Chokhi Dhani

The Pink City Through the Lens – A Photographer’s guide to Jaipur

Being the capital of India’s most colourful and vibrant state, Jaipur is a gateway to the country’s rich cultural history and maharaja style of living. Every corner of Jaipur bursts with life – from its bustling streets and crowded bazaars to grand palaces and majestic forts. And somewhere in the middle of this chaos, you’ll also find a moment of calm, transporting you to an era gone by.

With colourful attires, vibrant streets and so much to see, Jaipur has everything it takes to be a photographer’s delight. Here are the most photogenic parts of the city:

Jantar Mantar

jantar mantar jaipur

Situated next to the City Palace in Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is an ancient scientific marvel. It is the largest stone observatory in the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Center, dating back to the early 1800s. It comprises of 14 major instruments primarily used for tracking stars, predicting ellipses and measuring time. What makes this landmark perfect for photography is the huge geometric shapes playing hide and seek with the light and creating photo-worthy compositions. Jantar Mantar is also home to a huge picturesque sundial.

Chand Biori Step Well

Chand Biori Step Well

The Chand Biori Step Well was designed around 800CE to conserve water, required to survive in the arid, desert region. It was also a point of social gathering where locals would collect around the lower levels of the step well to beat the heat. The architectural wonder is a 13 stories deep step well with 3,500 stairs making it one of largest and deepest step wells in the country. With a wide-angle lens, you can capture some of your best shots at this historical landmark. The Chand Biori Step Well is situated in the village of Abhaneri that is about 2 hours from the main city of Jaipur. You will also find innumerable photography opportunities enroute the landmark, with traditional rural huts and peacocks on your way.

Street Photography

One of the most important reasons why Jaipur is an ideal destination for photographers is that you’ll find something photo-worthy at the end of every street. The roads are bustling with locals, street vendors, shopkeepers, animals, rickshaws and the list goes on. You’ll also spot local women decked in vibrantly coloured sarees and men wearing bright red pagdis, many of who don’t mind being photographed. Not to mention the abundance of brightly painted buildings and houses. You’re also likely to find the best dinner places in Jaipur photo-worthy, with their fantastic use of traditional art and artefacts.

Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani

If you’d like to witness a big, traditional Rajasthani fair, Chokhi Dhani is the place to be. From traditional dances to camel rides and fire-eaters, there is so much to capture in this lively space. Remember that the area may be relatively crowded for a tripod. Make sure to carry a camera with flash and high ISO to shoot best pictures in a low-light condition.

Capture everything the pink city has to offer with your lens. Counted among the best hotels in Jaipur India, The LaLiT is conveniently located in close proximity to the airport as well as all the other places you’d like to visit.

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