21 Photographs By A Jaipur Man Who Captured The Beauty of Himalayas With An iPhone

In a world where we are so engrossed in technology and the addictions related to it, we often forget to look up and see the beauty that lies there in front of our eyes – raw and unfiltered.

But here is a man who hails from Jaipur, is a passionate traveller, active social media enthusiast and a creative photographer who has travelled to more than 10 countries and has been clicking Rajasthan with a different perspective for over 10 years – Gaurav Hajela*. His photographs have been published by the leading websites, newspapers & magazines and he knows Rajasthan like the back of his hand. With two editions of coffee table book ‘Soul Of Rajasthan’ under his belt, his thirst for seeing and capturing new horizons refuses to stop. This time, he desired to explore the Himalayas and experimented with clicking these mesmerizing vistas of Himachal Pradesh with his iPhone.

Jaipur Beat is excited to take you on a road journey from Chandigarh-Rampur-Sangla-Chitkul-Kalpa-Fagu and back to Chandigarh through this beautiful Photo Blog, where India just kept getting more beautiful at each turn.

Be ready to skip the beat when you get to see beauty all around surrounding the nature 🙂

On the way from Shimla to Kinnaur, there is a small town called Rampur. And this is what the journey offers you 🙂

Rampur - Gaurav Hajela

The journey to Sangla (situated in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 9000 feet) is no cakewalk. Hence the umbrella rocks are here on NH 22 highway to protect the roads and vehicles which look like some tiny kids crossing a tunnel !

En route Sangla - Gaurav Hajela

Continuing on one of ‘world’s deadliest roads’ but what makes up for it is the company of River Sutlej flowing along the highway and accompanying till Kinnaur 🙂

NH 22 - Gaurav Hajela

The grand and quite a clouded entry to the divine Sangla Valley !

Sangla Valley - Gaurav Hajela

A sight worth melting for 🙂 Tiny tots on their way to school in Sangla, all of them wearing the flowered Kinnauri caps, distinguishing them from other school kids !

Sangla Valley - Gaurav Hajela

A small beautiful hotel Apple Pie at Rakcham much ahead of the Sangla village spotted while heading towards the snow peaks !

Sangla Hotel - Jaipur Beat

Sunshine falling on snow capped mountains = A Golden Moment.

Golden sunrise at Sangla - Jaipur Beat

Sangla Valley seen en route Chitkul – the last village on India’s side of Indo-Tibetan border, 28 km away from Sangla 🙂Chitkul Village Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat
Not a very smooth road ahead, let’s get distracted by the warm sun, cold breeze, tall mountains and pine trees !

Chitkul In Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

Do you see a green establishment on the bottom right of this picture ? That’s the little gorgeous Chitkul village from far away. Chitkul Village - Jaipur Beat

An auspicious welcome with flying Tibetan prayer flags 🙂

Chitkul - Jaipur beat

The much needed dose of steaming Maggi noodles at Chitkul village.

Maggi in Himachal Pradesh- Jaipur Beat

Eye-to-eye. A local connection 🙂

Sangla - Jaipur Beat

On the way down the hills. Slight drizzling and the greens get greener. On the way to the tiny little Kalpa Village !

Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

A panorama of Sangla, with a sight of Kinnaur Kailash visible, the peak that is on ever avid trekker’s to-do list !


Vishnu Temple at Kalpa – Can you stop staring at the wooden architecture?

Temple at Kalpa - jaipur Beat

A famous monastery in Chinni village !

Monastery at Chinni Village in Himachal Pradesh - Jaipur Beat

Tiny Dhaba with a tiny soul peeping out.

Flowing clouds and foggy sky blur the sight of the towering hills and make a picture perfect landscape. This is the town of Fagu, and the netted view you see on the bottom right, is just a glimpse of how the residents protect their precious plantations.

Fagu - Himachal Pradesh

A Pahadi sunset.

Sunset in Himachal Pradesh

That’s quite a dramatic farewell, only till we meet again.

Himachal Pradesh

For those who cogitate that having great shooting gear will help in taking fantastic photographs and it’s just the equipment that give enough competitive edge in taking great photographs, Gaurav Hajela reinforces this belief that its just not technology at every stage but it’s creativity that gives you an edge ultimately.

*The photographer of this astounding series clicked in Himalayas – Gaurav Hajela is also the founder of Jaipur Beat.



‘Soul of Rajasthan’ – Second Edition Book Launched By Pathfynder In Jaipur

A leading branding and marketing firm; Pathfynder Solutions launched a coffee table book “Soul of Rajasthan” at a press conference held at The Forresta Kitchen & Bar on Friday, 20thMarch, 2015.


The book launch will be followed by a two-day event being held at Mool Foundation on 21st & 22nd March’15 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will display few elements from the book along with allowing guests to preview the book.  Glitterati of Jaipur from various fields like art, photography, politics, marketing, social media will be visiting the event.


The Second Edition of Soul of Rajasthan has been made with an entirely different perspective of Rajasthan that acquaints you with the varied faces of the Land of Kings. It comprises 144 pages, 143 photographs out of which 117 photographs have been clicked by Gaurav Hajela, the Founder of Pathfynder and a renowned photographer who has been awarded in various photography competitions.


