This amazing workshop offers you a unique opportunity to explore some of northern India’s most spectacular places and at the end of the journey, you will be able to feel the real heartbeat of Shivaratri – one the most important Hindu festivals. If you really want to feel the essence of ancient Hinduism, you have to be there during the Shivaratri time. A unique opportunity to get images you have only dreamt of and this will be a special photo journey that you’ll never forget.
Nikon Ambassador Arne Hodalič is the photo editor of National Geographic Magazine Slovenia. Originally studying biology in Ljubljana, his first trip to India in 1989 changed his professional career when his photos were published in a prestigious Swiss magazine, Animan. Since then he has travelled the world on photo-assignments. He is also a passionate adventurer and cave diver, participating in numerous sailing, mountaineering and caving expeditions. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate at the University of Ljubljana, becoming a lecturer in photography and photojournalism. His photos and photo stories have appeared in books, exhibitions and many of the world’s most prestigious magazines, among others National Geographic Magazine, Life (USA), Time, Figaro Magazine, GEO, Paris Match, Marie Claire, Die Zeit, Cosmopolitan and Stern.
Upon arrival to New Delhi dinner with Arne Hodalic. He’ll introduce the workshop and present “his India” – his beloved country. In 1989, he visited India for the first time and he is regularly going back on photo assignments ever since.
In the morning, we drive from New Delhi to Mandawa, where we’ll spend the night.
Mandawa is a fantastic photo opportunity, especially because of its fort and traditional havelis. We’ll visit some of the havelis and explore these ancient palaces from inside.
In the morning, we drive from Mandawa to Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan.
After arrival, we will walk through the streets of Jaipur and visit Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, and will ride the elephants to a nearby Amer fort.
In the morning, we drive from Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri – the “City of Victory”. Here we will visit the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), 17th-century mosque and the World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri.
After that, we will drive to Agra to spend the night there.
Very early in the morning we will cross Jamuna river to take photos of the spectacular Taj Mahal from a different angle. During the day, a visit to Agra’s famous Red fort.
In the evening we will visit the interior of Taj Mahal complex and we will try to capture more traditional views on one of the most visited Indian monuments.
We will then board the night train to Varanasi.
Morning arrival to Varanasi. Taking photos in one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world – Varanasi.
At sunset we will go to see Ganga Aarti ceremony on the main Dashashwamedh ghat. This is Pooja Ceremony, a performance conducted by Brahmins that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and to River Ganges.
We will spend all day on the streets of Varanasi, visiting temples, ghats on the River Ganges taking photos of one of the major festivals in Hinduism – Maha Sivaratri. This is a Hindu festival, celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. This festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing yoga, and meditating on virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva.
In the morning, we will go on the boat and take photos from the holy river Ganga. Late breakfast will be accompanied by the selection of the best photos from the trip, submitted by the participants.
Later this day, participants will have free time to wander in Varanasi streets or just relax.
Evening flight to New Delhi and farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport will be provided.
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25 February – 6 March – 2019
Number of guests: 8-16
Local transport: Private bus and
Exertion level: Easy
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Domestic flights are included
Transport to/from workshop
destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
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€ 4,495 in shared double room.
€ 4,795 in single room.
All prices are per person.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
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Indira Gandhi International Airport, situated 16km to the southwest of Delhi, is the main gateway for the city’s domestic and international civilian air traffic.
Visitors to India must obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or a country whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival, or an e-Visa online. An application for e-Visa must be made at least four calendar days in advance of the date of arrival and can be made as early as 120 days in advance. The visa is valid for 60 calendar days from the date of arrival.
Spring and is characterized by warm days and cool nights. The weather is pleasant and there is warm, brilliant sunshine during the day. Spring rains are a characteristic of this season. These rains may be accompanied by hail and can be heavy. Spring ends by the latter half of March. Average temperature in March 23 °C, with a high of 30 °C (day) and a low of 16 °C (night).
Indian rupee (INR)
India has no national language. Hindi, with the largest number of speakers, is the official language of the government. English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language”; it is important in education, especially as a medium of higher education.
Check with your doctor which vaccinations or medications are recommended for this destination. Remember to plan well ahead with vaccinations. Allow up to six weeks to receive the full course, as some vaccinations require more than one dose, and some should not be given together.
India can be a challenging destination, especially for first-time visitors, due to poverty being omnipresent and bureaucracy quite irritating. A ‘go with the flow’ attitude is advisable if you want to enjoy the Indian ride. With India boasting dramatic terrain, beautiful wildlife, a wide array of flavorful dishes, and even more sacred rituals and festivities, be assured you won’t get bored.
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate on a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is canceled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.
If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to de- parture.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.