Taj Mahal hotel

Top Photos of India Part 1: Places

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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 places, 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.

Jama Masjid

India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid in old Delhi. It can hold 20,000 worshippers at one time.

The Taj Mahal

Does the Taj really need a caption? It is every bit as impressive as you can imagine.

Amber Fort

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.

City Palace

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.

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.


Jodhpur Sunset

Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur at sunset. I like the local boy in the bottom of the frame pondering life.

Blue city

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.

Victoria Terminus

The Victoria Terminus in bustling Mumbai.

Hampi Sunrise

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. Β 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.

Goa Church

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 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.

The tea plantations of Munnar in the state of Kerala. The state’s motto, God’s own country, is apt.

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236 thoughts on “Top Photos of India Part 1: Places”

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  3. cwcarter33 says:

    Phenomenal photos. India is a top destination for me to visit!!! Thanks for sharing with us πŸ™‚

  4. Great photos! I am moving to India in March of 2013 and will be living there for at least two years. Your pics tell me the decision to move was a good one.

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  6. Beautiful photos of India!
    I went there last summer, but traveled more North towards Punjab and Kashmir/Jammu.
    I would highly suggest visiting Kashmir Valley and Ladakh as well (Northern India), if you haven’t already. They call it “heaven on earth”, and for good reasons!

    • I’d love to go there next. What time of year did you go there? I have October and November to travel so I’m not sure about the weather at that time. Thanks for sharing.

  7. It might be a bit cold and difficult to travel in Kashmir in the Fall. But I’m not exactly sure how it is during that time of year.
    I’m only certain that it’s extremely beautiful in the summer (I was there from July-August)!

  8. Super pictures! You’ve covered all my favorite places of India, especially Pushkar…I blogged about it very recently!

    • If you’ve never been then you should make plans to go now! It is so interesting and beautiful. It should be at the top of any travelers list. Thank you for the comments.

  9. Beautifully captured πŸ™‚ and yes you should take some time out to visit the Eastern states too. Driving among the mountains is a complete delight..bit scary but delightful nonetheless πŸ˜€

    • I’m strongly considering going back next year and hitting the places I missed, like Sikkim, Darjeeling, Calcutta and Tamil Nadu. I miss India already!

      • That’s nice πŸ™‚ those are very beautiful places and you’ll have a lot of temples to visit in TN !
        have fun πŸ™‚

  10. amazing pictures.. πŸ™‚ I am an Indian and I haven’t been to even half the places you have covered.. Way to go! πŸ™‚

  11. am an indian and have been to many of the places which you have clicked but i have to admit that your pictures make them look so different and unchartered….lovely…thanks a lot for sharing!!!!

  12. Stunning shots! India was not high on my travel list until I saw your shots! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Always appreciated!

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  14. I’m looking forward to the photos with people in them. I particularly liked the cubist cityscape of Jodhpur, the first one with the pigeons taking centre stage – lovely wide angle – and the last one with the terraces. The Jodhpur cityscape and terraces have a great use of colour to create almost abstract images.

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