Instagram-Worthy Spots in India
Dazzling colors, complicated architecture, exotic terrains, and ancient culture, you'll find it all in India. Of course, you'll want to snap it all, too.
You could spend a lifetime traversing the energetic cities and rural countryside, discovering this wonderful country, and capturing astonishing images. Most of us, though, have only a few weeks to explore.
To help plan your trip, check out these top spots where you can get gorgeous pictures/videos, and unforgettable cultural experiences.
Every trip to India must include a visit to the Taj Mahal. It's a rite of passage to photograph the iconic architecture, glowing in the early morning light, reflected in the mirror-like pond. So if that's your goal, arrive early and be patient. Many others want the same shot, so arriving early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
The Taj Mahal may be one of the most photographed places on Earth, but we have yet to see it from your perspective. If you need inspiration, jump onto Pinterest and Instagram and search #tajmahal. Once you've checked that off your list, roam and get imaginative.
Agra Fort / Jahangiri Palace
While you're in the area, check out Agra Fort. The fantastic red sandstone architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a surplus of photo ops. During golden hour the natural light will work marvels for you. Check out #agrafort on Instagram to see it yourself.
Jaipur offers architectural wonders. So you will need a few days to explore this fantastic city and add these breathtaking locations to your photo list:
Patrika Gate – Marvel at the unique artwork on the walls of the gate before snapping your Insta-worthy pics.
City Palace – The royal complex contains lovely gardens, courtyards, and buildings, but the ornate gates are famous
Amber Palace/Amer Fort – The name varies, but the location is the same and incredible. You allow yourself plenty of time to wander around and capture it all.
Amer Fort Viewpoint – Hike up to the watchtowers to get a distinct perspective and an awe-inspiring shot.
Nahargarh (Abode of Tigers) Fort – Nahargarh lies in the Aravali mountains and offers perfect sunsets.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) – built for female royal family members, so they could observe the city without being seen.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace) – Sitting in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, visitors aren't allowed near the palace, but you can photograph it from afar.
Galta Ji Temple (a.k.a. Monkey Temple) – You might see a monkey or two riding on the back of a local pig.
Searching #visitjaipur on Instagram and Pinterest will have you packing your suitcases quickly.
The entire city has numerous mesmerizing photo opportunities:
Brilliantly colored boats
Bursting alleyways and markets
The nightly Aarti fire ceremonies on the banks of the Ganges
The sacred Ganges River itself, especially at sunrise and sunset
It's an assault on the senses and a photographer's dream, and you can get inspired quickly by searching #varanasi on Instagram.
If you find yourself in Kolkata, India's cultural capital, there are two things you must photograph (you'll find plenty of inspiration on Instagram by searching #kolkata):
The vintage yellow cabs
The flower market at Mallick Ghat
Take a break from the busy cities and take in the luxuriant countryside of Kerala.
Periyar National Park – Go on a safari to spot elephants and tigers.
Munnar Tea Plantations – Get gorgeous terrains of the rolling hills filled with tea gardens.
Alleppey (Alappuzha) – For the complete experience and the best shots, take a journey on a houseboat through the "Venice of the East."
Located on the west coast, Goa is perfect for a beach vacation. Here are a few of the most picturesque beaches to experience and capture with your camera:
Agonda Beach – Calm, clear waters and striking golden sand
Palolem Beach – Brightly colored coco huts that are built and re-built each year
Butterfly Beach – Hop on a boat from nearby Agonda Beach or Palolem Beach to experience this secluded spot.
Benaulim Beach – One of the best beaches in Goa for families
Cavelossim Beach – White sand, black lava rocks, and fewer crowds make this a perfect photo spot.
Beyond the Beach – If you're interested in nature and wildlife photography, add Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to your list.
Head to Pinterest and search VisitGoa for inspiration.
Be a Responsible Photographer
Please be respectful and abstain from photographing sacred sites. Sometimes getting the picture is not the right thing to do—posted signs will let you know when it's not ok to photograph a place.
When photographing people, especially children, always ask for permission.
There's So Much More!
This article only scratches the surface of India's gorgeous spots to explore. Whether or not you're focused on photography, I can create a fantastic itinerary catered to you and your travel style.