Travel photography has spread far and wide which has resulted in many destinations coming to the forefront to become the most visited and photographed locations of India. We bring you equally beautiful alternatives to mainstream locations that you must visit. Have a look!
Patrika Gate instead of the emerald gate at City Palace in Jaipur
To get a picture at this iconic gate in City Palace, you need to shell out ₹2,500 per person. However, you can get similar aesthetics at Patrika Gate on Jawahar Circle. The layers, colours and patterns inside the gate will get you the shot you're looking for, that too for free.
Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan instead of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.
Accommodation at Rann of Kutch is highly expensive, with only high-end Swiss tents or resorts available to stay at. If you're looking for a more convenient alternative, I'd suggest visiting Sambhar Lake near Jaipur in Rajasthan. You can visit the lake on full moon nights or during a celestial event for a great view.
Yumthang Valley in Sikkim instead of Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand
Often referred to as the Valley of Flowers of the east, Yumthang Valley is home to numerous plants and animals species. What's even more exciting is the fact that Yumthang remains open all year so you can witness it in all seasons, even when it is covered in snow between December - mid March.
Varkala Beach in Kerala instead of Havelock Island in Andamans
While Havelock Islands in Andamans remains a bucket list destination for most of us, it is a fact commonly known that Havelock is a highly inconvenient place to visit. From ferry rides that are uncomfortable and cancelled last minute to the fact that there is no internet service in the islands, Andamans is not every traveller's cup of tea. For similar pristine views and endless blue seas, you can visit Varkala Beach in Kerala.
Krangsuri waterfall in Meghalaya instead of Dudhsagar Waterfall in Goa
Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh instead of Key Gompa in Spiti Valley
The Key Monastery has been topping the wish-lists of travellers for several years now. If you're on Instagram, you must have noticed at least one photo of the monastery every day. Did you know that Thiksey Monastery, the largest one in Ladakh is an equally photogenic delight that you must visit?
There's no denying that Pangong Lake is breathtakingly beautiful, but if you've been there, you would know how trashed the other side of the lake is. It is lined with food stalls and props from 3 Idiots that people line up to be clicked with. If you want to experience a high-altitude lake minus such nuisance and commercialisation, you must head to Suraj Tal in Lahaul. Located at a height of 16,000 ft., Suraj Tal is a pristine lake that remains frozen till June.
Saach Pass in Chamba Valley instead of Rohtang Pass near Manali
Situated at a height of 14,500 ft., Saach Pass has been deemed as the most dangerous pass in the country and is ideal for all you adventurous souls. The pass is located in Lahaul, and thus, does not see flocks of tourists like Rohtang Pass does. Drive right in the middle of tall snow walls and enjoy unbelievable sights.
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