Varanasi and Agra: A photo-foray to capture two great icons of northern India, led by an Indian pro photographer.

For serious photographers looking to get the most out of a visit to India's most famous photography destinations, we've designed a Varanasi photography tour that gives you extensive and hand-picked opportunities in this, one of the holiest cities on the planet — with an option to take in Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal. Whether you choose to adopt this itinerary as described, tweak it or tack it on to the beginning or end of a longer India tour, our accompanying pro photographer will work with you to reveal the best ways of shooting the standard shots and to uncover the unexpected gems.

Our mission here is simple: waste no time, go straight to where the best shots are, go a lot deeper than the average visitor. We plan the key opportunities thoroughly and leave plenty of room for the most important photographic ingredient of all… serendipity.

Relevant reads…

  • A private tour accompanied by our pro photographer throughout
  • Start date, duration, content emphasis and itinerary to suit you
  • Typically starts Delhi but can be planned from any start point
  • All-year-round shooting destination
  • Coolest October → March; monsoon June → September; hottest April → June
  • Minimum two days and nights suggested in Varanasi
  • Taj Mahal and Agra visit tacks on nicely, but any forward destination can be planned.

Tour highlights

The best opportunities in India's most famous shooting destinations

Fabulous shot opportunities

Researched by and for photographers to give you the best opportunities and vantage points — from Varanasi's sacred rituals and hidden back-streets to Agra's stunning Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Privileged encounters

Specially negotiated photography encounters with Kushti wrestlers, families of traditional handloom weavers, and with the monks at Sarnath, where the Buddha first preached.

Professionally guided

Led by one of our seasoned pro photographers, experts on Varanasi and exquisitely attuned to the opportunities and sensitivities of shooting in one of India's holiest cities.

The photographs

Images and opportunities from our Varanasi and Agra photography tour.

Tour itinerary

Eat. Sleep. Shoot.

This is a suggested itinerary across four days. We’ll happily tweak it to fit your interests and availability. You can shoot Varanasi by itself, Agra by itself, or just add on this itinerary into a bigger touring plan.

Varanasi-2 nights, Agra-1 night.

Fly Delhi → Varanasi – Shooting on the ghats – Street shooting – Ganga Aarti shoot – Overnight Varanasi.

Sunrise shoot from a Ganges rowboat – The Kushti wrestlers – The handloom weavers – Ganga Aarti – Overnight Varanasi.

Fly to Agra – Agra Fort – Baby Taj – Fatehpur Sikri – Taj Mahal at sunset – Overnight Agra.

Taj Mahal sunrise – Fly to Delhi.

Tour map

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