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DPC announces Brand new Photo Walk at Ghats of Yamuna .

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DPC announces brand new Heritage photowalk to the Ghats of Yamuna.

A unique place to click people , portrait and amazing landscapes with migrant birds.

Big rivers have throughout history been important to the development of capitals. This Photowalk is  dedicated to the Yamuna river that has been an important yet silent witness to Delhi’s history. The tour starts from the Yamuna at Nigambodh Ghat which unfolds the ritualistic devotion of how the Hindus treat the historic river.

 

The Yamuna is a goddess to the eyes of her devotees despite its current struggles with pollution. Topping it off with an unforgettable view of the Jama Masjid back through the streets of Old Delhi, discovering the Yamuna route is truly a unique and memorable experience.

 

The beginning of legend: Nigambodh ghat seen from across the river. These are the sacred waters within which Brahma recovered the book of knowledge and the powers of divinity, which he had lost. Nigambodh Ghat is thus a place of ending, it marks the finality of the mortal core; but it is also the source of a regeneration of immortal wisdom, of sacred knowledge. Death and immortality exist together.

 

The great epics and sacred texts tell us about the beauty and power of the river Yamuna. This is the daughter of the sun god; sister of Yama, the god of death; lover of Krishna; sister to that other great river goddess, Ganga.The Gods themselves, Brahma and Shiva, are said to worship her.

 

The Ras Lila paintings of Lord Krishna consorting with his gopis are magical, ethereal, depictions of the river surrounded by lush sacred groves. On her banks, the great Sufi saint Nizamuddin Aulia spread his divine message. This is a river revered through antiquity; a river by which a unique culture flourished.

 

Today, however, as the Yamuna winds her course through the 22 kilometer stretch of Delhi, she bears no resemblance to her legend. Decades of wanton disregard have turned her into nothing more than a stinking sewer that is biologically ‘dead’ as it flows out of Delhi.

 

Yet there is a little stretch, a place where the story of Indraprastha begins; the story of the Pandavas, the story of Delhi. Here, despite the filth and degradation. From Nigambodh Ghat to the Lal Pul or the Old Iron Bridge, you discover ways of life that are still intertwined with the river and its sacred avatar.

 

Nearest Metro Kashmere Gate or Red Fort on the Heritage Lane

 

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

Wear comfortable shoes, carry your water bottle and keep your camera batteries charged ! :)

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DPC Photo Trip to Cambodia

Thailand and Combodai Trip. April 2018

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This gives me Immense pleasure to Invite you for the next DPC Photo Trip to Thailand and Combodia .

As usual we have the history of exploring the unexplored . So this time we thought of doing a Road trip to Bangkok to Cambodia and so on .

Here is brief plan to just know you thoughts on the same

How are we travelling: Plan for the Trip

14th April     Day 1   Delhi Bangkok.                       Flight 

15th April     Day 2  Bangkok Local.                       Taxi and Local Transport

16th April     Day 3  Bangkok to Saim Reap.        Direct Bus 

17th April     Day 4  Angkor Wat                

18th April     Day 5  Angkor Wat

19th April     Day 6  Angkor Wat

20th April    Day 7  Local Siam Reap                     Taxi and Local Transport 

21th April     Day 8 Siam Reap to Bangkok.         Bus 

22nd April    Day 9 Fly to Delhi from Bangkok.    Flight 

About Cambodia

Cambodia lies entirely within the tropics, its low-lying central plain bordered by low mountains and uplands. In its transitional plains, forested elevations are found as the landscape extends outwards. And it is in these geographical changes that you will find some magnificent temples, royal palaces and other ancient architectural marvels by which to be enthralled.

Despite centuries of political turmoil, depredation and horrors of war, this nation stands as yet another testimony to the essence of endurance, a vital spirit of the human condition. Not only is its culture rich in lowland ethnic majority but also in its diverse hill tribes. In its enchanting landscapes, Cambodia has temples and beaches that attract seekers of raw elegance.

