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India: Marwari Horses and Pushkar Camel Fair 

Nov 9 - 21, 2018

6 participants


NOTE: As a heads up, this is the last time this workshop will be taught. Don't delay your registration.

This is an all inclusive workshop, which includes private photoshoots with the Marwari horses, camels, Pushkar Fair, and models. We are going to overnight in exclusive old forts (click for example of location) where we’ll have access to stables and their traditional settings for incredible photography.

Out of 380 known breeds of horses throughout the world, there are only four ancient known Hot blood. Marwari Horse is one of them, bred specially for war in "The land of Dead" where blades of steel grows better then blades of grass.
The Marwari or Malani is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all equine colors.

The Rathores, traditional rulers of the Marwar region of western India, were the first to breed the Marwari. Beginning in the 12th century, they espoused strict breeding that promoted purity and hardiness. The horses were considered divine beings, and at times were only allowed to be ridden by members of the Rajput families and the Kshatriyas warrior caste. As cavalry horses they are known for their loyalty and bravery in battle.

We are going to photograph these horses in historical settings to reflect their majesty, strength and bravery. The first place is the stables at Rohetgarh, where the family’s passion for horses goes back generations. Some of the greatest names in the long and glorious history of Marwar were born to this distinguished family.

The second sets of stables are located in the Mandwa region, home to one of the biggest stud farms. The tranquility and peace offered on the lavish grounds have been used for countless movies and documentaries. Their stables have also helped researchers on Marwari breed to get to the insight of the indigenous breed from the origin to the complete family tree of few of the best Marwari stallions and mares in India.

Another highlight of the workshop will be the Pushkar fair to capture the lifestyle and travel stories for cattle herders. The Pushkar fair is the place for herders to trade camels, horses, cows, goats, sheep etc. Once the trading is completed, they are then bred and decked up with beautiful clothes and dazzling ornaments for public displays.

We are going to photograph the fairground and the nomads in the sand dunes, where they travel to every night. You will have great opportunities to capture their rituals, their dances, their interactions with family in dreamy light.

At the fairground, we will focus on photographing villagers dressed in their traditional colorful best, the gypsies entertaining the crowd, magicians, storytellers … truly an authentic Indian festival and fair.

As a recap, you’ll have special access to the Marwari horses in various traditional settings, camels and nomadic herders in various environment (including sand dunes), and models wearing local costumes. We will stay in exclusive places with lavish grounds and stunning stables.

Don’t delay your registration as I can only take a very small group.

Hope to see you in India in November.


Registration (Nov 9 - 21, 2018 - ONE SPOT LEFT)
Double Occupancy: $7,700
Single Supplement: $1,300

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)


If you have any questions, please contact Oliver

Balance payment due by June 30, 2018 (Payable by check)

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Oliver Klink has photographed many species of wildlife in the 7 continents. His images have received many awards, including “Herding Instinct” which won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014. Others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years. “Having the opportunity to visit countries with specialists is a life changing experience”.

Local staff members (drivers, helpers, horse trainers, Camel owners) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing Marwari Horses in ancient stables (model shoot)
- Photographing Camels with special access (model shoot)
- Photographing the Pushkar Fair with special access
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 13 days of guided photoshoot
- Accommodation, meals, ground transportation
- Special permits, private photoshoots, all entrance fees
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to and from New Delhi (DEL)
- Internal flight from Jodhpur to Delhi (estimated between $150 - $200US$)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $7,700
Single Supplement: $1,300

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by June 30, 2018 (payable by check)

Registration: $7,700 (+$1,300 single supplement)
Deposit: $500 ($800 for single)

Terms and Conditions

- The workshop takes place during the comfortable season in India, where temperatures range from 70F – 90F.
- We are going to photograph trained animals. Their behavior can be unpredictable and caution is required.
- We are staying in high end hotels, where dress code is advised.
- We are traveling on ultra-modern highways to the local roads.
- We are photographing in sand dunes, where will need to do some light walking.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

Where: Rajasthan, India, starting in New Delhi
When: November 9-21, 2018
Who: Oliver Klink, local staffs, horse and camel trainers
Airport: New Delhi (DEL)
Accommodations: High end hotels (single or double occupancy)
Weather: 70 – 90F. Moody Sky
Cost: $7,700 ($1,300 Single supplement)

Workshop details for India: Marwari Horses and Pushkar Camel Fair (click on a tab)


November 9 - 21, 2018

Note: Activities might change based on weather conditions and animal activities. As the group is kept really small, we are able to attend special events, without overwhelming the local communities and be welcomed with open arms.

