*Culture Photography Tour of Rajasthan *

The days in Rajasthan would have given you a glimpse of everything that this beautiful state could offer – the strong forts on once inaccessible places, luxurious palaces, the rustic and traditional lives of its people, rich colours of the turbans and long red skirts, ancient temples, cultural performances, vast desert, the sand dunes, camel rides and a glimpse of the wildlife. Our travel to Rajasthan probably takes us through all that the state has to offer. Most importantly, we would have used our cameras to their maximum capabilities and have some great images from every location that will stay with you forever. There will be plenty of learnings in photography and great photos that will remind us of our amazing time in Rajasthan for a long time to come.

DAY 1:  Arrive Jaipur:-   Tour starts noon – Rendezvous and introductions –  Overnight at  Jaipur hotel

DAY 2:  Jaipur

Morning proceed to Jaipur City the Pink City. On arrival check in at hotel. Jaipur was established by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in  1876. The Royal heritage of Jaipur lives in its architecture and culture. The city in pink is symbolic of the hospitality that reigned in the Rajput culture. Later evening will be a photo opportunity for street photography, environmental portraits and architecture in Jaipur. rajasthan tour in india Included in our visit to the impressive City Palace which is located right in the centre of the Old City. A complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings, the outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over the centuries. There are palace buildings from different eras, some dating from the early 20th century. Despite the gradual development, the whole complex is a striking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728, which resembles a collection of bizarre sculptures. The name is derived from the Sanskrit Yanta Mantr meaning instrument of calculation , and in 2010 it was added to India s list of World Heritage Sites. Papu Bazar is a famous market in Jaipur and there are other markets located nearby: Indira Market, Nehru Market & Sanjay Market have a unique style where all the shops are of the same size & style. The whole market is very symmetrical and a particular street is known for a specific item. Overnight stay at hotel

DAY 3 : Jaipur

This morning we visit Amber Fort, the former capital of the royal Jaipurs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this hilltop fortress-palace 11 km north of Jaipur. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding hills. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. You will visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five- storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. Later we will take to you to nearby village where the block making and block printing work is done in the morning. The sound of the muffled thud of the block on the fabric is so gorgeous, and the sharpness of the eye of the printers never ceases to amaze the block always goes down in the right place. Along the street are tiny shuttered shops with men sitting in wood chips, with smiling faces, chip chip chopping at blocks, making the most intricate designs with the utmost precision. we will visit a handmade paper factory where you will see mass production of recycled cotton pulp paper. Here it is made with flower petals or leaves and is then cut and made into books, cards, and all kinds of stationary. Finally, on your way back to the hotel, you can visit a small pottery workshop. Jaipur is famous for its blue pottery and at this workshop you can see the intricate, labour intensive painting of the pottery. Following lunch, there will be a tour Of City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The centre of the palace is a seven storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine vies over the gardens and the city. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the whole central grid. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and animals that lived in jungles which surrounded the wall that time. Next, we visit the Solar Observatory an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date. The Palace Of Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. for overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 4 : Jaipur  to pushkar :-