Meanwhile, renowned for the Angkor Wat ruins, Siem Reap is a province in which ancient temples exist amidst natural geographical beauty.

Like most Asian countries, Cambodia too comprises centuries of history in its varying terrains. So you may breathe its air, bathe in its light, and return with many memories to fill you travel memoirs.

What to see and photograph:

Trip to Thailand and  Cambodia will begin at New Delhi Airport. Buddhist monasteries there will make for interesting photography subjects and kindle your vision and imagination, coaxing you gently into making evocative images.

Dedicated to Shiva, the pink limestone walls containing the best bas reliefs of any temple at Angkor, Banteay Srey will charm you. The wooden houses on tall stilts in Kampong Kleang are a delight to watch. At the Tonlé Sap Lake, floating houses and people’s way of living are some amazing details you would want to record as photographs.

The magnificent remains of the Khmer Empire, the Angkor Archaeological Park will be a breathtaking encounter visually, architecturally and artistically. Explore and photograph the hidden temples, temples of Bayon, Baphoun and Terrace of Elephants and The Leper King. Visit the main temple, Angkor Wat, which is arguably the main reason many visit Cambodia.

In the remains of Roluos Group of Temples, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Empire, visit the Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong temples. In Bakong temple area, the largest and the most interesting of the Roluos Group of Temples, there is still an active Buddhist monastery.

Other Important Details

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in 3 star Hotels and guest houses of that repute (Remain assured) .

Mode of travel: We will be traveling by Flight and local travel will be in taxi and mini buses and state transport .

Fee (per person): Rs. 75,000/- (including registration fee)

For Members      : Rs. 68,000/-

Cost are inclusive of Flights ( to Bangkok by Indigo or Jet Airways)

Travel & group transfers, stay and meals

Visa fee Thailand and Cambodia

3 Day pass to Angkor

Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

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Memories of Peru – Photo Exhibition by Embassy of Peru in Collaboration with Delhi Photography Club

Embassy of Peru in Collabration with Delhi Photography Club presents 

“MEMORIES OF PERU”. (1890-1950) A Photo Exhibtion 

Memories of Peru

In a geography that comprises of Amazonian forests, tropical glaciers, imposing mountain ranges and arid deserts, the various indigenous cultures of Peru, came into contact with people from Europe, Africa and the East. It was a story of conquest and migration that ended up shaping the postcolonial period.

 

 

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These elements- geography, society and culture-have interacted in complex ways and have produced surprising new cultural manifestations. One of these has been photography. The images that make up the “Memories of Peru – Photographs 1890-1950” bear witness to the fact that the Peruvian photographic tradition has been nourished by the undoubted talent of a group of prominent visual creators who used the camera-one of the most influential symbols of modernity in the said period -as a means to portray, understand and interpret the country.

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For a society like that of Peru, which at the end of the 19th century was geographically fragmented, the photographic image was an important tool in acknowledging the idea of national identity.

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Thanks to these images – and to many others like them – Peru, as we know it today, began to emerge before itself and to the world, as an apprehensible reality. The natural wonders of its territory, the great monuments of its pre-Columbian past and the ancestral customs are interwoven with the modernizing aspirations, the advance of the capitalist economy and the social conflicts of a national society in the making.

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“Memories of Peru – Photographs 1890-1950” allow us to relive that era and value the talent of lens masters such as Max T. Vargas, Martin Chambi, Carlos and Miguel Vargas, Juan Manuel Figueroa Aznar, Sebastián Rodríguez, Baldomero Alejos or Walter O. Runcie, to name a few among some of the most distinguished photographers from this compilation.

