Date: November 28 – December 01, 2020

Team Leader: Tania Chatterjee (Director and Mentor of FOTORBIT[i])


Capture your exclusive Dev Deepawali (Diwali) 2020 images with FOTORBIT Pvt. Ltd. Dev Deepawali (Diwali) is the ‘Festival of Lights. It is one of the most photogenic festivals of India. Dev Deepawali (Diwali) is most popular Varanasi (Banaras). Take your award winning pictures of the Ganga river front (Ganga Ghats) enlightened with millions of earthen oil lamps. In Dev Deepawali 2020 get captivating images and memories of Varanasi.

Dev Deepawali (Diwali) is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Dev Deepawali (Diwali) date 2020 is November 29, 2020. Dev Deepawali (Diwali) is usually celebrated after 15 days of Diwali.

people praying with lighted oil lamps in ganges riverfront

people lighting oil lamps in dev deepawali

a little monk lighting lamps on Ganges riverfront

people lighting oil lamps in Ganges riverfront


FOTORBIT Pvt. Ltd. is a photography related tour and education company. Fotorbit conducts photography workshop for amateur and semi-professional photographers, and we conduct photography tours in various parts of India and abroad. Dev Deepawali (Diwali) 2020 photography workshop in Varanasi is designed for people interested to travel and photograph cultural festivals in India. In our photography workshop we support our guests with on-field camera settings, framing and post processing. If you are looking for great pictures then join the exciting Dev Deepawali (Diwali) 2020 Photography Tour in Varanasi. You may carry a basic point and shoot camera or DSLR; but you should have basic knowledge of photography.


Dev Deepawali (Diwali) 2020 Photography Workshop is not a package tour for general tourists. It is designed for photographers who are interested to explore and document the oldest city of India Varanasi (Banaras). Varanasi also known as Banaras or Kashi is a popular destination for travel photographers. You will discover the place and learn about this ancient city, its local residents and their culture. We will observe the local people, their daily activities and cultural beliefs and try to capture those moments using right compositions and techniques. There is a strong belief within us that travelling is all about knowing others’ cultural beliefs and respecting them.


  • Indoor Session by Team Leader on TRAVEL, STREET and PORTRAIT Photography of Varanasi. A brief session on “HOW TO TELL STORIES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY”.
  • Guidance on camera settings
  • Image review session
  • Dev-Diwali Photo-shoot at Varanasi ghats
  • Guided photo walk on various ghats of Varanasi
  • Guided photo-walk on narrow lanes of Varanasi
  • Morning boat-ride on river Ganges and photo shoot session

Evening Ganga Aarti at Search Results Web results Dashashwamedh Ghat

EVening Aarti Search Results Web results Dashashwamedh Ghat

Evening Aarti at Search Results Web results Dashashwamedh Ghat


28th November, 2020 (Saturday):

Check–in to our pre-booked Hotel around 12 noon (standard hotel in a good location of Varanasi with clean room, western toilet, geyser, including other facilities). Kindly enjoy your lunch and settle down. During lunch we will have a brief introduction session.

In the afternoon after the Lunch the team leader will do a brief presentation. The presentation will give a synopsis on people and street photography in Varanasi. There will be a session on “How to tell stories through Photography”. The guided Photo-Walk will start around 4.00 pm; we will have great opportunity to photograph evening aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

29th November, 2020 (Sunday):

Today our morning session will start around 6.00 am and we will try to discover the Ghats of Varanasi on boat. Boating in the Ganges during sunrise is one of the main attractions of Varanasi with many birds feeding in the river.  You will be able to shoot landscape of Varanasi from the boat. Later we will explore the lanes of Varanasi for some street photography along with Dev Deepawali (Diwali) preparation.

In the evening we will shoot Dev Deepawali 2020 the grand festival of lights in Varanasi; the shoot will continue till late evening.

30th November, 2020 (Monday):

Today we will start at 5.30 am with morning aarti at Assi Ghat, this will be followed by various morning activities alongside the riverfront. After breakfast explore the lanes of Varanasi. We will return back to hotel around 11.00 am. Get fresh and have your lunch.

Evening walk will start around 4.00 pm. Today we will visit the Nepali temple and Manikarnika Ghat. Manikarnika Ghat is one of the holiest Ghats amongst the various sacred riverfronts. It is believed that a dead human’s soul finds salvation, when cremated here. Later we will explore the evening aarti from some different angles.

After returning back, we will have a review session of images.

1st December, 2020 (Tuesday):

Today we will try to photograph something different in Varanasi like the famous Kushti Akhara (wrestlers) and Lolark kund (step well of Varanasi). Mud wrestling is one of the ancient sports from India; with synthetic turfs mud wrestling is slowly becoming extinct. We will return back to our hotel by 10 am. We need to check-out from the room by 12.00 noon.

Young monk doing morning yoga

Morning exercise at mud wrestling arena

Morning walk of an old monk

Daily activities in Ganges River front

young god and goddess in Varanasi

FEE: Rs. 15,900/- per person for Indian National and for Foreign National US $ 399 per person (Single occupancy on demand with an extra charge of INR 4,000)


  • Twin-Sharing accommodation. We can arrange single occupancy on demand with an extra cost.
  • Fee will cover all meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunch and 3 dinner) starting from Day 1 lunch to Day 4 breakfast.
  • Mineral water will be served only with meals.
  • Tea/coffee will be served with breakfast only.
  • One morning boat ride.
  • On field assistances, image reviews and mentor’s guidance fee.


  • Train/flight tickets to and fro Varanasi. Any visa / permit/entry fee for foreigners
  • Pick up and drop to and from Varanasi station or any airport to hotel.
  • All local transports in and around Varanasi by local Auto
  • Any personal habits or expenses.
  • Any food item/beverage ordered through room service at hotel

Ganges riverfront

Ganges Riverfront

Ganges riverfront

Sadhu Life

Morning boat ride


If you cancel your registration, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

  • Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus service tax.
  • Within 45 days: 75% refund of total fee
  • Within 30 days: 50% refund of total fee
  • Less than 15 days : No refund


Under any unavoidable circumstances, if Fotorbit Pvt. Ltd. cancels the photography workshop, your entire booking money will be refunded. 




All guests are requested to carefully read the ‘ Liabilities and Limitations” thoroughly. Once FOTORBIT Pvt. Ltd. receives your registration for the tour, it will be assumed that you have read and agreed to our “Liabilities and Limitations”.

All itineraries are sample itineraries, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, local political situations, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort & general well-being.

FOTORBIT Pvt. Ltd. shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, train delay, accidents, breakdown of transport, weather, sickness, road blockages, political closures or any troublesome incidents.

FOTORBIT Pvt. Ltd. shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or damage to person, property, or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or other services, resulting – directly or indirectly – from any act of GOD, dangers, fire, accident, breakdown in machinery or equipment, breakdown of transport, wars, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferages, epidemics, medical or custom department regulations, defaults, or any other causes beyond our control.

FOTORBIT do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other reasons. All baggages, camera, other gears & personal property/s at all times are at the client’s risk.

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