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The most beautiful spots in Delhi for a photoshoot

Delhi boasts of a rich cultural heritage, historical monuments and ancient structures. Juxtapose that with a bustling metropolis and state-of-the-art modern architecture, and you have the perfect confluence of contemporary and ancient worlds. Finding the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot –whether you are shooting a portfolio, organizing a pre-wedding shoot or just seeking new opportunities as a photo enthusiast– in such a vibrant city is not the least bit challenging. Here is Skyscanner’s pick of top spots for a photo shoot in Delhi.

Red Fort

With its majestic red sandstone structure and sprawling green lawns, the Red Fort makes for an ideal location for a photo shoot of every conceivable nature. The well-kept lawns are a good starting point, especially for early morning shoots when natural light is at its most ambient and the grass is fresh. The halls, alleys, opulent darbars, as well as open spaces such as verandas and terraces interspersed with fountains all serve as excellent backdrops. The intricate carving and flawless architectural design of the Red Fort can be the perfect muse for romantic photo shoots Early morning shoot works best here as most of the monument has a great deal of open spaces, where bright sunlight can add an element of harshness to your subjects. It is advisable to schedule a shoot around sunrise, when the monument opens for public, between Tuesdays and Fridays. Entry is free.

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Lodhi Gardens

Spread over 90 acres of land, the lush green Lodhi Gardens is Delhi’s favourite escape point from the hustle-bustle of city life. The expanse of the garden is dotted with various structures bearing the hallmark of 15th century architecture. Of these, the most prominent are Bara Gumba, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, and Shisha Gumbad. Though most of these buildings are now dilapidated, they make for an impressive background even in a state of ruins (that adds a bit of character to the pictures, as well). The rich foliage, including trees and a wide variety of flowering plants makes this place an obvious choice for those who want to get a bit of nature into their photographs. Lodhi Gardens also has an ancient bridge, known as Athpula, which is an ideal spot for pre-wedding and portfolio shoots. Early evenings or late morning hours are the best time for a photoshoot here, as the lighting is right and there aren’t too many people hovering around.

India Habitat Centre

A multipurpose building conceived and institutionalized for the purpose of providing a singular solution to different social, commercial and professional needs of people of Delhi, the India Habitat Centre boast of awe inspiring design. This comprehensive convention centre also serves as a perfect choice for organising professional photo shoots. You can choose to work in the flawless lawns, dotted with potted plants and palm trees, or even organise a shoot in one of the IHC halls, depending on nature and requirement of your project. Another great spot for some off-beat clicks here is the corridor that has a transparent, patterned cover to it. The sun rays filtering through these patterns can work like magic in enhancing the appeal of your photographs. It is the ideal location for pre-baby and family shoots, as well as shooting a portfolio. You may want to consider taking your own lighting equipment if you plan on an indoor shoot. Entry is free, however, you may have to pay a certain amount for booking a hall if you are planning an indoor shoot.

Hauz Khas Complex

Once a small village tucked away into oblivion amidst the posh south Delhi neighbourhoods, Hauz Khas has emerged as one of the most happening places in the national capital over the last couple of years, with all its hip clubs, pubs and resto-bars. Right at this place where Delhi comes alive, is an ancient structure known as the Hauz Khas Complex. A remnant of Allauddin Khilji’s Delhi Sultanate, this complex from the medieval period houses an Islamic seminary, a tomb, a mosque, and a water tank. The name Hauz Khas is derived from this water tank, Hauz is Farsi for a water body and Khas means royal. The erstwhile ‘water tank’ has now been revived and looks somewhat like a miniature lake. The water body coupled with these medieval structures and a rich green cover make the complex area a great venue for creating photo stories. The place is best-suited for pre-wedding and portfolio shoots where the old-world charm can add an element of charisma to the pictures. It mainly comprises open spaces, and so, choosing the right lighting is crucial. The ‘magic hours’ – one hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset – are ideal for shooting in such locations. Since, the place is open from 10.30 am to 7pm, your best bet is scheduling the photoshoot just before dusk.

Neemrana Fort Palace

The Neemrana Fort Palace is another ancient fort structure on the outskirts of Delhi. The fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel, and serves as one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations from Delhi. If you want to add a touch of the grandeur of the Rajput kings to your photography, this is the place to get started. Built as seven different wings spread over 14 layers tiered onto a hill, the Neemrana Fort is truly one-of-its-kind. The marvellous architecture, hanging gardens, well-maintained lawns, swimming pools and water bodies – the place has everything you’ll need to get that photo shoot just right. This is a popular destination wedding location just outside Delh, and a lavish wedding shoot with a hint of royalty is definitely the highlight of this place. It can also be ideal for pre-wedding shoots. You may need to get in touch with the staff to organize a shoot here. Entry charges are 500 INR per person.

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Nature is both the perfect inspiration and backdrop for every photographer. No matter what the object of your photography, you can’t go wrong with a natural setting. The Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida is an idyllic destination for carrying out a photo shoot in Delhi. Boasting of over 302 bird species, of which two are critically endangered, nine vulnerable and seven near threatened, the place is also an ultimate shoot location for nature photographers. The bird sanctuary is open from 7 am to 5.30 pm, so an early morning shoot is appropriate. Vehicles are not allowed inside the sanctuary, so be prepared to cover a lot of ground on foot and pack your equipment accordingly. You pay an entry fee of 30 INR, along with 350 INR for a still camera.

Garden of Five Senses

Just like the ancient side of Delhi, its modern avatar too has several scenic spots that can serve as beautiful photo shoot locations. Of these, the most prominent would be the Garden of Five Senses located in Saidul Ajaib village near Mehrauli. The 20-acre space was conceptualised to offer the city a place for leisurely escape. Designed to create an ambience which helps people de-stress and unwind, the Garden of Five Senses has many design elements for your lens to flirt with. Of these, the most striking is the tasteful arrangement of majestic rocks, some of which are casually strewn across the ground while the others stand silhouetted against the sky. This is a great setting for shooting family portraits as well as baby pictures. Plan a late morning shoot in winter and a late evening shoot during summer, as it is open between 9am and 7pm. Entry is free.

Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel

The various resorts and farmhouses in and around the city also present great opportunities for unconventional photo shoots. One such hotel is the Tivole Garden Resort, whose flagship property at Chhatarpur Hills in south Delhi is the quintessential photo shoot location. With its landscaped gardens, classy pools, swanky architectural design, this garden resort has everything you need to make the subject of your photography truly stand out. The place is perfect for both day and night time shoot, as the dazzling lighting here more than makes up for absence of natural light. It is perfect for pre-wedding shoots and wedding photography. You may want to get in touch with the resort staff for finalising the location and charges for a pre-wedding shoot here.

Chor Bizzare

If you are looking for an indoor photo shoot in an off-beat setting, there couldn’t be a better place in Delhi than this eccentric restaurant. The name Chor Bizarre is a play on ‘chor bazaar’, and the place is designed to look every bit like a thieves’ market. The mismatched furniture – no two chairs on a single table are identical – and crockery, soft lighting and cozy atmosphere offer just the right kind of ambience for a flawless shoot. Oh, and they serve buffet on a vintage car. The place with its casual, quirky interiors is ideal for capturing some light-hearted moments. If you like to think out-of-the-box, you could even plan a portfolio shoot here. The indoor lighting is generous. Get in touch with the staff to schedule a shoot, so that you can avoid peak business hours. Late afternoons are the most ideal.

Do you know of any more photogenic locations within the capital? Do share them with us! Use the free Skyscanner app to search for the cheapest flights and hotel deals in Delhi.

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