TODAY morning breakfast check out from hotel and we will take you to the Anokhi s roots lie in Jaipur, a city whose founders were enlightened patrons of the arts and crafts. Skilled craftsmen were invited to settle here and were ensured a secure livelihood. In the Jaipur tradition, Anokhi tries to maintain an open and honest relationship with its crafts persons. It helps them to work in conditions of their own choosing and commits itself to providing them with sustained work. The hand block is carved out of wood and is the simplest of printing devices. Dyeing with vegetable colours is the oldest of colouring techniques. As pioneers of hand block printing for the export market, Anokhi has built on these for the last thirty years. It constantly seeks to create an environment in which traditional textiles have their place and value and to build a symbiotic relationship between the market and the design product between skill and tradition. Later in the afternoon we will take you to Elephant Village famous for Elefantastic, is lies in the depths of the jungles and on the peaceful hilltops. It is a wide and beautiful farm area, which is famous as a natural habitat of elephants and for elephant ride. It is located in the Amber, is the small and elegant town located 1 km from the Amber Palace. This beautiful place is the shelter of 24 elephants. There are 23 female elephants and only one male elephant live as a family. Amazing experience by royal ride of elephant by this you can explore complete area of this place. Your visit start from the warm welcome by the team of elefantastic and elephants. The elephant safari starts before sunset and end after dark. They will prepare your royal ride, wash the elephants, feed and water them. There is a huge gallery and collection about the elephant decoration. Colors, designs and traditional way of elephant decoration are really very fascinating and great of attraction of your visit. After a traditional and delicious lunch, a wonderful elephant ride will start with our elephant rider or tourist guide. This trip starts from the visit of the jungle area. The area of Elefantastic is full with wild animals. This wonderful tour starts from the visit of aroma of nature, chippering of birds and sound of many wild animals. Golden birds, Black Shouldered kite, Peacock and Asian Paradise Flycatcher are the beautiful birds of this farm area. After proceed to pushkar. On arrival check in to the Pushkar hotel, evening proceed for photo shot at near the pushkar lake, – Overnight at  Pushkar hotel.

DAY 4: Pushkar :-

The historical town of Pushkar is among the five dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high esteem by Hindus. It is saidthat in battle lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up. According to legends, Pushkar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52 palaces.

Pushkar Fair is held each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacle on an epic scale, attracting more than 25,000 camels, horses, and cattle and visited by over 400,000 people over a period two weeks.

For visitors, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the color, spectacle, and carnival of one of the last great traditional fair, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan.

Words are not enough to describe things you can shoot in Pushkar. From silver jingles to evening lights, from colorful people to livestock—its one place you can not switch off your camera and step back. You will witness cattle decked up with beautiful clothes and dazzling ornaments, men, and women dressed in their traditional best—providing glimpses of one of the most spectacular chapters of tribal India. Overnight at Pushkar hotel<

DAY 5: Pushkar  to Jojawar   ( 100 km 2 hrs )

After Breakfast leave by surface to Rawla Jojawar around 240kms from Jaipur and will take 05 hours Drive. Arrive and check in to the hotel Rawla Jojawar- Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar. Bestowed with the title of Rao, the nobles looked after this little fiefdom for about two centuries after its construction in the 18th century.

Known by the name of Rawla Jojawar the fort is now converted into a heritage hotel. have Lunch and relax. Go for village walk and take pictures of the local tribes like the Grarasiyas /Potters / Karsas / Rabaris, village shops, practicing different trades. Overnight stay at Rawla Jojawar.

Day-04 Jojawar  ( Excursion Sansari village )

After breakfast leave for near by Villages experience their lifestyle. And visit sansari village – Sansari ( Thikana’s of solanki Rajputs) . The ancestors of this family originally lived in  Gujrat and were descended from Raja TRIBHUVAN PAL the last soalnki king of Gujrat ( 1241/1244), but at the end of the 15th century , they were forced from their lands and under Raja  Deep singh solanki they settled  near Bhinai in the  Ajmer district , later Thakur  Bhoj Singh  migrated  and settled  in lach village  in Sirohi District , but was killed  by the  Rao of Sirohi in the  last of 17 battles, who took control of that village. Soon afterwards, the  solanki’s  lost  control of their  territories  in Rajasthan  and settled at kumbhalgarh  during the reign of maharana Raimal  of Mewar ( 1473/1509), who granted them the pargana of Deshuri, ( Roopnagar) as well as 363 villages of Godwar and Mewar , For ridding that district of some troublesome Madrecha Chouhan  rajputs who refused  to obey  the Maharana , Thakur  Sanwant singh divided his territory amongst  his sons, with Thakur Khet singh  receiving  Siryari as his appanga.

