Day 1: Arrival to Delhi After your individual arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. The flight with Swiss International Air Lines arrives in Delhi at midnight, at around 00:45.
Day 2: Vibrant Delhi As a start for the tour you will visit Old and New Delhi with its many sights. After breakfast you will first discover New Delhi, e.g. the Quatab Minaret, Humayans's Tomb, India Gate and later you will continue to Old Delhi, where you can devote yourself to street photography.
Day 3: Fabulous Taj Mahal After breakfast you will be driven to Agra (about 4 hours’ drive) and check into your hotel. Before sunset you will be in time for the fabulous Taj Mahal, where you can photograph this impressive monument in the beautiful soft light.
The great mogul Shah Jahan had this impressive building built as a mausoleum for himself and his wife. Everyone who enters the garden for the first time is enraptured by the perfect harmony that results from the symmetry and detail that has been executed down to the smallest detail. Both the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal are monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Day 4: From Agra to Ranthambore In the morning you will visit again the Taj Mahal to photograph it in the best light for sunrise. Later the journey continues towards Ranthambore. On the way you will stop in Bharatpur for a short break. In the evening you will reach Ranthambore and check into your hotel. In the evening there will be a presentation with tips & tricks for wildlife photography.
Day 5-8: Ranthambore National Park During the next days you will go on a game drive in the park in the morning and in the afternoon. Only two of you will share a safari vehicle. This enables enough space to take pictures. The enchanting landscape of woods and grassland offers excellent opportunities for game viewing. With a little luck you will soon see and photograph the first tigers or other wildlife.
The Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in India. It is known for its regular and spectacular tiger sightings. In addition, many other animal species and more than 300 bird species live in the park. Ranthambore was the hunting ground of a Maharajah until 1970 and since then it is a protected area. The beautiful nature and landscape dotted with old, dilapidated Maharajah palaces combined with the incredibly rich fauna has something magical about it. Some places remind one of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. We have purchased full day permits for the game drives in the national park for two days. You can be in the parks from sunrise to sunset and will have an excellent chance to get unique wildlife images.
With 2 full day permits you maximize your chances In Ranthambore National Park you will benefit from full day permits for two days. This means you stay in the park all day and have the greatest potential for tiger sightings. Furthermore, only a very limited number of such permits are issued per day and there will be practically no vehicles on the road between the official game drive times.
Day 9 and 10: Jaipur the "Pink City" In the morning a last game drive takes place in the Ranthambore. Afterwards the journey continues towards Jaipur. During the afternoon you will arrive in Jaipur and check into your hotel. Discover this vibrant city with your camera and take pictures of colourful bazaars, palaces and temples in the best light. Jaipur is also known as "Pink City". On the occasion of a visit by Prince Albert of England in the 19th century, all the houses in the old town had to be painted in the traditional colour of hospitality.
On the second day you will again discover the beautiful palaces and fortresses of Jaipur. In the early morning you will visit the majestic Amber Fort, which towers high above Jaipur. During the day you have countless opportunities to capture the hustle and bustle of this colourful city.
Day 11: From Jaipur to Varanasi In the morning you will visit a flower market and the famous Palace of the Winds in Jaipur. Afterwards you will fly to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and is considered the holiest city in Hinduism. In Hindu mythology Varanasi is considered the cosmic center of the universe. No wonder Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India and attracts countless Hindu pilgrims who bathe here in the holy water of the Ganges and perform funeral rituals. In the winding streets of the city are about 2,000 temples, including the "Golden Temple" Kashi Vishwanath, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
The American writer Mark Twain spoke of Varanasi as follows: "Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older than legend, and looks twice as old as all these things put together."
In the evening you will explore the alleys of the old city and take pictures of a religious ceremony along the Ganges.
Day 12: Along the Ganges You will spend the whole day in Varanasi and take pictures of the spectacular scenery. Among other things, you will also take a boat trip on the holy river Ganges. There will also be opportunities for portrait photography of sadhus and pilgrims.
Day 13: End of the photo tour In the morning you will have the last chance to take pictures along the Ganges. Afterwards you will fly back to Delhi. After arriving in Delhi, you will check into a hotel near the airport, where a day room is available.
Later you will be brought to the airport in time to start your home or individual journey. The flight with Swiss International Airlines to Zurich leaves after midnight at around 02.00 hrs.