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 India Tour Reviews

Susan Moss

Amanda Walters Perth -  My son and I were lucky enough to attend Susan's Varanasi & Pushkar trip in November 2022 and wow, were we blown away! The itinerary was incredible and very thoughtfully planned by Atik and Susan. What a pleasure to travel in a small group with likeminded people and such a professional guide.

The accommodation was beautiful, some traditional Haveli's and some stunning modern hotels, we even spent one night in a several hundred year old fort! We travelled as a group in our private airconditioned bus and were looked after every step of the way.

We've returned home with so many wonderful memories and thousands of photographs! I can't recommend Susan's tours highly enough. Don't hesitate, you're in excellent hands. 

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Max and Carrol Wannell Perth  -  We went on Susan Moss India tour on November 6 to 20 2022. We landed at New Delhi airport and were met by our guide Atik Ahmed. The next day we checked out of our hotel and flew to Varanasi. The city had drawn hundreds of Hindus who were bathing in Ganges River's sacred waters. This was a sight to behold. Getting to the main ghat we were crushed by the thousand Hindu's all rushing to bathe in the Ganges, so as to perform funeral rites and cleanse themselves.

This is one of the highlights of our trip. Plenty of photo opportunities there. Most of the people did not mind having their photo. We boarded a boat to witness people flowing thousands of Diyas on the river dedicating them to their gods.

 

The next day travel to Pushkar to witness the camel fair. This year there were very few camels but it was still a very interesting place to photograph. Day 7 we drove to Ranakpur where we saw and photographed people wearing red turbans. Great to photograph. 

Then on to Udaipur where we went to the wholesale vegetable market which was a great place to photograph people and market stalls. 

 

At Jaipur we visited the Mantar Observatory. Plenty of time to photograph the astronomical instruments, very remarkable for the time. Then onto Agra where we were first in line to visit the Taj Mahal. Our guide on this visit was excellent. He knew where to go to get the best shot without people and the timing of the rising sun which made for excellent photographic shots.  

 

Over-all this tour was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone interested in photography or just having a great tour of India. 

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Peter and Kama - Cowaramup WA

Susan’s Magical India Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed Susan’s tour which covered a fantastic selection of city, town and village life with continual extraordinary photographic opportunities, often thanks to Atik’s quick eye seeing something out of the ordinary.

The ‘heritage’ accommodation provided an amazing insight into the wonderful history of old India, with visits to temples, forts and palaces showcasing the historic artisan prowess of a rich Indian culture. 

A great trip!

 

 

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Bev and Neil - Perth

Well said Kama and Peter.

A wonderful trip in an amazing country.

Thank you Atik and Susan.

Atik thought of everything and was so very organised and professional.

Photo opportunities were endless and the people of India so willing to be photographed.

From Temples to small villages, markets, to farmers, we covered a large range of people and places.

Now to get some processing done!

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Karen Brown (Kilo) and Jan Bone (Boney) Christchurch New Zealand

We went to India with great expectations but really had no idea of what to expect.  We had signed up for a 12-day Photography trip in conjunction with Susan Moss photography from Perth and it did not disappoint. Susan was a great communicator and enthusiastically shared with us her love for travel in India. 

 

India is crowded, confronting, and noisy.  The country is home to 1.4 billion people who seem to manoeuvre their way through the chaos with a calm acceptance.  It is rich in historical architecture with a blend of progress and a traditional way of life.

 

The people are warm and engaging and managed to take our breath away daily.  Colour and real daily life are on every corner.

 

Atik from Colours of Rajasthan travel met us on the photography part of our trip and he did not disappoint either.   His organisation skills were faultless.      He is a gentle kind man with a keen sense of humour. He gave us a colourful balance of street markets, rural village life and historical palaces to show case the real Rajasthan, whilst booking us into authentic comfortable accommodation that allowed us some respite from the busy chaos of street life in India.   Atik made sure we had every opportunity to get the best experience that Rajasthan had to offer, and he absolutely delivered on every front. A friend for life – we would go on another trip with him in a heartbeat.

 

We hope to be able to return to India and share more experiences with Atik and his Colours of Rajasthan travel company.

 

Kilo & Boney – your camel loving Kiwis      

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Colours of Rajasthan Tour March 2024.

I have recently returned from the “Colours of Rajasthan tour in March 2024.

This was my first visit to India and I was travelling on my own.

other 2 ladies on the trip making sure we were always comfortable.

Atik has an amazing eye for lighting and interesting subjects, not only the local people but the amazing architecture.  He was able to converse with the villagers while we could capture natural photograph’s taking advantage of the lighting.

We travelled to areas off the tourist track and as such were often the only visitors to the village, the children were always running up to us to take photographs and practice English, once they found out we were from Australia and New Zealand the topic soon changed to cricket.

Some days we were taken to the street or markets and “let lose” to practice on our own, which I found boosted my confidence especially in Street Photography, not only with my camera but phone as well. The sights and colours always lead to interesting photographs.

At Agra an early start, lead to an amazing sunrise over the Taj Mahal with our expert guide arranged by Atik we were the first to enter and

able to capture photograph’s without all the tourist in the foreground.

As there was only 3 on our tour the itinerary was flexible and we were also privileged to go on a safari ride and see the wildlife and a leopard. 

I can imagine the upcoming tour in November 2024 will have numerous opportunities to capture the birds and wildlife.

The trip was amazing and exceeded my expectations, I have retuned with over 1400 photograph’s of various subjects and wonderful memories.  I was always comfortable travelling on my own under the guidance of Atik, the accommodation was always clean and very comfortable at times we felt like royalty in the lavish hotels.

The small number also meant we could get into the areas easily and be somewhat conspicuous

I would recommend this tour to anyone with a basic knowledge of photography and the equipment you have. It is a great affordable way to travel with like-minded people to share stories and ideas.

With the meals, entrance fees, transport and accommodation all expertly organised there is nothing to do but enjoy the scenery and many photographic opportunities.

I enjoy it so much that I will absolutely look at future tours.

Leonie James

Broome Western Australia.

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