Rajasthan Scouting Trip

Rajasthan Scouting Trip

This Saturday I leave for the Indian state of Rajasthan, for two weeks accompanied my business manager and a second shooter (aka: my wife and daughter). The plan is to scout out photographic locations, hotels, transportation and festivals for one to two possible workshops for 2013 and beyond. Our goal is to create a workshop and photo tour that will be affordable and wildly exciting! What better place to do this than the most colorful place in India: Rajasthan. We have arranged to fly into New Delhi then take the Mandore Express, a night train to Jodhpur (1). Jodpur is also known as the Blue City. The place looks like someone airdropped a millions of gallons of robin egg blue paint over the enter city – stunning. Then we will head up to Pushkar (2) by road. Many people know Pushkar because of the camel festival in November every year. But, what most people don’t know is there are other festivals there through out the year that are just as photogenic and without elbow to elbow tourist? After Pushkar we will run over to Ajmir (3). This is a place I have wanted to visit for over 18 years. It is one of India’s most holy sites for Sufis. Sufism is the mystical side of Islam – full of magic, whirring dervishes and more. After a day in Ajmir we drive up to Jaipur (4), called the Pink City for all it’s sandstone buildings and classic Indian architecture. Once we’ve checked out Jaipur for a day or two we travel on to the Neemrana Fort – Palace (5) on the Rajasthan state border. The Neemrana Fort is a hotel fashioned from a real 15th century fort/palace, talk about magical!  So this promises to be a colorful adventure – literally, a lot of hard work and a whole lot of fun. Please keep checking in over the next two weeks as I try to update you with images and information all along the way.



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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Tim Dobbins

    Matt – If you decide to go ahead with the Rajasthan workshop, I’d love to attend. Put my name on your interest list. 🙂 Thanks, Tim Dobbins (We met during last year’s Ankor Workshop)

    • Matt

      Tim- Your on the list!

  2. Karl

    Have a great trip Matt…and have a wonderful stay at Neemrana, it’s an amazing hotel/fort/photo-shoot all rolled into one….oh, and good luck finding your room without help from the bellman. 🙂 Please post some shots to your blog, so we can follow along on your trip.
    Cheers, Karl

    • Matt

      Karl, thanks I hope to. The Neemrana group is a great set of hotels. I stayed at this one a few years back. It is magical. I’ll post when I can.

  3. jeremyv10

    I’ll have to start saving my pennies. An India photo workshop is definitely on the bucket list.

  4. Pigon

    Good luck Matt on your journey! Can’t wait to see some of you photos from this trip.


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