All Things Rajasthan

Travel Photography

Even the winds and the storms try to stand still in vain and create dunes in these deserts; where men wear colourful turbans and women wear silver, but the sands wear gold.

Mawa kachori and malpauas will tickle your taste buds; lassi and chaas in the unglazed kulhads calm a parched throat under an impossible sun. Reflections of the skies, the mahals, the forts and the palaces bleed into shimmering lakes. The rising and setting sun exaggerate the pastoral grandeur of this land; a justified act to the magnificence that acquires varying characters in different lights.

Welcome to all things Rajasthan.

After getting you acquainted with the Pushkar Fair, we now give you a tempting peek into The Golden City, Jaisalmer, and a village inhabited by the socio-religious group called the Bishnois.

Dune Trails

The sand dunes from Jaisalmer flow on to meet the Pakistan border. Even the grand vastness of nothing in these deserts changes its appearance with each passing hour of the day. If there are not many clouds floating above the sand dunes, you’ll get to see the stars perched on the dark fabric of the night sky and track their trail, making night sky photography one of the most sought-after activities in the area.

In Jaisalmer, you can stay in camps built on the sand dunes, go on safaris, and photograph the ridges and furrows that spread out to the horizon. The camp jeeps are a fun way of commuting. You can also make silhouette shots of just camels or camels with people around, and of sunrise and sunset, while the world around you is swathed in golden light.

Not only does the study of landscape mesmerise you in Jaisalmer, but also the culture of the people in their rich folk ways of living will leave you thinking how diverse a population it is.

Village Virtues

The Bishnois are a community of people who believe in a healthy eco-friendly social life.  They can be called the original activists of an eco-friendly way of life because of the 29 tenets (laid down by their spiritual leader, Guru Jambheshwar) they follow, most of which are directed towards protecting trees and wildlife.

This rustic part of Rajasthan, with its popular race of people living in kachcha houses, makes it one of the most ideal places for culture-based photography. Village safaris will take you to the heart of the village, far away from the city, where you can work on how to interact with people so that you can make some intriguing portraits depicting their everyday life and society. Even the Bishnoi Village Camp and Resort looks rustic with its kachcha walls, and makes for a comfortable stay.

City Blues

The Blue City Jodhpur is no less an enticing place for a traveller or photographer compared to the other towns and cities of Rajasthan. You can wander the streets of this city aimlessly, looking at the magnificent forts, palaces and temples, all set against the striking landscape of the Thar Desert.

Jodhpur is called the Sun City because the city basks in sunny weather with a bright and incredibly blue sky overhead almost throughout the year. And the name ‘Blue City’ is justified by the stunning houses around the Mehrangarh Fort, which are painted completely in the shade of blue.

All this and more will hold you in fascination over a spectacular range of terrains. So in the Land of the Kings you walk like one yourself!

And you can start by clicking here to join our ‘Thar Attraction’ Travel Photography Tour!

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Sourabha Rao

Sourabha is a staff writer at Toehold who dexterously gives verbal form to the inexpressible, and with her passion for travel, weaves immersive stories that transcend space and dissolve time.

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