Best Scenic Places For Photography in India
There is something mesmerizing and unique about capturing scenic views on camera or even video. Photography is an art that really cannot be described but is only visible when the final picture is placed before you. There are some breathtaking places in India that provide views or scenes that are rare. It is a way to capture your memories and rebuild them with others. Through photography you are able to create a base of your holiday memoirs and moments. So here are some of the best places in India to go and click on-
Pangong Lake, Ladakh
You will be simply taken to paradise as you arrive in Pangong Lake
. Located in Ladakh, this lake is accessible via roads and as you arrive at this scenic destination, you lose breath not because of altitude but also because of how serene and pristine the lake is. The water here is absolutely clear and has clouds floating right at the end. It seems you have come to heaven on earth.
During the winters, the temperatures here can be very unbearable and so it is best to come here during late or early winter onset. That time the weather is clear, there is not much of rain and so you can get a clearer angle. Early mornings and sunsets offer some distinct perspectives.
This holy city of Rishikesh
is bustling with prayer chants and sounds of rafters' as they capture one wave after the other. There is a kind of vitality in this town, which makes it rather picture perfect. The thing is that you can get the best of both worlds here. The aarti in the evening on the Ganges is a picture that no photographer wants to miss.
As you move away from the banks, get ready to be soaked in the waves. The white water rafting photography is probably the toughest things to manage here. You really need to sit in the boat yourself and brace the waves, while ensuring that your camera is waterproof. So it is an enthralling experience, but only advanced level experts should try this.
Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya
These bridges in Meghalaya
seem to come right out of a child’s fantasy movie. Popularly known as the Living Root Bridges, this is an attraction that is highly photographed. The bridge has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It actually has roots that go about a 100 feet deep and carry the weight of almost 50 people. It is best to click pictures here when it is sunny and bright so that you can actually capture the depth of this bridge.
Havelock Island, Andaman Islands
What about going for scuba diving and capturing the fish and coral reef underneath the sea! The scuba diving experience is one of a kind and taking pictures of this breathtaking experience is something that you will never really forget. Basically you will need a specialized camera for capturing this experience but you don’t have to buy the same. There are cameras available on hire or you can get one on loan as well.
There are amazing pictures to be taken under the sea that include fish, sunken ships and even coral reef. There are some raven volcanic lava forms that too form the basis for a great photographic experience. From here you can also head to Havelock Island, Andaman that covers an area of about 113.93 square kilometers and is one of the biggest islands around. Enjoy snorkeling and diving pictures here along with scenic beauty.
The route from Manali to Leh is the basis of one of the most
beautiful photography albums. As you are taking this road, you will find
that the highway has so much to offer. There are small roadside stalls
with tourists and locals sipping on tea, even as barren land stretches
for miles. It is one of the most adventure filled and rocky terrains to
be captured. You can see mystique mountains with snow covered peaks or
yaks, which form green pastures in the otherwise
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations of India
that offers glimpses of uninhabited terrains in the midst of population. Manali is situated at a high altitude and you can see the lush valleys beneath from that height. It is the perfect way to capture photographs. You can either head to the local Tibetan market or click away everyday pictures. Or take the less taken route to Rohtang pass and keep shooting serene and tranquil areas.
Manali is also the home to some of the best hillside architecture made of wood. You can click old temples or the local sightseeing destinations. The riverside in particular is something that offers a scenic view. For those with adventure photography in mind, paragliding and other similar activities offer a thrilling view. Sure it is risky but imagine getting pictures from that height.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Kutch on a full moon night
is a feeling that is truly mesmerizing. Do you remember Madonna singing away to ‘frozen’. That is exactly what you can experience here too. The largest salt desert in the world is a delight for any photographer. It has some of the most remote areas in the country. The best time to visit the Rann of Kutch would be around October as the watered areas are dried up by then.
Kala Dungar or Black Hill is a climb that you should not miss and see the Kutch from a height of 458 meters above sea level. You would probably get the best pictures on a full moon night but you can also get some splendid shots of the early morning and dusk sun.
Sandakphu is one of the highest peaks in the world. It is a dreamy location that you would not want to miss out on. The surreal beauty of this place offers spectacular views along with dreamy landscapes. You can head out early in the morning from the town of Darjeeling and reach the area by jeep. You can then trek up and find a myriad spot to capture some great pictures. Along with high mountain peaks, you can also get hold of pictures of exotic orchid varieties here.
