Kumbah Mela – India – 2013. Photography opportunity of a lifetime.

For those of you who read this blog you will know that I have a photography love affair with India. You can see the results of the last couple of trips on my photography website.

I thought it would be worth posting about the trip I am planning next year to the Maha Kumbah Mela in India.  I have wanted to do this for years because as a photography trip and a life experience it will be like no other.  This is the major Hindu festival in India which happens once every 4 years.  This one is special as the Maha Kumbah only happens each 144 years.  This is where all the Sadhu’s in India come together which is like nothing else.  Over the month some 60 million visit this place.  I will be there on the two bathing days that matter, the most important being on Feb 10.  I am also going to have a day and a night in Varanasi because it is an amazing place and then a day and night in Delhi because photographing in the old part of the city is also an amazing experience. 

I am putting together a small group of photographers who want to join this once in a lifetime experience. The catch is that hotel rooms in Allahabad need to be booked now because they will quickly sell out.  My agent is holding a few rooms but I will need to confirm by the middle of February this year.

If anyone is interested, contact me immediately for details.  The trip itinerary is below. 

 

Itinerary :

 

Date Day Itinerary City Hotel

04-Feb

Sat Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel Delhi Ashtan Sarovar Portico

05-Feb

Sun Fly to Varanasi (SpiceJet SG 116 – 09:35  10:50), arrive Varanasi and transfer to Allahabad (2hrs). Allahabad Kanha Shyam

06-Feb

Mon At the Kumbh Allahabad Kanha Shyam

07-Feb

Tue At the Kumbh Allahabad Kanha Shyam

08-Feb

Wed At the Kumbh Allahabad Kanha Shyam

09-Feb

Thu At the Kumbh Allahabad Kanha Shyam

10-Feb

Fri At the Kumbh Allahabad Kanha Shyam

11-Feb

Sat Drive to Varanasi.  Afternoon sightseeing and prayer ceremony. Varanasi Radisson

12-Feb

Sun Dawn boat ride on the river, sightseeing and fly to Delhi (SpiceJet SG 119 -16:15  17:40). Evening at leisure Delhi Ashtan Sarovar Portico

13-Feb

Mon Delhi sightseeing and fly out End NA

 

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India – Photos posted on website

During the 2 weeks I took just over 1,500 photos.  Of these I have chosen my favourite 35 and posted them onto my website – Paul Draskovich Photography.  One of my own personal aims of this holiday was to take a lot more portraits of people.  Normally I stick with landscape shots because you dont need to ask the landscape permission to take the photo.  I have always known that the people in India offer such amazing diversity and this time I wanted to try and capture what I hoped would be some good images.  Well, you are of course the judge as to how succesful this intent was, but I am really happy with these results.

There are two shots of India on the home page and then the rest can be found under “Places/India”.  Here is one of my favourites.

More amazing photography

Pete Seaward began his career as a graphic designer, but has spent the last twenty as a photographer. Originally studio-based, he has become a specialist landscape photographer. Working primarily in advertising, commissions have taken him across the world.  He really produces some excellent photography.  Check out his site.