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54 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India Mumbai 42b Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India 19 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India Kolkata 15 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India Kolkata 12 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India Kolkata 05 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India Kolkata 09 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici India 05 Photo Workshop Adventures Michael Chinnici Mumbai India MUMBAI, KOLKATA & DELHI
March 14 - 24, 2021
March 03 - 13, 2022
Street, Portrait,
and Travel Photography
Includes
• 11 Days
• Only 4 - 8 Guests
• Photographer | Guide
• Local Guides and Fixers
• 5-Star Hotels
• Breakfasts + 6 meals
• Airport Transfers
• Local Transportation
• Entry Fees

 INDIA | THE SOUL OF THE STREETS

Mumbai, Kolkata & Delhi

RAJASTHAN

VARANASI

GUJARAT

STREETS OF INDIA

HOLI

KERALA

Mumbai, Kolkata & Delhi Street Photography

An image that often pops up when thinking of India is her colorful and pure beauty, her people and their diverse lifestyles, and the truly amorphous ambience that seduces us. Busy streets greeting you with horns honking, roadside markets with their best products on display, shacks with eateries and pedestrians relishing them. These are some of the sights that we will be capturing on this magical journey of street photography. During our tour we will make our way through some of the most beautiful chaos; and get to see life on the streets of India’s three largest cities — Mumbai (formally Bombay), Kolkata (formally Calcutta), and Delhi.

As interesting as they may sound, these cities are equally diverse, in aspects of lifestyle, culture and languages used. While Mumbai is the commercial centre of India, with a fast moving city life; Kolkata remains slow-paced with historic buildings and a monotonous daily routine; and Delhi provides us with a blend of city life, insane roads perfectly placed amidst the old traces of historical monuments. All however have one thing in common — the poverty and the inner-city life that goes along with it. It’s here where we get to experience to urban soul of India. 

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. What better place to express your creativity than on the streets and in the slums of Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. 

As interesting as they may sound, these cities are equally diverse, in aspects of lifestyle, culture and languages used. While Mumbai is the commercial centre of India, with a fast moving city life; Kolkata remains slow-paced with historic buildings and a monotonous daily routine; and Delhi provides us with a blend of city life, insane roads perfectly placed amidst the old traces of historical monuments. All however have one thing in common — the poverty and the inner-city life that goes along with it. It’s here where we get to experience to urban soul of India. 

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. What better place to express your creativity than on the streets and in the slums of Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR or mirrorless cameras
  • Active and adventurous schedule
  • Travel by private vehicle
  • No elevation changes and lots of walking

Weather | Sun

March – Temps 91/61 F | 33/16 C  Sunrise 6:47 | Sunset 6:47 (18:47) Note: One hour earlier in Kolkata

Includes

  • 11 Days
  • Street, Portrait and Travel photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Local Guides and Fixers
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 5-star accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • 6 meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 2 Domestic flights
  • Local transportation – Modern A/C car
  • Entry Fees

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai (BOM)
Departure Airport:  Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (DEL)
Our adventure begins at 11 AM 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

Mumbai – TAJ Lands End or similar
Kolkata – Oberoi Grand or similar
Delhi – The Imperial or similar

Helpful Links

The Imperial Hotel New Delhi – by Michael Chinnici
Indian Women and their Love Affair with the Saree – by Renu Choudhary
Suryagarh Jaisalmer – by Michael Chinnici
6 Amazing India Photo Adventures – by Michael Chinnici
Taj Mahal Photo Tips – by Ian Robert Knight

Mumbai, Kolkata & Delhi Prices & Dates


Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi & Holi Festival Prices & Dates


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Michael Chinnici

March 14 – 24, 2021
March 3 – 13, 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 upscale boutique hotels in the 4 and 5-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels that 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. In Cuba, we stay in upscale family-owned casas (bread & breakfasts). On all of our tours, breakfast is almost always included, but not guaranteed. Meal categories listed include (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, and (D) for dinner). 

ITINERARY

INDIA – THE SOUL OF THE STREET 11 DAY PHOTO TOUR

Day 1 | Mumbai - Dharavi Slum

We begin in the late morning at our hotel in Mumbai. During lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve with their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. After we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. 

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the largest city in India, followed by Delhi and Kolkata. It’s full of dreamers and laborers, starlets and gangsters, Bollywood wannabes and the poorest of slums, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants, fishermen and millionaires, and lots and lots of people. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicenter and a pulse point of religious tension. 