If the peak is too high for your climb, then you can also go a bit lower. The remarkable diversity of flora and fauna here are spectacular.
Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
High altitude lakes offer challenges for the photographer along with delight. And the Tsomgo Lake sits almost 12,000 feet above sea level. It is a lake that gets water from the glaciers that melt during the summers. It is about 40 km away from Gangtok and is right near the Chinese border. The trek to the lake is the best way to capture the essence of the beauty here.
As you trek along to the high mountain peak, you will be able to see a variety of flora and fauna. You can visit the lake any time of the year, in winters for a frozen look or during summers to see the lush greenery. However, avoid the monsoons.
Tawang Town, Arunachal Pradesh
The North-East of India offers diversity in culture, environment and lifestyle too. For a photographer this is also one of the most photographic places on the face of the Indian subcontinent. Around here you can get a view of the sparsely populated town of Tawang. This hill town gives you a glimpse of the real culture of Arunachal Pradesh. It is still untouched by tourists and the mountain is pristine and clean.
Local accommodation is cheap and clean. Apart from taking pictures of the town, you can also head to nearby altitudes or even to the woods. Here you can take a glimpse of the tribal culture along with wildlife and the lush forests of the state for clicking some of the best pictures.
Adventure is a delight for any photographer and going deep into the heart of the mountains is something that needs courage and skills too. But the picturesque caves here not only offer spectacular views but also fill you with a sense of thrill. Being deep inside the caves can help you get some views of the bats hanging or even a tiny stream coming out of nowhere. Meghalaya is definitely the queen of caves as you can come across Krem Mawmluh, Mawsynram, Mawsmai Krem Phyllut, Krem Liat Prah and Siju.
You can easily explore the hidden marvels here that offer natural formation views along with deep dark secrets of the hills. You would be amazed to see that even in the heart of the caves, flora and fauna flourish. Strange rock formations and limestone’s are something that can be really clicked away beautifully.
Dunes of Rajasthan
Dunes of Rajasthan are one of the toughest terrains for taking pictures. It is a quintessential desert experience but with some fun. The challenge is how beautifully can one capture this view. The dunes are accessible via cities of Jaisalmer and even Bikaner. The best time to get here would be during winter months as you can enjoy the cooler climate for taking pictures. During this period you can also enjoy the freedom of lying down on the cold sand, which is hostile and unbearable with onset of summer. The summer month also leads to a lot of sandstorms and dune-storms. Though the hostile terrain is barely accessible at this point, it sure offers some panoramic views. Best time to click is during early morning or sunset.
is a delight for photographers as it offers a unique blend of culture, and natural beauty. The town is near to Kuamon and is truly a part of India’s rich history. The town is located on the eastern part of Uttarakhand and has some historic sites like the temples of Rudreshwar Mahadev Nanda Devi, Asht Bhairav, etc. You can click the gorgeous temples and architecture here or head out to the less explored wilder terrains.
Khajjiar Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh offers scenic and breathtaking views that should be captured on the lens. The topography here is very much similar to what you see in Switzerland. Khajjar is right at the base of Dhauladkar, and is 2,000 meters above the sea level.
Bring out the patriot in you with a feeling of pride. The Wagah border is the perfect place to see the grandeur of the borders of India. The gorgeous and larger than life gates that mention India and Pakistan make your heart race. As you take pictures of both sides and wonder what really is the difference between these two sides that have similar culture, geography and climate. Pictures inside are not allowed so you will need permission before you click, but if you do get the permit, then it is a wonderful experience.
Indian Ghost Town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan
If you want to capture the supernatural then head to Bhangarh
, which is the scariest place in the country. It has been abandoned for ages. A shadow of darkness lures here and clicking pictures offers a real thrill as you wonder if you will see a floating shadow or something that you did not expect. Heading to the area post dawn is not encouraged by most, but if you have the guts, go ahead and click some scenic views of the architectural monuments here.
Dal Lake, Kashmir
The shikara, the gorgeous and colorful dresses that locals wear and the houseboats remind you of a Bollywood Shammi Kapoor movie. Of course, endless movies have been shot here. But nothing takes away the pleasure of taking pictures in this lake. There is so much diversity here to shoot like the flowers, the boats and shikaras or even the mountains. The misty hills and the fog that settles over the lake are scenes that you cannot miss.