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Photography tour in Rajasthan

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DELHI

MANDAWA

BIKANER

JAISALMER

JODHPUR

UDAIPUR

PUSHKAR

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Tour overview

Explore the majestic attractions of Rajasthan and the beautiful city of Varanasi through the iconic Photography tour of Rajasthan. India is an exquisite mélange of culture and heritage . If you like capturing the beauty of people, markets, etc. in your camera, you must opt for the photography tour of Rajasthan. This tour will also let you visit magnificent tourist spots of Rajasthan along with some nearby locations.

This 15-day tour package commences from Delhi and culminates at the same place. In addition to the beautiful cities of Rajasthan, you will also have a trip to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. During the tour, you will visit Shekhawati, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur and Agra. All of these destinations are picturesque and will amuse you with their magnificence. Not only you can capture the locals busy in their daily routine but you can also shot some award-winning pictures. Right from markets to villages and from deserts to streets, each and every corner of Rajasthan is worth a picture. Moreover, you will enjoy clicking a group of camels forming a silhouette against the rustic background. Similarly, there are so many things that you can capture in your camera and take them with you as memories for a lifetime. So, check out the entire draft of the photography tour of Rajasthan and have fun with your loved ones. This tour will surely be an unforgettable experience for a photography enthusiast like you.


Tour highlights

The expansive tour itinerary helps you find the best photography stops in Rajasthan:

  • This tour package provides you with the best trip around Rajasthan.

  • You will enjoy a proper tour of the temples and all the cultural places of the given cities.

  • This tour will guarantee a safe and a good time filled with fun.


Itinerary

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Day 01 Arrive into Delhi and take a tour to explore the city

Upon arrival, our representatives will be there to welcome you to the 'City of Cities.' A transfer will be arranged to take you from the airport to the Hotel. Said to have been built and destroyed about 11 times, Delhi is a Photographers Paradise with multiple overlapping architectural styles standing next to glass and steel complexes in perfect harmony. Refresh yourself and set out on a tour of Old Delhi. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639, this mesmerizing part of town is intense and full of history.

Visit Raj Ghat and other memorials dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the landscaping and planting of which was performed by Alick Percy-Lancaster, the last Englishman to hold the post of Superintendent of Horticultural Operations, Government of India.

Continue onwards to Jama Masjid, a complex structure consisting of three gates, two towers and two 130-foot high minarets, all constructed from red sandstone. ChandniChowk, the area around Jama Masjid is a treat for all those who wish to feast on Delhi street food. It is so densely packed with shops selling trinkets and sweetmeats, the only way to navigate the roads is either to walk it up or take a rickshaw.

A haven for those interested in trick photography the next stop on this photography tours in Rajasthan is QutubMinar, a majestic cylindrical structure built in the 13th century is still a beautiful example of architectural brilliance and fortitude and also visit Humayun's tomb.

With its eternal flame dedicated to Soldiers martyred in the World War I, India gate is a monument that is sure to touch your soul. Enjoy the passing views of the majestic Parliament house, President's house and Secretarial Buildings as you speed towards the quaint Laxminarayan Temple, built across 7.5 acres of green lawns and many shrines and fountains.

After a day full of history lessons and delicious street food, we will take you back to your hotel for the night.

Highlights: Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple & drive past Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, President House, Parliament. etc.

Day 02 Drive from Delhi to Mandwa

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Delhi, we will take you to a mesmerizing little village of Mandawa about 250 kilometers away. With its brightly painted mansions, this small town was a trading outpost for caravans travelling from China and Middle East. In order to protect this trading outpost, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh, Thakur Nawal Singh built a fort in 1755 which still dominates the city. The township around the fort attracted a lot of wealthy traders of those days, who built a lot of graceful and elegant havelis (mansions). Most of these mansions have been restored and converted into hotels while some are still inhabited by the families. The mansions might be old but their faded grandeur still attracts a steady stream of visitors.

