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Photography tours in India: Destinations

Quick briefs from a travelshooter's perspective on some of our photo tour destinations in India…

Varanasi – A matter of life and death

The ghats at Varanasi, India.
The ghats at Varanasi, India.

Famously, Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. If we ignore legend and myth (which we do at our peril), sober historians agree that when you walk here you do so in the footsteps of the untold millions who have trodden the same stones for over 30 centuries.

Varanasi (also known as Benares) is the religious capital of India and is sacred to many communities. It's a revered place of pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe the city was founded by their deity Lord Shiva and who have made it one of their seven sacred cities.

Pushkar and the Camel Fair

Dawn at Pushkar lake.
Dawn at Pushkar lake.

Pushkar has been a holy place and a destination of pilgrims since time immemorial. It’s one of India’s oldest settlements, and that’s saying something in a country so richly embedded in antiquity. Centred around a lake sitting in a vast natural amphitheatre — a bowl surrounded on three sides by hills and by sand dunes on the fourth — Pushkar is venerated and visited by thousands of Indian pilgrims throughout the year.

Pushkar is so holy that pretty much all of it is sacred — and worth seeing, any time of the year. The water is holy, the tiered steps leading down to the lake are holy, and there are more than 500 temples (!) in and around the town — including the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma.

Agra and the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal at sunrise from across the Yamuna River, Agra, India.
The Taj Mahal at sunrise from across the Yamuna River, Agra, India.

Agra sits on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, only a couple of hundred kilometres south of India's capital, New Delhi. Although it can be argued that all Indian cities make fascinating photography destinations, Agra would have had relatively little to distinguish it from a dozen other competitors had it not been for a sad love story set over four hundred years ago.

Ladakh's High and Holy Places

Buddhist temple icon with Ladakh mountain backdrop.
Buddhist temple icon with Ladakh mountain backdrop.

Photography magazines and websites are always raving about Ladakh as one of the last great and reasonably accessible shooting opportunities. Ever wondered why? What is it that makes Ladakh so extraordinary and unique as a photography tour destination?

Well, how many places can you think of that offer this amazing combination of features:

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