Kolkata is one of the best cities in India for street, nature and landscape photography as there are many old vintage streets, ganges river and nature parks. Above all, the city is a home to many photography clubs and associations, conducting photowalks in various areas of Kolkata on Sunday. If you want to join these photowalks, all you have to do is search in facebook and join these groups, they are free. Some of the groups I did photowalk are Calcutta Instagrammers, Calcutta cacaphony, Street and Model photography club, Streets of Calcutta, Clickers forum. These groups maybe active or closed or new groups may also have come up in recent times, that you have to check yourself. Even after clicking Kolkata for a year, I still haven’t been able to cover the entire city. Nevertheless, I have tried my best and have divided the city into three photography zones namely street, nature and landscape.
Kolkata is very famous for street photography. Every sundays, photowalks are conducted by several photography organization in areas like Kumartuli, Flower market near mullick ghat, College street, pet market at Galiff street, Kalighat, Koley market in Sealdah, kumartuli, maidan, Tiretti Bazaar, new market near esplanade.
There are several nature hotspots in Kolkata like Calcutta botanical garden or The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Agri Horticultural Society of India, Central Park or banabitan, Santragachhi Jheel, Rabindra sarobar,Chintamani Kar Bird
Kolkata is mainly known for street, but nevertheless you can still do some amazing landscape photography in the ghats of ganges. Some of the popular spots are Prinsep ghat, Mulllick ghat, Bagh bazaar etc.
When to visit
If you are a tourist, Kolkata can be visited all throughout the year, however during summer it tends to be very hot. If you live in Kolkata and want to do photography, the best time would be morning or evening.
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If you are interested in knowing more about West Bengal, visit my other blog on Kolkata handicraft fair, College street kolkata, Koley market, Tiretti bazaar, Flower show Kolkata, Galiff street, Kumartuli, Dow hill kurseong, Mahakal temple darjeeling, Mirik and Takdah.