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Varanasi Dev Deepavali Photo Tour

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Varanasi Street Photography Tour

04 Days, 03 Nights

Event Details

Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries, is known for its fine-quality silks, ‘paan’ and Benares Hindu University and Avimukta of the ancient days, Varanasi is the most popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. In Hinduism it is believed that those who die and are cremated here get an instant gateway to liberation from the cycle of births and re-births.

Considered as the abode of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one’s sins. As pundits here will tell you, whatever is sacrificed and chanted here or given in charity reaps its fruits thousand times more than those good deeds performed at other places because of the power of that place. It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism!

The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Guatama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali.

Dev Deepawali in Varanasi is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, the full moon of the Hindu month of Kartik, fifteen days after Diwali. Dev Deepawali is not a standalone, in itself. It is celebrated on the last day of Ganga Mahotsav, which begins on Prabodhini Ekadashi (11th day of the Lunar month of Kartik) and ends in Dev Deepawali. View of ghats and temples are spectacular, it is worth beholding in Varanasi during Dev Deepawali. Every ghat and temple in the Holy City is alight with earthen ghee diyas. It is believed that the Gods descend to Varanasi on the auspicious occasion of Dev Deepawali to take a dip in the River Ganga (Ganges).

Trip Highlights:

  • The tour spans across the four days of unique experience of capturing the desert fair with hoards of cattle and people.
  • All our tour groups are supplemented by a field experienced photo mentor, with years of knowledge on the lay of the land and the event.
  • Accommodation and meals are specifically arranged to enhance your experience of the fair.
  • Access to people, places and moments you’d never otherwise see
TOUR DATES   21-24 November 2018
TOUR COST  INR 14,800 per person twin sharing and Single supplement extra @INR 4500 – Excluding Taxes(Domestic)
USD 275 per person twin sharing and Single supplement extra @USD 80 – Excluding Taxes(International)
DURATION    04 days-03 nights
DESTINATIONS   Ghats and streets of Varanasi during Dev Deepavali (Diwali) Festival

ITINERARY

Day -1 (21th November, 2018)

  • Check in the hotel
  • Will move to the ghats and have round of introduction near the bank of Ganges in Varanasi.
  • Guided street walk to ghats for Aarti Shoot from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Discussion during the dinner on images taken during the Aarti shoot.
  • Sharing plans for the next day shoot.

Day -2 (22th November, 2018)

  • Shooting sunrise and ghat activities from the boat and back through the streets
  • Return to the Hotel for Breakfast and Rest.
  • Guided street walk to shoot the life on the ghats.
  • Visit akhada, shoot the local wrestlers (pehalwan) , enjoy kushti match
  • Discussion while having dinner on images taken during the whole day.
  • Sharing plans for the next day shoot.

Day -3 (23th November, 2018)

  • Shooting sunrise and ghat activities from the boat and back through the streets
  • Return to the Hotel for Breakfast and Rest.
  • Capture the people, lights and rituals at the festival under the lights from ghee diyas (oil lamps).
  • Discussion during the dinner on images taken during the whole day.

Sharing plans for the next day shoot.

Day -4 (24th November, 2018)

  • Shooting on the ghats for assignment.
  • Feedback and discussion over images shoot for assignments.
  • Check Out around 11 noon.
  • TOUR ENDS

 

Your Tour Mentor will be planning ahead and working on the best possible options to give you opportunity of a lifetime.

Terms & Regulations

Terms and regulations:

  • Booking confirmed upon payment of INR 5000 Advance
  • Tour subject to maximum of 08 participants.
  • Balance amount is to be paid a week before the tour commences.

 Cancellation Policy:

  • 50% of the BOOKING AMOUNT is non-refundable.
  • Complete amount (excluding 50% of the booking amount) will be refunded on cancellation 30/days before the commencement of tour.
  • 50% of the paid amount will be refunded if cancelled 15/days before the commencement of tour.
  • There will be no refund if cancelled 48 hrs before the commencement of tour.

Included:

  • Pre-trip advice and briefing
  • Travel to/from Delhi
  • Complete travel in and around Pushkar, as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights based on twin sharing (single supplement extra)
  • Meals included for breakfast and dinner.

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, beverages, gifts, calls, laundry, hot showers, snacks, battery charging etc.
  • any other personal expenses planned or otherwise.
  • Lunches.
  • Entry tickets and fees for temples.