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Women travellers guide to Holi in Barsana & Nandgoan : Aditi Nashine

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Well, as you know the festival of colours- Holi, is celebrated in March marking the onset of certainly one of the best seasons i.e Spring. The whole vibe of Holi festival spreads so much of colours, love and positivity in life.
I generally don’t take much interest in festivals, but festival of colours is simply one of kind.
The pichkaris, the water filled balloons and those colours, just doesn’t allow my inner child to resist celebrating the festival and having fun on those crazy Holi dances and how can I forget the sweets! Gujia’s, you know!
Well I am lazy person basically a couch potato, mostly and always on bed with laptop.
But This time, I celebrated the festival in Uttar Pradesh. I recently got a chance with DPC to capture one the most famous Holi celebrations in different parts of U.P.
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Feels so great to get the amazing opportunity to travel with DPC and capture something which is different, unique and which is so famous across world.
I travelled to U.P via road and planned the trip for three days to witness the festivities at Barsana, Nandgaon and Vrindavan. These places offers breath taking visuals of colours, culture and traditions. We were 15 of us and I was the only woman traveller in the group. I felt great because I got a chance to travel with the best of enthusiastic people who were excited and passionate about capturing the best frames.
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As a woman traveller I can give you few  TIPS:
• Wear conservative clothes, for reasons that you don’t want to feel uncomfortable even if someone throws water at you and your dress sticks on your body.
• Comfortable shoes, you know how it is right? We can’t rule the world in stilettos, always!! Sometimes you have to see a goodbye to heels too. Sadly, though.
• Always carry water bottle, beside trust me there’s a lot to capture and miles to go before you get your satisfying click. Keep yourself hydrated when the going gets tough.
• Don’t carry any valuable item with you, as you might misplace it or it might get robbed.
• Carry a scarf with you, for those unforeseen circumstances.
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So, yes once you take care of all those points stated above for your comfortable and easy peasy journey you can just focus on getting some amazing clicks.
On the first day of the travel, I visited Barsana.
In Barsana, Lathmar Holi is celebrated in the narrow lanes of Barsana ,
The men from Nandgaon (another town in U.P) Barsana every year, only to be greated by sticks(lathis) of the women there.
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The women hurl the sticks at the men, who try to protect themselves with shields.
Everybody takes this in great spirit, playfully and doesn’t shy away to have fun. There are travellers from across the world who come to witness this special Holi, and chant for endless times “Radhe Radhe”.
At Barsana you can click pictures of wet Holi, where people dance in huge crowd under splash of water and colours. Usually the festivities starts from morning, but the main event starts at 5 in the noon.
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Brothers in color  holi Pic Aditi Nashine
At the temple villagers and communities from Barsana get together at a spacious lawn to offer prayers and chant the bhajans, this is called Samaj. During this time, lots of water and colours is thrown on the people which marks the beginning of the festival. For people who wish to gather the rawness of the place and culture get to experience a lifetime with some real good colourful pics of the event, For the people who wish to visit Barsana for enjoyment I suggest them not to visit. Beacuse the kind of crowd that visits barsana during this festival  in our local language is called “Manchala” as they come from various rural parts of Uttar Pradesh and  their behaviour is not  assured.
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Welcome to Barsana   Pic Aditi Nashine
After Barsana, on the second day of the trip the next stop destination was Nandgaon. The start of the day was wonderful, after an amazing breakfast after which we headed to Radha Rani temple.
While passing the narrow lanes of Nandgaon we happened to bump up in building which was also a 15th century Haveli with 5-6 families still living. The typical 15th century Haveli with spacious courtyard in the middle with double storey construction. We also climbed the rooftop of the Haveli from where the panoramic view of the complete holy town of Nandgaon was visible.
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We clicked beautiful pictures of the Haveli as well and made a quick move from there to the temple. As compared to Barsana, in Nandgaon it was less suffocating, Like I witnessed samaj at Barsana, the same was witnessed at Nandgaon as well. Over here the gathering time for samajh was 4pm.
I spent my day clicking pictures there till about 6.30 pm and then headed back to my hotel in Vrindavan.
The last day of my travel, the day started off with 8km Parikrama around the main temple. I managed to walk for 2kms along with other people doing Parikrama.
After which I found Gaushala mandir, and happened to click few random pictures, post which I went to Yamuna ghat and had a boat ride and clicked pictures of the people taking bath in the holy water. I also clicked women drying their washed sarees.
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TIPS:
• When you visit a small place,
• Make sure you explore all the moods of travel, be it any.
• Gatecrash into random houses for amazing experiences and conversations that takes place.
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On the last day of the trip at Vrindavan, I witnessed Phoolo ki Holi At Banke-Bihari temple; where the temple was decorated with flowers and people indulge in playing Holi with flowers, flowers and lots of it. The Holi festivities at Vrindavan goes on for a week with lots of folk music, bhajans, dance, colour, bhaang and pichkaris.
The people of U.P. are always full of joy and excitement for this festival and awaits for the festivities to begin with great preps.
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A lot to witness and know more about this beautiful festival in U.P, so if you haven’t visited U.P this Holi, make sure you do the next time.
All the photo enthusiasts out there and all the solo girl travellers pull up your socks and tie your laces, instead of breaking your couches hit the ground. This world offers unique experiences and unique places from your neighbourhood itself. Keep clicking, keep travelling!
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About the Author. : Aditi Nashine

