Documentary & Adventure

Photography workshop in Rajasthan, India 2020



02. March – 14. March 2020

Number of participants

A minimum of 6 participants
Maximum  of 8 participants

Price per person

2850,- € incl. 19% VAT
additional costs for flights to and from Delhi apply


You don’t just travel through India – you experience it. You get sucked in, and when it spits you out again, you’re not the same that you’ve been before.

For me India is so much more than a destination on the map. For me India is pure inspiration. Behind every corner new colour palettes, smells, scenes and stories appear.

The South Asian country is fascinating, enchanting and astonishing - all at the same time. It is due to these contrasts that traveling through India is not just a holiday, but an adventure: India is incredibly vivid and colourful – people bustle around, cars beep incessantly, monkeys climb up buildings. But at the same time, no day passes without quiet, spiritual moments. This might be at sunset when thousands of spectators blend into one ocean of light and silence, or when visiting a temple in the midst of the daily chaos. Often times the most touching experiences are the encounters with its people, people of all casts.

On this trip we will travel through Rajasthan in North India. The country’s biggest state was created in 1949 out of more than 20 kingdoms and principalities. The contrasts mentioned above are literally tangible here: Rajasthan is one of India’s poorest and most conservative states, including cast system and arranged marriages. At the same time its fascinating Maharaja palaces and the endless sparse landscapes with mountains, lakes and the Thar Desert attract numerous adventurers, who are looking for the real and undistorted India.

Those who travel through the country of colours with their camera shouldn’t miss out on Rajasthan’s biggest cities: the Blue City Jodphur, the Pink City Jaipur, the golden city Jaisalmer and the white city Pushkar seem like they are covered by a colour screen.

This journey is going to be so much more than only a photography workshop. It might be the biggest adventure of your life!

You can find more pictures in my portfolio article: : A journey through Rajasthan

A photography adventure

As India is so much more than just a destination, it’s impossible to only offer a photography holiday: the 13-day tour through Rajasthan will be an adventure and a workshop, in front of and behind the camera, for beginners and pros. I promise you an exceptional adventure, at the end of which each participant will leave with a plethora of unique photos.  This is also a great trip for travellers who want to experience India in a small group off the beaten path. Time and time again I am delighted by the plethora of motives India has to offer and the number of pictures I return home with. I would like to share this excitement with you.

We will travel in a small group of six to eight participants, immerse ourselves in the country and meet its people. And the best way to do this is with locals: My friend and fellow photographer Sanjay Khan from Jodphur will accompany us in these two weeks and he will make it possible for us to see places and people, which are usually difficult for tourists to access.

Of course we can’t plan what is going to appear in front of our eyes (and that exactly is the exciting part about an adventure photo workshop through India). But I’ll show you how to best capture the existing scene with your equipment and the available light, how to compose pictures and thus tell stories -  whether during our street photography workshop in Delhi, the sunrise in front of the impressive Taj Mahal or the train ride in between those two incomparable impressions. And of course we will portrait traditionally dressed men and women in their graceful and colourful clothes, the Lungis and Saris. The highlight of our journey will be the Holi festival, the spring festival or festival of colours. We will experience it at its source – in India, the land of colours.

Experience India with me.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Foundations of photography
  • Portrait photography (with traditionally dressed man and women as photo models)
  • Image structure and composition
  • Photo documentary and story telling
  • Photo walks
  • Photo editing and developing your own personal style

The highlight of our journey will be the Holi Festival (spring festival or festival of colours), which we will experience together at its source, in India.

Included in the price:

  • Photography workshops on travel, portrait and documentary photography by Mario Schmitt
  • Professional, English speaking tour guide
  • Photo walks & photo editing workshops
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast
  • Airport Transfer
  • Local English speaking tour guides in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
  • Old Delhi rickshaw ride
  • Train ride from Delhi to Agra
  • Bus transfers for the rest of the journey in an AC Tempo Traveller
  • Local taxes


Above mentioned prices are based on current taxes and entry fees for sights. Should these prices increase, the travel price will be adapted accordingly

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Delhi
  • Flight from Jodhpur back to Delhi at the end of our trip (currently approx. 50€)
  • Tips for drivers and tour guides, additional meals, beverages, laundry and possibly entry fees
  • Surcharge for single room occupancy (approx. 200€ p.p.)
  • Travel insurance and visa fees
  • Possible camera fees when visiting sights
  • Everything not explicitly mentioned as included in the price

Tour schedule:

Day 1 02.03.2020

Transfer from Indira Gandhi airport to our hotel. Group dinner and overview of the tour.

Day 2 03.03.2020
Sightseeing & street photography in Delhi.
Day 3 04.03.2020
Train ride (2 hours) to Agra. Photo walks in Agra in the afternoon.
Day 4 05.03.2020
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Afterwards minibus ride to Jaipur (5-6 hours). Photo walks in Jaipur (Pink City) in the afternoon.
Day 5 06.03.2020
Sightseeing und photo walks in Jaipur.
Day 6 07.03.2020
Onward journey to Pushkar (3 hours) with the minibus. In the afternoon visit of Brahma temple, locale market and sunset at the holy Ghat.
Day 7 08.03.2020

Onward journey to Jodhpur (3-4 hours) with the minibus. In the afternoon portrait shooting with traditionally dressed man and women in Jodhpur (Blue City).

Day 8 09.03.2020
Half day trip to Chandelao Village. In the afternoon photo walks through Jodhpur. In the evening Holi Dahan ceremony in Jodhpur.
Day 9 10.03.2020
Holi Festival in Jodhpur
Day 10 11.03.2020
Minibus ride to Jaisalmer (5 - 6 hours). In the afternoon rest and relax in our hotel.
Day 11 12.03.2020 At sunrise photo workshop with models at Lake Gadesar. Afterwards we visit Salim Singh Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer. In the afternoon drive into the Thar Desert, where we have a final photo workshop with traditionally dressed man and women and camels in the dunes.
Day 12 13.03.2020 Flight from Jaisalmer to Delhi. Photo walks in Delhi in the afternoon.
Day 13 14.03.2020 Closing meeting. Airport transfer (from the hotel).


Requirements for participation

  • Full legal age
  • Valid passport (Passport needs to be valid at least six more month beyond the travel dates and must contain two free pages)
  • Valid visa for India
  • Overseas health insurance including back haul
  • All necessary vaccinations (check Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization or your local institute for tropical diseases)

Recommended equipment

  • Medication, first aid kit
  • Own equipment (own camera, lenses, sufficient batteries, adapter, chargers, memory cards, optional laptop with Lightroom or Photoshop for immediate photo editing)
  • Notebook and pen

Sign up now without obligation. Closing date for applications: February 2nd


Prior to the binding booking confirmation I will personally call each participant.