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22 Photographs that are filled with beauty, adventure and wanderlust -World Photography Day!

A country of many diversities and an amalgamation of multiple cultures, India is no less than a connoisseur’s paradise for photographers, from architectural monuments to historical places, and to everyone who inhabits it makes this place a picture-perfect destination!

Before the world was familiar with camera phones they had to carry their camera with them. Smartphones have now awakened us to the power of photos through new technologies, tools and platforms. It has made it easy for everyone to click pictures. One doesn’t have to possess a camera to click pictures all they need is a mobile with a camera. To add on there are many applications available that help to enhance the image making it look more appealing.

Every year on 19th August World Photography Day is celebrated worldwide with great zeal and passion. The main aim is to spread the work of those who share their ideas of photography. A photograph has the power to enhance the beauty of a place which looks ordinary to others.

Highlighting the beauty of the world around us through these photographs captured through mobile cameras-


The World Famous Open Air Gallery- Shekhawati (Rajasthan)
Sunset Views at Goa
Streets with a view-Jaipur
The Joy Ride – Kolkata
Drenched- World Trade Park, Jaipur
The Chaos- Pink City
The Crimson hues- Goa Beach
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Fly High-Statue Circle, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
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The Flame- Pushkar, Rajasthan
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The Sun & The Shadow- Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Ramparts of Red Fort, Delhi
Wonders of the world -Taj Mahal, Agra
Called Life in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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The Serene Lake of Pushkar, Rajasthan
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Keep Walking-Ladakh
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Steps leading down-Stepwell at Dholpur, Rajasthan
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At Dusk-Camel fair, Pushkar
The splendour of Bundi, Rajasthan
The Last Rites- Banaras, Uttar Pradesh
Roads and mountains -Himachal Pradesh
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Cenotaphs, Jodhpur
Humans of Himachal Pradesh

So, pick up your cameras or mobile phones, walk around and click some pictures.

Happy World Photography Day!



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Insight Into The World Of Photography


Photography is beautiful. You can capture every moment of your existence and reminisce those moments for the rest of your lives. Even today when we see our childhood photos or photos of loved ones, there’s a sentimental longing that cannot be expressed in words. It surely is a way of ‘feeling, touching and loving’ as Aaron Siskind said.

Today, when we celebrate the soulful art of photography, Mr Purushottam Diwakar, a talented Photo Journalist at India Today, shares with us his experiences and opinions on being a lensman. He is one of the oldest photo journalists in the city of Jaipur and truly passionate for what he does. Let’s see what Jaipur Beat discovered while interviewing him.


Q1. From roll cameras to digital cameras, how has photography evolved?

“Earlier, of course, it used to take time to develop pictures in colour labs. It was a long and hectic process. With digital cameras taking over, photography has revolutionised, in a good way. Gladly, photo journalists can look at the pictures instantly without having to sit in a colour lab for hours. Moreover, they can edit the pictures on computers which make the whole concept beneficial.”

Q2. Considering how easy photography has become with digitisation and the fact that you can take hundreds of shots in one go, do you think the photo journalists these days do not understand how its important?

“No, I disagree! An experienced photographer would never look for short cuts and take the digitisation for granted. Casually clicking hundreds of pictures and not analysing the scenery has its own disadvantages. Firstly, nobody can overlook the storage problem that can be caused by clicking so many pictures. Secondly, nobody has the time to select that one good picture out of hundred pictures. Most importantly, these days, photo journalists are supposed to immediately send pictures to journalists for news. Hence there is no scope for short cuts.”


Q3. What is your opinion on staged photography?

“Those who perform staged photography are the reason why India currently stands on 136th position in photography out of 180 countries. Honestly, I feel ashamed to say that my profession is not doing well. I believe the sole reason for India’s such position is malpractices like staged photography, and not lack of technology or money, as some people might think. You cannot force a kid to cry or artificially design a photograph. With such large viewership and amazing talents in the country, such ethical misconducts are a disgrace.”


Q4. With mobile phones cameras’ resolution rising constantly, in future is it possible for mobile phones to completely replace cameras?

