Sunset over river ganges with Vidyasagar setu bridge in the background.

Kolkata street, nature and landscape photography

Kolkata is one of the best cities in India for photography. There are so 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.

Street photography

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.

Sculptors making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival in Kumartuli.
Sculptors making clay idols on the eve of Durga puja festival in Kumartuli.
A man preparing an idol of goddess Kali.
A man preparing an idol of goddess Kali.
A woman selling flowers in the market.
A woman selling flowers in the market.
Aerial view of flower market in Kolkata.
Aerial view of flower market in Kolkata.
A man selling books by the roadside.
A man selling books by the roadside.
A man selling books in his roadside shop.
A man selling books in his roadside shop.
A shopkeeper selling pigeons in the market.
A shopkeeper selling pigeons in the market.
Street vendors selling colored chicks in a basket.
Street vendors selling colored chicks in a basket.
A shepherd taking sheep in the field for grazing.
A shepherd taking sheep in the field for grazing.
People playing cricket in the field.
People playing cricket in the field.
A huge rush at koley market in sealdah.
A huge rush at koley market in sealdah.
People buying vegetables from a vendor.
People buying vegetables from a vendor.
A group of laborers lifting a heavy baggage
A group of laborers lifting a heavy baggage.
A man selling pictures of hindu gods and goddesses in his shop.
A man selling pictures of hindu gods and goddesses in his shop.
A man selling red sindoor or vermilion by the roadside in Kalighat, Kolkata.
A man selling red sindoor or vermilion by the roadside in Kalighat, Kolkata.
A chinese couple sitting by the roadside drinking tea.
A chinese couple sitting by the roadside drinking tea.
A woman selling momo, roll, wontons etc by the roadside.
A woman selling momo, roll, wontons etc by the roadside.
A chinese woman shopping in Tangra bazaar.
A chinese woman shopping in Tangra bazaar.
A man sitting by a roadside eatery.
A man sitting by a roadside eatery.
Street vendors selling huge variety of bags in New market, esplanade.
Street vendors selling huge variety of bags in New market, esplanade.
A hand rickshaw puller carrying his passengers.
A hand rickshaw puller carrying his passengers.
A yellow taxi standing by the roadside in Kolkata
A yellow taxi standing by the roadside in Kolkata
A tram moving along the road.
A tram moving along the road.

Nature Photography

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 Sanctuary etc. 

A road passing through calcutta botanical garden.
A road passing through calcutta botanical garden.
Pink coral vine flowers in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden.
Pink coral vine flowers in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden.
Red verbena flowers displayed at the flower show in Agri Horticultural Society of India.
Red verbena flowers displayed at the flower show in Agri Horticultural Society of India.
Green coleus leaves displayed at the flower show in Agri Horticultural Society of India.
Green coleus leaves displayed at the flower show in Agri Horticultural Society of India.
Closeup of a lizard in Central park, Kolkata.
Closeup of a lizard in Central park, Kolkata.
A Great white egret bird in Central park, Kolkata.
A Great white egret bird in Central park, Kolkata.
A lesser whistling duck in Santragachhi Jheel.
A lesser whistling duck in Santragachhi Jheel.
A Kingfisher waiting for its prey in Santragachhi Jheel.
A Kingfisher waiting for its prey in Santragachhi Jheel.

Landscape photography

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.

Country boats sailing in river Hooghly in Kolkata.
Country boats sailing in river Hooghly in Kolkata.
A boy swimming in river ganges during sunset.
A boy swimming in river ganges during sunset.
A boat sailing on river ganges during sunset.
A boat sailing on river ganges during sunset.
Victoria memorial during sunset.
Victoria memorial during sunset.

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. 

If you’re interested in using my photography or article please contact me, I am also available for freelance work. 

If you are interested in knowing more about West Bengal, visit my other blog on Kolkata handicraft fairCollege street kolkataKoley marketTiretti bazaarFlower show KolkataGaliff streetKumartuliDow hill kurseongMahakal temple darjeeling, Mirik and Takdah.

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