Thakur  Bhopat singh. Thakur of  sansari, son of  thakur  Singha singh  of Siryari  and great- grandson of  Thakur  Sanwant singh of Roopnagar, he lost  control of  Siryari and in compensation, he was granted  the thikana of Sansari in Udaipur in 1607 by thakur Aaskaran Solanki of Jojawar.  Meet and greet to sansari royal family. Family head  will be hosting an keshar Ceremony. Lunch at mayli mata. Evening back to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Rawla Jojawar.

DAY 5: Jojawar to  Khejarla :-

Khejarla 300 kms from Jojawar and will take around 06 Hours drive. Check in to the Hotel and have lunch. After little relaxation walk through the village seeing the potters, ladies doing embroidery work on (sari/odni) also visit to see men making carpet out of waste cloth. Evening camel ride/Camel Ride to the 6th century temple reroute visiting Rabari/Rayka Dhani. Later arrive at temple for a breath taking sun set. Have special Dinner organized by the owner. Retire to the confines of your room for the night.

Overnight at Hotel Khejarla Fort.

DAY 6:  Khejarla to Jodhpur :-

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival heck in to the hotel. Sunset visit Umaid Bhawan Palace and take pictures of beautiful Palace.

DAY 7:  Jodhpur

After breakfast visit the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive & formidable structures anywhere in India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is on a 125m high hill & has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window.

We also visit Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the year 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers. It is an architectural landmark of Jodhpur.

Late afternoon walking tour of the “Old Blue City” as well as the medieval bazaars of Jodhpur. So named because of the blue indigo used in the white wash of the houses, this area of Jodhpur is a delight for the photographers. After lunch proceed for  Chhipawadi.

CHHIPAWADI…………..A Place in side Jalori Gate which is famous for colorful people whose life starts with color andends with color.These people are engaged in the profession of applying colors to any type of cloth along with tie and die business for generations now and the place has been named after them accordingly. Chhipa means to print and so the place is now called Chhipawadi and people are known as RANGRAZE, they are so skilled in their work that take only few minutes for them to finish any type of assignment and also the process is very interesting to watch, Hence the place is worth enough for the attention of Tourists.From Here you can proceed to Sarafa Bazar where you get all Gold and Silver ornaments, continue walking down to Tambaco Bazar, Ada Bazar where you will smell boatful FRAGRANCEof all types of local perfumes and scents and also cloth market.For special textiles cloths one can visit Maharani Art Emporium.This sight is all around Clock Tower so visit of clock tower is naturally included.The
Come Back to your hotel have special lunch and relax at your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay  in Jodhpur hotel.

DAY 8:  Jodhpur To Dheerpura

This day after morning breakfast check out from hotel and drive to The Great Indian Thar  Desert, on arrival & Dheerpura check in to the Hariyali resort and . Dinner and overnight stay at resort.

DAY 9:  Dheerpura To Jaisalmer   ( The Thar Desert  )

Today after early morning breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Jaisalmer. By late afternoon, we would have reached Jaisalmer, home to the most beautiful landscapes and sand dunes of Thar Desert. You would have already seen it in photographs and bollywood movies, but nothing would have prepared you for the beautiful waves of fine sand spread over the vast deserts around Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer truly has a feel of oasis in the middle of the desert, like a place out of nowhere and a place that is faraway.

We will have a surprise stopover and interesting photography opportunities waiting for you on the road!

 Day 10: Jaisalmer

Let’s begin the day with sunrise over beautiful Gadissar Lake. You would wonder how so much water came into this desert. The little pavilions forming tiny islands offer a beautiful foreground against the pink sky reflecting in the water. Before we experience the magic of the desert today, we will explore the corners of Jaisalmer, an ancient trading center. One of the places we visit will be Patwon-ki-Haveli, the beautiful four-story building with intricately decorated external walls. The insides are now converted to a museum. Our cameras will focus as much on the streets outside, as they do on the well known Haveli. There is so much to photograph in these places, let’s be thankful that the cameras don’t have a tendency to heat up from overuse! Come evening, we are finally heading to the most anticipated sight of the whole tour – the sand dunes. At Sam, the dunes are among largest that you will see in terms of area of their spread. You may first be overwhelmed by the number of tourists out there, but soon, you realize that their presence helps make those beautiful images of silhouetted camel. It would seem like a dream when you arrive, but wait till the sun moves towards the horizon and bathes the golden sand in his golden rays. You will have it easy here, making great images very effortlessly, but your photography expert will still be there with you, making sure you get the best of what the scenery has to offer. We return to our hotel in Jaisalmer to spend the night.

