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02 Photo Workshop Adventures Priyank Tyagi India Holi Festival 06 Photo Workshop Adventures Priyank Tyagi India Holi Festival 02 HOLI FESTIVAL
March 25 - April 01, 2021
March 14 - 21, 2022
Travel, Street,
and Portrait Photography
Includes
• 8 Days
• Only 4 - 8 Guests
• Photographer | Guide
• Local Guides & Fixers
• 4 & 5-Star Hotels
• Breakfasts
• 5 Meals
• Train to Agra
• Airport Transfers
• Local Transportation
• Entry Fees
Pwa Last Min Sale 1000 Pwa Last Min Sale 1000 VARANASI
Add-on Available

HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS

Vrindavan, Mathura, Agra & Delhi

RAJASTHAN

VARANASI

GUJARAT

STREETS OF INDIA

HOLI

KERALA

Holi – The Magical Festival of Colors.

India is well-known for overloading the senses. The tastes, sounds, smells, crowds and sights are everywhere you turn. Our Holi Festival of Colors photo tour is all about overwhelming your senses, and overwhelmed you will be. We begin in Delhi, visit the Taj Mahal Agra, and then immerse ourselves in 4 days of Holi celebrations in two of the most important Holi cities, Vrindavan and Mathura.

Holi is a traditional Hindu festival which celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil. This joyous festival is known around the world for the colored powders that revelers throw on each other, leaving festival-goers coated in color by the end of the day. Holi is one of the biggest Indian festivals celebrated, and has a special place in Indian culture. People from around the world visit India just to be a part of this mesmerizing festival. Holi in Vrindavan is especially famous because of its unique celebration. Famous for being the land of Lord Krishna, the region of Braj attracts pilgrims from all over India, and the world during Holi due to its special cultures and traditions.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity, so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better country to express your creativity than India.

Holi is a traditional Hindu festival which celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil. This joyous festival is known around the world for the colored powders that revelers throw on each other, leaving festival-goers coated in color by the end of the day. Holi is one of the biggest Indian festivals celebrated, and has a special place in Indian culture. People from around the world visit India just to be a part of this mesmerizing festival. Holi in Vrindavan is especially famous because of its unique celebration. Famous for being the land of Lord Krishna, the region of Braj attracts pilgrims from all over India, and the world during Holi due to its special cultures and traditions.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity, so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. 

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better country to express your creativity than India.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Active and adventurous schedule
  • Travel by private vehicle and train
  • Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

Weather | Sun

March – Temps 91/61 F | 33/16 C  Sunrise 6:47 | Sunset 6:47 (18:47)

Includes

  • 8 Days
  • Travel, street and portrait photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local Guides and Fixers
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 4 & 5-star accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • 5 Meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Train to Agra
  • Local transportation – Modern A/C car
  • Entry fees

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India (DEL)
Our adventure begins at 3 PM on the first day and ends in the morning on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Delhi – The Imperial or similar
Agra – ITC Mughal, A Luxury Collection Hotel or similar
Vrindavan – Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, or similar

Helpful Links

The Imperial Hotel New Delhi – by Michael Chinnici
Indian Women and their Love Affair with the Saree – by Renu Choudhary
6 Amazing India Photo Adventures – by Michael Chinnici
Taj Mahal Photo Tips – by Ian Robert Knight
> 7 Must-See Festivals in 2020 – By Erika Suban

Holi Festival Prices & Dates


Holi Festival & Varanasi Prices & Dates


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Michael Chinnici

March 25 – April 1/5, 2021
March 14 – 21/25, 2022

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLORS 8 DAYS

Day 1 | Delhi

We meet at our hotel in Delhi in the mid afternoon, where we will have group introductions and discuss the days ahead. We will talk about our individual photographic styles, preferred subjects, techniques and level of experience. We will also talk about what to expect over the coming days, and how to achieve our photographic goals.

In the evening we enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at one of Delhi’s finest restaurants, where we can sample various dishes that India is renowned for. (D)

Day 2 | Delhi - Agra (Taj Mahal)

We are up early to give you a taste of Old Delhi before our departure to Agra. We’ll begin at a hidden produce market where merchants are known for their exceptional fruits and vegetables. This is one of our favorite spots to shoot locals. Next you’ll experience the chaotic streets of Old Delhi, sure to overwhelm you. The teeming bazaars of imagination lie in Old Delhi, the city of the Mughals, established in the 17th century and still largely Muslim. We’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, checkout and head to the railway station for our train to Agra and the Taj Mahal. 

The beautiful city of Agra, on the banks of River Yamuna, has remained important throughout the history of India. It is even mentioned in Hindu mythology, and today has evolved into one of India’s biggest tourist destinations with some of the grandest historical monuments. After arriving at our hotel, we will head out to explore Agra. (B)

Day 3 | Agra - Taj Mahal – Vrindavan

Today we are up before dawn, as we begin our visit to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal, which is the acclaimed symbol of love. As the sun rises, we will be photographing the iconic Taj Mahal from different vantage points. This grand mausoleum was built in 1653, by the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, and today is considered the pride of India. It’s the history of Taj Mahal that adds a soul to its magnificence: a soul that is filled with love, loss, remorse, and love again. This fascinating monument is an example of how deeply a man loved his wife, that even after she remained but a memory, he made sure that this memory would never fade away. We make the best use of the early morning low light to get different perspectives of the Taj. This heritage monument is perfect for photography experiments such as playing with reflections, composing abstract angles and shooting in monochrome. After exploring this white marble wonder, we return to our hotel for breakfast and check out, and make our way to our next destination – Vrindavan, home to the world’s best Holi festival.

