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with optional North India trip extensions to Varanasi and Agra  

January 16-30 , 2024


From  $6,785 


6-12 Travelers


Bangalore, India

(main trip)


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


  • Discover lesser-known yet incredible Southern India with a true expert, award-winning photographer David H. Wells, who has logged over 60 trips in two decades of travel to the subcontinent.

  • Explore a region of diverse landscapes, languages, & cultures (crossing three states: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala).

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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 January 16-30, 2024

  • Details for the optional pre-trip extensions offered in North India starting on January 13, 2024

  • Leader bios for photo pro/instructor David H. Wells, tour leader/photo pro Temu Nana, and our expert local guides.

  • Accommodations

  • Rates & inclusions

  • How to sign up

  • Terms & Conditions

Click here to download brochure



“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!”


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, 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).

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