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Location

Vrindavan

Duration

4D/3N

22,500 26,000

3 Rating & Review

22,500₹ 26,000

3 Rating & Review

Overview

3 nights and 4 days of a guided travel photography tour specially curated to offer a myriad opportunities to make some unique and classy images from Barsana & Nandgaon. Join us in celebration of colours and life.

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About The Tour

According to legend, Lord Krishna who was a native of Nandagon used to visit Barsana which is the birthplace of Radha with his friends and tease her. The women of Barsana objected to this and drove him and his friends out of their village with sticks (Lathis). This legend is still kept alive by the people of Barsana and Nandgaon in a celebration which is now famously called Lathmar Holi. It happens 5-6 days before the Holi festival. The Radha Rani temple in Barsana is said to be the only temple in India dedicated to Radha. On the first day the men from Nandgaon come to Barsana and tease the women there. The women of Barsana, in turn, hit the men with their lathis in an attempt to drive them away. The men only have padded clothing and a shield to protect themselves from the wrath of the women. Some of the men who are captured are made to wear a woman’s clothes and made to dance in public. The entire scene is very colourful and photogenic with a lot of coloured water and powder being used on each other. The next day the men of Barsana visit Nandgaon and tease the women there. The women of Nandgaon, in turn, beat the men with Lathis and try to drive them away. The Nandgaon temple is very famous for its Samaj wherein men from both villages sit across and sing hymns and Holi songs. It’s an amazing experience to be a part of these celebrations and it gives a photographer myriad opportunities to get some great images. No wonder some of the world’s most renowned photographers visit Barsana & Nandgaon to take part in the festivities and come away with some mind blowing images. Come join us for a celebration of colour!

Quick Information

Route:

Mathura – Barsana – Nandgaon – Mathura

Start Point:

Mathura

Duration:

3 nights 4 days

End Point:

Mathura

Inclusions

  • 3 nights and 4 days of guided travel photography tour
  • One of the most awaited celebration of colours in the country
  • A travel photographers paradise for making unique images
  • Accommodation for 3 nights and 4 days in Govardhan
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay
  • Pick and drop from and to Mathura
  • Local transport facilities
  • DCP Panel Experts for all days.

Experts

How To Reach

Nearest airport is Agra, which is around 100 Kms aways. Take a taxi to reach Barsana.

The nearest major railway station is Mathura, which is about 45 Kms from Nandgaon. Connect with our customer service team to coordinate and plan your journey.

Not recommended

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

  • Cameras with fully charged batteries and charger.
  • Both wide angle and telephoto lenses as you will have opportunities for close ups as well as long shots. Preferably carry a zoom lens with a good zoom range as you will not get an opportunity to change lenses in field.
  • Camera rain cover / Plastic covers / sheets and tape to cover the camera and lenses and protect them from water and colour. We will be carrying cling wrap, tapes and scissors to cover camera (please carry yours too)
  • Carry eye protection glasses, bandana / cap to cover head, extra pair of throw aay clothes, 
  • Sandals / chappals are preferred
  • Carry a backpack to carry camera, lenses, chappals, snacks, water bottle etc
  • Please carry bath towels as some hotels refuse to provide towels during these festivities as they get spoiled by the colour.
  • Back up drives or laptops to back up your images after the day’s shoot. You will end up taking a lot of images so make sure you carry a back up device.
  • Please carry extra memory cards and batteries.
  • It is advisable to carry basic first aid with you. Also, please carry your medication, if any and inform the DCP mentor of any medical condition that you may have.

Equipment available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

Please coordinate with our customer service team to plan your journey. Check into the hotel at Vrindavan by 12 noon, freshen up, take some rest. After lunch, we will do our camera packing for safeguarding from water and colours and then have a visit to Barsana for ample photography opportunities at the Laddu Holi till evening. We return by 7 pm and visit Prem Mandir. We will have an image review session post dinner.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel

We will get ready early in the morning and visit Vrindavan lanes and ghats for some street photography and darshan. We return by 9 am for  breakfast & then get ready by 11 am to depart to Barsana for Lathmar Holi. The event is very colourful and photogenic with a lot of coloured water and powder being used on each other. The event starts by around 4 pm but we need to reach early to avoid rush and crowd, carry some dry fruits, snacks or biscuits and water bottle, as it will be difficult to have lunch in the afternoon.

Return to hotel at sunset. Our mentor will review your images made during the day. Dinner & overnight at hotel
 

Early morning breakfast & depart for Mathura, explore its lanes and Yamuna ghat. We will be back to the hotel by 9 am for breakfast and then leave for Nandgaon by 11 am. We need to reach early for good access to temple and balcony to get good vantage point. Carry along snacks and dry fruits. Samaj starts by 4 pm and lasts till 7 pm.

Return to hotel. Our mentor will review your images made during the day. Dinner & overnight at hotel
 

Early morning by 6 am, we will go for Govardhan parikrama. Here we travel in a vehicle around Govardhan for some street phtography, visit Jatipura, Kusum Sarovar, Radha Kund etc and be back to hotel by 10 am. Breakfast & check out. Our tour ends here.


Field Learnings

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

  • How to shoot festival, the celebrations, human activities, action shots, landscapes, heritage structures and many more.
  • Our mentor will guide on taking proper care of your equipment while shooting during the play of colours both wet and dry
  • Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
  • Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
  • Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
  • Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
  • How to get sharp images of moving subjects
  • Framing and composition in the field

Package Cost

Rs 22500 per head inclusive of all taxes

*To know charges for foreign nationals please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com

Cost includes

  • Accommodation for 3 nights and 4 days in Govardhan
  • All meals during your period of stay 
  • Pick and drop from and to Mathura
  • Local transport facilities
  • DCP Panel Experts for all days.

Cost does not include:

  • Transport from your city to Mathura
  • Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
  • Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary.

Map

Barsana


Policies

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  • All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  • All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible 

FAQ's

There are very limited twin sharing accommodation available. Please mail us to know availability

Yes certainly. However, the cost will remain the same



Reviews

5   2 Ratings & 3 Reviews

Very well organised trip, Pankaj tool care of all the details, he was very helpful in the field

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  • Dr C R Suvarna
  • 10, Apr 2024 07:55:13 am

Wow Experience! Pankaj was great as usual in arranging the things and for support

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  • 9, Apr 2024 02:06:17 pm
  • Milind Joshi

Well organised and executed

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  • yogesh joshi
  • 25, Mar 2024 06:34:07 pm