“I don’t think so. Surely there are times when we use mobile phones for capturing some shots, but this does not mean they can do the job of a camera. Experts would always stick to cameras, no matter what! I believe such a day would never come.”

Well this was surely enlightening. Our experience with Mr Purushottsam was a memorable one. We hope you too enjoyed it.

Jaipur Beat wishes you a very Happy Photography Day! 😀

Like and share, if you too love photography!!!!!

Content credit: Neha Mantri

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8 Instagram-Worthy Places To Visit In Jaipur

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With an increasing craze for photography, everyone is a photographer and every place instagrammable. But there are some places in our lovely Pink City which have become absolute favourites of the travellers and photographers over the time.

The glory of heritage and the majesty of olden times have made our Pink City a heritage hub and a city most ardent and avid. It is not just full of life, but also houses in itself some masterpieces of ancient architecture. Jaipur offers the photography freaks some of the most admirable and royally classic Instagram posts.

On this World Photography Day, we bring to you the most clicked places of Jaipur from Instagram.

  1. Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799 under the rule of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this beautiful monument of our city has been renovated over time only to turn much more glorious than before. It is known to have been built with little jharokhas and has 953 windows in all. The interesting reason behind the unique designing of this place was that the royal ladies were not supposed to come out of purdah. Hence, these jharokhas provided the royal ladies a good view of daily life outside the palace. The intricate detailing in the windows and jharokhas along with the unique five storey honeycomb-like structure, account to one of the most clicked and admired places of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of Winds or Palace of the Breeze.

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  1. Panna Meena Ka Kund

This place has taken photography levels in Jaipur to crazy time and again. Among the most favourites of photography lovers, and forever trending in hashtags; Panna Meena Ka Kund is said to be one of the hidden treasures of Amer. The place adds to an extraordinary excitement with a mystery that nobody can use the same staircase to get down and come upstairs again. It is known to look the most mesmerizing during the monsoon season. It is also known as Panna Miyan Ki Naoli.

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  1. City Palace

This place does not just keep importance as a heritage site of Jaipur, but also is an absolute classic of the times when the royals ruled over the beautiful city. City Palace has seen a number of grand celebrations and weddings of the royal family. Prismatic and ravishing designing of this place is a never ending romance between Rajasthani, Mughal, and European architecture. With intricate detailing with colourful patterns and designs inside out, City Palace feeds your photographs collection in stockpiles! It houses in itself some famous places like Mukut Mahal, City Palace Museum, Maharani’s Palace and Sri Govind Dev Ji Temple.

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  1. Nahargarh

Known to be ‘The Most Happening place of Jaipur,’ Nahargarh offers an experience most lingering to its visitors with its absolutely amazing view of the Pink City from the top. Not only is it a popular place among the lens lovers, but also a sought-after place for pre-wedding shoots. The view from Nahargarh is the most bewitching on Deepawali night when the whole Pink City is ornamented with scintillating jazzy lights.

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  1. Amber Fort

If there’s a monsoon go-to place in Jaipur, it is this. This place is a principal tourist attraction and offers a large area for photo sessions and family hangouts. Located 11 kms from the main city area, Amber Fort consists of a Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, and Sukh Niwas. The fort overlooks the Maota lake that adds to another photogenic spot in the list. Amber is also famous for a temple dedicated to Shila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult. The whole Jaipur city looks awe-inspiring and fascinating from high up top.

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  1. Jal Mahal

Majestically standing in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is the ultimate place to beautify your Instagram feed. From silhouette pictures to selfies, this place always looks absolutely breath- taking. The place is surrounded with beautifully carved cenotaphs and chhatris which add to the glory of this fascinating place.

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  1. Patrika Gate

Located at Jawahar Circle on the Airport Road, this gate is the ninth gate of Jaipur. It not only keeps heritage value but also the aesthetic value due to its modern architecture mingled with traditional style. The poly-chromatic patterns and vibrant surroundings make this gate one of a kind. It also keeps historical value related to its number since the base for construction of ancient Jaipur was taken as number nine and this gate completes the lineage. The vibrant colours and mesmerizing architecture is always admired and captured when visited by travellers and tourists.

