Photographs are the best souvenir from your travels. With a photo, you can capture a moment in the most ordinary or unexpected places, and carry it with you forever. So, it isn’t a surprise that photography tours have always proven to be fantastic gateways.
India is one of the most exotic places for a photography tour due to its rich wild life, great bird migrations, snow capped mountains, deserts, bustling cities, beautiful beaches and festivals. Capture the essence of India’s multi-cultural heritage and freeze the moment with some amazing photography tours! Some of these pictures may take your breath away.
For Historical Photography
If you are a history buff or crave a mouthful of the rich culture of India, head over to explore what’s left of the bygone era. Opulent palaces, ancient forts and majestic structures greet you at every nook and corner, you just need an eye for it. The ancient structures and famous historical monuments in India depicts tales of bravery, strength and battles.
Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Agra, Hampi, Badami, Mahabalipuram are filled with glorious remnants – massive sculptural inscriptions and exquisite architectural beauty ready to roll you back to the ancient times.
For Landscape Photography
From the looming Himalayan mountain ranges to the stunning Kanyakumari coast, India has been blessed with rocky terrains, lush forests, sprawling coastline, stunning desert, exotic islands and beautiful main highlands. The unexplored beauties like Ladakh & Spiti has riveting valleys and snow-clad mountains with explosive views that you wouldn’t mind a dime to capture on your lens.
To the west, the Thar desert is embellished with iconic sights of sand dunes, vast desert’s horizon and sparsely populated villages which are ideal for photographers who enjoy adventure and diversity. The Eastern Ghats and Western Ghats cover most of the South India, its the mountain ranges covered with thick green carpets will surely captivate any photographer’s eye.
Also, nature lovers should definitely take a trip to the Northeast if you wish to witness beauty in its most raw and attractive formation. You will be thrilled to see what you see when you get here. Snow-capped mountains, mesmerizing terrains, calm rivers, dense greenery and wildlife, Northeast holds endless natural beauty. Majuli in Assam, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh & Lake Tsomgo in Sikkim are just a few of the million places that you must cover during your photography tours.
For Temple Photography
To understand the essence of the enigmatic India, one should start with its temples. The nerves centres of Hinduism which binds the diverse population whisper miraculous stories to those who lend their ears. It depends on the photographer how he or she portrays the story. Though the architecture is different from North to South, the craftsmanship will leave you in awe and will sweep you off your feet.
The Tugnath temple in Uttarakhand, Vittala temple in Hampi, Konark sun temple in Orissa, Ellora caves in Maharashtra, Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh will take you back in time.
For City Photography
India is filled with big cities full of chaos, explore it with your camera. Delhi is a city you simply cannot tire of. Exploring both Old and New Delhi offers chaotic streets with markets, mosques, street eats, and a buzz like no other.
Mumbai has Asia’s biggest slums and expensive homes of Bollywood stars, almost like two distinct cities blended together into one. The insane city streets are filled with a variety of scenery and life, that rivals any city in the world. Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bikaner, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati are some other cities for amazing photography tours.
For Festival Photography
Being a spiritual country, festivals in India are celebrated with pomp, pride and glory. Holi, Diwali and Dussehra are widely celebrated festivals with fervour in many parts of India. Visiting a destination during the local festivals provides the travellers with a unique experience and great insight into the tradition and culture of the place.
Visit the vibrant desert town of Pushkar in Rajasthan for the famous annual ‘Pushkar Camel Fair’ which is celebrated with great patron.
Travel to banks of the sacred river Ganga in Varanasi for the beautiful Ganga Mahotsav, visit the tranquil Golden Temple at Amritsar on the occasion of Guru Nanak Gurpurab, drop in at Kolkata during Durga Puja or land in picturesque Assam during Bohag Bihu festival.
For Wild Life Photography
A keen-eyed photography is needed to capture the elegance of the amazing wild life movement in a freeze-frame. Jim Corbett national park located in the foothills of the Himalayas offers great chances to take photographs of a diverse array of animals. The Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh encompasses a vast region on the Indo-Nepal border and is home to many species of animals, ideal place to get best wild life photographs.
Hemis National Park is the place to be to take portraits of snow leopards. Located in the Leh region of Ladakh, this high altitude destination gives you a wonderful photographic adventure. On the contrary, Ranthambore National Park takes you closer to the stripes in the wild, the most famous resident – The Bengal Tiger. Home to more than 50 national parks and countless wildlife sanctuaries, India is indubitably one of the best destinations for wildlife photography.
For Bird Photography
It’s time to wake up the bird watcher in you, and to go explore the amazing bird sanctuaries in the country. The oldest national park of the country, Jim Corbett National Park hosts more than 500 species of birds, a paradise for bird watchers. The Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary near Puri, Odisha, is home to some of the most unique species like sea eagles, greylag geese, and purple moorhen.
Gujarat, has one of the largest wetland bird sanctuaries in India, famous for Indian Owl, and rare bird species like Spoonbills and Small Grebes. Also, the Algarah Road in Lava is considered to be the best “birding mile” of India with rare species such as the Satyr Tragon, Rufous-throated Partridge, the White-Tailed Robin, and the Rusty-bellied Shortwing.
For Beach Photography
With an extensive 7500-Km coastline, the Indian peninsula has plenty of beaches for people who want to soak in some sun, sand and chillax. Needless to say that, Goa is the party capital of India.
Other beaches Gokarna, Kovalam, Havelock, Pondicherry and Vizag has clean, beautiful, sunbathed beaches with a string of restaurants offering fresh seafood that will make you fall in love with seafood all over again!
Besides, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar islands lures folks from different parts of the world with its captivating charm, which one cannot afford to miss. The sparkling white sand, turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs offer a really pleasant and rejuvenating vacation. These Indian beaches feed the photographers with picturesque views of sunrise and sunset, thereby satiating their desire of capturing exquisite postcard like pictures.
Each of these places can keep you click-frenzy whether you are just a hobbyist or planning a career in the landscape, wildlife or ethnic-photography. With such myriad options, you could end up more confused then ever. So, I hope this article helps you segregate your choices and plan your photography tours better.