A traveller's Instagram is essentially a sublime montage of jaw-dropping landscapes and archetypes of travel photography from across the globe. The pictures vary few and far between the captivating casts, creeds and contrasts that are the underlying ethos of a town, city or island. And chronicling them in their own unique way – be it the editing style or the hashtags, this up-and-coming tribe of travel influencers on Instagram will have you packing your bags this instant.
To curate that major dose of wanderlust, we took it upon us to enlist our favourite Indian women on Instagram. We also asked the ladies as to who their favourite female Instagrammer was and what made them halt in the middle of a street to capture that perfect picture.
We suggest, follow us on Instagram (if you haven't already) and then, sit with a diary or planner as these breathtaking frames might have you rethinking your next picture, as well as your next travel plan.
mishti.and.meat aka Shramona Poddar's grid transports you right to the very town she captures on camera. "Life is fleeting and the only way to capture the exhilarating moment is through photographs. I’ve always loved capturing the beauty of an untouched, non-famous spot rather than a touristy place which already has its pictures all over the internet. It's the tiny waterfall that catches my eye, the unexplored valley that gets my attention, the flying prayers flags on the side of a random bridge that truly captivates me. More often than not, it’s about the journey than the destination and if we look closely there is so much magic hidden amongst the mundane. So every time I spot such beauty, I try to do everything to freeze it in my frame even if that requires me to pull the brakes and stop in the middle of a street," Shramona says.
mishti.and.meat's favorite Instagram account:
"My favourite Instagrammer would be Nupur Singh. I love the passion and hard work she puts behind each of her posts to bring out the best in it."
twistedchronicles aka Onusha Dey, ushers you into her Instagram grid with strokes of blue, green and everything in between, with just a dash of nostalgia. "You'll find me stopping at any spot for a frame which is usually ignored by most people. I like to capture patterns, minimalistic frames, a lot of natural light and shadow play. My main idea behind any shot is to create the best out of what I usually have at that moment (especially in-between nature) around me, " Onusha says.
twistedchronicles' favorite Instagram account:
"Frankly, I can't name one. I love Naina Gahlaut's work because of her tones and moods. I equally like Gurpreet Kaur's work because of the way she captures the simplest of things in the most beautiful frames. Finally, Millo Ankha. I look forward to her posts, she actually shows the seen and unseen corners of our country in the most serene way."
Documenting her escapades from across the globe, wanderingkamya aka Kamya Buch's work showcases the best that the destination in frame has to offer. "I love pictures where something is happening; where the place you’re in starts to unfold into what it actually is. I feel that places reveal themselves to you slowly and so it’s important to sit and observe in order to capture the essence of it. Sometimes its the people, or the changing shades of the sky. Sometimes there may be nothing obvious happening but it’s the way the image makes you feel which forces you to take out your camera. Nonetheless, there’s a huge enjoyment in spontaneously jumping off the back of someone’s bike to capture a mindblowing landscape you’re never going to see again," Kamya says.
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wanderingkamya's favorite Instagram account:
"I don't have any particular favourite Instagrammer, but if I had to pick one I'd say I am most inspired by Aggie Lal. This is because she creates a lot of new content from different locations around the world, and shares her travel experiences extensively in her stories as well. This allows the viewer to better experience the place she shares."
thedoihost aka Disha Kapkoti's photographs cinematise the very heart of a place. It could be an eye-catching green house in the middle of nowhere or an oddball flower at the bend of the road – you'll find all the delicate intricacies synonymous to a place in her grid. "The frames that portray a strikingly different reality than the popular and conventional one makes me stop in the middle of a street to frame that perfect picture. I'm mostly looking for moments that make people realise that there are multiple ways of living and not just one. To capture this diversity is essential to me. It's amazing to see how different a Ladakhi household is from one in Uttarakhand," Disha says.
thedoihost's favorite Instagram account:
"Deepti Asthana. She's an amazing photographer, writer and has brilliant aesthetics. She has been sharing not just photographs but detailed and indulging stories from her travels. Every post is from an offbeat place telling an unconventional story. Her photo series 'Women of India' talks about the life of women in far-flung regions of India and portrays stories like I've never seen before."
thetravolver aka Janaki's pictures could effortlessly come off as postcards from a different era altogether."What makes me stop in the middle of a street to capture that perfect picture, is in fact very contradictory. It is something that really gets my imagination moving. It could be anything and everything that urges me to add more depth and life to it," Janaki says.
