The exquisite natural beauty of India is truly a haven for amateur and professional photographers. If you’re a shutterbug with a handy DSLR, head to these scenic spots to capture our country’s picturesque sights in a frame.
If you love travel and photography, there’s no place like India because its diverse indigenous beauty knows no bounds—from the valleys of Kashmir to the Nilgiri Hills of the South, the Thar Desert of the West to the Sunderban forests of the East. Here are the top tourist hotspots in India that are simply picture-perfect.
#1 Taj Mahal, Agra
The sight of this stunning marble wonder will render anyone speechless. Every year millions of tourists flock to the Taj Mahal to soak in its resplendent glory. You cannot resist capturing that almost sacred moment on camera, not to forget the famous ‘suspended-between-my-fingers’ perspective photo. While the monument of love appears ivory-white during day time, it is known to glow golden in moonlight. If you’re a photography buff, head there at dawn to capture the mausoleum’s lovely pinkish tinge.
#2 Golden Temple, Amritsar
Devotees swarm to the beautifully tranquil temple during daytime for a once-in-a-lifetime religious and spiritual experience. However, photography enthusiasts should stick around after sunset to watch the reflection of this architectural marvel bounce off the water and glow in the bright lights.
#3 Pangong Lake, Ladakh
The mesmerizing Pangong Tso Lake is a hit with filmmakers and has been featured in several Bollywood flicks. The pristine blue water, majestic mountains looming in the distance and the flash of color when sunlight hits the minerally-rich earth, is a delight for photographers.
#4 Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim
The myriad medley of colours inside the Rumtek Monastery—the largest one in Sikkim —is surely a sight for sore eyes. Photography is allowed inside the temple complex except the prayer hall, so get your DSLRs out and watch the burst of colours wonderfully come alive alongside the glorious golden stupa.
#5 Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Step into a field of dreams with a trek to the enchanting Valley of Flowers along the foothills of the Himalayas. Capture the riot of colours of the flora and fauna surrounding the national park and if you’re lucky, you could spot a rare snow leopard or black bear.
#6 Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
The pink city’s pride is this majestic structure that beams up at night with beautiful bright lights. Its intricate detailing and designs have captivated photographers since time immemorial, just like Jaipur’s other historical landmarks Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and City Palace.
#7 Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
The vast, endless expanse of white marsh is a traveller’s dream come true. If you’re a photography aficionado, head to the salty wetland next summer for a truly spellbinding sight—the stark contrast between the bright blue sky and the white barren earth.
#8 Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Immerse yourself in the vibrant sights and sounds of India’s religious capital. Perched on the banks of the mighty Ganga, the holy city of Varanasi is truly a photographer’s paradise. Brave the early morning crowds to take candid shots of the various Hindu rituals and rites performed by the priests and sages. Simply magical!
#9 Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Holiday revelers flock to Goa for its sunshine and sandy beaches, but the former Portuguese colony is so much more than that. Photographers love to explore Goa in the lush monsoon season for its impressive forts, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and of course, the cascading Dudhsagar Falls. Counted among India’s highest waterfalls, this four-tiered wonder literally translates into ‘sea of milk’ and never fails to disappoint visitors.
#10 Hampi, Karnataka
This one’s especially for the history enthusiasts! Soak in the rich culture and heritage of ancient India with a trip down south. The impressive monuments are replete with intricate carvings that come to life when shot using a professional camera.
#11 Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Nothing compares to the breathtaking labyrinthine architecture of the Meenakshi temple that placed Madurai on the world map. Globe-trotting tourists throng the historic Hindu temple that attracts millions during its annual festival. Boasting over 33,000 sculptures, the vividly hued temple complex is a beautiful sight to behold, making it an out of the world experience for photographers.
#12 Agatti Island, Lakshadweep
The tropical islands of Lakshadweep mesmerize onlookers with its crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. Visitors travelling to the archipelago by plane or helicopter can capture the spectacular view from the skies on their cameras. Indulge yourself in some underwater photography of the amazing coral reefs while scuba diving in the beautiful lagoons!
#13 Alleppey, Kerala
Immerse yourself in the tranquil silence of the backwaters, while gliding past the palm-fringed coastline in a houseboat. God’s own country offers a delightful range of camera-friendly sights such as winding waterfalls, lush green vegetation, mountains and forts for photography lovers.
Travel often appeals to the photographer in everyone so this is a great list to start off your visual escapades. They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder but all these places are guaranteed eye candy!