While the mansions are huge and mesmerizing, nothing compares to the resplendence of the Fort itself. Adorned with beautiful fresco as per the medieval theme, the rooms of the Palace are decorated with exquisite carvings, amazing mirror work and paintings of Lord Krishna. Many tourists come here to capture the glory of this era bygone and we will give you a chance to do just that on the Photography tour in Rajasthan.

Highlights: Visit the Shekhavati Villages.

Day 03 Drive from Mandawa to Bikaner

Post breakfast enjoy a scenic drive from Mandawa to Bikaner which is about 192 kilometers away. This dust swerling town is home to the amazing Junagarh fort built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner. Standing in stark contrast to the modern day Bikaner City, Junagarh fort will surely transport you back into the bygone era as you walk through the palace. Another interesting place to explore here is the museum inside the fort that has on display the ornaments and weapons of the old days.

With its awe inspiring size and dimensions this fort is one of the few that were never defeated. The most unique feature of this ancient masterpiece is the Suraj Pol or the Sun gate, which is built in yellow sandstone, unlike the rest of the fort which is made with red sandstone. There are 4 other gates on the fort which provide access to various monuments within the fort walls. Stop and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the HarMandir, the royal chapel used to make offerings specifically by the royal family and Jormal Temple with it stunning interiors and unparalleled surroundings.

You are free to explore the city at your own leisure. The transport will be at your disposal for the rest of the day. Retire to your hotel in Bikaner for the night.

Highlights: Bikaner - visit the Junagadh Fort with Suraj Pol & Chand pol gates, Joramal temple, Har Mandir & the bazaars.

Day 04 Drive from Bikaner to Jaisalmer

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your Hotel in Bikaner before you check out to travel towards Jaisalmer. In about 330 kilometers ride you will see the changes in the the landscape as soon as you leave Bikaner city.It becomes more arid and desert like. Situated in the heart of the Thardesert, Jaisalmer town looks like a mirage from a ancient era. It maybe one of Rajasthan's remotest cities but the its allure draws enough tourists here to make it the biggest tourist destination of the state of Rajasthan. And on this photography tour of Rajasthan, this is a stop that will fill your camera with pictures as vivid as the colors of the setting sun.

From herbal healing to camel safaris, dance performance and soothing music, Jaisalmer is a hot pot of art, culture and history. Bringing all the stories about Aladdin and Ali baba to life, this magical town is sure to leave you with some unforgettable memories. You have the afternoon at your disposal to explore the interesting bazaars, famous for their stunning embroidery, bedspreads, mirror work wall hangings and antiques. The transport will be at your disposal for the rest of the day. Overnight is in Jaisalmer.

Day 05 Visit to Jaisalmer historical monuments

After a delicious breakfast, we take you out to scout the city of Jaisalmer for the most iconic photographs of this photography tour of Rajasthan. Our first stop on today's journey is the Jaisalmer fort, a breathtaking sight of this massive sand castle rising from the sandy plains will leave you speechless. It is the oldest living forts on the planet with the current population of inhabitants close to 3000.

Another gem hidden inside the palace is the Tazia Tower, a five storey building with each level having its own unique individual designs and stands apart as a piece of Islamic architecture in a landscape otherwise dotted with Rajputana heritage. Next stop is Salim Ji Ki Haveli. Built in the hills near the Jaisalmer fort, it is famous for its distinctive architecture and the roof that has been constructed to form a peacock. It is one of the few mansions that have not been converted into a hotel. Another such mansion that you will visit is the Patwon ki Haveli.

We understand that just one evening was not enough to explore the vibrant markets of this Golden City. Today evening is also at your disposal to enjoy shopping. Overnight is in the city of desert , Jaisalmer.

Highlights: Jaisalmer - Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Ji Ki Haveli & Patwon ki Haveli.

