Best Places for Photography in Rajasthan
The city of Rajasthan is a wonder land with a plethora of scenic locations that are a vacationer’s treat and a photographer’s delight. From mesmerizing forts to sprawling markets to splendid lakes, there are numerous visual gems lined up for visitors, waiting to attract them with their enticing beauty. These make some of the best spots for avid photographers to capture perfect shots in their frame:
Amer Fort, Jaipur
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a 16th century fort, which was built by Maan Singh, a faithful general of Emperor Akbar. The fort represents a mélange of Muslim & Rajput elements, and was built using red sandstone and white sandstone. Perched on a hill, the fort offers enchanting views of the city scape and is the ideal location to capture beautiful shots of sunset. The intricate carvings on the ceiling and the walls are indeed breathtaking. The fort has numerous cenotaphs including Diwan-e-Aam, Sukh Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and others. So pretty is the Sheesh Mahal that the cult film Mughal-E-Azam’s famous song “Pyar Kiya to Darna kya” was shot here.
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Hathi Pol Bazaar, Udaipur
A crowded market, Hathi Pol Bazaar is conspicuous for a certain verve that characterizes its animated hawkers and sprawling kiosks lining the streets. This market is known for its rich variety of handicrafts and folk arts belonging to the region. You’ll find illustrious Pichwai and Phad paintings, which you might capture in the lens of your camera. The colourful boulevards of this market also have exquisitely carved wooden artifacts, multi-coloured Nagra & Rajasthani juttis fashioned out of beautifully embroidered slippers carved from camel skin. These are great souvenirs to take back home and are a great way to take a little bit of Rajasthan with you.
Time: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
A wildlife enthusiast’s paradise, this park is a biodiversity hotspot having myriad species of flora and fauna for you to capture in your lens. In fact, this marshy terrain inhabits a whopping 364 species of birds, with numerous exotic birds such as the Siberian Crane. You can also travel to Fatehpur Sikri, which is home to sandstone temples and a mosque. It was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, which is situated in the periphery of the park.
Time: 6 am to 6 pm
Built by the Rajput Ruler Rao Jaisal, this quaint fort is situated in the hinterland of Thar Desert. Popularly called Sone ka Quila (or ‘the golden fort’), this magnificent fort is nestled at the crest of Trikuta hill. Despite of the fact that it has seen quite a few battles across the various tides of time, it exists as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and continues to allure visitors from the different parts of the country. Carved out of sandstone, the palace is an example of the architectural brilliance of the Indo-Muslim style, representing the different hues and colors of the Sun. The fort houses quite a few beautiful buildings such as the Jawahar Palace, Raj Mahal, Jain and Laxmikanth Temples. It also has a few kiosks in its periphery selling leather goods.
Time: 9 am to 6 pm