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SOUTH INDIA

with optional North India trip extensions to Varanasi and Agra  

February 4-19, 2025

15 DAYS

From  $7,485

GROUP SIZE:

6-12 Travelers

STARTING POINT:

Bangalore, India

(main trip)

GUIDES:

Temu Nana (Lead), David Wells (Photo Instructor)

TRIP OVERVIEW

Traveling India is a potent, perspective-shifting experience like no other, assured to present photo opportunities that leave a lasting impact on your worldview. On this trip you'll discover lesser-known, more relaxed,  incredible Southern India—and with a true expert: award-winning photographer David H. Wells, who has logged over 60 trips in two decades of traveling and living in the subcontinent. Explore diverse landscapes, languages, & cultures across three states: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.  Below are select highlights from our main trip's itinerary:

  • Discover Bangalore, where David lives part time with his South Indian wife, from a local’s perspective, including the KR Market, one of the largest flower markets in Asia.

  • Visit and photograph the cultural icons of South India that Indians pilgrimage to, such as the temples of the Hoysala dynasty at Belur and Halebid, known for their exquisite architecture and detailed carvings, and the Jain pilgrimage site of Shravanabelagola, including its 57-ft tall monolithic Gommateshwara Bahubali statue.

  • Experience and photograph the spectacular, rarely-visited and very special Theyyam ritual.

  • In Mysore, enjoy a visit to a silk factory and see its incredible palace both by day for a tour but also one special evening from outside, when it is lit with thousands of lights.

  • Visit Bandipur National Park for an opportunity to photograph Royal Bengal Tigers on a safari.

  • Enjoy multiple visits to villages and markets, both in cities and the countryside Photograph the preparation and intricate make-up for a Kathakali dance we’ll see in Kerala.

  • Spend two nights enjoying—and capturing—the tranquility of the highlands on a tea estate.

  • Enjoy an afternoon cruise in the Backwaters, after exploring Kochi, capital of Kerala.

Also available as a part of this journey, we've designed optional pre-trip extensions to visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, and to explore the ritual-rich banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi.  Detailed day-by-day itineraries for these extensions, and the main trip, are available in the full trip brochure. 

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In This ​PDF you will find:

  • An overview of the trip

  • A map of the route we take

  • Select trip highlights

  • A detailed day-by-day itinerary of the main trip in India, from February 4-19, 2025.

  • Details for the optional pre-trip extensions offered in Agra and/or Varanasi

  • Leader bios for photo pro/instructor David Wells, and tour leader Temu Nana.

  • Accommodations

  • Rates & inclusions

  • How to sign up

  • Terms & Conditions

TRIP LEADERS FOR SOUTH INDIA

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David H. Wells

 Photography Instructor

PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTOR - Award-winning photographer David H. Wells is a true South India expert, with over sixty trips to the subcontinent over the last two decades—including already two successful runs of this particular tour in 2019 & 2024. A visual storyteller and photo-educator based in Providence, RI, he specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives in both still and moving imagery. He has been exploring India, especially the South, for a quarter of a century on magazine assignments, grant funded projects, during two Fulbright fellowships and when visiting his family. David’s wife and entire network of in-laws are from South India, making the South his second home. His work has been in over fifty exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. David was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” Check out his portfolio site at www.davidhwells.com

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Temu Nana

Senior Trip Leader, Photo Instructor

TRIP LEADER  - Temu Nana has spent the last decade and a half working various positions in high-end travel while simultaneously honing his skills as a professional photographer, primarily in fine art prints, sports, and advertising images. The son of an international airline pilot and with roots in both North America and Asia, he has led luxury tours and photographic journeys in over 30 countries and traveled to many more, on all seven continents. His time in India—both leading/scouting trips and personal travel—have left him in awe of the colorful, friendly, bustling, chaotic rhythm of life; as varied as it is enticing. Temu’s fascination with the incredible tapestry of Indian culture was only heightened when he looked through his viewfinder and saw almost endless opportunities for photography. Often mysterious, sometimes daunting, and always rewarding, India is unlike any other destination, particularly for photographers. Temu is very much looking forward to sharing some of what made him fall in love with India so many years ago—and specifically this tour which he already led in 2019 & 2024. You can find his photography online at www.tknanaphoto.com.

PHOTO GALLERY

WORDS FROM OUR PAST TRAVELERS

“You guys are great - so organized and helpful...everyone at Open Sky made this a seamless journey. I had never used a
tour company before...I think the level of detail and care allowed me to focus on photography and trust the rest would
be handled. Loved it - would highly recommend you and would go anywhere with Temu.”

“Well done! Excellent team - David Temu Dennis - couldn't have asked for more - we dipped in to so many of the sights, sounds, and smells of India - I feel full (for now) Thank you!!”

“Open Sky Expeditions truly cares about their clients; they make us feel comfortable and at home even when we’re in the other side of the planet!”

BOOKING THIS TRIP

TO BOOK THIS TRIP:

Book now by filling out the trip's registration form with the button below, and pay a $900 per person deposit to confirm participation on the trip.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

We're happy to assist! Please contact us at info@openskyexpeditions.com, or call us at 1.844.OPENSKY or +1.212.441.0024.

FYI, ONCE YOU BOOK

Once you are confirmed for the trip, we'll provide helpful pre-departure information including a pre-trip timeline & insurance recommendations. Flight booking guidelines and a private portal for participants will follow at the appropriate time.

TRIP REQUIREMENTS

To participate on this trip, you will need to:​​

  • Passport: Carry a passport valid for at least 6 months after the trip ends

  • Travel Insurance: Have travel insurance that at least covers emergency medical evacuation. This can be obtained after booking the trip.  CLICK HERE to view details on the options offered via our partner Travel Insured International.

  • Visa: Complete the following two requirements online for entry to India, per the straightforward instructions we'll send you in advance:

    • For U.S. citizens: Obtain an e-visa online within 30 to 4 days of arrival.

    • If this requirement is still in place: Fill in a Self-Declaration Form within 15 days of arrival (where you attest to your health status & can upload a vaccine certificate).

TRIP BROCHURE PDF

View this trip's PDF Brochure for full details (including a map of the route we take, day-by-day itineraries of the main trip and extensions, leader bios, accommodations, rates, inclusions, and terms and conditions). 

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