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TOUR COST: $2590(on twin-share)

$2590(twin share based on 8 members)
$680 (Single Supplement)
$300-$500*** (Estimated Internal Airfare)
$150 (Tip Kitty for fixers, musicians, etc)

The cost of the expedition includes photo shoots, sightseeing and transfer services as per the itinerary, all accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, guides/fixers (subject to locations), a driver and vehicle for transfers from and to the airports, and land travel in India. It does not include any expenses of personal nature, laundry or any beverages.

International Flights:
The cost of international flights from the USA (or elsewhere) to and from India are not included, and must be arranged so that you arrive in India (Delhi or Mumbai) on 23 January, 2010.

Internal Flights***
Depending on participants' international flights (arriving/departing to/from Delhi or to/from Mumbai), two or three internal flights are available. For those choosing Delhi, the first flight is from Delhi to Udaipur, then a flight from Bhuj-Mumbai, and a Mumbai-Delhi flight. For those opting to internationally fly in to Mumbai, the flights are Mumbai-Udaipur, and Bhuj-Mumbai.

A deposit of $300 is required to secure a place on the Nomads of Rajasthan & Gujarat Photo Expedition. This down payment is fully refundable if notice is given 60 days prior to the departure date. The balance of the cost is due 60 days prior to departure date.

Important Notice
Although the Baneshewar fair is regarded as safe, the annual cattle fair is visited by thousands of people, whose presence may bring pickpockets. So leave anything of value at home!

The Travel Agent
Our travel agent is based in Delhi, and has arranged a number of photo-expeditions for The Travel Photographer.

A Note On Our Hotel Accommodations:
We shall be staying in a variety of hotels during this photo-expedition. In Delhi or Mumbai, our hotels are amongst the best 5-star establishments, while those in the "field" in South Rajasthan and Gujarat are known as Heritage hotels, and are essentially are forts, palaces, mansions and havelis converted into comfortable accommodations for tourists. All accommodations have attached private baths. In the Rann of Kutch, we will be staying in cottage-like accommodations, also with attached private baths.

I assume no responsibility for accidents or injury to individuals participating in the Nomads of Rajasthan & Gujarat Photo Expedition. You will be requested to read, accept and sign an agreement which releases me from any responsibility of liability in the event of any of the situations mentioned below.

I also assume no responsibility if a traveler is refused entry into a country for any reason. It is the traveler's sole responsibility to ensure all travel documents are valid and effective. A passport, valid for six months after the intended date of return is required in many cases for travel overseas. Some countries may require visas for US or non-US citizens. Please check with the corresponding consulates prior to leaving. This is the traveler's responsibility.

I cannot assume any liability whatsoever for injury, sickness, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence of or default of any travel agent, hotel, carrier, restaurant, company, airline, or person rendering any of the services included in the Nomads of Rajasthan & Gujarat Photo Expedition, or by act of God, act of war or terrorism. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage, changes or delays due to sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather or other causes beyond my personal control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omissions and schedule changes, forced stopovers, rerouting or acts of any governments or authority. I reserve the right to decline or accept any person as a member of any tour or to cancel or alter the tour without notice. It is also the responsibility of the traveler to keep informed on deposit and payment date requirements. It is highly recommended that all individuals obtain adequate travel insurance.




Baneshwar Fair, Nomads of Rajasthan & Tribal Life in the Rann of Kutch

Southern Rajasthan and Gujarat's Rann of Kutch are the two main areas we intend to explore during this photo~expedition, along with the exciting Baneshwar cattle and camel Fair. Our focus will be on documenting the bustle of the fair (a real authentic cattle fair and festival; unlike the now over hyped Pushkar fair), and capturing compelling photographs of the various tribal cultures that populate the areas. Some of the best photo-ops will undoubtedly be found in the small rural villages scattered in the geographical triangle of Dungarpur-Baneshwar-Bhuj.

The tribal Bhils attend the Baneshwar Fair, and sing traditional folk songs in high pitched voices sitting around a bonfire every night. Apart from the selling and buying of livestock, the fair has its share of folk dances, itinerant musicians and acrobats. This will provide us with a myriad of opportunity not only to photograph, but also to capture the unique sounds of this folk culture. In Southern Rajasthan and in Gujarat, we will come across the various tribes and sub-tribal groups such as the Banjara, the Gowdia and Garacia, the Rabaris and the Jats.

