Unique Photography Tour. 2 Days Tour

Duration: 2 days
Destination: India, Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi
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  • 2 days
  • Varanasi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Exclusive tour for photography fanatics! 
Rituals, shadus, pilgrims, old &new town, palace, temples, village… Unique places that are not often accessible for the public, to meet locals and get your time to practise what you love to do!
We will be your host, guide and friend to make sure you get the conditions to make your best shots while enjoying the magic of Varanasi, the stories and tales, known and unknown places. You can make your own itinerary according to your interests or tell us what you would like to photograph and we will help you to create it.
This tour is for individuals and groups. For professional and amateur photographers. The program is flexible and based on your wishes. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Insights Northern & southern part of Kashi

Stop At: Dasaswamedh Ghat Road Bangali Tola, Varanasi 221001 India
We propose a tour of the most emblematic places in the north and south of the old city and the new city. I will be your host, guide and friend to make sure you get the conditions to make your best shots while enjoying the magic of Varanasi, the stories and tales, known and unknown places, that don’t appear in the guides. We will begin this exciting tour along the banks of the Ganges River, witnessing local life and the vibrant activity that takes place daily on the ghats from early in the morning. I will take you to the best places from where you can photograph the bustling activity, full of colour and tradition, in the ghats: pilgrims and locals taking the holy bath, praying, doing ceremony, doing laundry. Shadus, Babas ... A gift for the senses!

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Manikarnika Ghat, Ghasi Tola Road, Varanasi 221001 India
We will go to the burning ghat too, where death is celebrated. Photography here is not allowed since rituals are sacred to Hindus but I will help you to access to a good place from where to observe and take the best photos.
From there, we will head to the old town to discover the small and colourful alleys in the centre, the historical palaces, the sacred temples, the traditional ashrams, the bazaar and the local markets ... And to all those places that have interest in photographing!
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Banaras Ghats, Varanasi 221002 India
Time for lunch! it's time to regain strength after a long walk… I will recommend you a good place for taste a yummy Indian meal or for drinking the best lassi of the city. When your stomach gets happy I will bring you on our next stop: A boat ride on sunset. Light and ghats at that hour are a dream, you will enjoy witnessing local life and photographing the historical palaces and temples on the banks of the river under the magical light as evening falls. A gorgeous experience for your senses is waiting for you!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Dasaswamedh Ghat Road Bangali Tola, Varanasi 221001 India
We will finish the day with one of the most spectacular sights in Varanasi: The Ganga Aarti Ceremony. This is a godly spiritual ritual on the banks of the Ganges River. There, Hindu priests performer a beautiful and sacred ritual in honor of Mother Ganges, accompanied by songs of praise and surrounded by thousands of pilgrims who come from far every evening in order to get the Goddess’s blessing who its believed that pours on each individual present there when the ritual is completed. I willI help you to access to the best places from where observing and taking amazing photos.


Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Sunrise Boat Tour & Local Village

Stop At: Banaras Ghats, Varanasi 221002 India
After picking you up from your hotel and before dawn rise, we will start our boat ride from Varanasi's main and busiest ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat. From the boat you will enjoy a magical sunrise over the Ganges. You will feel overwhelmed by the beauty of the sunrise and the magic light that bathes the historical palaces and temples on the banks of the river as well. For sure you will enjoy photographing the vibrant activity on the ghats. Also you can observe and photographing from the water the sacred rituals around death that take place in Manikarnika Ghat, the principal crematorium. Life &death, tradition & local culture...
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Banaras Ghats, Varanasi 221002 India
After a short nap at your hotel, I will pick you up again and we will continue with the last part of the tour: A local village. Let's find a breather in a quiet place! They say that the heart of India lies in its villages, so we will explore this area looking for some heartbeats of traditional and slow life, outside the noisy and busy city of Varanasi. On the other side of the river or a few kilometres outside the city, between cereal fields, orchards and farms, you will be able to get to know up close and photograph the life of frank and open people who will welcome you always with a big smile. You will live memorable hours in a natural environment, with fresh air and nature around you, and you will get, for sure, magnificent photos.
Duration: 5 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Boat ride
  • Arrival-Departure transportation to the airport
  • Whenever you need a break, we can enjoy a chai, a lassi or a mineral water
  • Entry/Admission - Dasaswamedh Ghat
  • Entry/Admission - Banaras Ghats

Exclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Tips
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Departure Point

Hotel Ganges Grand - Varanasi, Front Of Marwari Hospital Building, D-37/47 Godowlia Crossing, Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Harha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
Traveler pickup is offered
"contacting by phone call or message"

Airports

  • Varanasi Airport, Varanasi India


Departure Time

10:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 days

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Relax526153

17 Oct, 2022

Visited Varanasi several years ago, and had employed Cristoforo from the states to be my guide while there. Best decision I ever made in selecting a guide in a foreign city. Varanasi is an absolutely fascinating place in both its mystique, and its spirituality. I now know what it's like to experience both the rising, and setting sun on the Ganges river by boat. I've seen the rituals involved in the cremation of loved ones, on the Ganges concrete shores. The city is quite remarkable to say the least, and Cristoforo, really made it all that, with his expert knowledge of the community, and his wonderful down to Earth personality. I highly recommend Cristoforo, and his company to anyone fortunate enough to visit the wonderful city of Varanasi, India. Enjoy...

LakshR

05 Oct, 2022

Just want to thank Rahul (Christo) for a wonderfully guided tour of Varanasi during my short stay earlier. Was a great way to discover this ancient and extremely interesting place; truly an intense experience. Hope to be back for a longer duration soon.

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