There are not many countries that can divide opinion like India. This is a country of extremes where spirituality and religion are fundamental to everyday life. At times it can be overwhelming to the senses. But there’s no doubt that there are not many countries that can top India when it comes to photo opportunities. Here are 8 places to visit to capture stunning photos of India
If you love street photography than you may have just found your paradise. The capital of India is crammed with over 20 million people, it’s polluted and it’s impossible to get away from the constant honking… and it is fabulous. Spend enough time in this city and you will begin to love it. Needless to say that it is also one of the best places in the world for street photography. Meander through the narrow alleyways and it seems like there is a photo opportunity on every corner.
But this is also a city steeped in history and there is no shortage of historic places to visit. From the striking Red Fort to the majestic Jama Masjid (below), this city will keep you clicking away.
A complete contrast to bustling cities, local villages are often inhabited by just a few families. Head out to these places and you will be warmly greeted and invited to people’s homes.
Whether it’s actual villages or the journey to them, make sure you have your camera ready.
Sitting in the desert, the second largest city in Rajasthan – Jodhpur is known as the “Sun City”. Formerly the capital of the Marwar kingdom, this city is a photographer favourite. From the surreal and beautiful Blue City to the imposing historic fort that overlooks the city, Jodhpur should be on your photography bucket list.
A visit to Jaisalmer will mean a visit to its breathtaking fort. Yes, it is an impressive sight from the outside, but a walk inside its labyrinth of lanes will provide a real glimpse of everyday life.
Still inhabited, this wonderful citadel can even make you see beyond the commercialism to imagine a time when the souvenir shops weren’t around. But instead weary merchants and camel trains would roam the streets.
Rajasthan’s capital is captivating and picturesque. Everywhere you look you are mesmerised by the old and new. From the stunning Amber Fort to the flamboyant pink coloured lanes that are just waiting to be explored, this city is a must to visit and photograph.
Nowhere is the citie’s history more evident than the stunning Amber Fort. The extensive palace complex has four sections, each with its own charming courtyard.
A pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs, a visit to Pushkar makes you feel the spirituality of this vast country. Located along the shore of the holy Pushkar Lake, this sacred city is alive with bells, drums and songs that fill the air at all hours.
But to really experience Pushkar, you need to visit the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair. This annual event pulls in camel herders from all over India, not to mention the photographers who wish to capture their photos.
There is no place quite like Varanasi. The oldest city in the world, the spiritual home of India, a photographers dream and a true assault on the senses. It is located on the banks of the Ganges and is lined with approximately 2,000 temples. Hindus from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Varanasi to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges and perform funeral rites. Varanasi really does have to be seen to be believed.
Agra – Taj Mahal
Bathing in the early morning light and shrouded by fog it becomes clear why millions of people flock to see the Taj every year. No trip to India is complete without a visit to the most beautiful shrine to love ever constructed by the hand of man.
There is something magical about India. Ever since exploration begun people have been captivated with this region of the world. It is with good reason. The plethora of colours in just everyday life is unlike anywhere else in the world. The devotion to spirituality can move even the most hardened traveller. But if that wasn’t enough even the most mundane street corner can provide stunning photos. These are just 8 places to visit to capture stunning photos of India.
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