Sunday, 8 July 2012

Through Your Lens

Over the years, with its vibrant colours, diverse culture and varied architecture, influenced by
various rulers, India has to be known as one of the most favourable destinations for photographers.

Here are some of the most popular locations for 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 its beautiful
architectural details. Taj Mahal is best photographed early morning or just as the sun starts
descending to get beautiful soft light on it. While it has been photographed from every
angle look for unusual perspectives or add some human interest into the foreground to
make your pictures stand out.

2. Rajasthan- This north western state is a repertoire of art and culture. Vivid colours can be
found in the brightly coloured clothing of the local people while, busy markets, beautiful
monuments and forts and the energetic festivals of Rajasthan make for great photography

3. Street Life – India’s markets provide an impressive amount of subjects for photo-
enthusiasts. Close portraits, the arduous lives of push-cart vendors, heaps of fresh
vegetables, a splash of colourful dresses and sparkling jewellery shops all lend themselves as
great subjects for your lens.

4. Wildlife - India is known for its thriving wildlife in the vast stretches of forests. From
Kaziranga in the North East to the Deccan region with five prominent reserves, there is no
shortage 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

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.

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 much loved by photographers; 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.

7. 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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