New Delhi: Travel is a hobby for most of us as we get to see the beauty that the world has to provide. But, what is travelling without clicking pictures? For when you are back to your regular life, it’s the pictures that give us a whif of freshness and remind us of the sweet days spent in a distant land with your family, friends or even alone. International Photography Day is celebrated every year on August 19 and this year the theme is ‘Understanding Clouds’.
So, to capture a glimpse of the beautiful clouds and the beauty in nature that it brings, here are 5 plaes that you can visit on the occasion of National Photography Day.
1. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, located in the country’s southernmost region, promises an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. Capture the beauty of this quaint little town, with its misty waterfalls, dewy grounds, imposing mountains, gushing waterfalls, and cotton-candy skies. Talacauvery, the origin point of the Cauvery River in the Brahmagiri hills, offers a spellbinding hilltop view. Bring your camera and make sure you don’t miss the sunset from this vantage point.
Meghalaya, or the Land of Clouds, is one of the most beautiful states in North-East India, with a wide range of sights, activities, food, and festivals for visitors. Meghalaya is well known for Cherapunjji, which receives one of the highest amounts of rainfall in the world, but it can also enchant you with its hills, valleys, lakes, caves, and waterfalls, which, when combined with the beautiful clouds, give it a very serene, beautiful appearance. There is nothing that can stop you from taking out your camera and get your Instagram perfect shots.
3. Lonavla, Maharashtra
With its intriguing caves and picturesque roads, there is no denying that Lonavala is an ideal weekend getaway. What few people realise is that it is also an excellent location for a photoshoot. Climb the Tikona or Rajmachi caves for incredible views of the surrounding forest and clouds. Get an early start to capture the first rays of sunlight hitting the clouds as they turn red.
4. Mangalore, Karnataka:
The port city of Mangalore, or Mangaluru, is known for its swaying coconut palms, beautiful beaches, and temple architecture. It is located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The beautiful beaches, as well as the temples, churches, and mosques, are major tourist attractions in Mangalore. Some of the places to visit include the Kudroli Temple, Mangaladevi Temple, Someshwara Beach, Panambur Beach, Tannirbavi Beach, and Pilikula Nisargadhama. Yaksha Gana, Mangalore’s folk dance, will add colour to your pictures and cast a spell on you as you witness the beautiful culture that it preserves and glorifies.
5. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, which is adorned with beautiful landscapes and heavy snow during the winters, is just as pleasant and picturesque in August. With such a rich culture, the city becomes an ideal location for photography. Climb the Shankaracharya hills and photograph the clouds against the stunning backdrop of Dal Lake and dense green vegetation. Or take a boat ride and photograph the sky just before the sun rises. If you aren’t a morning person, go at dusk to capture the vibrant colours of the late-evening skies.