When asked about the reason why Mr. Gaurav Hajela decided to come out with the second edition of this book, he said “After the release of the first edition, I realised that 80 pages are too less to capture the magnificence of Rajasthan hence a larger version was conceived  that now carries  less explored treasures of Rajasthan in terms of places, cuisines, forts etc. For that reason, some new chapters have been added that talk about fashion, adventure, nightlife and many more vivacious shades of Rajasthan”.


The book ‘Soul of Rajasthan’ has a strong presence on social media platforms viz. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest along with its own website. The copies of the book will be available in the leading retail stores of Jaipur and online subsequently. It will also have its own mobile app in a short time.

Date : 21st-22nd March

Venue : Mool Foundation

Time:  10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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11 Amazing Places Every Photographer Must Visit In Jaipur During Monsoon

If you’re a passionate traveller and carry a smartphone or a camera or both , there are high chances that you love photography as well.
Apart from eating and dancing in rain, there is one more thing that carries its own charm in monsoons, Photography ! So if you are a local or a tourist who is luckily in Jaipur right now, these are the places that can be captured through your lens but touch your heart instantly and will stay there forever.

 1. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal or Water Palace, where every Jaipurite or visitor of Jaipur would just love to just sit by and watch the magical lake and mesmerizing architecture of the palace. Sunrise and Sunset are the best times to get some terrific shots at this place with a perfect blend of nature and architecture.

Jalmahal Jaipur Beat

2. Bhangarh Fort

We doubt you haven’t heard of the “Most Haunted” place of India : Bhangarh Fort ! Located 80 km away from Jaipur, this place is extremely popular for its historical ruins, roofless houses and the gorgeous backdrop of Aravallis that will make your time picture perfect – literally.

Bhangarh Jaipur Beat

3. Smriti van

Located on the famous JLN Marg in pink city, as you move around the twisting tree-canopied walkways of this forest escapade, Smriti Van, you will know what a heaven of birds looks like ! Apart from capturing the bright greens of monsoon, if you are fond of bird photography, you will get some extremely colorful and varied birds to click in different angles.

smriti van jaipur beat

4. Albert hall Museum

Residing in the Ramniwas Garden, Jaipur , Albert hall is the oldest museum in Rajasthan also proudly known as the ‘State Museum of Rajasthan’. A classy example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the most picturesque view of Albert Hall is when the pigeons are sitting on its chattris or flying all around under the azure blue sky 🙂

33 Albert Hall

 5. Panna Mian Ki Baori (Stepwell)

Panna Mian ka kund or stepwell near Amber fort is one of the treasured places which if visited during Monsoon, you will remember it through out your life ! Although all the stepwells have their own magical aura, this one is comparatively less populated and shines out its real vibrancy during rains.

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 6. Nahargarh Fort

Lying on the edge of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh fort has been a romantic spot in Shuddh Desi Romance, a Friends’ hangout place in Rang De Basanti and a favorite among Jaipurites to visit especially in rains ! Just go up there, sit at Padao restaurant and you will automatically get your perfect shots.


7. Chandlai Lake

A very beautiful and small lake 30 km away from Jaipur , Chandlai offers another birding sight. The main attraction is the various Migratory birds seen at this place, especially Flamingos.

Chandlai Jaipur Beat

8. Hawamahal

One of the most famous pink sandstone architectural marvels , Hawamahal situated at Badi Chaupad with five storeys and 953 windows is every photographer’s delight. But what’s challenging is how you make your click different from all others. Hawamahal is well lit and looks beautiful ,even at night !

Hawamahal Jaipur Beat

9. Maota Lake, Amer

Below the superb Amer fort, lies the Maota lake which swathes the pink city in its allure in the monsoons giving the residents and tourists a chance to stand near it and sip tea, while the photographers can find their right moment to capture this absolute visual delight !

Maota lake Jaipur Beat

10. Chand Baori (Stepwell) – Abhaneri

Abhaneri is 95 km from Jaipur, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dausa. Built back in 8th century, it is one of the deepest and largest stepwell in India. The phenomenal structure is 64 feet deep and consists of 1000 perfectly symmetrical narrow steps, spanning 13 storeys. The stepwell is one of the most photogenic places, and looks even more serene during monsoon as the water fills in the bavri. So, f you’re planning a weekend getaway this is the place you need to go to.


11. Patrika Gate – Jawahar Circle

Patrika Gate is one latest yet trendiest spot to visit during monsoon. It is situated at Jawahar Circle, at a distance of 2 km from Jaipur International Airport. This place has become photographers’ favourite, with hand-painted motifs depicting the traditional side of Pink City which includes paintings of temples, forts, rulers of Jaipur, jewelry, and photographs of Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jal Mahal, etc. Opposite to the gate is a lush green garden surrounding a fountain offering musical show every day from 7:30 p.m. if you’re in the town then Jawahar Circle is a must visit spot, kyuki Jaipur aaye or waha nhi gaye, toh kya khaak Jaipur aaye!

patrika gate

Picture Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)
Updated – June, 2019.