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On Holiday with Magnum Photos
August 2, 2013
by Martin Parr
"India is as wonderful as it is crazy. It is so photogenic, it is almost overwhelming. This opportunity will allow you to see India in a different light, whilst developing your photographic eye"
Take a holiday with a difference and join Magnum photographer Martin Parr on an Indian adventure to the Golden Triangle. Experience the vivacity and colour of this exciting and unique country through your photography, in a specially curated experience from worldwide travel specialist Cox & Kings. With Martin Parr as your honorary photographic tour guide, you and a group of like-minded travellers will spend 10 days journeying from Delhi to historic Lucknow, taking in the sights of Jaipur and Agra along the way. You will be encouraged to photograph your travels, with an informal critique session from Martin each evening.
India is a favourite destination of many world renowned photographers and admired for its colour, culture and communities. In addition to famous sights of the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort and City Palace, Martin Parr will introduce travellers to the growing photographic community with a visit to the Photo Ink gallery and lecture by Raghu Rai at his Centre for Photography in Delhi.
Martin Parr has photographed extensively in India, exhibiting there in 2010 and releasing his publication Martin Parr in India that same year.
Day 1 - To Delhi: Overnight flight from London to Delhi with Jet Airways. (N)
Day 2 - Delhi: Arrive in Delhi in the morning, where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Afternoon at leisure. Stay 3 nights at the The Lalit New Delhi (or similar). (D)
Day 3 - Delhi: Morning tour of New Delhi, including India Gate and the former viceregal residence, both fine examples of British imperial architecture followed by an afternoon tour of Old Delhi, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and Raj Ghat. (B)
Day 4 - Delhi: This morning after breakfast, depart for a tour of the Sikh Temple of Gurudwara, which today is a place of great reverence for Sikhs. Listen to the holy hymns recited by the priests and marvel at the buildings and grounds. This afternoon, take a walking tour of Old Delhi beginning at the Red Fort and visiting the Muslim dominated area of the city. (B)
Day 5 - To Jaipur: Full day's drive from Delhi to Jaipur. On arrival, check into your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure. Stay 3 nights at the Samode Haveli (or similar). (B)
Day 6 - Jaipur: Morning visit to the ancient palace of Amber Fort, capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs from 1037 until Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727. Rest of the day at leisure. (B,D)
Day 7 - Jaipur: Today, visit the City Palace, which is still the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur and the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 8 - To Agra: Drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted 16th-century red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and abandoned just 15 years later. Continue to Agra and stay at the Radisson Hotel Agra Taj East Gate Road (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Day 9 - Agra: Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, arriving in time for sunrise. After breakfast, visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and Agra Fort. This evening, visit Mehtab Bagh, the 400-year-old Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna to see the sun set over the Taj Mahal. (B)
Day 10 - To Lucknow: Early this morning, transfer to the train station for your InterCity Express train to Lucknow. On arrival, transfer to your accommodation. This afternoon, there will be a visit to La Martinière the former country home of the British East India employee Major General Claude Martin, now a college. In the afternoon, explore Lucknow on foot. Stay 2 nights at Vivanta by Taj (or similar). (B)
Day 11 - Lucknow: Today, after breakfast, visit the Dhobi ghats, large open-air laundries where swathes of colourful clothes are hung up to dry in the sun. In the afternoon, depart on a tour of Lucknow including sites such as the Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara, both fine examples of late Mughal tomb architecture and the British Residency. (B)
Day 12 - To London: This morning, transfer to the airport in Lucknow for your flight back to London via Delhi with Jet Airways. (N)
Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals