Most Photographed Places & Things in India
This is the first post in this batch of Guest-post series on this site. The contributions are from people like you and me but not necessarily from the blogging world. We see, observe and experience many mundane things in our daily life. The flavours are different but the interest is common in these posts … and that is Travel.
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Over the years, with its vibrant colours, extreme diversity in culture and immense architectural influence from various rulers, India has come to be known as one of the most favourable destinations to get snapping! So if you are budding photographer or just a curious traveller, be assured that India is going to keep you on your toes! Here are some of the most photographed locations and things that will make great photo opportunities.
1. Taj Mahal– There is no doubt that this wonderful monument has put India on the international travel map not only for its historical significance but also for acute architectural details. Taj Mahal is best photographed early morning or just as the sun starts descending to get beautiful soft light on it. Try the forced perspectives of holding it on your palm or plan accordingly to catch it on a full moon night.
2. Rajasthan– This north western state is a repertoire of art and culture. Vivid colours in daily dressing, busy markets, monuments, forts and definitely the festivals of Rajasthan make for great subjects.
3. Topographies Unlimited – India spreads of 1000s of kilometers which makes it not only diverse in culture but also topography. From the majestic Himalayas in Leh, to the lush meadows in its foothills, sandy western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat right down to the coastal belt, there is not a single destination which will not make your camera happy!
4. Wildlife Destinations– India is known for its thriving wildlife in the vast stretches of forests. From Kaziranga in the North East to the Deccan region with 5 prominent reserves, there is no dearth of great wildlife destinations in India. Use the help of local experts to get you the good spots on watchtowers. Jim Corbet, Pench, Kanha, Ranthambore and Gir are some of the national reserves which you may like to visit. Don’t forget to carry a zoom lens for this one.
5. Varanasi– Having acquired multiple sobriquets ‘Forest of Bliss’, ‘Kashi’ and ‘Anandvan’, Varanasi is truly a photographers delight. One of the oldest cities in the world, nothing here would escape your awe – whether it’s the morning rituals on the ghats, the evening arti or the narrow streets accommodating a plethora of fantastic subjects. Even though one is not allowed to click the burning pyres at the ghats, many tourists do sneek some shots! Some guides insist on showing you these as well – use your discretion on curiosity versus intrusion when you click here.
6. Kingdoms of Grandeur – While Rajasthan is replete with monuments and forts, the Southern pride lies in the Vijaynagar Kingdom of Hampi and remains of Tipu Sultan’s eminent rule. The ruins of Hampi are best not spoken about but just experienced. Miles of boulders appear to be strewn around carelessly, making this a spell-bounding topography. The cities of Mysore and Srirangapatnam also hoard decades of history in all its architectural delights.
Elephants posing for camera
7. Goa Anyone?– For a well soaked tan and the summer sun, there is no better place than Goa. Also take the heritage walk, see the night markets and the old colonial structures which make for great photographs.
8. More than One Adventure –While there are some challenging adventure trails in India, one can choose the degree of risk one is willing to take and then dive straight into activities like trekking, cycling, rafting and climbing. Make sure to take that camera along to capture a totally different context to India, away from the colours and culture that are most frequently explored as topics.
9. Street Life – India’s markets provide an impressive amount of subjects for photo- enthusiasts. Close portraits, the ardous lives of push-cart vendors, heaps of vegetables, a splash of colourful dresses and sparkling jewellery shops – all of these have visitors constantly behind the lenses.
10. Trains & More – Indian railways is often discussed as a case study in B-schools owing to its vast network and accessibility to various strata of people. A train journey to get upclose to Indian culture is definitely a must for photography aspirants. Capture the intimate moment shared while offering each other food or arguing over Indian politics or just step away near the door to catch the whizzing topography outside.
This guest post was written by Mahindra Homestays who have a range of homestay accommodation throughout India and run the popular India Travel Blog.
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