Free tour

Photography Tour

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Chandan
Registered on July 14, 2019

I enjoy my work as a guide because the most interesting part of my profession is meeting people from all over the world. Being a guide I love to take the initiative to make my Guest feel comfortable and let them know about our Religion, the opinion of the people and Know the religion and tradition well. Receiving people from all corners of the world with a warm welcome as a guest to India and saying goodbye to them as a good friend is my quality.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Varanasi is a photographer's paradise - with subjects spanning Pilgrims, Sadhus, Hindu Rituals, Colourful markets bustling with people, and the enchanting alleyways teeming with ancient buildings & life!  As the sun sets we’ll head off to one of the most iconic ghats where we’ll witness and photograph a ritual never to be forgotten: The Evening Aarti on the river Ganges. Photograph throngs of worshipers – faith and devotion writ large on their faces – as they watch a group of young priests perform an elaborate ritual in worship of the holy river. This is a ritual that has remained unchanged since time immemorial; take our word for it – it will remain etched in your memory as an experience that you will never ever forget. Up before the crack of dawn, we head off to the river ghats where your Varansi Photography Tour leader briefs the boatsman just where exactly we need to be to get the best shots. Hop in and away we go, the boatman puts the pedal to the metal (or should we say “oar to water”?) as he fights the current. Dawn is just about… well, dawning, and the sky is a deep blue with traces of pink as you go about making images of the river and the rows of boats on it that seem to stretch into the yonder. And then something magical comes to pass: Almost on cue, a conch sounds from somewhere on the banks, the sound reflecting what Hindus believe to be the primordial sound that heralded the very birth of the universe. There is the unmistakable peal of bells from the as the sun crests the horizon. It’s the beginning of a new day – a day of renewal – and that is the very Rhythm of the Cosmos, the very essence of Life itself. Nowhere is it so evident – and celebrated – as it is in Varanasi. We’ll continue to row down the Ganges, making photographs from our boat of the devotees bathing in the river and life as it unfolds on the ghats. To say you will be moved is an understatement. You will be rocked – to your very core – at the spectacle that unfolds before your eyes. As the sun climbs higher, we do what all good photographers do: head back to our hotel for breakfast. Post lunch we head to the vicinity of the ghats again, exploring the labyrinth of narrow streets and indulging in some serious street photography. At sundown we return to the ghats to make images of the Ganga Aarti again. The previous evening’s shoot will have familiarized you with the event enough to enable you to plan and make any shots you may have missed.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Front Of Marwari Hospital Building, D...
    Front Of Marwari Hospital Building, D-37/47 Godowlia Crossing, Dashashwamedh Ghat Rd, Harha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
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  • 1
    Outside visit
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    Outside visit
    Tulsi Ghat
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Lolark Kund
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Dashashwamedh Ghat
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Manikarnika Ghat

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Pablo 02 Feb 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Ha sido un buen día en compañía de Rituraj… me ha acompañado por los lugares que esperaba y se ha mostrado paciente y amable
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.