Today we will focus on the Dharavi Slum, made famous by the movie’s “Slum Dog Millionaire” and “Gully Boy”. Dharavi is a working slum with its own schools, police, industry, and infrastructure. It is one of world’s largest slums, occupying an area just under one square mile, with a population of about 700,000. With a population density of over 277,136/km², Dharavi is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Our afternoon in Dharavi will be intense and stressful, enlightening and moving, sad and heartwarming. In the evening we celebrate our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Mumbai. (D)

Day 2 | Dhobi Ghat, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gateway of India

After breakfast we depart for the Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open air laundromat. It was built 140 years ago, and 3000 people live and work there, but everyday it swells to about 7000 workers. They flog, scrub, dye and bleach clothes (all by hand) on concrete wash pens, dry them on ropes, neatly press them and transport the garments to different parts of the city. They wash the clothes and linens for all the hospitals and hotels in the city, as well as private accounts. The workers live in the open or in tiny rooms throughout this dark and rat infested complex. This is truly a fascinating  experience to witness, and an even better opportunity to photograph. 

After lunch we will focus on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (Mumbai’s main railway station). Imposing, exuberant and overflowing with people, this monumental train station is the city’s busiest. We’ll photograph riders passing through on their trains. On the outside we’ll find the most extravagant Gothic building and an aphorism of colonial-era India. It’s a mix of Victorian, Hindu and Islamic styles whipped into an imposing Dali-esque structure of buttresses, domes, turrets, spires and stained glass. Its details are stunning. After we will move to the “Gateway to India” at sunset. This is a low light opportunity to capture locals as well as tourists. (B, L) 

Day 3 | Dadar Flower Market, Dharavi Slum, Bandra-Worli Sea Link

We are up early to photograph the Dadar Flower Market in the early morning light. It’s a bustling and extremely colorful wholesale market catering to wedding planners and flower shops. After, we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast. 

After lunch we’ll explore another neighborhood for more street photography. The percentage of people living in slums is estimated to be as high as 41.3% in Greater Mumbai, meaning that over 9 million people live in these areas. Next we’ll return to Dharavi Slum where we’ll meet with several families who will share their lives with us. We’ll end our day photographing fisherman and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. (B, L)

Day 4 | Mumbai - Kolkata (Flight)

After breakfast we depart for the airport for our flight to Kolkata. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel and take an afternoon break. In the evening we’ll dine at one of favorite Bengali restaurants. (B, D)

Day 5 | Mallick Ghat Flower Market, Howrah Bridge

We begin our day early with a visit to the famous Mallick Ghat Flower Market, the largest in Kolkata, and one of the biggest in Asia. The amplitude of this market can be experienced as soon as we enter. We make our way through crowded lanes, where hundreds of vendors come with vibrant flowers and garlands, which come from different areas of Kolkata. While we’re capturing the flower vendors going about their daily chores, we’re surprised by the markets location on the Hooghly River. Here men come to offer prayers to the sun god, bathe, and start their day. It’s also where many vendors dip their flowers for a blessing. The early morning light at the market is exceptional, so much so, you will probably not want to leave. 

We proceed from the bustling flower market, and walk through the neighboring areas where we get to see warehouses, homes, as well as daily laborers, loading and off-loading huge amounts of goods, making for some great photo opportunities. Further down, we reach our final location of our morning tour, an artisan’s residence where traditional potters manufacture clay idols and keep the art alive. We return to our hotel for breakfast. 

We begin our afternoon with a photo walk of Howrah Bridge, a landmark since 1942. We’ll be photographing the world’s busiest cantilever bridge, as well as the locals who walk it. After, we proceed on to Howrah Station, the oldest and largest railway station of India. With hundreds of trains and more than a million passengers a day, it remains the busiest area of the city. Amidst this havoc, we’ll have amazing opportunities to capture the life of the locals. As adventurous as it sounds, this will be an experience of a lifetime you are sure never to forget. As the sun sets, we return to our hotel for dinner, after which we can relax until our next day’s adventure begins. (B)

Day 6 | Chinatown – Chitpur – Collage Street

We start early with a visit to Chinatown, one of the many unique neighborhoods in Kolkata. From tanneries to Chinese restaurants, they have occupied this area since the 18th century. We’ll begin with a popular market where Chinese breakfast is sold. In Calcutta, the Chinese are very much Indian and have no disparity. This area is also infamous for its illegal slums where the people call the street their home. Their sidewalk huts have rooms made of plastic sheets and doors of old ragged clothing. There are many stories of the street, hidden in these makeshift homes. We end the morning with a visit to the largest mosque of Kolkata, which stands tall and elegant, amidst the noisy narrow lanes. We return to our hotel for a late breakfast.

