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India: Pushkar Camel Fair & Taj Mahal: October 23 - November 6, 2017

Overview

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During the first full moon of November, India’s Pushkar Fair, Asia’s largest camel and livestock market springs to life in the sleepy, picturesque, lakeside town of Pushkar. An ancient religious town, in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, provides an almost surreal backdrop for this unique event. Photographing Pushkar Fair is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Few photo opportunities can match the volume or diversity of image possibilities, it’s almost impossible to bring enough film or memory cards to capture it all. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in history as you walk among camel herders and their encampments among the rolling sand dunes.

The Pushkar Fair is, in itself, enough to justify an expedition, but on this trip we will also be visiting other fascinating destinations such as Delhi, Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Jodhpur. In Delhi, the heartbeat of Northern India, we’ll have time to explore ancient forts, wander the markets, and experience the history surrounding both the old and new sections of the city.

Agra, home of the incredible Taj Mahal, the brilliant white marble jewel of India. Built by Shah Jahan, taking 22 years to complete, the Taj is a marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. An undisputed gem to photograph.

Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink stone, which was painted in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples, and lush gardens.

Sitting at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is dominated by a massive fort in the middle of town. Jodhpur is affectionately referred to as the “Blue City” because of the indigo-colored house lining the fascinating winding streets of the old town. We'll have a chance to photograph the homes from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, high above the buzzing city.

Jaisalmer, rising out of the heart of the Great Indian Desert is the quintessential India of your dreams. With the oldest living fort in the world, the city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of beautiful yellow stone. Exploring this fascinating city could be a photo destination in and of itself.

Located far from the cities and paved roads, our luxury encampment at Manvar allows us to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Indian desert, while being in close proximity to fabulous photo opportunities. In the evening after a dusty   jeep safari, we retreat to Manvar to enjoy more delicious Indian cuisine and wonderful culture and dance performances under the stars.

Luni is a feudal town where centuries old traditions still permeate the local lifestyle. Like looking through a window into history, Luni and the surrounding Bishnoi villages provide yet more fascinating, photogenic subjects.

India is a fascinating country with incredible photo opportunities and wonderfully warm people, but it can be emotionally and physical exhausting. India challenges you with extremes: one minute, India will cradle you in comfort, the next it will smack you in the face with heat and poverty. During the day our group will be “out in the thick of it” not just shooting the action, but being part of the action.

During most nights,  we’ll be able to relax and recover from the day’s excitement in clean, comfortable hotels that remind us that we are in India rather than a US city. Our hotels are rich in atmosphere, and many are photo-shoots in themselves. We’ll dine at restaurants that provide delicious, healthy, flavorful meals and sometimes even sip tea from roadside kitchens.

India is a destination that is best suited for truly adventurous, flexible and enthusiastic travelers; whose desire is to experience off-the-beaten-track places and come home with images and stories to ponder for decades.

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Itinerary India: Pushkar Camel Fair & Taj Mahal
Day 1:
(Oct 23)

Upon arrival from your flight to Delhi, you will be transported from the airport to our hotel in downtown Delhi. We'll have an orientation meeting and go to dinner.  Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2:

After breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, visiting such sights as the Qutab Minar - 237 feet high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. In the afternoon we’ll cross over to Old Delhi to photograph interesting mosques, monuments and forts relating to its checkered history as the capital of Muslim India, between the 17th and 19th centuries. The tour includes a visit to the Jamma Mosque, built in 1650. During the tour you'll have the opportunity to ride on cycle rickshaws. This is a great way to explore and photograph the hustle and bustle as well as the color of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling all description of goods.  We'll spend the night in Delhi.

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Day 3:

After breakfast drive to Agra for 04 hours by Yamuna expressway. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

Afternoon visit Agra Fort which is another dimension to the city that attracts tourists in hordes. Built by Akbar in Red Sandstone when he was through with the consolidation of his power after accession to power in 1654, Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. Many of the palaces inside the fort were later added by next generations of Mughal Emperors like Jahangir and Shahjahan.

In the evening, visit and photograph Taj Mahal at sunset. Taj Mahal is best experienced at sunset & sunrise when the light reflects off the marble to give it a magnificent hue.

The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan over a period of 17 years from 1632, in memory of his beloved late wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world Heritage site, it is one of the wonders of the modern world and you will be enthralled with its ethereal beauty. Overnight in Agra. 

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Day 4:

Early morning we'll again visit and photograph Taj Mahal at Sunrise.

