In Search of Salvation, Varanasi and Allahabad Kumbh, 2019

30th Jan - 5th Feb 2019, $3775


Seats Available

“Varanasi is the India of your imagination. One of the most colourful and fascinating places on earth, surprises abound around every corner.

This is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, and one of the holiest in Hinduism. Pilgrims come to the ghats lining the Ganges to wash away sins in the sacred waters or to cremate their loved ones. It’s a particularly auspicious place to die, since expiring here offers moksha (liberation from the cycle of rebirth).

Most visitors agree Varanasi is magical – but not for the faint-hearted. Intimate rituals of life and death take place in public, and the sights, sounds and smells on the ghats – not to mention almost constant attention from touts – can be intense. Still, the so-called City of Light may turn out to be your favourite stop of all. Walking the ghats and alleyways or watching sunrise from a boat can be unforgettable. ” ~ Lonely Planet

“Kumbh” in its literal English translation means “Pot”, which emerged from “Samudra Manthan”(Churning of the Ocean) between Gods and Devils. The term ‘Mela‘ signifies’Fair‘.

An auspicious gathering, Kumbh Mela is one of the most famous fairs where devotees from across the globe come to attain spiritual clarity and wash off sins in the ritual bathing at the Triveni Sangam, Allahabad. And amid the blissful sights of miracles performed by Sadhus adorned in saffron, you can come attain salvation from the bathing dates given below, this 2019 Kumbh Mela at Allahabad.

A large number of people arrive here annually and stay in makeshift houses or tents at the Sangam, spending the entire month in prayers.

Leica Akademie India is organising a 6 night 7 day intensive workshop which is tailor made to cater to needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos in Varanasi and next years Kumbh Mela held in Allahabad. 3 nights in Varanasi and 3 nights in Allahabad Kumbh.

Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. This workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

Each day will include shooting and theoretical session on all you need to know about street and travel photography, dos and don’ts, ways to overcome the fear of getting close, detailed look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light. Vineet and Rohit Vohra will also share shot videos of how photographs are made.

A make shift classroom will help the participants share and select their top images for review and critiques.
Mentors will talk about the art of story telling. How to write stories and photo essays, followed by a lecture on importance of shooting personal projects and how it benefits in a long run.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants only.

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:
– A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work. Please feel free bring your own cameras, Leica or not. Leica Cameras can be provided if you would like to try one out.

– A laptop with software to edit/tone your images
– A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

Includes :

Workshop Charges

Air tickets, from Delhi-Varanasi and Varanasi-Delhi.

Cab ride from Varanasi-Allahabad and back from Allahabad-Varanasi. 

Hotel Stay for 3 nights in Varanasi (Room Sharing), Includes all meals.

3 nights in Deluxe tents at Kumbh Site on Twin sharing basis.

Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Includes airport transfer and Local Transport in Allahabad and Varanasi.

The whole package also includes daily transfers to Mela grounds drop off site. 

Sim card (one per person) for local calls and internet usage (free usage for 7 days)

– Return international air ticket to India
– Any private expenses
– Room service fees
– Porter services
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)