Our afternoon photography tour takes us to a renowned street in Kolkata, home to the World’s largest second-hand book market, and the largest book market in India, College Street. This is also a tram route, which gives us an opportunity to board a ride on a centuries old vehicle. We can explore the lanes that have some of the oldest houses in the city. In the evening we will set out for an optional nighttime street photography tour. (B)

Day 7 | Mallick Ghat Flower Market - New Market

We leave early, again for the flower market, but this time we get to see something different in place of the beautiful flowers. In the middle of this flower market, close to the Ghats, are several wrestling grounds, where wrestlers of the traditional Indian wrestling (Kushti), come to practice their sport. It’s spectacular to see them perform and capture their passion and techniques. This market, known for its action and exuberance, can also give us a spectacle of calm and patience. These are elements that street photography presents, where we get to capture the most silent souls in the midst of madness. We return to our hotel for a late breakfast. At lunch we’ll have a photo review and discussions about our trip. 

In the afternoon we depart for New Market, the largest shopping area in Calcutta, which has been functioning since 1874. With hundreds of hawkers and thousands of visitors every day, this locality remains busy throughout the year. We take a stroll through the lanes and the old market building, just like a local. Dinner back at our hotel. (B)

Day 8 | Kolkata - Delhi (Flight)

After breakfast we depart for the airport for our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel and take an afternoon break. In the evening, we’ll dine at one of our favorite Indian restaurants. (B, D)

Day 9 | Kathputli Colony Slum, Paharganj, Delhi Railway Station

After breakfast we will spend the morning at the Kathputli Colony, focusing on street, people and portrait photography. “Kathputli” literally translates into “Puppet”. A colony, which inspired Salman Rushdie’s award winning book, “Midnight’s Children”. This artists colony houses close to 3500 families including acrobats, magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, folksingers, painters, dancers and musicians. They are active artists who have been keeping the streets of Delhi alive with their performing art for over five decades. The colony is located in one of Delhi’s biggest and oldest slums, called “Anand Parbat”. These performers come from 14 states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. They belong to diverse communities such as Adivasis, Muslims, Yadavs, Balmikis, Kushths, Nats and Bagris, among others. We’ll get “up, close and personal” with the locals. And is often the case in India, expect an army of curious and adorable children to follow us everywhere, begging us to take their photos, which will no doubt lead to some amazing one-of-a-kind opportunities. 

After lunch we will visit Paharganj, and particularly its Main Bazaar for some great street photography opportunities. Delhi’s budget district is a bustling backpacker enclave full of budget guest houses and tiny shops selling everything from hippie clothes to incense. There’s a mix of casual bakeries, eateries serving classic Indian dishes, and rooftop restaurants. 

Nearby is New Delhi Railway Station, and the perfect place to capture more local commuters traveling by rail. (B)

Day 10 | Old Delhi Produce Market - Chandni Chowk

After an early breakfast, we will head out to capture environmental portraits and street photography at a nearby produce market. Then we’re off to Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. The main street of Old Delhi is as crowded today as it was during the time of Shah Jahan who built the market in 17th century. Apart from being one of the most popular streets in the world, it is also the oldest and busiest market of Delhi. Chandni Chowk is a great place for photographers as the hustle and bustle of the market makes for very interesting photographs. Capturing the colors, sounds and sights of the lively market are a challenge for any photographer. Located nearby is Khari Baoli (the spice market), which will be a great site to capture the colors, textures and patterns of the local produce sold.

By nightfall return to hotel and prepare for our special “Farewell Dinner”, at one of Delhi’s most prestigious restaurants. (B, D)

Day 11 | Delhi

While at breakfast we have our final discussion, trade contact information, and sadly bid you farewell. If you are continuing on to our HOLI Photo Adventure, you will remain checked into the hotel. Otherwise we will transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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

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

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

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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