Late morning we’ll drive to Jaipur for 5 hours. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri. 40 km (1 hour) before Agra, lies the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. Akbar built the city to celebrate the birth of an heir (the future Emperor Jehangir). After 16 years, there was not enough water to support the population, so the capital was moved back to the Red Fort in Agra. The dryness that plagued Akbar and forced him to abandon his dream city is what has perfectly preserved this moment of Mughal history and exquisite memorial to the genius of Akbar for our admiration today.

Continue drive to to the city of Jaipur. The people here are known to be dynamic and colorful, and a walk through the lanes here is a walk through history. Here pink turbans jostle with saffron odhinis (ladies' scarves), and camel buggies and elephants are as commonly found as cars and buses. In the evening we'll go for a walking tour of Jaipur and its colorful bazaars. Overnight in Jaipur. 

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Day 5:

In the morning we'll visit and photograph Amber Fort, the hilltop fortress / palace 7 miles north of Jaipur, which was the former capital of the royal Jaipur. We'll also visit the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-story structure of pink sandstone with delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. In the afternoon we'll go on a tour of the Observatory and photograph the fascinating structures. Overnight in Jaipur.

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Day 6:

In the morning we'll drive to Pushkar for three hours, where we'll check into our Swiss Tents (with  private flush toilets, running cold water and hot water at set times and several hours of electricity each evening). We'll have two days here to witness the amazing spectacle called Pushkar. There will be plenty to photograph the countless camels ambling their way across the golden sands of Rajasthan, horses marching towards the site of the fair with their masters and an assemblage of numerous cows and sheep, men with large colorful turbans, women wrapped in exquisite jewelry from head to toe and children dressed in their colorful traditional attire. Overnight in Pushkar. 

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Day 7:

We'll have the whole day to wander and photograph Pushkar. The fair is initially devoted to the trade of camels, sheep, horses and cows. Their owners, dressed in colorful attire use all of their persuasive skills to sell them at the most competitive prices. The festival also offers the women an opportunity to purchase a huge variety of jewelry items. There are also stalls where colorful clothing is sold as well as tattoo shops, jugglers and fire dancers. As the fair nears its climax, various competitive events are held, such as camel races, musical chairs, and beauty contests. All in all it makes for a photographer's delight. Overnight in Pushkar.

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Day 8:

In the morning we'll drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival we'll check into the legendary Ajit Bhawan Hotel. Built exclusively for Majaraja Ajit Sing, it is vibrantly alive with the personalized hospitality provided by the late Maharaja's family who still lives there. In the afternoon we'll have a guided tour of the Blue City of Jodhpur. We'll visit the massive fort, royal palaces, the armory and Jaswant Thada - the Royal Crematorium. Overnight in Jodhpur.

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Day 9:

In the morning we'll have a sunrise shoot of the amazing Blue City. After some free time, in the afternoon we'll photograph and explore another part of the city. Overnight in Jodhpur.

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Day 10:

In the morning we'll drive through desert country to Jaisalmer, stopping along the way at roadside tea shops for impromptu photo sessions or at a school if class is in session. Depending on road conditions, we may arrive in Jaisalmer early enough in the afternoon to sneak a quick look at the Jaisalmer Fort, with its exquisite carving on yellow sandstone. The Golden City of Jaisalmer is a testimony of a by-gone era. At sunset we'll move from the fort to the outskirts of town to photograph a golden sunset at the nearby Cenotaphs. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

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Day 11:

In the morning we'll have a sunrise shoot of the Jaisalmer Fort then tour the residential portions of the fort where one third of the population of the old city lives. The design of the houses and the lifestyles of the people occupying them remain as they were a couple of centuries back. We'll also witness the ornate havelis of this ancient citadel. Later in the day we go on an excursion to the fascinating desert village dunes of Khuri.

The friendly locals will invite us into their simple mud homes with earthen floors and no electricity or running water. Here the women walk two kilometers to the well and carry the water home on their heads. It is here that we'll explore the desert on camel back. We'll photograph silhouettes of the camels in the desert with the backdrop of the setting sun. The stillness of the desert, the clear sky, local Rajasthani music and the general atmosphere make the place a very romantic experience. Overnight in Jaisalmer.

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Day 12:

Today we wake up early to photograph sunrise over Gadisar Lake then return to our hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we drive to Bikaner for six hours. An oasis town among scrub and sand dunes, Bikaner was founded by Rao Bika in 1488. It was once an important staging post on the great caravan trade routes and constituted a major centre of learning and wool trading The walled city retains a medieval air and sandstone architecture. The Junagadh fort is one of the best preserved in the country, with intricate murals and magnificent stone carvings.

