Workshop Details

Festival of Lights
Capturing the Magic of Diwali.

Experience a tailored journey into one of the most fascinating and colourful places on earth with a small intimate group of photography enthusiasts and enjoy the very best of what India has to offer.

WORKSHOP AT A GLANCE

Places &
Dates

21 Oct – 3 Nov 2024 (13N 14D)
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Narlai – Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Cost & Inclusions

INR 5,18,000 (equiv. USD 6250) Per person for shared occupancy and INR 1,25,000 (equiv. USD 1500) additional if you wish to have your own room. These costs Include all meals, fees, transport, and accommodations.

Group Size

Minimum 4 Guests to a Maximum of 6 Guests.

What to expect

A unique blend of Street, Architectural and Portrait photography coupled with group discussions on Composition and Post Processing tips and techniques.

Experience Level

This workshop includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Also, basic knowledge of operating a camera is required.

Accommodation Details

Throughout the workshop we will be staying in 4 star heritage hotels which are an experience of its own. Clean and Comfortable.

Places & Dates

21 Oct – 3 Nov 2024 (13N 14D)
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Narlai – Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Cost & Inclusions

INR 5,18,000 (equiv. USD 6250) Per person for shared occupancy and INR 1,25,000 (equiv. USD 1500) additional if you wish to have your own room. These costs Include all meals, fees, transport, and accommodations.

Group Size

Minimum 4 Guests to a Maximum of 6 Guests.

What to expect

A unique blend of Street, Architectural and Portrait photography coupled with group discussions on Composition and Post Processing tips and techniques.

Experience Level

This workshop includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Also, basic knowledge of operating a camera is required.

Accommodation

Throughout the workshop we will be staying in 4 star heritage hotels which are an experience of its own. Clean and Comfortable.

Exploring the Blue City

Explore deeper into the narrow alleyways that wind through the heart of Jodhpur, revealing glimpses of daily life and the rich heritage that permeates every nook and cranny.

Dawn at the Taj Mahal

Be the first ones inside the Taj Mahal to photograph the crimson morning sun rise over this breathtaking mausoleum.

Grand Festival of Lights

Experience the incredible pink city of India, Jaipur come alive with joy and celebrations of Diwali.

ITINERARY

I’ll be hosting another exciting photography workshop that will take you on a journey through the incredibly unique festivals, fairs and celebrations of India that are absolutely teaming with photo opportunities. From visiting some of the most iconic monuments in the best light, to exploring vantage points that only a few experienced guides know about, this workshop is designed to be a roller-coaster ride of new experiences and one-of-a-kind photographs.

Always being one step ahead of the tourists, we will start our journey amidst the chaotic streets of Delhi, a perfect place to warm up our shutter clicking fingers. Following the Yamuna River, we will then visit Agra, the place where the Taj Mahal rises from the dust-beaten earth of Uttar Pradesh, pure magic to the camera. Travelling westward our final destination will be the golden desert city of Jaisalmer on the way passing through Jaipur, Pushkar and the stunning Jodhpur.

The highlight of our time together will be experiencing Diwali in Jaipur. Here we will have the opportunity to capture the illuminating display of fireworks and lights that adorn the city’s many streets, temples, and markets making this incredible pink city of India come alive with joy and celebration.

The workshop will then take us to Pushkar, where you will witness the world’s largest Camel Fair. Each year around 200,000 people converge here, bringing with them some 50,000 camels, horses, and cattle. The fair also features various competitions, such as the longest moustache competition, offering a unique opportunity to capture the local culture and traditions of Rajasthan.

Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, post processing secrets and great fun!

DELHI

Namaste! Welcome to India! We begin our journey amidst the chaotic tapestry of Delhi. A city sprawled around relics of lost empires, dusty bazars, medieval fortifications, and home to 33 million people. Travellers sometimes leave Delhi underwhelmed after ticking off the sights. But give the city a chance and you will fall in love. It’s often the lesser-known corners that are the most rewarding, such as Lodhi garden at dusk, the Qawwali at Nizamuddin or the grand havelis of Old Delhi.

