Camel Fairs at Pushkar & Nagaur
Photo Cultural Tour of Rajasthan with Photographer Jeff Davis
India is a land of festivals, with a festival for almost each and every day of the year. This is particularly true of Rajasthan, where, against the backdrop of stark, desert sands, the gaiety of the festivals epitomizes the spirit and resilience of the Rajputs. Rajasthan is the land of the Rajputs, who have held dominion over the western deserts of India for more than a thousand years. It is one of the areas of India where great numbers of people are still to be seen in traditional garb; their adherence to tradition is proof of the tenacity of a proud heritage. Swirling skirts festooned with shiny embroidery, turbans of every hue, temple doors daubed with hand prints, shrines garlanded with flowers; pleasing color is everywhere.
Destination Himalaya’s Photo Tours to Rajasthan incorporates either the Camel Fair at Pushkar or Nagaur where hundreds of villagers, nomads and gypsies gather, bringing with them thousands of camels, horses and cattle – truly an amazing sight. An entire tent city springs up overnight to accommodate all the bartering and bantering, purchasing and merry-making.
In addition to the festivals, the itinerary is designed to have ample time exploring and photographing the “blue city” of Jodhpur, the “pink city” of Jaipur and reaching Agra, with time to photograph the rising and setting sun light up “the monument of love” the Taj Mahal. One of our favorite regions, Rajasthan is a wonderful destination, for both the photographic enthusiast and the ardent traveler.
An excellent photographer, Jeff Davis is also a compelling storyteller and a skilled teacher. He will assist you in every way, enabling you to bring home wonderful memories, suitable for framing. Reflecting on his past trips to Rajasthan, Jeff says, “As a professional photographer, my experiences in Rajasthan were magical. Not only did each day provide stunning visual imagery, but treasured encounters, a sense of spirituality, and reflections that linger in a wonderful way.”
Days 1 & 2: USA to India.
Day 3 : Arrive Delhi very early in the morning. Free morning and in the afternoon explore the bazaars of “Old Delhi.” Oberoi or the Imperial Hotel.
Day 4: Early this morning we fly to Jodhpur and drive to the Desert Citadel City of Jaisalmer. Hotel Fort Rajwada.
Days 5 & 6: We have two full days to explore and photograph this frontier town. Camel safari and photography on sand dunes. Hotel Fort Rajwada.
Days 7 & 8: These two days are spent visiting remote Rajasthani villages from our Desert Retreat. Private Deluxe Camp.
Day 9: Drive to Jodhpur and spend the day photographing the "Blue City, " (see banner photo). Umaid Bhawan or Taj Hari Mahal.
Day 10: Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur bazaar. Umaid Bhawan or Taj Hari Mahal.
Day 11: Drive to Pushkar (or Nagaur) and the camel fair. Private Deluxe Camp.
Day 12: Spend the day photographing and partaking in festivities surrounding the Camel Fair. Private Camp.
Days 13 & 14: Drive to Jaipur the Pink City. Two days to photograph the people and architecture of Jaipur. We will visit Amber Fort, City Place, Hawa Mahal and the old bazaar - a shopper’s paradise. Rambagh or Jai Mahal Palace Hotel.
Day 15: To Agra via the the ghost city of Fatepur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar as his Capital and then abandoned. Jaypee Palace
Day 16: We will have sunrise, sunset on the shimmering Taj Mahal, one of the architectural wonders of the world. Also visit and photograph other sites in Agra. Jaypee Palace
Day 17: One more opportunity to photograph the Taj at sunrise. Drive to Delhi.
Day 18 : Departing Delhi in the morning, we arrive USA later the same afternoon.
Please visit our slide show page to see a sample of Jeff Davis's work and images from Rajasthan.
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- William Barton
Camel Fair at Pushkar or Nagaur
Sunrise on the Taj Mahal
Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi.
Medical & evacuation insurance
Accommodation in Palace Hotels and Private Deluxe Camp at the camel fairs
All ground transportation,
local guides and entrance fees
All meals after arrival in India
Fully escorted trip by a photography expert and Cultural Guide
Nov. 7 to 24, 2007
Feb. 2 to 19, 2008
From $6485 per person
Photo: Jeff Davis
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
"How thoroughly I enjoyed the tour of Rajasthan! It was a visual and photography treat for the senses."
- Anne Ainsworth, IL
Rajput at the camel fair
Photo: Jeff Davis
Photo: Jeff Davis