India has so much to offer nature lovers. From snow-capped mountains to placid lakes to golden beaches to an abundance of wildlife, there are plenty of amazing places that nature photographers should visit in their lifetime.To make things easier, we have curated a small list of picturesque spots in India that are sure to bring out the shutterbug in you.
1) Leh: Pangong Tso Lake
The serenity and tranquillity of Pangong Tso Lake will bedazzle you every time you look around. The place will have you on a clicking frenzy as the colour of the lake changes every couple of hours from sapphire to light blue to green and grey! During the warmer months from June to September, one can spot migratory birds and marmots – a type of squirrel, the size of a small dog.
2) Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
Havelock and Baratang Islands With an archipelago of 300 islands comprising sandy beaches and tropical rainforests, Andaman and Nicobar Islands form the picture-perfect tropical paradise. Radhanagar beach at Havelock has absolutely still and sparkling blue waters which is perfect for postcard pictures during the day. The spectacular sunsets, though, will persuade you to put your camera down for once and soak in the experience. Batarang Island, on the other hand, will take you back in time. The Jarawa tribe calls this island home. The unique shapes and formations of ancient limestone caves here will make greats subjects for the avid photographer.
Jim Corbett National Park Situated in northern India’s Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is a haven for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Spread over 520 sq km, it has about 500 species of plants and hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. It is especially known for its Bengal tigers. Although plentiful, they cannot be easily spotted because of heavy camouflage as 70% of the park is thick forest. You may spot leopards, wild elephants, or pythons. Other animals that you can capture (with your camera!) include the barking deer, chital, Himalayan black bear, otter, yellow-throated marten, and Indian pangolin.
Rajsamand and Ranthambore National Park Rajsamand, a small town 50-odd km from Jaipur, offers an offbeat experience to the curious explorer. Do not forget to carry your telephoto lens, as this district hosts Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. If luck is on your side you can spot the Asiatic lion, Indian wolf, leopard, sloth bear, striped hyena, golden jackal, sambhar, and the nilgai, among other species of flora and fauna. A visit to Ranthambore National Park is a must for wildlife photographers as it is considered one of the best places to spot the Bengal tiger, even during the day. Plus there’s plenty of other fauna.
5) Sikkim: Lachung and Yumthang valley
The relatively unexplored valleys and mountains of Sikkim’s high altitude hamlet of Lachung can put Instagram filters to shame. With sub-zero temperatures through most of the year, the ice-capped mountains of Pandim, Kabru, Simvo, Jopuno, Khangchendzonga, and Siniolchu would be enough to make anyone click-happy. Gurudongmar Lake, often frozen over in winter, paints delicate hues of blue. A couple of hours drive from there (and at an even higher altitude) is Yumthang – a field of white that seems to stretch for ever. It bursts into shades of pink and purple from March to June as the rhododendrons bloom.
These places are truly heaven on earth. Go explore with your camera. Happy shooting!