AGRA

Driving alongside the sacred Yamuna rive we then reach Agra. The place where the Taj Mahal rises from the dust-beaten earth of Uttar Pradesh. For over a century Agra was the center of India’s great Mughal empire, and its legacy lives on in beautiful artwork, mouthwatering cuisine, and magnificent architecture. Apart from being a masterpiece for environmental photography with incredible archways and great halls, Agra is full of fascinating stories and legends to indulge in as we explore its streets.

JAIPUR

Also known as the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state, Jaipur’s charming yet chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels, brightly coloured turbans blaze a trail through brilliant bazaars, and fluttering sarees catch the eye. However, in the midst of this mayhem, the splendour of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm, evoking a different peace and another world.

NARLAI

Continuing on, we then head towards the rustic village of Narlai and check into our hotel, a former Royal hunting lodge. From photographing the famous stud farms of Narlai to experiences the unchanged traditional village life of rural India, our time here will be truly magical. However, the highlight of our visit will be an enchanting dinner arrangement in an ancient stepwell illuminated by 110 lanterns underneath the star-strewn Rajasthani sky

JAISALMER

Jaisalmer, known as the “Golden City,” offers a mesmerizing canvas for photographers. Its iconic yellow sandstone architecture, intricate havelis, and the imposing Jaisalmer Fort create a captivating blend of history and aesthetics. Narrow winding streets, bustling markets, and the vibrant culture of the locals add further layers of photographic opportunity. From the ornate Jain temples to the serene Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer presents a visual feast, making it a haven for unique photographs and an incredible desert experience.

JODHPUR

And last but not the least, a city that can easily be called a photographer’s paradise and my personal favourite, the blue city of Jodhpur. Here the tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets never seems to lead where you expect them to. Scented by incense, roses and sweets, the blue facades come alive as the sun bathes the city in golden light. Narrow alleyways wind through the heart of the city, revealing glimpses of daily life and the rich heritage that permeates every nook and cranny.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

An initial reservation amount of INR 1,66,000 (equiv. USD 2000) is required to reserve your spot in the group and the balance amount can be paid any time as per your convenience before 1st August 2024. To prevent the hassle of currency exchange I recommend you deposit the fees through a money transfer service called Remitly. Many of my past workshop participants have used it and it’s very reliable and extremely
convenient. (https://www.remitly.com/us/en/india)

It is mandatory to bring a camera you are comfortable with and know the basic operations of. Apart from that a laptop with Photoshop installed is highly recommended as we will be discussing photos and editing techniques at the end of every day. In case you cannot carry a laptop, I will be more than happy to share mine.

In November the weather of Rajasthan is just perfect with the average highs reaching to 29°C and the average lows of around 15°C. This means ample of sunlight during the day and cool relaxing evenings.

All deposits and final payments for the workshop are non-refundable unless your space can be filled by someone else or from a wait list. Please do not sign up for one of my workshops if there is any possibility that you might have to cancel. In case you are worried about an emergency that prohibits you from attending, I recommend buying travel Insurance. The Best kind of insurance available is ‘Cancel for Any Reason Insurance’. This is the only type of insurance that will most likely reimburse you for different reasons including something like the Pandemic. It is typically 30% more than normal travel insurance but gives you peace of mind. In case the workshop is cancelled by me, for any reason, the extent of my liability is limited to the full return of fees paid for the workshop.

"Me and my husband did the Delhi workshop with Niko and what an amazing experience it was! Him and his team knew just about all the right places for a great photograph in the heart of the city."
Susann Oberto
“I have taken some of the best photos of my life on this trip and I couldn’t have made them without Niko’s help. He is kind, generous with his feedback, encouraging, confident without being arrogant and so very helpful. I highly recommend attending a workshop with him.”
Kyle Batson
"I had a great time during this workshop. Made some good friends, took some lovely photos, and had a blast overall. I would recommend anyone wanting to visit India to do it with Niko."
Gill Peleg