1. When and where does the workshop take place?

The photography workshop India  is scheduled to take place in the end of 2016, from December 22 - January 3 (12-days, excluding travel from your city to Delhi, India). 

Apply now for the workshop here. The last day to apply is November 30, 2016. Applicants will know the status within a week of applying.

2. Who can apply for this workshop?

A photography enthusiast with a DSLR camera, dedicated and passionate about furthering their knowledge of photography and sensitive about different cultures and people. However, please be warned, this is not a vacation but an 10-day intensive workshop. We are restricting the group to a maximum of 8 participants, so application is highly competitive. Only your experience and interest matters.

3. What is the total cost of the workshop?

The total cost of the workshop is $3500. This includes transport in India, Hotels, meals, workshop fees, water, translator/guide and entry fees to Forts and other public places. Your flights tickets to India, Visa, tips to the locals who you photograph and other personal expenses are not included. 

Once you apply and the application is reviewed, we will help you with the payments. 

5. What about travel arrangements, VISA and local permits?

Participants will be picked up from the New Delhi Airport and dropped back to the airport after the workshop. You will be informed about this in detail once you apply and are accepted for the workshop. 

According to the Indian Embassy website : U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes, and who plan to stay no longer than 30 days, may apply for an electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to their arrival in lieu of applying for a tourist visa at an Indian embassy or consulate.

For the most current information on entry and exit requirements, please contact the Embassy of India at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-9806 or the Indian Consulates in ChicagoNew YorkSan FranciscoAtlanta, or Houston. Outside the United States, inquiries should be made at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.

6. Where would the participants stay and what about daily meals, sleeping arrangements, toilets?

Participants will be staying in hotels in every city they travel to. They will travel by air, road and train in some cases. Everything will be booked before the participants will arrive at the destination. You will get a detailed itinerary with hotel names, websites and phone numbers once you apply and are accepted. 

Meals: Food is normally prepared from fresh local produce. Meals will usually be hot but occasionally will be light meal such as sandwiches. This is the part which is the make cause of sickness and running stomach. We will be extremely careful about your food and advise the participants to not eat anything but whats recommended.  Part of the trip experience is also trying local dishes, which we will do it with great care!

We recommended you consult your doctor and take all the necessary vaccines for travel to India. Check link for more details.

8. What is the weather conditions in the month we visit India? How will we get around? 

Temperatures continue to cool down in India in December, when both the average highs and average lows fall equally. At this time of year, the average temperature begins at 27.5°C, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 22°C after dark.

We will get around in flights, cars and trains if necessary.

7. What is the photography gear participants should carry? 

Mandatory: DSLR Camera, lenses, tripod, extra batteries, memory cards & card readers, laptop to transfer data, external hard drive for backup.

Other essentials: Flashlight, ziplocks, bug repellant spray or cream, hand/face wipes, basic medical supplies and first aid kit, good shoes, jacket and winter cloths. 

You will have to restrict your luggage to 2 bags max. 1 for your equipment and second for clothes/other supplies. We will be traveling in a car and will have limited space. Try and bring only the necessary things.   

9. What about communicating with the locals? 

We will have a guide/translator who has talking and dealing with the locals. Trupal is fluent in most of the India languages and will be your translator in most cases. 

You can email me on trupal@trupalpandya.com if you have more questions.