Greeting you with bold colours, bijniswoman aka Stuti Ashok Gupta's grid has your usual fare of jaw-dropping landscapes, but punctuated every now on then with the quirky illustrations of the places she has been. "I have always been a traveller. Instagram has come in late – but I have been striving for perfect views since I was a kid, as my parents travel a lot, too. A scenic view is like poetry written with camera. One of the reasons that I stop and click a picture is because it amuses me how something can look so brilliantly beautiful and also, to encourage others to pick that bag up and just go somewhere – travel to any place," Stuti says.
bijniswoman's favorite Instagram account:
"My favourite Instagrammer is mishti.and.meat because I totally resonate with her style of writing. Also, I’m quite like her in a way, how she can be a traveller and at the same time, be all decked-up in Indian clothes."
mytraveldiaryblog aka Upasana Malik has a knack for capturing the nooks and crannies of a destination. It could be something simple as a desolate alley or a sunlit corridor, or something heartrending as the vulnerabilities of the local folk. "Life! Also, good light. That's what stops me in the middle of a street to capture a moment. It's in the mundane moments of life that one finds simplicity and truth. It's there in that chai wallah getting things ready at his makeshift stall, uncle ji dropping off his kids to school on a scooter, aunty buying sabzi for home while returning from her job, in the ruined buildings and in the lonely cafeterias. It's all about life in the end," Upasana says.
mytraveldiaryblog's favorite Instagram account:
"I adore a lot of women on Instagram because each one of them has a certain quality, something that is completely irresistible and undeniable. Yet, if you talk about travelling particularly, my favourite has to be Shivya. Believing in the true values of travel and her work, she has paved ways for many. Someone who has encouraged the smaller local communities to grow and thrive. As a creator and traveller, I look up to her when it comes to being true to travelling and creating content as I go."
overrated_outcast aka Trishita Bhattacharya's grid comes like a jolt of happiness – the colours, corners and chaos tantamount to the destination, rendered perfectly on camera. "An interesting human being, a colourful wall, a vintage looking place with broken windows, kids playing and making animated expressions are some of the things that make me want to stop and capture it! It's all about taking the simplest of things in perspective and make good photographs and memories out of it, " Trishita says.
overrated_outcast's favorite Instagram account:
"Shivya and Tulika Bhattacharya are my favourites! Shivya because of her blog. It's absolutely amazing and a complete eye-opener. You need guts to leave your job and do what you love and I learn something by reading her blog everyday. Tulika Bhattacharya because she is my inspiration and also the reason I'm on Instagram. Also fun fact: We are real sisters. I've learnt a lot from her, be it writing captions and taking pictures. Her framing skills are excellent!"
onnonaa aka Ananya Das photographs the prosaic patterns – the curves and bends quintessential to the local way of life. A frenetic queue in the middle of a bazaar, a bustling barber shop and streetlight dappled alleyways, you'll find them all in her account. "Life. There's life all around us – people, their activities, their faces and untold stories. Whenever I go out on the streets, I do not carry a pre-decided idea of an image in my mind. When you set an expectation, your eyes grow blind to the simplest of stories that can turn into your best frames," Ananya says.
onnonaa's favorite Instagram account:
"It is like asking a mother who her favourite child is, because out of the many female Instagrammers it is difficult to choose one. But, if there is one lady who inspires every inch of me, it has to be Lopamudra Talukdar. Besides being an amazing travel photographer she is a very humble and kind human being and there's so much to learn from her."
Each of brewing.latte's photographs is more elaborate than the last – an archaic lock hanging off an abandoned blue door, a flight of birds at sunrise or the upturned curve of a smile planted on a local's face. "Stories make me stop in my tracks to capture that perfect frame. I believe that a picture is incomplete without a story. It should speak for itself. With the perfect light, a story is all I need when I’m on the streets," she says.
brewing.latte's favourite Instagram account:
"My favourite female Instagrammer has to be Naina Gahlaut. Her feed is well composed, perfectly balanced and has a blend of beautiful colours with streak of natural sunlight."
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