13 days on the ground to photograph the incredible Marwari horses of Rajasthan and Pushkar Fair Camels.

Day 1 (November 9):
- Arrive in New Delhi (DEL), recover from jetlag
- Airport Pick up

Day 2: Delhi to Mandawa
- Drive to Mandawa, known for its fort and havelis and word famous Marwari horses
- Private Photoshoot with the Marwari Horses inside Castle Mandawa

Day 3: Mandawa
- Early morning photo shoot with the Marwari horses. Various indoor and outdoor locations
- The photo shoot will be done in different haveli (local architecture), with trainers in traditional uniform
- Mid day photo shoot at the stables
- Afternoon photo shoot in new Haveli, with horses equipped with silver jewelry and traditional attire

Day 4: Mandawa
- Early morning photo shoot with the Marwari horses in sand dunes
- Mid day photo shoot at the bawari (step well), oasis and water body with foals
- Evening photo shoot of Marwari horses in the sand dunes

Day 5 (November 13): Mandawa to Pushkar
- Drive to Pushkar
- Late afternoon photo shoot with camels

Day 6 - 9: Puhskar
- Full day photo shoot in and around Pushkar
- Sand Dunes with camels, pilgrims, gypsies, herders and traders

Day 10 (November 18): Pushkar - Rohetgarh
- Drive to Rohetgarh
- Evening Photo shoot inside Rohetgarh with the horses against the beautiful backdrop of the old fort and local people wearing traditional costumes

Day 11: Rohetgarh
- Early morning photo shoot of the Marwari Horses in the riding school
- Participate in Rohetgarh's signature activity: village safari
- Evening Photo shoot inside Rohetgarh with the horses

Day 12: Mihirgarh
- Early morning photo shoot of the Marwari Horses against the backdrop of Indian majestic castle
- Evening photo shoot with horses in the sand dunes

Day 13 (November 21): Mihirgarh – Jodhpur
- Early morning photo shoot at Mihirgarh stables with fort as a backdrop
- Photoshoot with young Marwari foals
- Drive to Johdpur airport
- Flight to New Dehli airport (DEL) – (note: not included in the workshop, estimated $150 - $200US$)
- Conclusion of the workshop

What to Bring

Upon paying the balance for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, and more.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from low 70F to 90F)
- Comfortable Clothes for photoshoots
- Dress clothes for meal time (business casual)
- Knee pads (for low angle shooting)
Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
Portraiture: 24-120mm
Action shots: 70-200mm
- Tripod (recommended)
- Flash with diffusers (optional for indoor shooting)
Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)


This is an all-inclusive workshop (transportation, lodging, meals, local guide, photo instruction). It also includes all the entrée fees to the villages and forts. The workshop does not include transportation to New Delhi (start and conclusion of the workshop) and the internal flight (Jodhpur to Delhi)

Workshop comprises...
- 13 days on the ground in India
- All meals, accommodation, private car transportation
- All entrance fees
- Private photoshoots with the Marwari Horses and models
- Private photoshoots with the camels and models
- Coursebook and orientation materials
- Small group (maximum 6 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, Local experts, animal trainers

Not Included
- Internal Flight (Jodhpur to Delhi) – estimated between $150-$200US$
- Transportation to and from New Delhi (DEL)
- Transport to and from New Delhi airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Delhi (DEL) no later than November 9. Your return flight can be booked after 8PM on November 21.
- We can assist with booking extra nights in New Delhi (pre workshop) and airport transportation.

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