Top 12 Best Destinations for Travel Photography in India
Traveling is fun and so is photography. When travel mingles with photography, we end up getting some of the best pictures to look at. Today,
Rajasthan is one of the colorful states of India. It has a variety of choices to offer especially for photography, the blissful landscapes, magnificent forts, the golden sand of Thar desert, and also the aesthetic culture of Rajasthan. Not to forget the delicious royal food for the food photographers. The orange setting of the sun in the horizon of the desert is a view worth a visit at least once to capture it as a memory in your heart as well as your photography skills. The girls wearing colorful lehenga moving their feet in the rhythm of traditional ghumars, men wearing colorful turbans playing the harmonious flute and the royalty of the numerous mahals and palaces, Rajasthan is one colorful stop to find amazingly contrasting pictures to fill your hard drives.
2. Leh & Ladhak
The north most state of India is home to the enticing beauty of Ladhak. The heavenly landscapes like the view of the Himalayas from the bottom, the beautiful lakes and highways, the dazzling scenery and much more at almost every stop will not let you pack your camera even for a minute. Pangong Lake is undoubtedly a heavenly delight for all the photographers out there. Zanskar valley, Taglang-La, and Khardhung-La, just as amazing as the names sound, places with unmatched beauty with any other place on the map of India.
3. Munnar – Kerala
A little more than the average hill stations, Munnar is a paradise located in southern India. The lush greenery relinquishing almost every inch of the place is the major beautifying factor of the hill station. There is no beauty which matches the beauty of nature, nor could look better on your cameras. The beautiful magnificent clouds, still waters of the lake, the foggy sunrise and sunset, the vast tea estates and the backwater landscapes of Munnar are one of the amazing photography stops.
4. Varanasi – UP
Varanasi is also known by the names Banaras or Kashi, it is said that Varanasi is “the oldest living city in the world”. Varanasi is situated along the largest holy river, Ganga in Uttar Pradesh. It is considered as the holiest place in India where people wish to visit at least once in their lifetime. In fact, now Varanasi is a place famous for tourism as well. The beauty and cheerfulness of the city are worth capturing in your DSLR’s. The Ghat, rituals that are performed every day, the Ganga Aarti, the Pandits, Rishis and people, the stories of the people living and a lot of things which are different from our general cities are worth capturing in your cameras.
5. Hampi – Karnataka
Remnants of the historical dynasties make Hampi – Badami an essential destination in North Karnataka. The majestic rock caves which date back to 540 BC is what draws tourists from around the country and abroad. The inscribed walls and pillars of the temple are amazingly photogenic and also depict the secular living standards of the dynasty. The city is a UNESCO heritage site. The amazing architecture of the temples and the beautiful stories behind the temples and the sculptures, make the place a must visit for the photographers.
6. Dawki – Shillong
The drive from Shillong to Dawki is bewitching and a charming one. The route passes through Mawlynnong, widely regarded as the cleanest village throughout Asia. The road to Dawki is very curvy and messy, but has been very well maintained, cutting across the mountains, but is also an alert road which has to be paid more attention. The water in the river Dawki is extremely clean, it is a place located near the Bangladesh border. The Dawki river is a major attraction in Shillong and a lovely place with scenic beauty for photographers.
7. Khajuraho – Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho is also a UNESCO heritage site which is famous for the very old temples of India. The temples of Khajuraho are famous for their handcrafted sculptures, these sculptures are famous for their intricate design, perfection, symbolism, and expressions about what they symbolize. The erotic nature of the sculptures makes them stand out and different from all the other temples of India. The artistic beauty of the temples is worth capturing, especially for the photographers who are searching and researching on the artistic places.
8. Mcleodganj – Himachal Pradesh
Mcleodganj is also called Little Lhasa since it is the home to a large number of Tibetan refugees. It is a small town in Dhauladhar mountain range. Mcleodganj is famous for its Buddhist culture, and exquisite natural beauty. For photographers, this place is full of natural beauty and cultural significance. There are old temples, waterfalls, monasteries, forested areas, small villages and many other places of interest which attract numerous visitors from all over the world.The photographers can have a time of their own in capturing the mix of different types of landscapes, people, building, markets, nature, art and more.
9. Golden temple – Amritsar
The mesmerizing combination of the Hindu Islamic structure blends together in the Gurudwara called Golden Temple. The beautiful structure situated in the middle of the pool called “Amrit Sarovar” gives one the outstanding views. The temple is loaded with 750 kg of pure gold that shines and adds to the divine nature of the temple. The view of the temple is best during the sunrise and sunset, the light rays of sun falling on the gold covered dome with a beautiful orange sky in the background.
10. Caves of Maharashtra
Maharashtra is home to some of the oldest caves in India -The famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, Elephanta caves, Bhaja Caves, Pitalkhora caves and much more. These rock cut monuments are sculpted with religious Buddhist art. There are also a number of Hindu and Buddhist temples. The beautiful rock sculptures are a delight for the photographers as there are a lot of caves with a variety of sculptures.
11. Taj Mahal and Agra fort – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
One of the seven wonders of the world – Taj Mahal made out of white marble with intricate Islamic design and structure is one of the most beautiful structures of the world. The elegant monument located on the bank of river Yamuna is a wonderful model for the photographers around, to capture its beauty from a lot of angles for a variety of pictures. The Agra Fort was the house of Mughals in Agra, which was also the old capital of India. The fort is also another huge and vast monument in the city. The view of Taj Mahal from the fort is one most picturesque view of the fort.
12. Hornbill festival – Nagaland
Situated at an exceptional height is the beautiful Kisama Valley which exhibits the meet of 17 tribes of Nagaland in the first week of December every year. The local beverages and exciting cuisine is served around the city, the traditional Naga culture in the form of dance and competition, a heritage motor car rally, Naga wrestling, a pork-fat greased pole climbing contest, great public art, fantastic Momos and rice beer – a colorful combination of all things in Nagaland is displayed. This is a wonderful opportunity to capture the diverse tribal culture of India which is mostly found in the east of India.
Contributor: Akshita Srivastava