Afternoon visit the Junagadh Fort, which is unusual, because other major forts of Rajasthan were built on hilltops, but this fort is built on the desert plain, surrounded by a moat. Overnight in Bikaner.

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Day 13:

Early morning drive to witness the ritual bathing at the Ghats at the Kolayat temple. Thousands of holy-men and local tribesmen gather here to take the ritual bath. This day is the day of Kartik purnima, the most holy time for an auspicious dip in the water.

We continue drive to Manvar. Upon arrival we check into our luxurious, permanent tents, located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert. Our accommodations offer a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan's desert life, culture, wildlife and beauty. We'll be treated to a sunset jeep safari and then a fireside cultural performance. Overnight at Manvar Camp.

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Day 14:

After breakfast we'll drive to visit the Bishnoi Village, where centuries old traditions still permeate the feudal lifestyles. We'll witness an opium ceremony, a ritual by which guests are welcomed. Colorfully attired men and women carry on their chores and traditions in their mud-floored village huts.

In the evening we'll be treated to yet another memorable cultural performance of dance and music under the stars. Overnight at Manvar camp. 

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Day 15:

After breakfast, we'll drive to Jodhpur airport for three hours to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival, will be internally transferred to the Delhi international airport where you'll board your flights to home. Those who have flights out the following day will have the option to stay an extra night at a hotel in Delhi.

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Or.............. 5 DAY / 4 NIGHT OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Amritsar & Haridwar
November 6 - 10, 2017

Cost:
8 – 10 participants $2075
6 – 7 participants $2275
4 – 5 participants $2675

A single supplement of $290 will apply.

Cost includes all 4 nights at hotels, all ground transportation, 3 domestic flights, all breakfasts, all dinners, entrances to tourist sites, English-speaking guides, drinking water, and all tips to guides, drivers & porters.

Day 15:

After return to Delhi, we'll be connect with an evening flight to Amristar to begin the extension. Once in Amritsar, we'll be transported to our hotel. Spend the night in Amristar.

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Day 16:

In the early morning we'll visit and photograph Golden Temple. The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandar Sahib was initiated by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas Jee and completed in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Jee. There is such a spiritual embodiment of the higher being that even the non believer is seduced by the hypnotic melody of the Paath.

After breakfast visit Jalian Wala Bagh, where, on April 13, 1919, 90 British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, People pay homage to all the solders at this place.

In the afternoon, drive 30 Kms upto the Wagah Border for “Change of Guards” ceremony held by Pakistani Rangers & Indian BSF. Overnight in Amritsar. 

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Day 17:

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi and connecting flight to Dehradun. Upon arrival in Dehradun to Haridwar and check-in at our hotel, a beautiful heritage “Haveli” (mansion) situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga. This evening we walk across the bridge to witness the fascinating Ganga ‘Aarti’ (invocation). The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat. The synchronised chanting of prayers that takes place during the Aarti is a very uplifting experience. Overnight in Haridwar.

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Day 18:

After breakfast we explore the un-ending list of attractions in Haridwar including:  Har-Ki-Pauri, several Hindu temples and ashrams, and the Daksh Mahadev Temple. Beyond  the amazing architectural designs, it is the spiritual ambience of these sacred spots that is so striking. Other important places we will try to visit are the Sapt Rishi Ashram, the Kanva Rishi Ashram, the Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, and Shanti Kunj. We'll spend the night in Haridwar.

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Day 19:

Morning is to walk across the bridge to witness Ganga and people with religious faith.

After breakfast transfer to the Dehradun airport to board the flight for Delhi.

Meeting & assistance upon arrival in Delhi airport and transfer to international terminal for your onward flight.

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Leaders

Karl Grobl

Karl Grobl

Karl Grobl, (co-founder and trip leader), is a humanitarian photojournalist specializing in the photographic documentation of relief efforts and development work of NGOs worldwide. Calling upon his superb photography talents, both technically and creatively, he proficiently leads photo workshops and international photo tours (on this website). Beyond his photography attributes, tour clients frequently commend his helpfulness, professionalism and savvy about navigating global travel.

In 2013, Karl relocated from San Diego, California to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he now lives full time. Karl considers Cambodia the perfect place for his Asia-based NGO work and photography tours and workshops. When ‘deplaning’ from his rigorous international travel schedule, Karl lecturers on photography and photojournalism, works on personal photography projects, and scouts out new off-beat photo tour destinations in Asia. In his free time, Karl says that he enjoys "hanging out at the nearby temples of Angkor, the rural villages and rice paddies, and occasionally getting completely soaked by the refreshing monsoon rains".

