Do you live in India or are you planning to travel to the subcontinent for your next vacation? If yes, you might be thinking about which place to visit – which will not only dazzle the globe trotter in you but which will be loved by your Instagram family as well.
In this article, we list the top 5 Instagrammable locations in India, which you absolutely must visit this year:
1. Taj Mahal
The symbol of love, loss, and a husband’s grief, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent marbled Mahal has one of the most inviting facades in the world. The intricate carvings on and inside the building are a testament to Mughal-era art. The landscaped gardens and lake around the Taj Mahal make for one of the most romantic places to take photos in. You also have the option of posing for the “holding the Taj Mahal by its dome” photo, that’s very popular with the locals.
2. Hawa Mahal
Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal is an imposing sandstone palace that was once used as a romantic getaway for Rajasthan’s kings and queens. The many beautifully carved archways act as the perfect backdrop for ethereal Instagram posts. The palace champions both Hindu and Islamic art at its finest. The jharokhas (or latticed windows) are the main draw here and you can pose against one of the jharokhas with the setting sun against you, for the most heavenly Insta DP.
3. Kerala Backwaters
The languid backwaters of Kerala make for the perfect water-side vacation Instagram posts. You can spy plenty of photo-worthy spots from your vantage point on one of the houseboats. Taking a picture from your water-based residence will give you a backdrop of the gorgeous lagoons, sunny sky, and lush coconut-tree-lined banks. The languid atmosphere can allow you to create a sepia-toned portfolio on Instagram -which your followers will really love.
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4. Pangong Lake
The world’s highest saltwater lake – Pangong Lake in Ladakh – has to be one of the most beautiful natural places in the world. Imagine this – sunny blue expansive skies, against which ivory and brown mountains stand. The desert landscape goes all the way across the horizon and beyond. And lapping at your feet is the azure lake – cold, refreshing, almost unearthly – a gift from the gods. The solitude of Pangong Lake, coupled with its magnificent natural formations makes one feel humbled at our own insignificance in the face of nature.
5. Ganga Aarti in Varanasi
One of the most iconic visuals in India – that you absolutely cannot miss – is the Ganga Aarti in Varanasi. This is one experience that will capture all your senses and rivet your audience on Instagram. Every evening, as the sun gently winds down for the day, priests at the temples on the banks of the Ganga, come out to conduct a ceremony that feels as old as time itself. The complicated ceremony honors the Water Goddess and thanks her for her patronage. Then the aesthetic bonanza starts, as massive brass lamps are lit and a grand puja is conducted, with synchronized and rhythmic hand movements, mantra chanting, and blowing of conch shells. It’s mesmerizing, to say the least, and you’ll definitely want to Go Live when the Ganga Aarti is happening. Your followers will definitely not want to miss this sensory feat.
Create the most amazing Insta-memories by visiting these stunning locations!
Jay Kajaria is Founder of Bespoke India Holidays. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company that specialises in creating luxury trips to India and the subcontinent.