Day 06 Drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. Later Tour of Jodhpur

Post breakfast, we will drive you to the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is a fascinating destination where the modern and ancient reside peacefully side by side. Famous for many things, the pompous fair put on during festivals and its sweetmeats are the crown jewels in this cities fame. In the afternoon, you will set out to explore the Meherangarh fort - a muscular structure that towers over the blue city of Jodhpur, it stands atop a rocky hill about 120 meters above the Jodhpur skyline. Packed with history and legend, this fort is home to the magnificent MotiMahal, a room for private audience, MotiMahal is a palatial room with colored glass windows and ceiling decorated with gold leaf, seashells and mirrors. Another must see inside the fort is the PhoolMahal, probably the pleasure dome for the Maharajas of old, this room is decorated to look as majestic as a flower. Ceiling decorated with golden filigree work is accentuated by the beautiful paintings and the British Furniture.

Next stop on this photography tours in Rajasthan in Jodhpur is the JaswantThada, made in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rajput ruler of Jodhpur. It is made completely out of marble which is so fine that the whole structure is said to emit a warm glow when sunlight falls on it. The last stop for the day is Umaid Gardens which is a sight to sore eyes with its lush green lawns and beautiful roses and seasoned flowers. Inside the 82 acre area covered by these gardens is the museum where you can take your cameras inside the museum and bring back with you photographs of all the rich historically important artifacts on display inside. The Government Museum of Rajasthan are also located within the grounds of Umaid Gardens and display a wide collection of weapons, textiles, local art and crafts including a military section displaying wooden biplane models and brass battleships.

You have the rest of the day at leisure and have the transport at your disposal within the city limits. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Highlights: Jodhpur - visit Meherangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Public Gardens

Day 07 Drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur with halt at Ranakpurenroute

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast post which we will drive you to Udaipur with a halt to enjoy the offerings of Ranakpur. The Village of Ranakpur host's one of India's biggest and most important Jain Complexes. The first temple to visit is the Chamukha temple, with its 29 halls and intricately carved 1444 pillars all distinct from one another. Another important temple is the Surya temple famous for its marvelous sight of the Sun god driving his seven horse chariot.

Later we proceed to the city of lakes, the magical marble mosaic of Udaipur. With its fantastic palaces, quaint temples and narrow crooked timeless streets, Udaipur has a romance of setting unparalleled in Rajasthan and the whole of India. Here in this magical city, we can offer you the best way to stay, in the middle of the lake. Overnight is in the city of lakes, Udaipur.

Highlights: Ranakpur Temples.

Day 08 Udaipur City Tour

After breakfast, we will take you out to see the best of Udaipur city. Starting with the City Palace located on the Pichola Lake, the imposing structure with its balconies and towers this is the largest Palace in Rajasthan. Moving on we will visit the Jagdish Temple, a beautiful example of Hindu Iconography this temple has 32 marble steps leading up to its entrance intercepted by a brass image of Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu.

We will take a drive around the Fatehsagar Lake, an artificial lake constructed in the 1960, it is considered as the pride of Udaipur. Next stop is the BhartiyaLok Kala Museum, a private folk-art museum, known for its Dalek-like entrance tower, exhibits dresses, tribal jewellery, turbans, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and puppet shows. The last stop for day is Saheliyoki Bari, located on the banks on the Fatehsagar Lake presenting a green retreat in the dry lands of Rajasthan. Overnight in Udaipur.

Highlights: Udaipur - Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, Sahelion ki Bari & drive around Fatehsagar Lake.

Day 09 Drive from Udaipur to Pushkar. Later Pushkar Tour

After a sumptuous breakfast, drive down to Pushkar, one of the oldest cities in India. It's a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town that curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It's truly quiet unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with puja (prayers), generating an episodic soundtrack of chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs.

Famous for its cattle fair which lasts for 5 days, there are many temples with ancient histories and fascinating architecture that you can explore. Overnight in Pushkar.

Highlights: Pushkar - visit the Sacred Lake and the Brahma Temple.

Day 10 Drive from Pushkar to Jaipur. Later Jaipur and Amber Fort Tour

Today morning we will drive you towards the pink city of Jaipur. Known for its chaotic colorful streets the capital of Rajasthan has an enthralling history. Once you check into the hotel and relax for a while, we will set out on a tour of the city.