Aditi is a avid traveller and a documentary photographer. Aditi  started her photography journey at the tender age of 15 years when she was pursuing her  high school. She studied Bachelors in Management and law because her parents wanted her to do so, But she always wanted to become a Photographer. After completing her college she shifted from Nagpur to Mumbai to pursue her dream career in photojournalism and expand her knowledge.

Aditi did her one year Diploma in Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography from reputed Udaan School of Photography , Mumbai.

She travels to different places meet people she comes across and try to capture their stories .  She wants to contribute to areas where women can freely travel explore and reconnect with themselves . In her free time she can be found on her couch watching some Hollywood documentaries in order to keep her fire alive .

She’s passionate about her format of  photography. She’s got eye for detail and a keen observer.

Wanna read few more travel diaries you can follow this page more often.

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DPC announces first Photowalk to Sunder Nursery

Sundar Nursery’s Central Axis with the 16th century Sundar Burj in the backdrop, New Delhi, India.

Sundar Nursery’s Central Axis with the 16th century Sundar Burj in the backdrop, New Delhi, India.

Sunder Nursery is bestowed with the first arboretum (botanical garden of trees), a bonsai house, and is home to 80 species of birds, 36 butterfly species and 280 native trees. Delhiites now have a new heritage park that is as good as the popular Lodhi Garden. The nursery came up during the British rule and in 1950 a renowned botanist whose name is unknown gifted a bonsai collection to the nursery.

A walk through the massive heritage garden — dotted with flower beds, raised sandstone pathways and marble fountains — takes one to the six monuments that were given World Heritage designation by UNESCO in 2016

The Lakkarwala Burj, Sunder Burj, Sunderwala Mahal, Mirza Muzaffar Hussain’s Tomb, Chitra Batashewala and an unknown Mughal Tomb fall under this category. Although, little is know about who built them.

Designed by landscape architect Late M Shaheer, Sunder Nursery has a 550m ornamental central vista that starts from the entrance zone of Humayun’s Tomb. An official said the landscape master plan derived inspiration from “traditional Indian concept of congruency between nature, garden and utility coupled with environmental conservation” for a truly urban scale work.

The gardens along the central vista, inspired by Mughal traditions, have lotus-shaped marble fountains. Water flows through geometric flowerbeds and raised sandstone pathways. A lake on the northern edge of the central vista will have walkways, seats and pavilions along the edges. An amphitheatre has also been built for cultural events. The lake would collect rainwater and also serve as a reservoir for emergency use.

Officials said the nursery has over 300 tree species, some not found elsewhere in Delhi. Over 80 bird species have also been recorded. As an added attraction for children, an educational resource on Delhi’s ecology has also been set up for the 5,00,000 schoolchildren who visit the adjoining Humayun’s Tomb annually. This 20-acre micro-habitat zone showcases plants of the Ridge, and the riverine, marshy landscapes that were once found in Delhi.

The heritage aspect is striking too. There are 15 Mughal monuments within the nursery, some under ASI and some unprotected. These have been conserved by AKTC over the years. In 2016, Unesco extended the world heritage designation to 12 monuments.