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  1. Albert Hall Museum

Named after the Prince of Wales in 19th century, Albert Edward, the building itself is a part of museum display due to its Indo- Seracenic architecture. This beautiful building is not just popular as a photography spot but also for the occasional concerts and programs held here.

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Keep clicking 😉

Pictures taken from Instagram.

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Journey of Jaipur’s Famous Photographers – From Old-School to Digital Era

Do you remember playing darkroom as a child ? Yes we are talking about the game you would play with friends or cousins where you would shut all the lights of a room and try to find and recognize each other. Let us tell you all that this term was not just a play thing but the life of a photographer during 19th century when there were no ‘Point and Shoot’ cameras and definitely no SLRs and DSLRs. This is not it. There have been a lot of terms, struggles, hard times and victories faced and experienced by the photographers who followed their passion at a time when it wasn’t a cakewalk as there was no digital technology and mobile phones were not even invented, leave alone having cameras. Among these respected old-school photographers, Jaipur Beat picked up four ace photographers from Jaipur, who haven’t just been the heroes of their time, but the ones who never rested on their past laurels but walked this tough & competitive path to shine through the journey and still stayed ahead of many who jumped on the bandwagon much later. On World Photography Day, let’s know their nostalgic journey and what they think about the passion cum fashion called photography that prevails in this digital era 🙂

  1. Sudhir Kasliwal – The Richie Rich with an Undying Passion
    The head of Jaipur’s leading jewellery house – Gem Palace, Sudhir Kasliwal refused to let go of his penchant for photography despite being in a family business. He identified his passion at a tender age of 12 and went on to capture Rajasthan’s spellbinding life, landscapes and heritage at a time when availability of photography material & cameras was scarce and difficult. It was a time when having photography as a passion came at a cost but what is a passion that doesn’t go through the test of fire ? Due to high costs of printing and developing, Sudhir Ji set up his own darkroom at home to develop and print his photographs.
    “Earlier photographers were more disciplined . Today, with the ease of cameras and particularly phone cameras, everyone is a photographer but there is always a photograph and there is good photograph with aesthetic sense and spirit.”
    ~ Sudhir KasliwalThe man who started with a Kodak box camera, the one with 12-Exposure roll, went on to click Rajasthan like no one else has till date. With a heart full of passion and eyes beaming with art, he captured the beauty of his home town in black and white colors with his first box camera, that stays like a memoir in the chapters of Rajasthan.
    Panch Batti clicked through his first box cameraOne of his first SLR clicks included the City palace in 1980s while the first celebrity to be clicked by his Nikon 35 mm SLR camera was Rajmata Gayatri Devi in 1985. He became a sensation and won accolades for his 255 rare clicks of Rajmata exhibited at Jaipur Jewellery Show later in 2009.
    Quoting the famous quote of Ansel Adams-” You do not take a photograph but make it”, Sudhir Ji went on to say that earlier photographers were more disciplined but today’s photographers just take pictures and leave everything else to post-editing. There are exceptions, but this is where the majority lies today.

    His Message to the present & future photographers-
    “Keep clicking but good photographs are not made by good/ expensive cameras. Good photographs come out of your head. It is a way how you perceive and view your subject. So, think and plan before releasing the shutter of your camera. Like painting, photography is also an art. Merely clicking recklessly with your  modern motor driven digital cameras will not make you a photographer!”

    2. Tikam Chand – The Preserver of Old Charm 

    Found on the busy colorful streets of walled city of Jaipur, is a man who is proudly preserving three eras of photography with his 1860 Carl Zeiss camera  – Tikam Chand. A box camera model that was gifted to his grandfather Pahari lal by the then Maharaja of Jaipur, was passed to him as a legacy in 1977, and he hasn’t looked back since then. From passport size pictures to candid clicks, from school kids to Government officers, all used to flock to him to get the instant black and white pictures clicked by him.

    Though the era of box cameras ended when colored printing & filming came into existence but his box camera still stands strong and unique among these colored cameras. The box camera doesn’t require any roll and has fixer and developer that print pictures immediately with the beautiful backdrop of Hawamahal !