Many of Karl’s images have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, CNN, Geo, Town and Country magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, though the majority of his photos appear in the annual reports, newsletters and communications materials of his humanitarian organization clients.  

Over the last ten years, Karl has worked in over 50 countries and has covered and photographed post conflict peace building efforts in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and East Timor, HIV/Aids issues in Africa and Asia as well as human trafficking in Cambodia and the Philippines. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Karl spent more than a month embedded with five different non-governmental organizations (NGO) documenting tsunami relief efforts in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.  The international press has taken notice of Karl’s provoking images:  The 2005 Haiti photo-story “City of God” was nominated for a World Press Photo Award. Karl is a member of the Advisory Council of Focus For Humanity, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers wishing to work with NGOs.

    “From an early age, my parents instilled in me a desire to explore and learn firsthand about the world around me. Our family vacations and weekend excursions were general education courses disguised as fun. Knowingly or unknowingly they set me on course for a journey that today, is still just beginning. For me, the ongoing quest to document the world’s people and global events that shape our common humanity, have been instrumental in breaking down stereotypes, preconceptions and prejudices. 

I believe that the more of the world we see and experience, the more we understand. It seems people everywhere, share similar goals, aspirations, hopes and desires. It is with a strong sense of obligation that I share through photographs, the people, places and events that have profoundly shaped my vision of our world. By sharing these experiences with you, I hope to make a small, positive contribution to a heightened sense of world community.” -K. Grobl


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Price Includes: All 14 nights hotels, airport transfers, all ground transportation, in-country flight, all breakfasts, all dinners, two lunches, entrances to tourist sites, sunset jeep safari in Manvar, camel ride in Khuri Sand Dunes, English-speaking guides, drinking water, and all tips to guides, drivers & porters.

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A deposit of $800 per person is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

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  • On cancellations more than 120 days prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a $275 administrative fee.
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Jim Cline Photo Tours LLC and their agents act only in the capacity as agents in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, and transportation, and are not responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or injury to person or property resulting from a defect in any vehicle, or the actions of any persons who provide services for this tour or for the action or inaction of any third party. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The tour operator reserves the right to withdraw the tour at any time, to decline any person as a member of the tour for any cause at any time. All prices are based on current rates of exchange and, while every effort will be made to hold them firm, they are subject to change. All participants are required to submit a signed Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form prior to the tour’s departure.

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Itinerary

While Jim Cline Photo Tours LLC endeavors to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, ocean or trail conditions, government restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control. The tour leader has the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever in his sole judgment conditions warrant, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort or safety of the tour.

 

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Money: Indian currency is called rupee. Currency exchange rates

ATMs, Credit Cards, Travelers Checks:  ATMs are widely available in Rajasthan. In major cities it's also possible to get a credit-card advance from a bank. Almost all ATMs take foreign credit cards.   Nearly all hotels exchange foreign currency for their guests. You'll get better rates at banks, but the hassle of waiting in line may outweigh the money-saving. There are also Thomas Cook and Western Union kiosks in all major cities.

Internet Access is widely available, though not always consistently, throughout populated cities in India.    

Electricity: Converters & Adapters required

ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS: All U.S. citizens need a valid passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose. Visitors must apply for visas at an Indian Embassy or Consulate abroad before entering the country. Visas are not available upon arrival for U.S. citizens. If you don’t have a valid passport and visa you may be immediately deported. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in India cannot assist you if you arrive without proper documentation. Please carry photocopies of the bio-data page of your U.S. passport and the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take three to four business days.

U.S. citizens wishing to visit India are responsible for requesting the correct type of visa from the Indian Embassy or Consulate.  Indian visa regulations change frequently, often with little advance notice, and changes may be poorly advertised and inconsistently enforced. Travelers are urged to check the Indian Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs website before any travel to India to review the most current information.

FAQs

I'll be arriving a few days early. Can you recommend any inexpensive hotels in Delhi? Per the India trip leader, Karl: "Delhi is a very expensive city for hotels and very inconvenient to get around. I’d suggest just staying at our hotel even though it’s expensive. All the cheaper hotels that I know and use would likely be unacceptable to our clients. Cheap hotels in Delhi are abysmal." If you're adamant about finding a less expensive place to stay, please contact us and we can check with our tour operator to see if they have any recommendations. Things do change and there may be an acceptable property available now, that wasn't in the past. On the plus side of staying at the hotel booked for the group, you won't have to change hotels before the trip starts.
I'm trying to fill out my India visa form. It's asking for a "reference name in India". I don't know anyone in India, what should I put? You can use the hotel name, address and phone number of our hotel in Delhi, as your reference. If you haven't received this information from us yet, just send us an email and well get the information to out to you.
Also on the India visa form - what should I put for “Reference Name in the USA”? This just needs to be someone in the US who knows you. You can keep it simple and have it be the same person you list as your Emergency Contact, but it can be anyone who knows you - sibling, parents, spouse, friend, colleague, etc...
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Testimonials

We take pride in our trip testimonials. We hope you’ll take a moment to read those below written by previous participants of this tour. 

