Varanasi is one of the oldest city of India as well as of the world. The culture of Varanasi is great and closely associated with the River Ganges because of the river’s religious importance. Lakhs of pilgrims come here to the ghats of the River Ganges to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred water or to cremate their loved ones. Varanasi has its own unique architecture and culture. A walk along the sideways of the famous ghats and through the narrow lanes or a boat ride on the river gives one a lifetime memory to cherish. In fact the city has great scenes to see, real history to feel and thus creates immense opportunities to photograph. And one of the most fabulous festival over here is Dev Diwali which is observed two weeks after Diwali, on the evening of Karthika Poornima (this year on Nov 03, 2017) with magnificent display of lamps on the steps of its famous ghats.
You’ll be provided with more details once you reserve your place, but here is an outline of our itinerary.
2nd November, 2017( Thursday)
All guests are requested to report at our pre-booked hotel (address will be given later) at Varanasi by afternoon. After settling down, we all will get together for some formal introduction and the short briefing of our photo tour. It is also important to know each other and learn about their expectations from this photo tour; the discussion will help us to understand individual’s favourite subjects and style of photography.
Evening we will stroll around the ghats and start our photo shoot.
3rd November, 2017(Friday)
Our morning session will start early, before 6 am to catch the early morning light and activities at the famous Ghats of Varanasi. Evening we will shoot the famous Dev Deepavali on various Ghats and returning to hotel after dinner followed by discussion session & overnight stay
4th November, 2017(Saturday)
Today also our morning session will start around 6am and we will try to discover the Ghats of Varanasi on boat. Boating in the Ganges at the sunrise is one of the main attractions of Varanasi. Only in Ghats of Varanasi you will observe life and death together. There are few Ghats where you can see Hindu cremation too.
Later we will try to explore the famous lanes of Varanasi for street photography. In the evening session, we will be on the Ghats again to shoot the evening Aarti. After 7pm, it’s your free leisure time.
5th November , 2017 (Sunday)
Today we will try to photograph something different in Varanasi like the famous Kushti Akhara (wrestlers), step well etc. But it totally depends on the accessibility, availability and permission of entrance of those places. But Fotorbit will try its best to arrange and give you the opportunity to shoot those places.
Second half, after lunch we will have a photo review session of the trip. Finally, the day will end with a farewell dinner and pack up.
FAQ & TOUR INFO
Am I eligible for this tour ?
Anyone above 18 years (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian) is welcome to join this photo tour.
I am new in photography. Will I join this trip ?
Yes off course. This tour is for all photography enthusiastic people. The more you travel and explore, your photographic eye will open. Moreover, our Team leaders will ensure to give special attention to the beginners.
What equipments are required for this Trip ?
Well, even point and shoot camera will work fine. If you have DSLR camera, any zoom lens and a wide angle lens will work best. You may also bring portrait lens like 50mm or 85mm prime. Wide angle lens will be helpful to shoot Devdipawali. Tripod may require to shoot evening aarti of Varanasi, but it’s not mandatory. Laptop with post processing software, Extention charging board, external hard drive and extra memory cards will be helpful.
What is the difference between Fotorbit’s Photo Tour and other tours?
We are not offering a package tour for general tourists; it is specifically meant for photography enthusiastic people and designed by experienced professional photographers. You will discover the place and learn a lot about this ancient city, local people and their culture which is important part of our travel photography. We will try to observe the local people, their daily activities and cultural beliefs and will try to capture those moments using right compositions and techniques. Our Team Leaders will help our guests to learn camera settings, framing and as well as post processing. If that’s what is your requirements then surely join us for this exciting Varanasi photo tour with Fotorbit.
COST & TERMS
The total cost for this tour is Rs. 12,000/- per person(Indian)/ $300(foreign entrants). To book your place, you are required to pay the entire fee before the tour.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in a standard hotel.
- It will cover all vegetarian meals, starting from Day 1 (2nd November, 2017) dinner to Day 4 (5th November, 2017 ) dinner.
- All local transports related with our photo tour.
- Workshop fee, on field assistances, image reviews and guidance on post processing.
FEE DOESN’T INCLUDES
- Train tickets to and fro Varanasi.
- Pick up and drop from and to Varanasi station or airport to hotel.
- Any additional food items or beverage during meals.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
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.
- 60-45 days: 75% refund
- 45-30 days: 50% refund
- 30-15 days: 25% refund
- Less than 15days : No refund
Under any unavoidable circumstances, if we have to cancel our photo tour, your entire booking money will be refunded.
- We don’t have any control over weather condition, accidents or any medical emergencies. Under any unforeseen condition we may have to change our schedule. We expect your cooperation under such circumstances.