Holi Cow Festival on 15th & 16th Aug

ITS THANKS GIVING, but this time for cattle’s

The harvest fair is celebrated by farmers all over Maharashtra. On this day bullocks, which are an integral part of the agricultural chores and consequently the village economy, are honored. They are bathed, colorfully decorated and taken out in processions across the village, accompanied by the music of drumbeats. Pola brings out an important facet of Hindu culture, which does not look upon cattle as mere beasts of burden, but treats them with dignity and gratitude. 

“India lives in her villages”, where in the local village communities welcome you to partake in their life. In her villages the true essence of India is present: the richness of culture, abundance of nature, still preserved & practiced ancient traditions & knowledge systems and colorful & diverse lifestyles but most of all her every welcoming & full of heart people.
Your Photo Corner journey is filled with ‘story making’ potential. 
Date: 15th Aug & 16th Aug (Wed-Thur)

Travel from Mumbai – 15th Aug
Meeting time is 4.30 am to catch a train at 5.00 am from Dadar Station (central platform no. 4) to Kasara. ETA: 2.5 hours. You could also catch this train from CST, Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Thane, Kalyan. Do check for the train timings at these stations.

At Kasara we will hop in to a privately arranged jeep headed to ‘Rajur & Poorshwadi’. The jeep will be waiting at the steps at the bottom of the station road. Rajoor is a small town on the highway. Approximately 70-80 km from Kasara.

Travel back to Mumbai – 16th Aug
We will leave Poorshwadi via Rajoor by  2.00 pm to catch the 6.17 pm local respectively local train from Kasara to Mumbai.

12: 00 NOON - Welcome by Villagers 

12:15 PM - Orientation of your stay and of the village

01:00 PM - Authentic Lunch in Tribal Home

03:00 PM - Time to CLICK! Each participant goes about experiencing & making photos of the splendid village

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM - A Photowalk to the Sunset point in the village Rural Dinner with a family, sharing pointers of your snaps and clicks.

10:00 PM – Practice light painting

11:00 PM - Sleep in Tents. In case of heavy rainfall shift to Village homes


6:00 AM - Photograph the sunrise and make the most of the early morning photo opportunities such as farm activities, milking cows & goats, chopping wood, children playing cricket, bird watching etc.

7:30 AM – Breakfast

8:30 AM - Head off to the fields with expert rice growers, and get hands on with growing rice. The experts would show you the various techniques, implements for growing rice and varieties of rice

10:30 AM - A choice between photo critique session and a dip in the river/adventure sports (or both!)

1:00 PM - Leave for Mumbai

Trip Investment Fees Includes
Day 1 Lunch + Dinner
Day 2 Breakfast + Lunch
Travel Cost from Kasara staton via private jeep and back
Accommodation cost in tents (in case of heavy rain you will be shifted in village house)

Trip Investment Fees Excludes
Personal expenses
Travel from anywhere to Kasara station
Shopping expenses

If you wish to kill your midnight hunger you are free to carry Maggie along with you. 

It will be a good idea to charge your cell phone and camera batteries to full capacity since you will be visiting a village.

In order to participate in a critique session you will be required to carry your laptop, memory card reader or transfer cable so that you can edit and present the best 5 pictures of the day at the session. (If you don’t own a laptop we could provide you one for critique session only, no image editing).


Q- Who is the workshop aimed at?
A- Whether you are an amateur or a serious hobby photographer or a budding professional, the photo tour has something to offer.  

Q- What is the objective of the tour?
A- The monsoon has set in and this is a perfect time for a overnight gateway. During the photo tour you will come across various subjects majorly being cattle festival, village tradtions, cultures, landscapes, sunrise and sunset points, daily village activites like milking cows & goats, chopping wood, children playing cricket, bird watching etc. To know more read the day 1 and day 2 schedule.

Q- What are the dates of the photo tour? 
A- The photo tour is a 2 Day / 1 Night tour which is scheduled for 15th and 16th Aug, 2012 (Wed-Thur). 

Q- What camera and equipment do I need to bring?
A- Photography has never been about the equipment but a good picture is first visualized in the mind of the photographer. Compact cameras, cell phone cameras, digital cameras, SLR, D-SLR or any kind of camera users are welcomed. We believe in the power of idea and not of the equipments. We welcome everybody from a cell phone camera user to a D-SLR user. If you still need our assistance to help you make a choice then write to us on photocornermumbai@gmail.com 

Q- What is my investment for the trip?
A-  Rs. 3,300 is what you will invest for this beautiful trip which will include your travel from Kasara, Stay and Food (3 Meals).

Q- How can I make my payments?
A- Our office is based at South Mumbai in Crawford market. You can walk in to drop your fees to our office from mon-fri from 9 AM to 8 PM in the evening. However, if you reside in any other part of the city we could help you with a pick up facility for an additional fee of Rs.100. Alternatively, you could transfer your fees directly in to our bank account. The details for the same are mentioned below.

Bank Name: The Bharat Co-Operative Bank
Account Name: Barcode Media
Account No: 121 - 11426
MICR CODE: 400112002

Q- How do I book a place for the Photo Tour?
A- Please call the booking line on +91 98336 83379 to speak to Mulchand Dedhia. The line can get busy so please leave an SMS and we will be happy to call you back as soon as possible.

-Any other questions?
If you have a question which is not covered in this list, please email photocornermumbai@gmail.com or call 9833683379  and we will respond as soon as we can.