“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams
And, the places you have travelled!
There is no other experience richer than travelling places and permeating in the placid beauty of nature. And, if you are a landscape photographer it is almost a sin to stay put in one place. Just like its cultural diversity, India offers diverse landscapes with snow, desert, forest, mountains, rivers and sea all in one place.
Once you have soaked your soul in the idyllic art of nature, these places in India give you the opportunity to weave a story out of your experience; moment by moment, photograph by photograph.
The best landscape photography locations:
Jammu and Kashmir
It, undoubtedly, houses the most tranquil spots flaunting the best art of nature that are the masterpieces of beauty. Snow-clad landscapes, meadows of flowers, alpine lakes and scintillating views strikes every cord of the viewers’ heart. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Leh, Tsomoriri and Pangong Lake of Ladakh, Kupwara, Kathua, Kargil, Pahalgam, and Pulwama are few of the places which offer breath-taking views for shooting landscapes.
Himachal Pradesh is every photographers dream with magnificence and splendour carved stunningly in every curve of the land. Deep valleys, rugged mountains and snow-filled striking landscapes give the place an enchanted beauty. The Khajjar, also known as the “mini Switzerland”, at the foot of Dhauladhar, Sangla Valley, Chandertal Lake (Moon Lake) and Rohtang Pass are few of the amazing spots for landscape photography.
Uttaranchal is also known as the “valley of flowers” that offers delightful combination of colours to soothe every senses. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mysterious glacial Roopkund Lake, the exhilarating trek to “Valley of Flowers” originating from Ghangria, Kuari Pass with all its rare and fiercely protected flora and fauna, the incandescent beauty of Rupin Pass and the cradle shaped valley “Har ki Dun” all are bestowed with nature’s splendour for opportune photographers.
The name means “land of dawn-lit mountains” and it is also called as the “Orchid State of India”. This place offers stunning landscapes filled with serene beauty. Parshuram Kund located 21 kms north of Tezu is not only a sacred place but the divinity has seeped through the contours of every piece of landscape. Mayodia Pass at the Indo-China border is a treat to the eyes and is the most favoured destination to those who want to experience the snow-fall. Kamlang, Alubari Ghat, Lohit Valley, and Hayuliang are few other places which offer breath-taking views.
Rajashthan, steeped in the royal history, is known as the land of kings. Although barren, it offers rich landscapes for the trained eyes. It’s alluring, appealing and mesmerizing all at once making it an undeniable haven for landscape photography. For the ones who want to indulge in the raw, dry desserts Jaisalmer, the heart of the famous Thar Desert, offers a visual extravagance. Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur with its rich history offers opulent architecture giving a royal touch to the landscapes.
Karnataka offers a variety of interesting landscapes. Historical ruins, beaches, Western Ghats and several hill stations offer mesmerizing views. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once a flourishing empire, Hampi, offers grandiose even in its ruins. Mangalore has various beaches like the Gokarna, Malpe, Someshwara, Panambur, Ullal and the Tannirbhavi beaches which has scintillating views. Kudremukh, Coorg, Chikamagalur and Madikeri are other places of photographers’ interest.
Kerala, “the God’s own country” is home to blissful splendour and nature’s grandeur. The landscapes are laced with the magnificence of Western Ghats. Palm-lined beaches and backwaters adds to its grandeur. Alapuzzha, Bekal, Munnar, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Varkala and Wayanad are few of the hot spots.
India offers picturesque landscapes all over and are not limited to the places mentioned above. Every bend of the country has a story to tell in its unique landscapes. Like Robert Adams rightly says, “No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.”