Top 7 Distinctive Locations in India For Photographers

See the world through your lens. Photos capture moments of beauty and exquisiteness in one frame. For the budding photographers out there, India is a treat in the kind of diversity it presents. From the chaos of the cities to the serenity of nature, India has it all. This list compiles some of the most picturesque places in India.

1. Sambhar, Rajasthan

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Photo by Rajarshi MITRA, CC BY 2.0

The largest inland Salt Lake in India is one of the weekend getaway from Jaipur. The area is covered by a sheet of white. I would call this region a photographer’s delight not only because of the landscape but also the many villages adjoining the area that give a glimpse of the Rajasthani culture. Hire bikes and tents from Jaipur and ride to Sambhar because the night sky here, undisturbed by the many building of the city has many secrets to show. To explore Jaipur and its nearby tourist places visit:http://www.transindiatravels.com/rajasthan/jaipur/weekend-getaways-from-jaipur/

2. Jammu And Kashmir

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Photo by Colin Tsoi, CC BY-ND 2.0

Heaven on earth is bound to give you some photos you would cherish. A walk along the Kashmir at five in the morning would show you how well the town and nature blend together. The city of Leh is the crown of the state and the artistically arresting in its charm. If you want to plan a road trip with your friends, check this: http://www.transindiatravels.com/jammu-and-kashmir/leh/tourist-places-to-visit-in-leh-laddakh

 3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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Photo by Nico Crisafulli, CC BY 2.0

The spiritual hub of India is submerged in chaos. The city has many temples and Ghats that are marvels of architecture which attracts thousands of tourists to visit Varanasi every year, but what is interesting about the city are the people. The area is sure to give you some marvelous portrait shots. To know the most Instagrammed places in Varanasi visit:

http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttar-pradesh/varanasi/tourist-places-to-visit-in-varanasi

4. Assam

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Photo by Bidyut Gogoi, CC BY 2.0

The tea gardens in the state paint the region green. Drained by the Brahmaputra river, the region has many beautiful sites. The state has a cultural extravaganza for three days, Roongali Festival. The cultural gala will have it all – dance, theatre, handicraft along with other events.

 5. Kerala

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Photo by Kerala Tourism, CC BY-SA 2.0

The scenic beauty in the state is an added bonus to the cultural heritage. The cluttered urban centers or the serene backwaters are equally enamoring. Mohiniyattam performers dance with their emotions and expressions. Get your photographic masterpiece while the dancers are in action.

6. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Photo by Andy Hay, CC BY 2.0

The madhouse metropolitan Mumbai may not be a scenic beauty but its exquisiteness lay in the soaring skyline. The British Indian architecture of the city mixed with the modern Millie is picture perfect. To explore Mumbai and its nearby attractions visit: http://www.transindiatravels.com/maharashtra/mumbai/tourist-places-to-visit-in-mumbai

7. Lakshwadeep Islands

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Photo by Binu K S, CC BY-SA 2.0

Abounding with beaches and lagoons, the island settlement of Lakshwadeep is an exotic location. The coral reefs in the region are the deal stealer. The island has many ornately decorated mosques. The beauty of the region is reflected in the clear blue waters. To read more about this island:

http://www.transindiatravels.com/lakshadweep-islands/tourist-places-to-visit-in-lakshadweep-islands/

Henri Cartier-Bresson said that your first 10,000 pictures are your worst. His words are the motivation that every budding photographer needs. The beauty of India is unprecedented, so pick up your camera and get the pictures of your life.

7 Adventure Sports That You Must Try at Least Once in India

India is a land of mighty mountains, high waterfalls, fast flowing rivers, endless deserts and deep oceans. It is a place which is blessed with the beauty of mother nature. It is the best place for enjoying adventurous and thrilling sports. The country is experiencing an increase in the number of adventure tours. Here is a list of seven adventure sports that you can enjoy to the fullest in this wonderful country

1. Scuba Diving

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If you have a love for water and want to experience the life deep in an ocean, then this is the perfect sports for you. You can experience the colourful and beautiful underwater flora and fauna that will bring a smile on your face. The best place to experience this sports is Lakshadweep or Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Lakshadweep is well known for its colourful coral reefs that are home to millions of beautiful marine creatures. You will need some lessons and training before venturing on your underwater journey. This is one of the sports that you should experience while you are young.