"This trip was Perfect and wonderful with zero disappointments!  Karl is the BEST, he's amazing and goes above and beyond for a leader....The photo opps were fabulous during this tour."  - Shelly R. 2016


"I'm finally home from India and what a fantastic trip, it was the best yet.  We had the greatest group and the most intense photography.  Karl and [local guide] DV are an awesome combo." - Melissa, 2015


“This trip was perfection. The trouble with India is that it will spoil you for any future photographic trips, as the opportunity to take images is limitless. I have been taking workshops for over ten years, and nothing comes close to India. Karl, as usual, was perfect, the accommodations were wonderful, and the food better than expected. The people were more than willing to be photographed and the results were fantastic images. Well done again on a beautifully planned experience.” -Aaron T. 2014


"This trip started me on fulfilling a life-long wish to visit India. I will go back!  I loved the train rides, even (especially) the long one in that funky first-class car.  The Golden Temple was fascinating.  I'm grateful that we had the opportunity to stop at the various villages along our route, which would not be possible without your planning and past experiences. Every place we visited offered something special.   In general, the lodging was very good, and a few places stood out.  Thank you all, and especially you, Karl, for all of your hard work. You are the best...and don't ever give up this day job, Karl! I have a bucket list to complete with you!" -Nancy B. 2014

   

"This was a wonderful trip; our group was wonderful, we bonded very quickly and I believe it was due to Karl's leadership.  Karl, works very hard at bringing these trips together and successful, but it all seems so effortless that we don't take notice.   He is organized, fun, informed and most of all he manages to be more enthusiastic than members of his group...whether his 12th time at the Pushkar fair or the first, his enthusiasm and love of the culture is infectious.  Karl's authentic enjoyment of travel, culture, people and photography transmits to the ten others on the trip.  Of course there are more reasons:

-his respect for the people in country and to the people on the trip

- his taking opportunities for teachable moments every day , I learned something about photography, camera, lens, good perspective, good light etc

-he made the trip fun and sociable as he was right there with us in the mix of good camaraderie, whether silly fun or good discussion

- and I ALWAYS felt taken care of... as someone who shoulders responsibilities in my own life, job and family, I was able to feel carefree as a kid because I knew all conditions were handled, safe and sound no matter what roadblocks came up, our fearless leader took care." -Roseann 2014  


"I thought the tour was excellent...Karl did a superb job of guiding, teaching and making everyone comfortable.  The local guide (DV) was wonderful and a pretty incredible individual. I most enjoyed the time we spent roaming around looking for that next great image.  My photography improved during the trip and now before shooting, I will always think 'What would Karl do in this situation'.   Both guides have made this trip so many times that most things seemed "seamless". I would absolutely recommend the tour and look forward to joining another tour, maybe returning to India"  -Michael C. 2013

 

“The trip was fantastic with zero disappointments!   It provided an excellent range and selection of hotels. One of my favorites was the Hotel Haveli Hari Ganga in Haridwar: ideal location.  I LOVED the tented camp at Manvar!   Karl was highly attentive and genuinely committed to helping everyone take their photography skills to the next level. He would routinely stop us on the street or wherever we might be to check what we were shooting, viewing the back of our cameras, and made recommendations to improve our results.  I greatly appreciate that Karl encouraged group reviews of our work almost every night and shared his own work. Seeing his and the other travelers' way of seeing India was instructive and inspiring.

The local guides for the trip were EXCEPTIONAL (DV) and wonderful, very kind and attentive (Sikh fellow). There are many choices for photo tours to India, but I felt this was well priced, the locations were ideal for northern India and Karl's photographic expertise and personality made this THE only choice for me.”  -Barbara C. 2012

 

“It was a wonderful trip and it certainly exceeded all my expectations from each photo shoot, every hotel, our local Indian guide, Dv, the pace…all contributed to the success of the trip. Best of all, Karl was a most accommodating, patient, instructive, talented, good-natured, entertaining, tireless leader AND definitely well-connected. Cocktails one evening in Delhi at the US Embassy with Ambassador Nancy Powell was an unexpected honor and treat for us all.  My only regret was not going on the extension.  Thanks for everything.” -Sally B. 2012   

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