- A three-night/four-day exclusive experience in one of the world’s most ancient continually inhabited cities
- A soul-enriching exploration and photographic journey in the city of spiritual significance
- A productively satisfying time enjoying street, travel and portrait photography
- Extensive photography learning under the guidance of accomplished experts
- A wide spectrum of stunning events and experiences worth cherishing for always
How is it?
One of the most ancient cities of the world – and a continuously inhabited one at that – is aptly called the ‘spiritual capital of India’, in which meet the ancient and the new India in a breathtaking way.
Everything about this city spells spirituality in all seasons. Referred to as the ‘spiritual capital’ of India, Varanasi, also known as Banaras and Kashi, is a city beautifully located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, is considered as the holiest of the seven sacred (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and also Jainism, along with being a significant place of activities during the development of Buddhism. It is one of the cities that are believed to grant moksha (salvation/liberation).
Every corner of this ancient town throbs with ancient stories. You will be wandering on the streets of a city that, based on not only mythological stories but all the archaeological evidence, is among the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities. You will probably be treading the same paths that were trodden by some of the best minds that lived in this part of the country — Adi Shankara, Gautama, Tulsidas, Kabir, Ravidas and Guru Nanak among other historical figures. The city was even made a state by the British in 1910.
The ghats and the temples in Varanasi have been some of the most interesting subjects of photography. And why wouldn’t you be in a place of which Mark Twain had once said, “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”
The fascinating conundrum of earthly details leading to an unearthly experience will become more visceral when you see the aarti in the evenings when thousands of lamps are lit and set afloat on the Ganga River, the warmth of their light flowing in your veins as they float away calmly.
Varanasi might be the perfect place where you are looking for if you long to listen to stories more conscientiously than wondering about structuring your own.
What you will see and photograph
An inevitable sensory overload – the streets, the temples, the ghats, the Ganga aarti, and the local people and their lifestyle – and all the bustling human activities that you can experience only here.
Tease and tickle your own senses and imagination when you set out to explore the streets, temples, ghats, and the local people and their lifestyle.
At the spectacular Dashashwamedh Ghat, the main ghat on the river Ganga located close to the popular Kashi Vishwanath Temple, make the most of your cognition as the light bleeds gold in the mornings and in the evenings.
Breathe and see and hear positive ancientness when the Ganga aarti happens in the evenings, when the intoxicating incense and multi-tiered lamps are held aloft to beckon the heavens and when the aarti singers join the stimulating, awakening sounds of the bells and gongs with their prayer songs.
Photographing such stimulating scenes where action never ceases to keep an onlooker busy, the miracles of the mundane on the bustling streets of Varanasi, this Photo Tour will open up a boundless seam for street, travel and portrait photography. The city is known to be one of the best places in the world for street and portrait photography because of the vast diversity of people you will find, including sadhus and children dressed in different mythological characters.
Give yourself to Varanasi and watch out for how much it has to offer to you in terms of both everyday and the extraordinary, and photograph it all in the best light of the morning and the evening.
About your Skipper:- Rajiv Shyamsundar
With a flair for eclectic photography-genres ranging from portraiture to architecture and fine-art to landscapes, young Rajiv Shyamsundar uses the camera as a palette of myriad hues.
His work is distinctive and committed to pulling out that hitherto-unseen visual from the depths of his imagination to paint vivid images on a canvas of vibrant pixels, especially with his favourite genre of event photography.
Endowed with acute technical acumen partly also because of his engineering background, Rajiv is an information powerhouse, which, combined with his monumental patience and a ready, smiling enthusiasm to instruct, educate and assist, makes him an ideal trainer for those who’d like to learn and embibe in their work the sparkling qualities of his inspirational imagery.