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Camel Fair & Rajasthan
can compare to the excitement of the Pushkar Camel
Fair in Rajasthan! On the full moon of November of
each year, thousands of villagers and pilgrims bathe
in Pushkar's sacred lake while countless more, decked
in their colorful finery, buy and sell brilliantly
decorated camels and livestock. Serious traders, fervent
pilgrims, jugglers, magicians, soothsayers, storytellers,
and handicraft vendors add to the excitement. Rajasthani
folk music plays well into the night, and the air
is aromatic with Indian food. Your film expectations
will never be enough!
This photo expedition is specifically tailored for
photo enthusiasts, and is led by a photo enthusiast
with considerable first-hand experience in South Asia.
It is also limited to 10 photographers on a "first
registered first in" basis.
We will also experience an unforgettable adventure
in the company of like-minded friends and share our
collective knowledge of photography. Come join me
on this incomparable photo Rajasthan Pushkar Tour!
We are checked in the Hotel in Delhi. Depending on
arrival times, an optional city tour can be arranged
by Rajasthan Tours, to include Lutyen’s architectural
creations, landmarks of the British Raj era and 16th
century Mughal architectural monuments.
Early morning departure transfer to airport in time
to board our Jet Airways flight to Jaipur (0555 hrs/0655
hrs). Meeting and assistance on arrival in Jaipur,
and transfer by bus to Pushkar (3.5 hours) We anticipate
frequent photo opportunities on the road, as shepherd
families with their camels and livestock will be walking
to Pushkar from adjoining villages. Arrival in Pushkar
and check into Royal Camp. Afternoon and evening photography
of the fair activities.
We will awake before dawn, and spend the whole day
photographing the various activities at the Camel
Fair. There is a huge crowd at this fair (estimated
at more than 200,000 people), but it retains a friendly
and festive atmosphere, and the photo opportunities
are limitless. There are jugglers and acrobats to
entertain; camels, goats, and sheep entered into competitions;
and spirited camel races wagered on by the locals.
Adding to the atmosphere is the colorful Rajasthani
attire, a riot of gaudy colors, tall turbans, baubles,
bangles, and mirror-encrusted skirts that look even
more vibrant in contrast with the tawny backdrop of
We will awake at dawn, and spend the whole morning
photographing the various activities at the Camel
Fair. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Jodhpur.
Arrive Jodhpur and check into Hotel. Subject to our
time of arrival, we will tour the blue city of Jodhpur.
We will awake early morning for Osiyan, the ancient
Thar Desert town, mostly inhabited by Brahmins. The
wealth of Osiyan's medieval Jain inhabitants enabled
them to build lavish and intricately-carved temples.
We will also photograph in a Bishnoi village. The
Bishnoi are the original 'tree-huggers' and are well
known for their conservationist philosphies. Bishnoi
women are beautiful and fine-featured, known for their
gorgeous golden jewelry including necklaces, nose
rings, and ankle bracelets, all set off beautifully
against their traditional crimson-colored saris. In
the afternoon, we will visit Meharangarh Fort.
We will travel in the morning to Ranakpur, one of
the largest and most important Jain temples in India.
The mable temple complex has 29 halls supported by
1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. It lies in
a remote valley about 40 miles from Udaipur. We will
arrive Udaipur in the late afternoon, and check into
Hotel. We plan an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Overnight at Kankarwa Haveli on the banks of the lake.
We plan to visit the City Palace, and see a Rajasthani
art school with demonstrations of miniature paintings.
We will photograph the markets of Udaipur in the immediate
vicinity of the Palace.
This morning, we will drive to Deogarh ( 3 hrs). En
route we will be visiting Nagda & Eklingji. Eklingji
is an interesting little village with a number of
ancient temples. Nagda also has ancient temples, including
some that are nearly submerged in a nearby lake. We
arrive Deogarh and check into Deogarh Mahal. The village
of Deogarh ("castle of the gods") is virtually
unknown to tourists. We will also visit a small cave
temple dedicated to Shiva.
This morning, we will drive drive to Patchewar ( 5
hrs). We arrive Pachewar and after checking into Pachewar
Garh, we will visit the Village famous for indigo
dyeing. Numerous photo opportunities will be made
available to us using the dye workers. Patchewar is
also a center for pottery making following ancient
techniques. We will also visit and photograph the
artisans at work.
We will leave early to drive to Jaipur ( 3 hrs). We
will check into Hotel, and depart for a late morning
tour of Jaipur, the 'Pink City'. In the afternoon,
we will visit nearby Amber, the ancient capital of
Jaipur state. Depending on the time, we might visit
Sanganer, a little town south of Jaipur renowned for
its handmade paper and block-printing of textiles.
We will leave at dawn to visit and photograph Balaji
Temple (2.5 hrs drive one way), the site of exorcism.
We return in time for our evening transfer to the
Jaipur airport to board flight to Delhi. We will be
met and assisted on our arrival and we will be transferred
to the Hotel.
Transfer to international airport to board onward