Holi, the festival of colors, is celebrated every year on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna (February to March). However, the festival of Holi gets a distinct charm when celebrated in Vrindavan and the adjoining villages of Nandgaon and Barsana; the land where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Vrindavan is a city located on the banks of River Yamuna and is a major place of pilgrimage in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The festivities which take place here, reach a fever pitch when Lord Krishna devotees descend on this temple town to celebrate the festival in a unique, traditional style on the streets and the various temples dotting the landscape. An estimated 500,000 pilgrims reach Vrindavan every year to play Holi. The occasion is celebrated with immense zeal and fervor, reliving the glorious legends of love associated with Radha and Krishna. Just imagine the photographic opportunities.

An interesting part of today’s celebration is the “Widow’s Holi”, where the widows come to play with colors once a year. One would wonder why widows, and what’s so special? Widows are stigmatized in rural parts of India, where they are forced to shave their heads, wear only white and some are even banished from their homes. Many of these widows are given shelter at the Pagal Baba Ashram in Vrindavan and this day of Holi marks a special celebration for them. That’s the beauty of witnessing Holi in Vrindavan, where everyone comes together without discrimination. (B, D)

Day 4 | Vrindavan - “Color Holi” Banke Bihari Temple

After breakfast, we explore the land of Lord Krishna, on this auspicious festival of Holi. Today’s Holi festival photography session will be focused on capturing scenes in and around the Banke Bihar Temple in Vrindavan. Devotees and pilgrims from across the country come to Vrindavan to play Holi at one of the foremost temples devoted to Lord Krishna. During the festivities, the idol of Bihariji (another name of Lord Krishna, to which the temple is dedicated) is adorned in white clothes and is brought closer to the devotees to let them play Holi.

Celebrations commence by throwing colored water and pink powder called “Gulal”, a form of natural color made up of organic substances like flowers and Kesar. An unusual practice found here… the priests of this temple sprinkle colors on the visitors, which marks the grandeur of the celebration. The atmosphere is made even more fun and lively with devotional songs being sung dedicated to Lord Krishna. The celebrations reach a fever pitch in the background as people dance to the songs being sung in the background. 

Toward the end of the day, we get to watch Holika dahan, where effigies of Holika, a goddess are burnt as part of ritual. In the evening we return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)

Day 5 | Mathura - Dwarka ji temple

After breakfast, we leave for Holi celebrations in Mathura. This city is one of the pilgrimage sites for Hindus, as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Here, we will be visiting the oldest and largest temple of Dwarka – Sri Dwarkadheesh Mandir, built in 1814. Today, is also the actual “Holi Day” and what better place to be in, than Lord Krishna’ birth land. The grandeur of the festival is felt right here at the heart of Mathura, with vibrancy and energy of the people who gather here. Celebrations begin in Dwarkadheesh temple at 10 AM, when we can enter it and are part of the celebrations, giving us some great picture opportunities. 

Later we explore the streets of Mathura and see life around the temple. It is beautiful to see men and women rejoicing in the spirit of celebration. Often, there are Holi processions where vehicles move around spraying colors on people, as the whole city gets drenched in vibrant hues. It is true when they call this festival a “riot of colors”.

We return to our hotel for diner, and end our adventurous day. (B, L)

Day 6 | Vrindavan - Dauji ka huranga

Today we will experience an extraordinary way of celebrating the festival of colors. After breakfast, we will depart to the quaint town of Baldeo, which lies 25 miles from Vrindavan. It is said to have been ruled by Lord Krishna’s elder brother, Lord Balaram who was also called “Dauji”. We will be witnessing ‘Dauji ka Huranga’, a unique Holi celebration that is commemorated in Dauji temple, built for Lord Balaram. Apart from colors sprayed on each other and the vibrant spirit of festivity, we will experience this crazily colorful ritual where the men are stripped off their shirts and beaten with them by women. Both participate with great exuberance and cheerfulness, which creates a surprising spectacle for the visitors. Photography opportunities are great in these places. We get to capture the crowds, portraits, actions, emotions and a lot more, all while we remain a part of it and celebrate it ourselves.

We return to our hotel for a special dinner event (to be announced). (B)

Day 7 | Vrindavan

Today, on our last full day of the tour, we will set out to explore the lanes of Vrindavan, where you can see boys and girls dressed up like Lord Krishna and Radha. The exchange of colors and distribution of sweets are a sight to be found in every lane. The weeklong celebration of Holi slowly comes to an end. The joy and harmony in practicing the cultural heritage is evident on the faces of people celebrating this larger than life festival. The Holi festival photography is more than capturing pictures; we become part of a grand celebration of the Indian community and cherish the moments of festivity with locals. 

We return to our hotel and prepare for our festive “Farewell Dinner”. We will enjoy a wonderful evening of fun and laughter, while we recount our Holi adventures. (B, D)

Day 8 | Vrindavan – Delhi

This morning we return to Delhi to bid you farewell, unless you are continuing on to the holy city of Varanasi for our 5-day extension. Varanasi marks the end of our 11 straight weeks of Photo Workshop Adventures in India. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

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All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

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