We are proud to offer the Imperial India Photography Workshop. Travelling mainly by train, we get a chance to mix with local families and really get under the skin of this beautiful country. Everyone who visits India really must travel by train at least once.
We travel on India’s extensive rail network from Delhi, to Kalka and onwards up to the once summer capital of British India- Shimla. Next we stop at the best planned city in the whole of India- Chandigarh and move on to Amritsar most famed for its superb Golden Temple- the holiest destination for the Sikh faith. From here we visit the Wagah Border to witness the bizarre spectacle of the daily ceremony of closing the border with Pakistan. This is a long standing ceremony that has been carried out every evening since 1959!
We have more iconic stops, firstly in Agra- home of the Taj Mahal and then Varanasi, which is regarded as the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi attracts large numbers of pilgrims who bathe in the River Ganges’ sacred waters and perform funeral rites. There are also some 2000 temple along its winding streets.
We also stop at Lucknow- the 2nd largest city in the North and East of India after Delhi. This is an ancient city with a rich history, intertwined with the fact it is a major metropolitan city and an important powerhouse in key sectors. Lucknow, along with Agra and Varanasi, is one of the 3 cities in the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc. Our final destination is at Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in the Bay of Bengal. Kolkata is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Archeological studies provide evidence that the region in which the city stands has been inhabited for over two thousand years. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773-1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to the Mother House, founded by Mother Teresa.
This is an exciting tour, and suitable for all photographers.
Itinerary = 20th Oct - 7th November 2018