2. Skiing

Photo by Barney Moss, CC BY 2.0

Everyone likes playing with snow, but when it comes to adventure sports, the Himalayas in India has lots to offer. In winter you can go to any of the snow camps in Kashmir and you can enjoy the amazing feeling of skiing. It will be a very thrilling moment when you go whizzing down the hill on the snow and the cold air rubs your cheeks. Shimla and Gulmarg in Kashmir are the best destinations for this sport. Heli-skiing is one in which a helicopter is used to transport people to a hill from where they come skiing down the hill. Beginners need some lessons attain balance and control. Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Manali and Auli are some of the best places for skiing in India.

3. Paragliding

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It has been the dream of man to fly like a bird in the sky since ancient times. The thrill and adventure of flying high in the sky is immeasurable. Paragliding is a sport made for this purpose. In this a para glide is used which is very light and can be used to fly in the air. Biling, Solang, Kangra, Kullu and Manali are some of the best places for paragliding in India. Some training is needed to understand and control the movement of a paraglide. The paraglide is essentially a large kite and can fly for hours and many kilometers.

4. Trekking

Laddakh, Photo by McKay Savage, CC BY 2.0

India has a large number of mountain ranges with green flora and a great place for nature lovers. India has all kinds of trekking terrain that for all kinds of trekking adventures. Manali, Laddakh, Kumaon region and the Chembra peak of Kerala are the best place to visit for trekking. Trekking is a great way to communicate and relax in the lap of mother earth and nature.

5. Rafting

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India is a country of rivers that flow with great pace. There are many rivers that come from the Himalayas and these fast flowing rivers are the perfect for river rafting sports. Whether it is Ganges in Rishikesh or Indus in Leh, this experience is unforgettable. It is one of the most dangerous as well as a thrilling experiences. Rafting is generally a group activity and proper training is needed for the sport, but the amount of joy and thrill is immeasurable. This sport requires a great amount of energy and strength.

6. Bungee Jumping

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Bungee jumping is the sport in which free fall is experienced from a great height with the help of a rope that is tied in the leg. The adrenaline rush in the body and the fear makes it one of the most enjoyable adventure sports. The feel of gravity disappears and you will experience total weightlessness. The famous spot for bungee jumping in India are Rishikesh, Delhi, Lonavala and Bangalore.

7. Windsurfing

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This water adventure sport requires great skill and is one of the most thrilling sports played on the ocean waves. A ride on the wave is an amazing experience. You have to just adjust the posture to balance your weight. Surfers can use natural as well as artificial waves created from the boat or wave pool machines. Wind surfing uses the power of the wind to propel forward. Proper training is needed before this sport is tried. In India this sport can be experienced in Mumbai, Goa and marina beach in Chennai.

When adventure is mixed with sports a whole new blend of experience is created and India can be the perfect place for these sports. These 7 thrilling adventure sports are waiting for your arrival so pack your bag soon for this wonderful experience.

 

Author Bio:

A passionate traveller and blogger, Rohit Agarwal keeps discovering unexplored places in India. An architect by profession, he keeps on writing his voyage diary on a website owned by him called TransIndiaTravels.com. Here you can find his interesting blogs on travel, tourism, and cuisines.

5 Picturesque Indian Destinations to Hitch-Hike In

If you are an avid traveller and want to experiment with something new this time, adventure is the answer for you. Occasional adventure trips are really great to undertake. They help you see life from another perspective and teach you a lot of things (including risk). Needless to say, you not only get closer to nature through adventure but also become very spontaneous and confident in your personality. 