    Renowned stars of Indian film fraternity like Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Shatrugan Sinha and the famous stand-up comedian Surendra sharma have gotten their pictures clicked by him, but unfortunately, he could not keep their negatives 🙂

    “The difference between photographers now and photographers then is that today’s crowd doesn’t understand the true significance or meaning of the art of photography, they take it casually. They think having a digital camera means being a professional”.

    3. Dinesh Bhargava – The One to turn Passion into Profession

    Owner of Mayur Studio, one of the most famous photo studios in town, with an unmatched quality when it comes to the segment of wedding photography, Dinesh Bhargava had a word with Jaipur Beat about his journey so long. Owning the 19th century Nikon f2, the second member of the long line of Nikon F-series professional level, Dinesh possesses a collection of cameras from Germany, Russia, and Japan which only few can dream of. He bought his first camera in 1971 which was a YASHICA MAT 124. Having stepped in the professional world of photography at a young age of 18, Dinesh has only come miles ahead of many. With a two-floor studio of his own and highly valued & updated equipment imported from all over the world and cameras with a fabulous mechanical structure, Mayur studio & color lab has been tasting success for 35 years now.

    Famous personalities hailing from Jaipur viz. Sanjay shah, Juhi Parmar, Smita Bansal, Delnaaz and Bakhtiyar have gotten their photo shoots done at his studio. His photographs have played a crucial role in the careers of these celebs especially Juhi Parmar and Smita Bansal who gained instant popularity after this photo shoot.

    Message on photography day

    “It’s a mixture of education and art. I request people to take it seriously. If one wants pursue the work, then he/she has to have an eye for it.  I request new photographers to avoid the current trend and not engage in any sort of malpractice. You’re the one who is getting fooled in real life”.

    4. Umesh Gogna – A Photographer On The Run

    A paragon of the kind of photography which right now is a rage among the youth – Umesh Gogna knew at the age of 26 that he wanted to club his two passions into one – Travel & Photography. Having started to click in 1997, Umesh took his first leap into the mountains in 1999 with his camera and knew that this was just the beginning.

    With no Google, no good education about photography and no mentor to guide, Umesh is a self-made man who started off with Pentax P30 as his first camera. That was the time when films and prints were an expensive deal, there was no instant preview at location and the only motivation was the excitement till he waited for the film to get developed and see the results. He could only carry a maximum of 10 to 12 film rolls on a tour which meant a maximum of 400 frames for complete tour while nowadays even 4000 frames are not enough.

    With less information about remote places, less transportation, less accommodation and low road network, practicing photography wasn’t as easy as it seems today. “The major difference in his opinion is that at that time we thought about visual first and then decide the time for shoot and had to be doubly sure about technical aspects because we had very few frames.” Today anybody can buy a good DSLR camera and just shoot and preview.

    Message on World Photography Day
    “Capture like an artist or professional and not like a layman. Fall in love with visual and not with the equipment”

    Happy World Photography Day !

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A Heartfelt Tribute to the Queen Of Ranthambore- Machali

Ranthambore amongst all its emerald greens had a treasure hidden in its lap. This was a famous tigress called Machali. She was called Machali because of the fish like formation near her left eye. She wasn’t just the queen of the Jungle but was also a queen of many hearts. But on 18th August, 2016, she breathed her last at the age of 20.


Her graceful “cat” walk, loud roar, beautifully striped body and her perfect palm marks made a lot of people drool over her. On World Photography Day, Jaipur Beat pays tribute to the World’s most photographed tigress, Machali.

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This incredible creature was known by many names such as Queen of Ranthambore, Croc Slayer, and Lady of Lakes etc. She was beautiful and lived on her own terms. From visitors to photographers, she attracted everyone’s unflinching attention towards her. Lucky were those who were able to have a glance at her.


And now she is gone leaving everything behind, her green abode, her family and her admirers. Ranthambore of today owes everything to her.. Everything. and all we are left to say is that:


Machali you will be missed….always!!

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