Day 11 :  Jaisalmer

Before we head to a desert-village where we will be staying tonight, let’s begin with the fort, the imposing landscape of Jaisalmer that you can see from almost anywhere in the town and also from far away.

The fort has many assortments to offer for the camera, starting with its walls and gates that stand high on a huge mound. Inside, it is like a festival for 365 days a year, with people playing Ravana Hatha (a traditional musical instrument) or amusing you with acrobatics. As you walk in along the fort wall, you will be amused to see this live heritage site still hosting many houses in its corners. There is more in the fort – a palace, jain temples, the old Laxminath Temple and a vantage point that offers vista of the town and the desert beyond. All the time you are in the fort, you will realize that it doesn’t ever feel like a dead monument, but a live heritage site. Of course, your photography expert will give you plenty of briefing on what to expect, what to shoot where and will be there to assist you where necessary. But this is mostly a place to wander around freely and perhaps do some shopping if you wish to.

Come afternoon, we will go in for the most popular experience in the desert – a camel safari in the desert and a night in the desert. Mind you – camel ride is not exactly as pleasant as riding a bike – the ship of the desert is not very different from being on a ship in the sea on a stormy day. But it helps you go deeper into the desert and enjoy a whole new experience in an ancient means of transport. We will do this in the small village of Khuri, which is also home to endless sand dunes and ride along the edges of Desert National Park. Keep a watch for black bucks, and if we are lucky, even foxes. Yes, we will see another magnificent sunset over the dunes today – more tasty dough for your memory cards.

Day 12 :  Jaisalmer To Bikaner

Today After morning breakfast check out from hotel  and make our way towards Bikaner, straight into the heart of the desert.There is a surprise stopover and some interesting photography opportunities await you during the journey! It will be a relaxed evening after we check in at Bikaner, before we head out to explore the town next morning.

Day 13: Bikaner

The morning is dedicated for the famed sights of Bikaner. Early in the morning, we will explore the old town, strolling the narrow streets and exploring a very different world full of old and battered Havelis. The exteriors of the Havelis have an old-world feel that distinguishes them from everything around them. Later, we head to the well-known Junagarh fort and spend time exploring interiors of the royal structure. Before we begin to get any sort of fatigue of forts and palaces, we leave from here to see the Jain Temples and the streets of Bikaner with its old and quaint structures. The old Havelis and streets adjoining them will give us an old-world feel of Bikaner. Some time in the evening, we will leave for Devi Kund just outside the town, perhaps one of the less celebrated sights in the region, but offers excellent photography opportunities. The series of chhatris against the setting sun is something to look for.

Day 14 : Bikaner to Jaipur  ( Tour end )

Today after morning breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening  farewell dinner at chokhi dhani, after dinner back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15 :  Jaipur

Today after morning breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to jaipur airport  for your onward journey

The cost includes  :-
Accommodation on twin sharing basis, with breakfast. Single occupancy requests are possible at an additional cost. Dinner on Day 7
* Airport pickup at Jaipur
*Ground transport during the tour
*All entry fees and camera fees during the tour
* Farewell dinner at Choki Dhani in Jaipur last day.
The cost does not include
Travel to Jaipur from your location and travel from the place of checkout to your location.
Lunch, dinner, water bottles and additional snacks or beverages ordered
Anything else that is not part of the includes list abov
Drop off from hotel to point of departure (airport/train station) at Jodhpur