Is India the most photogenic country on Earth? I am not sure. What I do know is that during my 2-month trip through the great country, I took over 5000 photos and almost all of them were full of vibrant, colorful people, awesome ancient sights, verdant countryside and mass chaos.
I decided to make a top 10 photos post, but quickly realized I could never narrow down my choices to a mere ten. Instead, here are my top 18 photos of places, buildings, cityscapes and landscapes from India and later I will post my favorite photos of people. I hope you enjoy. It may not be a top 10 list but at least you don’t have to sit through a slideshow presentation of the 5322 photos that I took.
India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid in old Delhi. It can hold 20,000 worshippers at one time.
Does the Taj really need a caption? It is every bit as impressive as you can imagine.
The Amber Fort near Jaipur.
One of the 500 temples in and around Pushkar, our favorite place in Rajasthan.
Pushkar from the Saraswati Temple at Sunrise. We had to wake up at 4 AM and hike an hour to get the view, but it was worth it.
The CIty Palace in Udaipur was the most impressive of all the palaces and forts we saw in Rajasthan.
One of 29 caves carved into the cliff face at Ajanta. The caves served as either Buddhist monasteries or temples and date back to 200 B.C.
The largest monolithic carving in the world at the Ellora Caves. I don’t know what is more impressive, the fact that they took 200 years to carve this or that I was able to get a photo with only Kristi in it and no other tourists.
Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur at sunset. I like the local boy in the bottom of the frame pondering life.
The cubist cityscape of Jodhpur.
The Ranakpur temple in Rajasthan. The Jain temple is made up of over 1444 unique pillars carved out of white marble. Amazing.
The Lake Palace at Udaipur, which is now a hotel. We looked online at rates and almost made a booking, thinking it was $80 per night. We recalculated and found out it was $800 per night. Due to that pesky zero we couldn’t afford it.
The Victoria Terminus in bustling Mumbai.
Sunrise at Hampi, one of the great archeological sites of India. At its height, over 500 years ago, the area was home to 1/2 million people. Now the area consists of scattered ruins and banana plantations. The vibe in present day Hampi is very mellow – a great place for chilling out and doing some hiking.
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa. I tried to take a somewhat unique photo of the church, since most of them I saw online were the basic up-close photos of the white edifice.
The cathedral at Goa again. The Portuguese old city of Panjim was laid-back and filled with excellent places to eat.
The stunning Taj Hotel in Mumbai
The tea plantations of Munnar in the state of Kerala. The state’s motto, God’s own country, is apt.
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2. Indian Festivals are Awesome, or I am the World’s Worst Dancer
3. Escaping India in Tranquil Pushkar
4. The Requisite Taj Mahal Photo Essay
5. Top Photos of India Part 2: People