Photography tour – Lathmaar Holi: Barsana, Nandgaon & Vrindavan

Vrindavan Uttar Pradesh India

Overview

Capture the most celebrated Holi – Holi of the Braj region - the birthplace of Radha.

Experience the Lathmaar Holi – where men are greeted with sticks by the gopis instead of colours.
 
Men reciprocate by invading Nandgaon and drench the womenfolk of Nandgaon in colours of kesudo, naturally occurring orange-red dye and palash. 

Photo Tours are innovative and incredibly fun tours to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer.

28,500.00
17 Mar - 19 Mar' 2016

Description

Jassi Oberoi - one of the only photo mentor of Canon in India and Sanjay Nanda will be the photo experts.

The most celebrated Holi is in the Braj region – locations connected to Lord Krishna: Barsana, Nandagaon and Vrindavan. Holi at Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Vrindavan. 

Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana and hope of raising their flag over Shri Radhikaji's temple. But, instead of colours they are greeted with sticks by the gopis. Hence, this Holi gets its name – Lathmaar Holi. 

Smart enough, men come fully padded and also the fact that they are not allowed to retaliate on that day. In this mock battle of sorts, they try their best not to be captured. The unlucky one's however, are forcefully led away and get a good thrashing from the women - all in the spirit of Holi.

The next day, it is the turn of the men from Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon and drench the womenfolk of Nandgaon in colours of kesudo, naturally occurring orange-red dye and palash. Today, the women of Nandgaon beat the invaders from Barsana. The week long Holi celebrations also continue in the various Krishna temples on different days. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much fun.

Itinerary

Day 0: March 2016

Pre-tour briefing about the attractions of the trip. Safety precautions for the camera and photographer during the tour.

Day 1: 17 Mar 2016

Departure from Delhi/Gurgaon early morning 5 am. Arrive at Vrindavan. Session on Advanced composition followed by Street Photography.

Day 2: 18 Mar 2016

Departure from Vrindavan.  Morning 7 am. Arrive at Nandgaon. Spend the day exploring colourful village, people celebrating holi and lathmaar holi. Depart for Vrindavan at 6pm. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: 19 March 2016

Departure from Vrindavan.  Morning 7 am. Arrive at Nandgaon. Spend the day exploring village, holi celebrations at the Baldeo Temple. Depart for  New Delhi at 6 PM.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days (Veg meals only)
  • Expert guidance on street photography with particular emphasis on the holi celebrations
  • Travel to/from Delhi and Barsana/Nandgaon/Vrindavan respectively by seat-in-a-coach
  • Stay at a comfortable hotel for two nights (on twin sharing basis)

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