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Travel Workshop to Mandawa, Rajasthan in collaboration with Olympus Pro India, GP Pro Camera Store, Hama India and Lexar


Dates - 25, 26, and 27 November 2022

The trip begins at 6 a.m. on November 25th, from a meeting point in Delhi. And it concludes on November 27th at 11 p.m. at a drop-off location in Delhi

Total seats -10

Booking will be on a first-come-first-serve basis

Cost - Rs. 12,500 per person

Booking Charges: 50% of the total fee while registering (Rs. 6,250). Full payment on or before 15th November 2022


Cancellation Fees - 

60% if you cancel before 18th November.

100%: NO Refund if you cancel after 18th November


To register for the workshop, kindly fill out the form below

For any other details regarding the workshop, contact us at 8076273963


Age -

18+. For anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to participate in the trip should be accompanied by a parent


Included -

  • Travel: Delhi – Mandawa – Delhi. Mode of travelling - by road, tempo traveller

  • Accommodation: heritage haveli-turned-hotel on a twin/triple sharing basis

  • All meals: Breakfast, lunch, hi-tea, and dinner will all be vegetarian

  • Within city travel


Exclusions -

  • Single occupancy requests can be done at an additional cost. However, the availability will be subjective depending on the hotel occupancy

  • Any camera fees, equipment costs, or entry tickets (if or when applicable)

  • Any additional food/water bottles/other beverages ordered personally must be paid for by the individual

To carry -

  • Mandawa has cold and comfortable weather in November. It is advised to carry a jacket, especially during early mornings and evenings. Also, the best way to explore the town is by walking. So, carry shoes, shades and sunscreen.

  • Medicines (especially if you take any regularly)

  • Water bottle


About Mandawa (see photos below) -

Mandawa, also known as an open-air art gallery, is located in Rajasthan's Shekhawati region, which is known for its Havelis and forts that are adorned with hand-painted beautiful frescoes. This small 18th-century settlement served as a vital stopping point for wealthy merchants travelling the Silk Road. The vast majority of them chose to build their homes in this town, resulting in a plethora of exquisitely crafted large Havelis that bring to life the traditions and ideals of a long-lost era. This culturally rich town has served as a shooting location for many bollywood hits like PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Love Aaj Kal, Shuddh Desi Romance and Manorama Six Feet Under. 

About the workshop -

The workshop is designed to focus on each participant, irrespective of their level of photography practice or experience. You may bring any camera or mobile device.

Trip mentors -

Jai Thakur ( - He has worked on several photo projects over the last 10 years, including Durbaans of Mandawa. His work has been published on a variety of platforms and has received national and international recognition, including NatGeo, MX Player web series, POY Asia, and Sahapedia. He has served on the Jury Panels of several international photo awards (NYPA, EPA, MPA, LPA).

Garima Agarwal ( - As a professional photographer, she has travelled extensively throughout India while working on commissioned projects. She had spent an entire year working on the rich heritage, history, and culture of Mandawa, its people, Havelis, and frescoes for Sahapedia Frames Photography grant. Her work has appeared in publications such as AFP Newswire, 101 India, Man's World, Tasveer Journal, eShe Magazine, etc.


Shikhar Bansal - A businessman who travels around with his phone and is a food enthusiast. He has earlier organized multiple food walks with Delhi Food Walks. Individually, he conducted his own guided food walks in Delhi 6, Varanasi, Uttarakhand, and Amritsar. Additionally, he volunteered at various editions of City Experience Festivals, a curated art/culture festivals in Delhi.

Highlights of the workshop -

  1. During the workshop, Olympus will provide a few cameras for trial use

  2. 3 participants will be given accessories like a camera bag, a tripod and a memory card on the basis of work made during the workshop

  3. Personally crafted guided tour, interaction with locals

  4. In depth reviews on work, storytelling, sequencing and editing will be the part of the workshop 

  5. As food lovers, we believe no trip across India is fully completed without local delicacies. So local delectable dishes will be a part of this trip

Important note * -

  • You are welcome to join us on this trip even if you are not a photographer. Mandawa is a beautiful place full of stories to discover and is a must-see for anyone who enjoys travelling. 

  • If you have any underlying medical conditions, please bring your medications with you. In the event of motion sickness, please consult your doctor for any medication, and it is preferable to bring your own. Also, please notify us of any such situation in advance

  • Astitva's team will not be held liable for any damages, injuries, or losses incurred during the travel workshop. Participants are advised to take care of their equipment and personal belongings.

  • Astitva will not be held liable if a medical emergency arises during the workshop. Participants are advised to bring their own medications and to consult a doctor before travelling if necessary.

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