First stop on our journey will be the Amer fort. Housed in the former capital of Jaipur state, this magnificent, formidable honey hued fort is an ethereal example of Rajput architecture. Next is the Maharaja city palace of Jaipur, standing tall in the middle of the Old City, this is a striking example of Rajasthan and Mughal architectural styles. There are four glorious gates in this palace each representing a season: the Peacock Gate depicts autumn, the Lotus Gate signifies summer, the Green Gate represents spring, and finally the Rose Gate embodies winter.

You will also be taken to JantarMantar, observatory built for measuring the heavens, its name is derived from the Sanskrit yantamantr, meaning 'instrument of calculation' and the HawaMahal, extraordinary pink-painted delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five floors, this is the most distinctive landmark in Jaipur. Overnight is in the city of royals, Jaipur.

Highlights: Jaipur - Visit Amer Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar & drive past Hawa Mahal.

Day 11 Drive from Jaipur to FatehpurSikri to Agra

We will set out from Jaipur and stop at the magnificent fortified city of FatehpurSikri. It was Akbar's short lived capital and this is where he built a stunning mosque, which is still in use as of today. This city was an amazing example of Indo-Islamic architecture but was abandoned shortly after Akbar's death. Here you will explore the Jama Masjid, a 17th Century mosque which is a world heritage site and known for its Iranian Architecture. Proceed to visit the Tomb of SalimChisti, a elegant building with its intricate marble carvings and white marble floors inlaid with multicolored stones.

You will also visit the PanchMahal and BulandDarwaza before you proceed onwards to Agra.Overnight is in the city of love, Agra.

Highlights: Agra – Visit Fatehpur Sikri.

Day 12 Agra Tour

Known famously for TajMahal, Agra has much more to offer as you will find out today on this tour of Agra city. First stop is undoubtedly, TajMahal. An embodiment of all things pure, as described by Rudyard Kipling, the TajMahal is widely considered the most beautiful building ever built. You will get a chance to experience its grandeur first hand as we take you on a tour of this majestic monument. Next we visit the Agra fort, one of the finest Mughal forts of the country. As you walk through courtyard after courtyard of this palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress, your amazement will grow as the scale of what was built here begins to sink in.

You can spend the rest of the afternoon by exploring the various bazaars and by shopping at the famous souvenir shops. Overnight in Agra.

Highlights: Agra – Visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.

Day 13 Varanasi Calling!

The next leg of your journey will take you to Varanasi from Agra via Delhi. Drive from Agra to Delhi just in time to board your flight to Varanasi. At Varanasi, you will be welcomed and escorted to a hotel by our representatives for a relaxing stay. The rest of the day is for your leisure activities. A trip to Varanasi is incomplete if you don't experience the evening Arti at Ganges River or a stroll in the busy bazaars of Varanasi which is also called Benaras or Banaras or Kashi. Enjoy the overnight stay at Varanasi which is an ancient city dating back 5000 years.

Day 14 Explore Varanasi

Next day will bring more adventures, like the boat excursion in Ganges from two different ghats, Manikarnika and Harischandra Ghats which is frequented by thousands of devotees. These ghats are known for holy purposes and also for cremations, as you will notice by seeing many funeral pyres burning there. Afternoon will bring leisure time which you can spend roaming around or an optional visit to Sarnath, discovering the ancient city where Buddha is supposed to have given his first sermon after enlightenment. Overnight is in Varanasi.

Highlights: Varanasi - Boat ride on the River Ganges visiting the Manikarnika and Harishchandra ghats.

Day 15 Fly from Varanasi to Delhi

On day 15, the last day, you will be transferred back to Delhi by flight. In Delhi, we will guide you and connect you to your onward flight home and since most of the flights depart mid-night, accommodation in Delhi isn't provided. This will mark the end of your Rajasthan and Ganges travel package!


