Posted on 2023-05-18

India - Varanasi Photo Tour

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"Varanasi surpasses history, tradition, and even legend in age, appearing twice as ancient as all of them combined."
"The city brings forth truth and unveils reality. It doesn't introduce new marvels to the field of vision, but enables one to perceive what already exists." (Diana L. Eck, Professor)

Varanasi, located on the banks of the River Ganges, is the oldest living city in human history. This holy city preserves centuries-old traditions and devotions on its ghats, while its bustling backstreets exude a vibrant interplay of light and life. Varanasi captures the raw essence of humanity and abounds with captivating stories of human lives, spirituality, and faith.

Join me, a street and documentary photographer. With my expertise, you will learn how to capture unique scenes, utilize light, compose stronger images, and connect with the people you photograph. This tour is perfect for those passionate about travel and documentary photography, seeking layered street photography environments, wanting to tell stories through their images, and enjoying off-the-beaten-path travel experiences with immersive opportunities to engage with local communities, festivals, and people.
This photography tour is definitely for you if you:
If you're an avid travel and documentary photographer, looking to capture truly unique scenes and moments in your body of work, this photography tour is the ideal choice. With a focus on street photography, you'll explore environments teeming with layers and endless visual potential. Gain valuable insights on how to skillfully tell stories through your photography. Embark on off-the-beaten-path travel experiences that offer remarkable photographic rewards. Immerse yourself in the local communities, festivals, and people, enjoying truly immersive travel encounters. Join us on this photography tour tailored for passionate photographers like you.

Type of experience

  • Photo Tour


  • Asia


  • Experience local culture
  • Approach people
  • Getting close-up
  • Street life
  • Visual Storytelling

Other (category)

Photography Tour Guide


  • Anytime


  • One day

Duration (other)

Morning Session ( 6 am to 10 am) and Evening Session (2 am to 5 pm ) in a day.

Languages spoken

English, Hindi and Local Language of Varanasi.

What is included

  • Pro photographer
  • Some meals
  • Tour leader expenses
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees (parks, monuments ...)
  • Personal critique/review

What is included (other)

Mineral Water and Some Local Snacks

What is not included but recommended for the experience

It would be really amazing if you have prime lenses like 35mm and 50mm. These two lenses will give the idea of street scenes and portrait photography. If you don't want to get confused between two lenses, feel free to bring your 24-70 mm lens and it will do all your job.

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Camera equipment used by photographer

Leica q, Canon EOS 5d Mark 3, Sony and others

Private or group?

  • Private
  • Group

Max group size


Min group size


Non photographer's welcome


Photographers terms and conditions

Special Discount for Group Bookings


  • Jürgen
  • Nov 14, 2023
  • I have been shooting with Shivam for 2 full days in Varanasi and 1 day in Amritsar.Our focus was on street photography at and around the ghats, some culture like morning sunlight ceremony, portraits of a sadhu on a boat on the Ganges, a boatman while rowing, portraits of locals as well as shooting bathers at Varanasi and Amritsar plus some architectural scenes.Shivam is such a phantastic photographer (check out his photos on instagram under shivam photopharm) and teacher.I enjoyed every moment with him and learnt such much on composition and training my eyes to identify photo worthy scenes.As he has been shooting with a Leica Q2 for years he could also give me advice on how to better use my own Leica.I can strongly recommend going shooting with him and plan to join one of his tours in Colcata in the future.


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