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Hues of Lodhi Garden : Photowalk by Delhi Photography Club

During this season Lodhi garden offer beautiful colors of flowers and Nature .

Enjoy the amazing blue sky of Delhi this Feb
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During British Raj, it was landscaped by Lady Willingdon, wife of Governor-General of India, Marquess of Willingdon, and hence named the ‘Lady Willingdon Park’ upon its inauguration on April 9, 1936, and 1947, after Independence, it was given its present name, Lodi Gardens.
As there is little architecture from these two periods remaining in India, Lodi Gardens is an important place of preservation. The tomb of Mohammed Shah is visible from the road, and is the earliest structure in the gardens. The architecture is characterised by the octagonal chamber, with stone chhajjas on the roof and guldastas on the corners.

The tomb of Mohammed Shah, the last of the Sayyid dynasty rulers, the earliest of the tombs in the garden, was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah as a tribute to Mohammed Shah.
After the 15th century Sayyid and Lodi dynasties, two villages grew around the monuments, but the villagers were relocated in 1936 in order to create the gardens.
Another tomb within the gardens is that of Sikander Lodi, which is similar to Mohammed Shah’s tomb, though without the chhatris, it was built by his son Ibrahim Lodi in 1517, the last of Sultan of Delhi from Lodi dynasty, as he was defeated by Babur.
It is a simple rectangular structure on a high platform approached by a flight of steps. The tomb was renovated by the British, and an inscription mentioning Ibrahim Lodi’s defeat at the hands of Babur and the renovation was included in 1866.
Note:Closest Metro Station : Jor Bagh

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

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DPC Announces Photo Bus to Kila Raipur (Rural Olympics)

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Each year in February , Ludhiana becomes the destination for hundreds of sports enthusiasts, including foreigners flocking Kila Raipur to see the special breed of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing in highly professional events.

In 1946, Mr. Bakhsish Singh was instrumental in getting the most popular event of the Games – the Bullock Cart Race – introduced and in later years many more added.

 

It is to be seen to be believed, so here is the detailed itinerary of Kila Raipur. 

Date of Journey: 2nd Feb, Friday

Timings: At 10.00 pm leave Delhi for Ludhiana(pls be there 15mins prior to departure)

Meeting Place is at SDA Market opposite IIT Delhi.

Day I- 3rd Feb 

Saturday: Reach Ludhiana at around 7 am to 8 am (depending on fog).

Post Lunch: Again to Olympics site and capture all that it has to offer in the most mesmerizing sporting events.

 

Day II- 4th Feb

Sunday: Early Morning rush to the Olympics site according to the calendar of activities and activities of interest

Departure: Leave for Delhi at 6.00 pm and reach Delhi by mid-night.

 

Other Important Details:

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis at Hotel
Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an AC TEMPO traveller together.

What Gear to carry?

Can tag your camera, tripod, wide angle lenses and zoom lenses (depending on what your interest is). Comfortable shoes, shades and sunscreen, sweaters, batteries and memory card etc.  And needless to say – enthusiasm in abundance!

Meal:  Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club

The group will follow the itinerary mentioned above, however if one wants to visit places at one owns will, can visit accordingly on their own.

Expenses covered: Group transfers, Food, boarding and lodging

Fee: Rs. 7500 per person (Includes travel, food, lodging and entry tickets. Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

For DPC members, the fee is Rs.6500 per person.

Please carry the rest of the amount with you (only cash) :) You can also pay the remaining amount at our club in Shahpur Jat Village.

 

Please note:

1. Registration fee is refundable if one drops out 7 days prior to this trip but transferable due to advance payment on accommodation reservations.

2. Registration fee is non-refundable as well as non-transferable, if one drops-out 3 days prior to this trip. 

3. In case the registration payment is not received, if you are not coming for the trip, please let us know as soon as possible because other photography enthusiasts will be getting the opportunity to go on this trip.

For clarifications and/or communication, please contact Virendra Singh  08826712162.