SELECT YOUR OWN HOTELS - CONTROL YOUR BUDGET.

Day Wise Hotel Details

Select your own hotels

  • Day 01
    08/12/2019

    Delhi

    Florence Inn

  • Day 02
    09/12/2019

    Mandawa

    Desert Resort

  • Day 03
    10/12/2019

    Bikaner

    Karni Bhawan Palace

  • Day 04
    11/12/2019

    Jaisalmer

    Heritage Inn

  • Day 05
    12/12/2019

    Jaisalmer

    Heritage Inn

  • Day 06
    13/12/2019

    Jodhpur

    Karni Bhawan

  • Day 07
    14/12/2019

    Udaipur

    Paras Mahal

  • Day 08
    15/12/2019

    Udaipur

    Paras Mahal

  • Day 09
    16/12/2019

    Pushkar

    Brahma Horizon

  • Day 10
    17/12/2019

    Jaipur

    Mandawa Haveli

  • Day 11
    18/12/2019

    Agra

    Ramada Plaza

  • Day 12
    19/12/2019

    Agra

    Ramada Plaza

  • Day 13
    20/12/2019

    Varanasi

    Hindustan International

  • Day 14
    21/12/2019

    Varanasi

    Hindustan International

  • Day 15
    22/12/2019

    Delhi

    Departure

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  • Accommodation with breakfast

  • Transfers/visits by chosen vehicle

  • Taxes and assistance

+ Exclusions

  • Insurance

  • Lunches

  • Dinners

  • Domestic airfares

  • Local guides

  • Entrances

Private & Custom Tours: These tours can be customized for you to suit your needs.

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Delhi

Market Visit & Cooking Class followed by Meal

Duration :3 – 3.5 hours

Cooking Class followed by Meal

Duration :2 -2.5 hours

Indian Family Meal Experience

Duration :1.5 - 2 hours

Delhi Shopping Tour

Duration :4 hours

Yoga at famous Lodhi Garden In Delhi

Duration :1 hours

Zangoora at Kingdom of Dreams

Duration :3 hours

Jhumroo at Kingdom of Dreams

Duration :3 hours

Sound and Light Show at Red Fort in Delhi

Duration :1 hours

Jaisalmer

Sunset camel ride with dinner

Duration :4-5 hours

Walk and talk by the Jaisalmer tour

Duration :4 hours

One day camel safari tour

Duration :18-20 hours

Overnight stay at a desert

Duration :20 hours

Full-Day Tour of Haunted and cursed village of Kuldhara from Jaisalmer

Duration :4-5 hours

Food Walk Tour Jaisalmer

Duration :2 hours

Half-Day Tour of Jaisalmer Sunset at Sand Dunes with Dinner

Duration :8 hours

Experience Overnight Desert camp In Thar Desert with Camel Ride - Jeep Safari

Duration :8-10 hours

Jodhpur

Cooking class followed by meal with Indian family

Duration :2-3 hours

Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village

Duration :4 hours

Blue City Heritage walking tour

Duration :2 hours

Half day camel Safari tour

Duration :4 hours

Full day excursion to Osian Jain Temples

Duration :6 hours

Udaipur

Half day tour of Eklingji and Nagda

Duration :4-5 hours

Half day tour of Shilpgram

Duration :4 hours

Full day tour of Chittorgarh

Duration :8-9 hours

Full day trip to Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur

Duration :8-9 hours

2 Days Mount Abu and Ranakpur

 

