This will be our eleventh photo tour in India and is a repeat of successful visits to Holi, Taj Mahal, Varanasi and more interesting and photogenic destinations.
We are combining a series of photography locations and events that have proven to be extremely rewarding.
JAIPUR. We commence the tour in one of India's most interesting cities with exuberant 18th and 19th century palaces and exotic street life. The Amber Fort and bazaars await.
From Jaipur we move to KARAULI and stay in a Palace.
Then on to VRINDAVAN where we will immerse ourselves in the Lathmar and Nandgoan Holi celebrations.
HOLI CELEBRATIONS IN MATHURA/VRINDAVAN
According to mythological records, Mathura is actually the birth place of Lord Krishna, whereas Vrindavan is the place where he spent the early days of his childhood. This is the place where Lord Krishna introduced the modern form of Holi, and is the reason that Holi is celebrated with such great zeal and exuberence here, as they present another reason for the followers of Lord Krishna to assemble at Mathura and Vrindavan. They come to be a part of the colorful amalgamation of festivity and divinity. The main aim behind the festival of Holi is to celebrate devotion to the Supreme Being. The color and water washes away all the man made distinctions based on caste, creed, and other differences created by society. Celebrating Holi here is regarded as spiritually enlightening. The celebrations of the festival go on for about a week in and around Mathura and Vrindavan. One of the unique features of the festival here is that different temples of Lord Krishna celebrate Holi on different days. It is interesting to watch the devotees at the various temples, with people passionately chanting the names of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.
After HOLI we drive to AGRA to visit one of the most famous and beautiful buildings in the world..the TAJ MAHAL.
Following the Taj Mahal we have a train ride to ORCHHA situated in the north of Madhya Pradesh. Here is are architectural gems, not to be missed in this peaceful and rural community.
KHAJURAHO is next. World renowned and intricately carved temple complexes are our focus here.
VARANASI. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh is what some historians believe to be one of the oldest occupied cities in the world – Varanasi. Formerly known as Benares, Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India. The city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. There are over 2,000 temples to be found along the winding streets. In our opinion a vist to Varanasi is an absolute highlight of this photo tour.
The tour ends in Varansai on Thursady March 12th, 2020