India never fails to satiate a photographer with its diverse culture, terrain and geography. You may feel overwhelmed when you think about where to start, so we have compiled a list for you to start with.
Jaisalmer has a multitude of golden honey-colored sandstone havelis tucked within its narrow medieval alleys. Even if you manage to not be awestruck by the rolling dunes, the caravans strewn all over, the national park, and the vibrantly colorful costume of the people, the ancient architecture is sure to make you and your camera fall in love with the city. Tame the sands with the most capable SUV Ford Endeavour.
PLACES TO VISIT: Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Amar Sagar Lake, Sam Sand Dunes, Bada Bagh, Desert National Park, Windmill Park, Nathmal, Salim Singh and Patwaon ki Havellis, Vyaas Chhatri
Mcleodganj-Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
The surreal Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh houses Dharamshala, the place that overflows with Tibetan and Buddhist culture and is strewn with monasteries. To top up this exhibition of exotic culture, the snow-capped Himalayas and the thick deodar forests always hang tranquilly in the backdrop. Mcleodganj boats the Dhauladhar range and this scenic yet quaint village adds on to the already eye-soothing trip.
PLACES TO VISIT: St. John in the Wilderness Church, Gyuto Monastery, Tsuglagkhang, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery
Kolkata, West Bengal
Crowded and bubbling with life, Kolkata can easily said to be a street photographer’s paradise. The city offers contrasting sceneries. One, that of colonial structures and paved alleys, trams and hand-pulled rickshaws, of all things literary, steeped in the rich Bangla culture. Two, that of the bustling marketplaces and shopping centres, posh apartments and nightlife, and a subtly fashionable population. And three, that of urban slums and daily struggles. With so much contrast packed into a single place, the City of Joy can never disappoint.
PLACES TO VISIT: Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Belur Math, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Jorashanko Thakurbari, Rabindra Sarobar
The caves of Ajanta and Ellora are bound to allure you into its mysticism and Buddhist influences. Both have been felicitated as UNESCO World Heritage sites and for apt reasons. While Ajanta is known for its paintings, Ellora is famous for the antique sculptures. The lush greenery and waterfalls outside and the brilliant textures of the caves inside, complemented by the playful dance of light and shadows sketch a beautiful picture.
PLACES TO VISIT: Kailasantha, the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu Caves, Grishneshwar Temple
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Flanked by the Vaigai River in Tamil Nadu, the city of temples, Madurai is not just a popular destination for pilgrims, but also for photographers. Known for its exquisite architecture, culture, cuisine, and helpful people, Madurai offers a varied range of photographic possibilities to the travelling photographer. Pick your city-friendly New Ford EcoSport to explore more of this beautiful city.
PLACES TO VISIT: Meenakshi Temple, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Alagor Koil, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal, Vaigai Dam, Vilachery Village
BONUS: Valley of Flowers, Lucknow, Delhi, Coorg, Shillong
India has no dearth of picture-perfect places. All you need to do is pack your devices along with your wanderlust and drive on.