Incredible India – 2016

Returning to Incredible India….A Photographic Exploration

In the fall of 2012, Bonnie and I joined 18 other travelers on a tour of southern India. I was sure then that I would return someday and set my sights on the north, particularly Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.

At 10:50 PM, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, I board an Air Canada direct flight from Toronto to Delhi, India….13 hours! Fellow photographer, Bishwambhar Dass and I will be spending 2 weeks photographically exploring 9 cities in northern India: Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Bundi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Jaipur. We’re very excited about the entire trip, but particularly about the evening and early morning shoots at the Taj Mahal, the ghats of Varanasi (riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges), 3 tiger safaris at the Ranthambhore National Park, the annual Pushkar Camel Fair and the ancient architecture of Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’.

We consider this an exploratory trip, with the goal of offering a photo tour next fall, for up to 10 photographers.

I am very pleased to be using Panasonic’s Lumix mirrorless 4:3 cameras (GH4 and GX8) and lenses (7-14mm, 12-35mm, 35-100mm, 45mm macro) exclusively. Thanks to Panasonic Canada, I’ll also have the opportunity to test their new Leica 100-400mm. I’m looking forward to giving it a good workout during the Ranthambhore National Park tiger safaris and the Pushkar Camel Fair.

I plan to post a daily blog here, so I’m hoping that the hotel wi-fi connections cooperate. I hope you enjoy following our trip through these daily blogs and photos. I’ll be very interested in seeing your comments and feedback. Click on the map below and future photos to see larger versions.

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Day 6: October 31 – Agra to Ranthambore

And yet again, an early rise:  about 3:00 AM.  The plan was for a shower but wouldn’t you know, no hot water….India! We met Kamal downstairs at 5:50 and drove to the east gate of […]

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Day 5: October 30 – Varanasi – Delhi – Agra

Getting a full night’s sleep seems to be eluding both of us. It seems that no matter what time we turn in, we’re awake anytime from 2:00 or 3:00 AM. This morning was no exception, […]

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Day 4: October 29 – Varanasi

The alarm was set for 5:00 AM this morning, which got us down to the lobby by 5:30 to meet our guide, Manoj, for the short walk through the alleys to the ghats.  Our boat […]

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Day 3: October 28 – Delhi to Varanasi

We were up about 5:30 this morning, after a fitful sleep, and ready for our 7:00 AM pick-up.  Kamal was there on time and away we went to the Indira Ghandi Domestic Airport for our […]

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Day 2: October 27 – Delhi

We didn’t realize it when we booked this trip, but there is a huge celebration in India this week that culminates on Sunday:  it’s Dawali!.  This is bigger to Indians than Christmas, so it’ll be […]

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Day 1: October 26 – Delhi

The trip started out like clockwork at the Toronto airport.  We got checked in easily with no lineup at the Aeroplan Elite counter, fast tracked through security, although it wasn’t very busy, and got settled […]

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Our 9-City Tour

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