The Travel Photographer's Photo~Expeditions are best described as a mixture of "documentary photojournalism, ethno-photography and travel photography" adventures. As with other previous expeditions, this two-week long trip will include both documentary-style (candid and on-the-run) photography, as well as posed photo sessions with selected members of the tribal groups we will encounter.

The Nomads of Rajasthan & Gujarat Photo-Expedition is ideal for participants interested in documentary photography, ethno-photography and multimedia, and for those ready to create visual projects from their inventory of photographs, and learn how to control story length, intent, pace, use of music and ambient sound, narration, field recordings and interviews.

Tewfic El-Sawy is The Travel Photographer, a freelance photographer who specializes in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa, has been organizing and leading photo expeditions since 2000. He's passionate about documentary-travel photography and produces multimedia stories, merging still photography and ambient sound, as well as musical soundtracks. His favorite destination is India, which he visited no less than 15 times. More information is available at WHO IS THE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER?

Important Notice: Nomads of Rajasthan & Gujarat Photo-Expedition is limited to 8 photographers on a "first registered first in" basis. I'm unable to accept any more due to limited accommodation in some of the hotels.






Day 1 Arrival Delhi (or Mumbai) - Saturday January 23, 2010      Arrival Day
We arrive in Delhi (or Mumbai) and are transferred to our hotel.
Lalit Hotel (Delhi)
Suba Galaxy (Mumbai)

Day 2 Sunday January 24, 2010       Udaipur
We are transferred to our respective airports to board our early morning flights to Udaipur. During our first day, we will photograph in Udaipur, its street-life and markets, and at the ghats.
Udai Kothi Hotel

Day 3 Monday, January 25, 2010       Udaipur
We will visit Ranakpur, one of the largest and most important Jain temples in India. The marble temple complex has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. It lies in a remote valley about 40 miles from Udaipur. We also hope to be visit Nagda & Eklingji. There are a number of Bishnoi villages around Udaipur, where we shall photograph.
Udai Kothi Hotel

Days 4 to 6 (Tuesday to Thursday), January 26-27-28, 2010       Dhariyawad (Baneshwar Fair)
We drive south-east (around 3 hours) towards Dhariyawad, where we will spend the next three nights as our base to attend the famed Baneshwar fair. After checking in, we will drive to the fair's site. In the local dialect, Baneshwar means 'Master of the Delta' because it's held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi. The first day of the fair is especially important, as devotees flock by the hundreds to make offerings at the Baneshwar Mahadev temple where saffron is applied to the Shiva Linga. The site of the fair attracts the local Rajasthani tribal men and women in their finest clothes to pay tribute to Shiva.
Fort Dhariyawad

Days 7 to 9 (Friday to Sunday) January 29-31, 2010       Poshina
Today our group will depart to Poshina. It's not too far from Mount Abu, an important Vaishnava and Shaivite pilgrim center up to the 11th century, and now home to the famed Dilwara temples.
Darbargadh Hotel

Day 10 Monday February 1, 2010      Ahmedabad
Depending on arrival time, we plan to visit various religious sites in Ahmedabad, such as Sidi Sayed Mosque, Hutheesing Jain Temple, the Juma Masjid and the Swami Narayan Temple.
Sarovar Portico Hotel

Days 11-12 February 2-3, 2010       Dasada
We drive to Dasada (at the ringes of the Rann of Kutch, where we check-in to our comfortable cottages. This will be our hub over the next 2 days for exploring the region, and photographing the Agaria families who work in salt pan sites, the shepherd community of the Bharwad (or Ahir Gadarias) tribe, the Padhar and Koli fishing community near Lake Nal, and the wandering Rabaris.
Rann Riders Cottages

Day 13-15 February 4-7, 2010      Bhuj
We drive to Bhuj, and visit Rabari temples in Dudhrej and Dhanetiand, and obtain our permits to enter the area. The whole area is known as a 'Melting Pot of Tribes', where the Meghwal, Samma, Jat, Mutwa, Ahir and Rabari communities co-exist, and will offer endless photo opportunities to add to our ethno-photographic inventory.
I Lark Hotel

On February 7th, we fly from Bhuj to Delhi via Mumbai. Rooms at a hotel near either Delhi or Mumbai airports will be available until your transfers to the airport for outward destinations on February 8th.
Delhi: Ashoka Resort Hotel/ Mumbai: TBA

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