The Best Photography Spots To Capture The Essence Of Jaipur
Are you ready to experience the beauty of India through your lens? Jaipur, the Pink City of India, is an absolute must visit for photographers looking to capture the vibrant colours, eye-catching architecture and rich culture of the country.
Read on to discover some of the best photography spots in Jaipur — including the fascinating Amber Fort, the vibrant Hawa Mahal and the iconic Jantar Mantar — with insider tips and tricks that will help you take your pictures to the next level.
1. Amber Fort Palace
The majestic Amber Fort Palace is located 11 kilometres away from Jaipur city, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rajasthan. Built out of red sandstone and white marble, the fort is renowned for its breathtaking Rajput architecture, which makes it a photographer’s paradise.
Visitors can either take an elephant ride or climb a ramped pathway to get from the town to the palace entrance. Inside, you’ll find exotic courtyards with meandering pathways, luxurious chambers with intricate mirror work and lush gardens that are great for taking photos.
For an Instagram-worthy photo, explore the inner courtyard where you can snap images of the breathtaking Diwan-i-Aam or Hall of Public Audience. From this spot, you get the most stunning view of Sheesh Mahal — a palace adorned with mirrored mosaics (a combination of handcrafted glass pieces) in a variety of shapes and forms that look incredible when flooded with light.
2. Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds is an iconic five-storey structure made of pink and red sandstone and designed in a honeycomb form, with a blend of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Best known for its 953 Jharokhas or lattice windows which allow cool breeze to pass through the palace, this two-century old structure is a favourite among photographers looking to capture stunning images from different angles.
It is believed that in the past, royal women used the complex network of windows to view processions and other public events without actually making their presence known. As a result, this unique structure is full of interesting stories, so it’s definitely worth taking some time here to get creative with your camera technique.
3. Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar observatory was built as an astronomical centre in 1888 by Maharaja Jai Singh, ruler of Jaipur. Although it looks like an ordinary place, Jantar Mantar is actually full of fascinating monuments, including intricate sundials, stunning marble structures and stunning statues that make the observatory, a photographers dream by day or night.
The most impressive monument at the observatory is called Samrat Yantra — India’s largest astronomical device. This fascinating structure casts gigantic shadows around it throughout the day, making it excellent for capturing silhouette shots. Other striking monuments here include Krantiveer Yantra (an astrological sundial), Ram Yantra (a device designed to calculate time) and Jayprakash Yantra (an astronomical observatory).
4. Historic Markets
Jaipur has some of the most captivating bazaars that sell everything from textiles to antiques, jewellery to terracotta pottery and much more. These markets provide excellent photographic opportunities as they are full of vibrant colours, interesting people and interesting architecture.
For an absolutely Instagrammable shot, explore Tripolia Bazaar — an old market that sells jewellery, handbags and spices. Many travellers come here not just to shop but also take photos of its majestic havelis (traditional Indian houses). Make sure you spend some time in Johari Bazaar — one of the oldest markets in Jaipur where you will find a stunning set of havelis painted in blue and white colours — as well as Kishanpole Bazaar where you can take some excellent photos of colourful stores with intricate patterns and designs.
5. City Palace
The City Palace complex occupies one-seventh of Jaipur city’s area and is a reflection of the city’s royal grandeur centuries ago. There are many spots here where you can take stunning pictures — such as Mubarak Mahal (a mansion featuring stunning Islamic architecture) and Diwan-i-Khas (a hall with stunning mirror work) — so make sure you take your time exploring each one before taking photos.
But if you’re looking for the perfect Instagram shot, head to the Zenana Mahal or Private Chambers at City Palace. This palace is made up of seven pavilions ,each featuring a different type of architecture — Rajputana, Mughal, European and Chinese styles — making it one of the most unique monuments in Jaipur city.
Ready for an Instagram Tour Of Jaipur?
Jaipur is full of fascinating places perfect for capturing amazing photos. Whether you’re looking for unusual structures or old-world charm, there’s something here for every photographer. So if you’re ready to start planning your Jaipur tour, why not explore a guided tour? GetYourGuide offers great tours around Jaipur city that will give you a unique experience while providing you with enough time to explore each area and take photos. So grab your camera and start your Jaipur journey!
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