Boat ride on Lake Pichola

Duration :1-1.5 hours

Walking tour of Udaipur old City

Duration :4 hours

Private cooking class in a Udaipur home

Duration :3 hours

Royal Food walk tour In Udaipur

Duration :2-3 hours

Evening Excursion: Bagore Ki Haveli Dance Show in Udaipur

Duration :3 hours

Jaisamand Sanctuary Ride

Duration :6-7 hours

Full Day Horse Ride Tour in Udaipur

Duration :8-10 hours

Half-Day Horse Ride Tour

Duration :4-6 hours

2-Hour Horse Ride Tour

Duration :2-3 hours

Jaipur

Elefantastic-Painting, Feeding & Bathing Elephants

Duration :3-4 hours

Local Art & Craft Workshops

Duration :3 hours

Block Printing Workshops

Duration :3 hours

Yoga & Meditation

Duration :1.5 hours

Indian Symbolic Wedding

Duration :5 hours

Indian Cooking Family Dinner & Haveli Dinner

Duration :3 hours

Sky Waltz Balloon Safari In Jaipur

Duration :2.5 hours

Sky Waltz Balloon Safari In Ranthambore

Duration :2.5 hours

Sky Waltz Balloon Safari In Pushkar

Duration :2.5 hours

Culture Walk

Duration :5 hours

Agra

Mohabbat The Taj Show

Duration :80 minutes

Traditional Indian Welcome

Duration :15-20 minutes

Tonga Ride

Duration :05-10 minutes

Agra Walk

Duration :90 minutes

Agra Food Trail

Duration :1-2 hours

Cooking Demonstration and Family Dinner

Duration :2 hours

Varanasi

Sarnath tour

Duration :3 hours

Varanasi Photographic tour

Duration :3 hours

Walking tour in Varanasi

Duration :3 hours

Varanasi Morning Sunrise Boat tour

Duration :3 hours

Dasawamedh Ghat tour

Duration :4 hours

Yoga and Meditation in Varanasi

Duration :1 hours

Heritage walk in Varanasi

Duration :3-4 hours

Spritual Varanasi Tour

Duration :3 hours

Witness Varanasi Evening Prayer ceremony with private boat

Duration :3-4 hours

Varanasi Tuk Tuk Tour

Duration :2 hours


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Photography tour in Rajasthan

Photography tour in Rajasthan - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q.1 How different are tours and photo tours?

Photo Tours are innovative ways to experience a place under the guidance of a professional photographer. Photo tours are much more enjoyable than normal tours as they allow you to gather a lot of information regarding wildlife. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts it makes the experience more focused and fun-filled.

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Q.2 What is the suggested equipment for this tour?

For close-ups and candids of animals, a mid-telephoto lens works best. Wide angle lenses like 10-22 or 16-35 are required to capture the beautiful surroundings around the animals.

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Q.3 What are the pre-requisites for a photography tour?

Though there are no hard and fast rules for a photography tour, it is important to be fit and fine so that you dont get much affected by dust and heat. It is also necessary to have a deep interest in photography and Indian culture.

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Q.4 Can a beginner having a simple point and shoot camera join the photography tour?

Of course, yes. The photography tours organized by us are suitable for all, irrespective of the fact whether you are a learning photographer or you are an experienced photographer. You can avail any of the photography tours and take some valuable tips from a skilled team of experts as well as you can enjoy in the company of the similar type of photographers.

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Q.5 What is the level of expertise required from the participants for a photography tour?

Anyone can join the tours, irrespective of their level of expertise. Beginners can learn the tactics of photography through condensed sessions and on-field assistance from the experts while amateurs get an opportunity to enhance their skills and explore new avenues in the field. On the other hand, photography professionals get to discover new locations, timings, etc. for capturing some splendid shots.

Our accompanying photographer interacts closely with everyone and ensures that each participant gets what they are looking for learning opportunities, good understanding of the destination and, most importantly, a memorable experience.

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Q.6 What are the benefits of joining our tours?

There are several benefits of joining photography tours. Our professional photographer will help you solve problems on-field as well as make you aware of several new things related to photography. Moreover, you get to discover various photography opportunities for the future. During the tour, you get to interact with people of all walks of life and all age groups. We also organize post-tour gatherings, during which people chat with each other, keeping their cameras aside. Last but not least, you are provided with the ultimate best of everything, right from accommodation to transport. The itineraries can be customized as per your wishes and are neither too fast nor too slow. Thats why these tours are the best and you can also make some new friends during the trip.

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