The photographer's photography tour of Pushkar Camel Fair and Rajasthan.


This 15-day Pushkar Camel Fair photography tour is designed by British creative directors and Pushkar shoot veterans to take you further and deeper into the real Rajasthan while giving you stunning opportunities to capture the amazing phenomenon of Pushkar Camel Fair.

It's a photographer's itinerary designed by photographers and logistics professionals who genuinely know the land, the languages and the culture. And we've been running and tuning it for years, across many group and private tours.

The team spends many weeks each year researching Rajasthan's myriad photography opportunities. Each year we try to outdo our previous year's Rajasthan photo tour, digging deep to find new and even richer material that's rare, insightful, unspoilt and well suited to serious photography.

This two-weeker combines the must-see elements of Pushkar Camel Fair and the princely state of Rajasthan with hand-crafted, off-the-beaten-track photo opportunities that simultaneously astonish the eye and enrich the portfolio.

6 November 2018 → 20 November 2018

15 days 14 nights; starts and ends New Delhi, India

£4,695 sharing / £5,595 single

Roughly: US$ 6,376 / 7,598  |  AUD$ 8,040 / 9,581  |  CAD$ 7,858 / 9,364  |  € 5,338 / 6,361. Billed against £ Sterling. Please see Notes for what’s included in these prices.

What's included
  • airport transfer between Delhi airport and hotel
  • air travel Delhi→Udaipur
  • First-night hotel in Delhi
  • Good hotels throughout, a mix of characterful heritage hotels and modern 4-star hotels
  • Breakfasts throughout, and all meals while at Pushkar
  • All ground transport
  • Entrance fees, camera fees (for one still camera only) and monument fees, where applicable, at all places mentioned in itinerary
  • Local taxes as applicable
What's excluded
  • Not included: Airfares between your home city and Delhi
  • Not included: Stuff you consume or do on your own outside planned group activities
  • Not included: Drinks, beverages and snacks
  • Not included: Tips to tour and hotel staff, charges for room service, items of personal nature and incidentals, telephone charges, video-camera fees, mandatory travel insurance, passport and Indian visa fees
  • Not included: All costs incurred should you need unscheduled transportation or evacuation outside the planned group schedule

Tour highlights


Some of the most colourful shooting on earth.

Pushkar Camel Fair

The amazing, hectic, vibrant photographic action at Pushkar Camel Fair. We'll spend three nights here, making sure you see and shoot this world-famous livestock fair inside and out.

The tribes of Rajasthan

Cherry-picked encounters with relatively untouched desert-dwelling or nomadic tribes such as Bhils, Damor, Minas, Sahariyas, Gadiya Lohars, Garasias, Kathodi, Sansi, Kanjar, Bishnoi, Raika, Dhanka

Diwali Festival

Your itinerary is timed to place you in wonderful ancient contexts at the time of  Diwali — India's Festival of Light — when street shrines and doorsteps are candle-lit and nearly everyone is smartly turned out and on show.

The shots you'd never get

We make a point of taking you to settings where the photographic pickings are particularly rich. Places most Indian visitors don't even know exist, where you'll find shots that inspire and delight the eye.

Ancient and great cities.

You'll undertake vivid explorations of Rajasthan's most stunning cities: Udaipur, city of palatial Rajput splendour and the Mewar capital; Jodhpur, the Blue City with its amazing fort; and the Pink City of Jaipur.

… and exploring Delhi.

You could spend a month just shooting Delhi, where the tour starts. But we'll take you into amazing contexts in Old Delhi in just one memorable day. Fearless, expertly guided and negotiated people interactions.

The photographs


Click below for images and opportunities from our Pushkar Camel Fair and Rajasthan photography tours.

Tour itinerary


Eat. Sleep. Shoot.

This is our planned itinerary. Your Shoot Director will vary it as he or she sees fit.

Delhi-1 night, Udaipur-2 nights, Narlai-2 nights, Desert tribes-2 nights, Jodhpur-2 nights, Pushkar-2 nights, Jaipur-3 nights and back to Delhi.

Tour starts noon – Rendezvous and introductions – Old Delhi shoot – Overnight at Delhi hotel.

Fly to Udaipur – Photographing the streets, lakes and palaces of Udaipur – Overnight at Udaipur hotel.

Exploring the lanes and lakes of Udaipur – Street photography – Diwali night – Overnight at Udaipur hotel.

To Narlai – Mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort – The divine white temples of Ranakpur – Overnight at a luxury hunting lodge hotel at Narlai.

Village explorations and shooting sessions – Overnight at luxury hunting lodge hotel at Narlai.

To the deep desert-dwellers and the nomadic tribes – Overnight in a desert hotel.

Time with the deep desert-dwellers and the nomadic tribes – Overnight in a desert hotel.

To Jodhpur – The splendours of Mehrangarh Fort – Jaswant Thada – The lanes and byways of the Blue City – Overnight at Jodhpur hotel.

At Jodhpur – The lanes and byways of the Blue City – Dunes and camels at sunset – Dinner on the dunes – Overnight at Jodhpur hotel.

To Pushkar and the Camel Fair: Pushkar photo briefing – Photographing Pushkar – Overnight at Pushkar hotel.

At Pushkar Camel Fair: Photographing Pushkar – Pushkar town – Overnight at Pushkar hotel.

At Pushkar Camel Fair – To Jaipur – Streets and markets – Overnight at Jaipur hotel

At Jaipur: Behind the scenes access to artisan workshops and studios

At Jaipur: Up close with the elephants – Amber Fort – Jantar Mantar – Overnight in Jaipur

Travel to Delhi – Tour ends on arrival at Delhi.

Stories


Behind the click

Serendipity

It was Diwali and we were in a maze of back streets in Udaipur. I saw her making her way up the narrow and ancient city lane. I could see she was heading for a nearby shrine to perform a puja ceremony.

"Please miss, may I take your photograph?"

"Yes, of course," she said, pausing and smiling. And then she graciously continued on her way.

Modesty

We were in a tiny hamlet of adobe homes. Outside it was too bright for photography, but inside it was beautiful.

And so was this lady. Even her husband's presence could not entirely assuage her shy diffidence: this was a place where even Indian city visitors were objects of excited interest. As always, Shoot Director Sridhar handled the interactions with superlative tact and respect, magicking the opportunity for us to shoot.

Affection

The first time I photographed Pushkar it was a camel fair with some photographers. Nowadays it can feel more like a photographers' fair with some camels.

Shoot Director Sridhar and his ground team work harder than ever to break the ice without breaking out their wallets. We want to help keep Pushkar real, with authentic people. Not a place where people wheel in the camels to make a few bucks from photographers.

Tour map


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