Timed to coincide with two mayor Hindu festivities that draw scores of pilgrims to the banks of the Ganges, India’s most venerated river, the Sacred India Photography Expedition™ is an intense photographic journey to some of the key historical and religious sites on the subcontinent on the occasion of Diwali, India’s most prominent Hindu festival.
Embracing the towns of Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh, three of the most important Hindu pilgrimage centres in India, as well as Amritsar – home of the Golden Temple, the centre of the Sikh religion – this Expedition focuses on the theme of the ‘sacred‘ and offers the opportunity to photograph two major Hindu festivals, including Diwali, the ancient Indian Festival of Lights that sees millions of diyas (oil lamps) glowing in every house and temple on the darkest night of autumn, in a symbolic celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Timed to provide outstanding photographic opportunities throughout, the Expedition is crafted to enable participants to photograph these religious events against the sumptuous background of the historical towns of Haridwar, and Varanasi, two of the seven holiest places to Hindus, where throngs of devotees gather on these auspicious occasions to make religious offerings and bathe in the redeeming waters of the River Ganges.
An intense, fourteen-day workshop, the Sacred India Photography Expedition™ is specifically designed for photographers with a strong interest in portraying people and religious ritual, who want to experience India at its most spiritual and intense, and explore the subject of ‘devotion’ through their lens.
The Expedition is complemented by an additional 5-day-long street and architecture photography workshop in Delhi and Agra. This has as its focus the capital’s most important Mughal monuments – including Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the Taj Mahal, in Agra, the mausoleum that, perhaps more than any other building, as come to symbolise India in the Western imagination.
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