Travelling is all about exploring new things in life. In India where everyone aspires to capture the best out of the rest of the world, here is why you should first make the most out of the paradise you stay in. India-the land of exquisite beauty and vivid culture has umpteen places that make for the best photography subjects.
Just visiting the places won’t help in remembering everything about your journey. Travelling and photography always go hand in hand. Only when you capture those awesome moments, that it gets a new shape. Get your camera’s ready and makes sure you capture the fleeting moments and make the best of memories while you’re here.
The exceptionally beautiful Ladakh and its mountains cape is a personal favourite of imminent nature photographers in India.
The cold desert of Nubra Valley and Zanskar Valley and the alpine lakes of the Leh region can be some of the best places for nature photography.
A lot of people visit ancient monasteries to click inspiring pictures. People also camp near Pangong Lake to take pictures of the lake at night and you can also find unique fauna to click some wildlife pictures.
Best time to photograph: July- September
Rajasthan is known for its heritage forts and palaces. From the palaces of Udaipur to the forts of Jaipur, from the markets at Jodhpur to the dunes at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is replete with click-worthy places.
In Rajasthan only one hill station is Mount Abu. It is a wonderful hill station that has all characters of a picturesque hill station like cloudy hills, lush greenery, misty mornings, plantations filled with dews, unique singing birds and others.
Most India holiday packages include Agra in their itineraries. This 17th century monument, built by Shah Jahan for Mumtaz, is one of the most photographed monuments in the world.
You just cannot walk past the Taj Mahal if you are in Agra, as the world famous building and its architecture is to die for. If you are looking for pictures, visit the monument during sunrise and sunset.
Red fort and Fatehpur Sikri are other places that you must visit for some great architectural photography in India.
Varanasi or Kashi (the City Of Life) is a cracker of colours. Varanasi would bring such a wide variety of culture before your eyes that it would be hard to pull that lens away. Its spiritual and vintage charm gives you some unique photographs.
Varanasi Ghats on the banks of the river Ganga provide much scope for photography in India. Most ghats in Varanasi are for prayers and some are cremation sites.
Both types of ghats are known for photography. The best of all is the morning ritual that happens on the banks of the river.
Read More: About Ganga Aarti
Tamil Nadu’s small town Madurai is a must-visit for a photo spam of temples. Meenakshi Temple counted amongst the best temples in India and has been nominated for world wonders.
Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Rameshwaram, Pondicherry, Kanniyakumari are the best places for architectural photography in Tamil Nadu.
You can find interesting shops to click, beauty of Madurai flowers, people and most importantly, the roads bustling with all these.
A joyous and prosperous cultural aspect waiting to be photographed remains in the cities of Punjab. Golden Temple is important cultural photography destinations in Amritsar, Punjab. The gold surface of the temple reflects in the waters of the sarovar and the whole place is bathed in resplendent golden light.
Other than this, Amritsar is filled with picturesque place like Summer palace, ceremony at Wagah Border, Harike wetland and bird sanctuary and many others.
The ceremony at Wagah Border when the border between India and Pakistan closes every day is a wonderful treat. A lot of photographers visit this place to picture the army salute of the nations.
Read More: About Wagah Border Ceremony
Maharashtra houses some historic caves whose artistic and archaic beauty cannot be expressed through words. The caves at Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta are the places where you should go for architectural photography in Maharashtra.
Ancient humans carved the caves into beautiful temples. A lot of people visit this caves for explorations and you can turn it into a photographic vacation.
Hampi falls under UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruin city harbours lot of important temples and monuments and is an amazingly distinct collage of stones. The monuments of Hampi are famous tourist places in Karnataka. A photography tour in this beautiful place in India is a visual treat.
The ruins of temples, standing monuments and boulders scattered around can make your pictures, a masterpiece.
The cultural capital of India, Kolkata along with Belur, Shantiniketan and Bishnupur are the best places for culture photography in West Bengal. Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja are the best time to go for photography in West Bengal. You can click pictures of the statues being made, rituals and a lot of others.
The old building and roads in rainfall would make a great picture. Other places to select for photographic vacation are Howra Bridge, Esplanade, Kalighat temple and Park Street.
The vast backwaters, mountains, hill stations, beaches, culture, elephants, boat race, flowers and every other element of Kerala are picture perfect.
Read More: About Backwaters of Kerala
Alleppey and Munnar is a complete paradise for those who want to click. It is a little more than your average hill station destination. Travelling in this beautiful city will allow you to capture some splendid shots.
Beaches, lighthouse, mountains and other attractions of sea are another chapter of photography in this place.
This list doesn’t sum up the best places but definitely marks out places which shouldn’t be missed. But India certainly is a land full of travel opportunity that offers something for everyone. So give that inner shutterbug of yours, wings to fly and come out with some spectacular pictures that show the world – the beauty in diversity of our nation.
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