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Spiritual Varanasi a guided photo tour to experience Varanasi during Dev Deepavali

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Tour Spotlight

● Shooting the divine life on the Ghats.

● Street Photography shooting people dressed in vibrant clothes on the streets of Varanasi.

● Shooting the essence and festive spirit of Dev Deepavali.

● Daily evening Gup Shup Sessions where we discuss photos clicked during the day

Overview of the Photo Tour

Varanasi is synonymous with spirituality and Hinduism. Its photographers’ favorite and they throng Varanasi from all over the world to capture the essence of India’s religious beliefs, traditions and a life that gets weaved around the religious beliefs.

The Dev Deepavali is the festival of Kartik Poornima celebrated in Varanasi 15 days after Diwali. The steps of all the Ghats on the riverfront of the Ganges River, from Ravidas Ghat at the southern end to Rajghat, are lit with more than a million earthen lamps (diyas) in honour of Ganga. During Dev Deepawali, houses are decorated with oil lamps and colored designs on their front doors. Firecrackers are burnt at night, processions of decorated deities are taken out into the streets of Varanasi, and oil lamps are set afloat on the river.

Xploring Light now takes you on a mentored photography tour of this ancient city. Prepare for a photographic journey to the Ghats of Varanasi, where much of what Mark Twain described over a hundred years ago can still be witnessed unchanged. This photography tour has its focus set in solving the dilemma in photographing people on the streets, SEEING the UNSEEN and creating unique frames by going beyond the clichés of shooting Ghats in most mundane way.

The three day mentored photography tour to Varanasi is designed to provide in depth knowledge and understanding of how to SEE the UNSEEN and create images that stand out from millions of mundane images clicked by thousands of DSLR owners. Tour calendar also includes photographing Dev Diwali Celebrations along the Ghats.

The itinerary includes the following activities under the expert guidance of your photography mentor.

  • Dev Diwali Celebrations on the Ghats.
  • Early morning life on the Ghats.
  • Evening Ganga Aarti.
  • Walks in the narrow lanes adjoining the Ghats where the ancient city unfolds itself.
  • Sessions on travel, outdoor and street photography.
  • Image critique sessions.

Participation Fee:

Participation Fee: Rs. 27900/-

Single Supplement: Rs. 6500/-

Fee for Foreign Nationals: USD 465

Single Supplement: USD 108


1st to 4th Nov. 2017

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1, Nov. 1: Arrival at Varanasi Check In and relax. People checking in by noon will be guided after reaching there.

Arti Shoot – 7-8 pm Aarti. After Arti shoot the life on the Ghats.


Morning :
Shooting sunrise and ghat activities from the boat and back via streets.
Return to Hotel for Breakfast.

Arti Shoot – 7-8 pm Aarti. After Arti shoot the life on the Ghats.
Returning to hotel after dinner followed by Gup-Shup Session & overnight stay


Morning :
Walk on the ghat and back via  streets.

Evening Dev Diwali :
Shooting the famous Dev Deepavali on various Ghats and returning to hotel after dinner followed by Gup-Shup Session & overnight stay


After breakfast, winding up session where certificates will be distributed. Check out at 12 Noon and the tour comes to an end.

Your Tour Mentor will planning ahead and working on the best possible options to give you opportunity of a lifetime.

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Your Tour Mentor

Rajneesh Panwar


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