Destination Himalaya
Photo: Lewis Kemper

Sanjay Saxena Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for India, Nepal, Tibet, Sri LankaIndia, Tibet, Nepal & Sri Lanka

featuring the Pushkar Camel Fair


A Photo Cultural Journey with
photographer Lewis Kemper

The Indian sub-continent is more than a repository of an ancient civilization; it is a lively and ever changing work in progress. Visit a bazaar and groups of women in saris of seemingly impossible combinations of magenta and turquoise vie for visual attention with their sisters in silk of purple and yellow. Every surface is used to catch the eye: Overripe heroes and heroines loom in enormous proportions from film billboards, mud walls are decorated with traditional geometric patterns, camel pelts are clipped to produced swirling paisleys, cattle horns are painted and decorated with brass bells, cycle rickshaws are covered in painted parrots, landscapes, slogans and decorated with chrome studs.

On this photographic journey we will take time to experience and photograph the fascinating aspects of daily life in contemporary and traditional India.


Outline Itinerary – 2017

Day 1: Fri. October 20 — Depart U.S.
Depart your home city on an overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2: October 21 — Arrive Delhi, India
Arrive Delhi late in the day. Met on arrival and transfer to our hotel. Taj Palace Hotel

Day 3: October 22  — In Delhi
In the morning we have an orientation meeting over breakfast, then visit sites in “Old” Delhi, followed by sites in “New” Delhi.
Taj Palace (B, L, D)

Day 4: October 23 — To Varanasi
Depart Delhi at 9:00 AM: Arrive Varanasi at 10:20 AM. Met on arrival; after checking in head out for afternoon exploration of Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon before heading to witness the sunset "aarti" on the banks of the Ganga River.
Gateway by Taj , (B, L, D)

Day 5: October 24 — In Varanasi
Today we will witness Hindu devotees performing their morning rites as we take an unforgettable morning cruise up the Ganga along the city’s shore. The afternoon will find us photographing weavers at a silk weaving center where colorful 'saris' are woven. . Sunset will find us once again on the banks of the Holy Ganga river to photograph the evening ceremony.
Gateway by Taj, (B, L, D)

Day 6: October 25 — To Agra
Depart Varanasi at 12:20 PM: Arrive Agra at 1:50 PM. After checking into our hotel we head off to photography Itmad-ud-daula and then the Taj from across the river at sunset (Mitab Bagh). Return to the hotel after sunset.
Gateway by Taj, (B, L, D)

Day 7: October 26 — In Agra
Sunrise & sunset on the Taj. Also photograph the Red Fort and the old bazaar.
Gateway by Taj, (B, L, D)

Day 8: October 27 — To Jaipur
En route visit Fatepur Sikri, the ruins of a 16th-century Mughal capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After checking into your Jaipur hotel head out to explore the city by night - walk Bapu Bazaar where the local come to shop for their day-to-day needs.
Jai Mahal Palace, (B, L, D)

Day 9: October 28 —In Jaipur
This morning we head out to catch sunrise on the Hava Mahal, then continue to the Amber Fort, where we ride elephants. Also visit the old city’s colorful bazaars.
Jai Mahal Palace, (B, L, D)

Day 10: October 29  — To Pushkar
Travel to Pushkar early this morning. Enjoy a lunch of traditional specialties before getting oriented on a walking tour of the town and fair grounds.
Ananta Resort (B, L, D)

Days 11, 12: October 30, 31 — At Pushkar Festival
Two full days of photo ops at the festival. During the Pushkar Festival, the famous bartering of camels is complemented by music, dance, and religious rituals. Immerse yourself in the incredible celebration, capturing images of bathing ghats, traders towing their camels, and swirling dancers.
Gateway Resort (B, L, D)

Day 13: November 1 — Morning in Pushkar / To Delhi
After one last sunrise foray into the fair grounds, start your drive back to Jaipur Airport and fly to Delhi. Depart Jaipur at 4:05 PM: Arrive Delhi at 4:55 PM. Met on arrival and transfer to the convenient (15 min away) airport hotel, where we have 'day-rooms' for the group. After dinner transfer back to the airport in time for return flight to USA.

Day 14: November 2 — Arrive USA

To book this trip please call us at 1-415-640-6934

Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing and teaching throughout the United States. He served as Canon’s Explorers of Light for 10 years and now serves as an Explorer of Light Emeritus.

Lewis has written or photographed for many books and magazines. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer . He was the photographer for, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Kemper’s monograph, “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition. His publication “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ latest project “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”, features a years worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA . His latest publication is a app, “Yosemite National Park SNAPPGuide” and he will completing the Yellowstone version this fall.

An excellent photographer, Lewis is a skilled teacher, and will assist you in every way, enabling you to bring home wonderful memories, suitable for framing.

You’ll find his website at

Please go to our slide show page to see images from Rajasthan.

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Call us toll free at 1-800 MY INDIA (1-800-694-6342) or email us to request a detailed day-to-day itinerary.

“You really went the extra mile too, in getting us to locations in time for sunrise or sunsets so that we could get those “KILLER” shots.” 
- William Barton

Taj Mahal
Photo: Lewis Kemper

Guaranteed Small Group (max 10 participants)
5-Star Hotels
Pushkar Camel Fair
Camel Safari/Sand Dunes
Sunrise/sunset on Taj Mahal
Sunrise/Sunset in Varanasi
Bazaars of Jaipur & Delhi

It's Included:
Medical & evacuation insurance
All Internal India flights
All accommodations
All meals after arrival in India
All ground transportation
All entrance fees
All still Camera fees
Gratuity to local staff
Fully escorted trip;
- photography expert Lewis Kemper and
- a cultural guide

Departure: 14 Days US to US
Oct. 20 – Nov 2, 2017

Land Cost::
6–7 Participants: $5985
8-10 Participants: $5645 pp
(maximum 10 participants)

Snake Charmer
Photo: Lewis Kemper

"How thoroughly I enjoyed the tour of Rajasthan!  It was a visual and photography treat for the senses."
- Anne Ainsworth, IL

Riding elephant, Jaipur
Photo: Lewis Kemper

Photo: Lewis Kemper

Photo: Lewis Kemper

Photo: Lewis Kemper

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