel Narain Niwas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 4 hrs sightseeing

Day 17 | Jaipur
Jaipur is also famous for shopping and is indeed a shopper’s delight. Evening you will have free time to stroll down the busy bazaar and try your bargaining skills, amongst the multitude of locally produced items like mojri footwear, soft cotton quilt, handicrafts & many more.

Accommodation: Hotel Narain Niwas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 1 hrs sightseeing

Day 18 | Jaipur – Agra
Leave for Agra, whose very name evokes the mystery and history of India. We visit Fatehpur Sikri en route which is also called forbidden Mughal capital. After tour continue drive to Agra and then visit the Red Fort, a stunningly beautiful historical fort and the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when Mughal capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it can be more accurately described as a walled city rather than just a fort.
Afternoon at leisure. Option to visit the Taj Mahal (at own cost this afternoon).
Accommodation: Four Point Sheraton
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity: 4 hrs sightseeing
Transfer time: 4h 30mins drive

Day 19 | Agra – Taj Mahal
Early this morning head to the banks of the Yamuna River to pay homage to the love poem written in stone that is the Taj Mahal. This magnificent mausoleum took 22 years and 20,000 men to build in mid-17th century, and the white marble was quarried more than 200 miles away and then transported to the site by hundreds of elephants. The heart-broken Emperor Shah Jahan built it after his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during childbirth.

Afternoon at leisure. Option to stay at the Taj Mahal.

Accommodation: Four Point Sheraton
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20 | Agra – Delhi
This morning we drive to New Delhi, India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiralling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy.

Accommodation Delhi: Atrio Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 | Departure from Delhi
Transfer to airport and connect onwards flight back home.

Wayne Kaulbach MPA F/PPABC, received his Masters Of Photographic Arts in 2004 and his Fellowship in 2006. Along with his wife Michelle Fleming, they have owned and operated Skylight Images, a multi-award winning photographic service specializing in natural light portraiture, in Vancouver since 1995. Along with teaching travel and street photography through Langara’s Continuing Studies program for seven years, Wayne is also an ongoing contributor to Photo Life Magazine and a passionate travel and street photographer. Langara’s India Photography Tour in 2016 was the most recent tour led by Wayne. Having travelled extensively around the world, Wayne is eager to continue to share his knowledge along with his love of travel and street photography through his upcoming 2017 Guatemala Photography Tour.

Check out Wayne’s work on his website: www.wkaulbach.com/

Wayne Kaulbach - Guatemala Photography Tour

Tour Inclusions:

    • 20 nights in 4* star accommodations based on double occupancy
    • Meals as per itinerary (All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 20 dinners)
    • Local transportation (private vehicles, domestic flight)
    • Excursions and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
    • Local guides (where applicable)

    Tour Exclusions:
    • International Flights (can be arranged through us nicola@finisterra.ca)
    • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us
    nicola@finisterra.ca)
    • Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
    • Items of personal nature
    • Services and entrances not mentioned above
    • Passport, vaccination and visa fees
    • Tips/Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, etc.

DATES: JAN 5-25th, 2018

from $4375 CAD per person based on double/twin occupancy
$1125 CAD Single Supplement (Limited Availability)

Costs and Fee Schedule

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement fee applies.
Deposit is $650 and is due at time of registration (full payment due for bookings within 3 months prior to departure). Payment non-refundable. Balance payment is due 3 months prior to departure.
Final Payment
Full payment is due 90 prior to departure.

Registration Procedures

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Fill out an Application for Registration Form (PDF)

Submit a deposit for $650 (full payment due for bookings within three months prior to departure)

Cheque made payable to Langara College Continuing Studies.
Payment by Credit Card, please call 604.323.5979.

Submit the above to:Janinah Jansen, Program Coordinator, Educational Travel
Langara College, Continuing Studies
100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Y 2Z6

Air Travel
Flights are not included in the tour price. DO NOT purchase any airline tickets until the trip is confirmed to take place. Pre and post tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details info@finisterra.ca

Important Information

Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants.Cancellation, Travel, Flight and Health insurances are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage.

Check with your local travel agent /insurance provider/health plan for advice about traveling overseas. All participants will be required to sign a release form prior to departure which allows Langara College, Instructors, Staff, Tour Leaders and Contract Services Employees to be free of liability with respect to this Travel Program.Program itinerary and dates are tentative.

Program costs are based on a minimum number of participants and are subject to change without notice. Single supplement will apply to single travelers (unless a participant opts in for room share and a roommate is found. this cannot be guaranteed). Langara College reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure without penalty or liability.

Passport Information
Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.

Sample Hotels*:

City
Room Category
(Nights)
Udaipur
Swaroop Vilas
03
Deogarh
Deogarh Mahal
02
Pushkar
Pushkar Palace
02
Bikaner
Narender Bhawan
02
Jaisalmer
Nachna Haveli Room
03
Jodhpur
Ajit Bhawan
02
Jaipur
Narain Niwas Palace
02
Agra
Four Point Sheraton
02
Delhi
Atrio Boutique Hotel
1 (start)+ 1(end)

*Please note that hotels are just samples and are subject to change and availability.