Kolkata: Durga Puja & Varanasi: Dushera and Bharat Milap Festivals, Oct 1 - 11, 2019
Tour Cost $TBA – Deposit $1,000—Single Supplement $TBA
During the annual Durga Puja Festival honoring the Hindu goddess Durga, Kolkata is transformed into a gala street festival. Ornate 8 armed clay figurines are displayed in open air communal locations. Photographing Hindu priests reciting prayers. locals bringing anjali's (offerings), dancers and musicians all electrify India's third largest city. On this intensive photographic tour we will immerse ourselves in the City of Joy photographing the heritage neighborhood populated with decaying mansions, the blue painted walls in the 350 year old bazaar neighborhoods and feast on East Bengal cuisine. We will be lodged for 6 days in a centrally located Kolkata hotel which affords us the opportunity to wander and capture images of rickshaw pullers, yellow Ambassador taxi;s and the magic of the Durga Puja festival. This gritty city has wonderful architecture dating from its past as the home of the East India trading company and British rule, a flower market that rivals none in India and Durga Puja is a time when Kolkata is at its friendliest to travelers/photographers.