So, if you are excited enough to take on an invigorating yet simple adventurous trip for yourself with family or friends, here is a list of 5 exquisite places that you can book for your next trip.

1. LEH and LADAKH

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Photo by Bharat Rawail, CC BY 2.0

If we are talking about adventure, we just cannot miss out on Leh and Ladakh. Not only it is known for its exceptional beauty but also for the most exhilarating adventurous trips that one can experience. So, this has to top our list. Here you can find opportunities like paragliding, hiking, trekking and even rafting sometimes. People also often take motorcycle tours from Simla to Leh, but it is not recommended for the faint of hearts. Apart from adventure, if you happen to get tired, you have a great option to visit the Buddhist monasteries which are beautiful and would surely embellish your trip.

2. MEGHALAYA

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Mawphlang, Photo by Ashwin Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0

Meghalaya? Never thought of it as an adventurous destination, right? Well, I suggest that you do not limit your adventures only to trekking and hiking. Go beyond that – caves are an excellent endeavour. It is undoubtedly dangerous like any other adventurous sport, but it is a must to try if you are a hard-core reckless traveller. Meghalaya has beautiful caves with forests and waterfalls all around. This north-eastern sister state is full of nature and will give you an enriching experience. After all its capital Shillong is called the “Scotland of the East”.

3. GOA

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Palolem Beach Goa, Photo by NeilsPhotography, CC BY 2.0

Goa is more much more than partying and nightlife. It has great adventurous sports that can be undertaken without mountains! Goa gives you the opportunity to have some fun with water. Water adventure sports like Fly-boarding, go-karting, rafting and scuba diving can all be given a try. Goa has amazing weather in the months from June to September and the cool waters will give you an untouchable experience. Along with water sports, you can also go for the Hot air balloon flight in Goa. You can experience high altitudes and be right there in the sky on the ninth cloud.

4. MYSORE

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Main Gate of Mysore palace, Photo by Spiros Vathis, CC BY-ND 2.0

Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka is known not just for its fine culture but also for various tourist attractions like monuments, temples, forts and museums. Known as the most popular sightseeing city, Mysore provides a great opportunity for sky-diving. With a proper trainer/guide, you can experience flying high in the blue skies at great altitudes and exquisite greenery below.

5. KERALA

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Kerala Boathouse, Photo by Silver Blue, CC BY-SA 2.0

Kerala is undoubtedly India’s paradise. It is a place where you can find the most exquisite greenery, waterfalls, flora and fauna in addition to sparkling beaches. Apart from Kerala’s heavenly landscape, there are a lot of adventurous activities that one can explore. Mountaineering, water-sports on beaches and most importantly flying fox are some of the fun activities. Thanks to the immensely tall trees and mountains, flying fox is a sport where via a rope tied between two opposite mountain points, you swing from one end to another. Apart from getting the feeling of a chimpanzee, you will have a wonderful time.

When in Kerala, you must also try Parasailing, where a rope is attached to parasail at one end and the other end is attached to a speedboat. As the speedboat races in the sea, the sailor becomes airborne into the sky. The speedboat controls the parasail. This is one of the most interesting activities to enjoy on a bright sunny day with a cool breeze and blue waters all around.

Adventure is a way of enjoying the other side of life which gets lost in everyday life. It brings the vigour in you to take challenges head-on and go for them with bursting thrill. It might physically exert you but will mentally relax you. You never know, you might just discover a whole new side of yourself. Going to a place at the right time of the year is always an added advantage to your trip. With proper care, planning and judgment, you can make your upcoming trip adventurous and have once in a lifetime experience.

 

Author Bio:

A passionate traveller and blogger, Rohit Agarwal keeps discovering unexplored places in India. An architect by profession, he keeps on writing his voyage diary on a website owned by him called TransIndiaTravels.com. Here you can find his interesting blogs on travel, tourism, and cuisines.