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INDIA - PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR, DESERT TOWNS OF RAJASTHAN AND TAJ MAHAL PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR: 21st OCT TO 6th NOV 2017

Held each November during the full moon, India’s Pushkar Fair and Asia’s largest camel and livestock market provides an opportunity to witness and photograph the colour, spectacle and carnival of one of the last great traditional festivals. A sleepy holy town where pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred Pushkar Lake in order  to "wash away the sins of a lifetime" turns into a riot of colour as villagers from far and near gather together to buy, sell and celebrate. 

TOUR DATES: 21 Oct to 6 Nov 2017
 
TOUR COST: £3195.00 
 
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £895.00 

TOUR LEADER: Simon Watkinson

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Pushkar

The fair is a mass of stalls selling glittering necklaces, bangles, intricate silver ornaments and crafts from across Rajasthan, as well as the paraphernalia associated with the camels themselves including saddles, colourful beads, woven and embroidered saddle-straps. This is a wonderful way to capture the vibrancy of Rajasthan and there is a wealth of photographic opportunities, with the barren desert providing a stunning backdrop to elegantly dressed, preened and perfumed camels and their equally stylish owners.

Many Hindu pilgrims also converge on Pushkar at this time to bathe in the holy lake and visit the Hindu Brahma temple, the only one of its kind in the world.

On this trip we will also be visiting other fascinating destinations such as Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. We begin in bustling Delhi where we have time to visit both old and new sections of the city. From Delhi we fly to Jodhpur, a town nestled on the edge of the Thar desert. The town is dominated by a massive fort, topping a sheer ridge right in the middle of town. Jodhpur is affectionately referred to as the “Blue City” because of the indigo-coloured houses lining the fascinating winding streets of the old town. These can be seen from the ramparts of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, which looms high above the buzzing city.

We then travel to the golden city of Jaisalmer which rises like a mirage from the flat expanses of the Thar Desert. The thick walls of the fort enclose a maze of narrow streets. Our time here will provide an excellent insight into a way of life seemingly little changed for centuries and we are sure to capture some amazing images.

From Jaisalmer we travel to our luxury encampment at Manvar, an ideal base from which we explore Indian desert life and the surrounding Bishnoi villages amidst a landscape of breathtaking beauty. Our next stop is Luni, a charming village which reflects the royal past of Rajasthan. Here many artisans still practise their ancestral profession of carving metal, clay or wood into intricate forms. This small bustling village will provide many photographic opportumities.

We also visit Rajasthan’s capital and largest city, Jaipur. The ancient and exquisitely beautiful city offers us wonderful Indian architecture including magnificent carved arches, marble columns and the striking Hawa Mahal palace with its intricately carved jali screens. 

Our journey would not be complete without travelling to Agra, home to the sophisticated elegance of the Taj Mahal. The change in colour of the white marble at sunrise and sunset is amazingly beautiful.  We have plenty of time to photograph the beautiful attire of the Indian people who are visiting the monument and explore the Taj from alternative vantage points.