"Stress is a choice. Joy is a choice.
There is a vast majority of part-time photo enthusiasts out there, who enjoy carrying their cameras occasionally. By part time, what I mean is that they do not pursue photography as a full time profession; or to put it in another way, they have jampacked weekdays devoted to other activities that grease their lives. If you are one such individual who waits for Friday nights to look forward to pacifying weekends and rarely find time to explore your skills. To quench your thirst for photography and to treat your mind with tranquility, away from the din of the cities, here is a list of places that Delhiites can look forward to before settling up for an uneventful weekend. So, if you have a weekend up your sleeves, these are the places that you might want to try next time an uneventful weekend knocks on your doorstep.
Hardly 6 hours away from Delhi, this place does wonders if you have an eye for it. Jaipur is the perfect getaway for you (especially in Winters), not only in terms of distance and comfort but also in terms of the experience that it offers. There is more to it than meets the eye. When it comes to architectural structures of historical importance, this city has plenty of it to offer. Beyond the heritage sites, the fortefied hills allow you to capture the beauty of this city from the top.
As the time passes, the flavour completely changes! So I guess you know where you should head to when you feel that "Winter is coming!"
Indeed it is the 'Queen of hill-stations'. Mussoorie is not one of the 'untouched' hill stations but is fairly commercialised. This gives this city an upper hand over other hillstations which only offer the photographers to capture landscapes and sky scapes. This city will offer you more than just that. The fairly commercialised city life atop a hill is not an everyday occurence that you may witness. There are multiple trecks and a multitude of places that can be easily visited and captured. So, to relax your mind and capture something intriguing, it is a definite GO!
by Jorg Peter
This city is more famous than any other in this listicle for the very obvious reason: the 'Taj Mahal'. Although 'Taj Mahal' supercedes Agra, it will be a huge blunder to expect nothing more from this wonderful city. Apart from its culturally diverse background, Agra also boasts of a host of other architectural structures and the rich history that revolves around them. Wandering in a city that is already full of enough 'Drama' and finding nothing worth capturing, are two statements that don't go together! So, next time when you feel like taking a long drive on a sunny day, don't forget that this gem of a place is 3 hours away (that too on the Yamuna Express Way!!!!).
Chandigarh is one of the most under-rated city. This city has all the reasons to rank amongst the happiest cities in India! This city has more than jovial 'Sardars' and Sector 17! Sukhna Lake is a perfect blend of calmness with a pinch of chaos. Rock garden is full of wonders. It all depends on your capabilities. If you have the knack of the perfect shot and the power to pre-visualise than amazing shoots are just a click away.
Although, this place features in this listicle. But a two day long break might not be sufficient to cover the ecstacy of this place. To enjoy this place to its fullest, a long weekend is a must. The subtleness of wilderness coupled with the excitement on a moving open rooftop gypsy, is just a hint og the kind of adventures that await at Sariska. The wildlife sanctuary is a must if you come to this place. Only the fortunate ones get to have a look at the mighty Asiatic lions, however, to keep your tele lenses at home will be a stupidity of another level altogether.
So strap yourself up for this bumpy, yet adventurous ride when you pack up your bags next time.
Rishikesh has a very strange aura of calmness and adventure to it. Pilgrims visit it for the piousness that surrounds it whereas adrenaline junkies look at it from a different perspective. To try your hands at water sports photography, this can be a very good place to begin with.
So, next time when you lie in your bed and think about whether you should finish a sit-com series or whether you should quench your thirst for some low budget photo thrills, you might want to choose the latter.
Until then, Happy Clicking!!
Cover Photo by Jill Wellington