Street photography in the golden city of Jaisalmer

A shop selling wide variety of colorful bags in the entrance gate of Jaisalmer fort

Last year while visiting Rajasthan, I embarked on a photo tour to Jaisalmer, which is called the ‘Golden city’ of India, as each and every infrastructure has a golden look to it. Jaisalmer fort and its surround areas are made of yellow limestone, hence the yellow or golden color. This golden color combined with the old history and culture of the town leads to stunning opportunities in the field of street photography. In fact, I feel Jaisalmer should be in the bucket list of every street photographer.

Street photography inside Jaisalmer fort

The numerous lanes and by lanes inside Jaisalmer fort provide a haven for street photography. There are many small colourful shops, hotels, restaurants, havelis, temples etc all cramped inside the fort, which provide great photographic opportunities. Locals are friendly, plus there are lots of tourists so you should not have any problem while taking pictures. 

Narrow lanes inside Jaisamer fort decorated by shops
Narrow lanes inside Jaisamer fort decorated by shops
People walking on the streets inside Jaisalmer fort
People walking on the streets inside Jaisalmer fort
Street vendor selling textile carpets in small shops in Jaisalmer fort
Street vendor selling textile carpets in small shops in Jaisalmer fort
Street vendor selling textile carpets in narrow lanes inside Jaisalmer fort
Street vendor selling textile carpets in narrow lanes inside Jaisalmer fort
A man selling idols of gods and goddesses in his shop
A man selling idols of gods and goddesses in his shop
People living inside the Jaisalmer fort
People living inside the Jaisalmer fort
An old rustic yellow house with a green door.
An old rustic yellow house with a green door.
Old rustic brown doors in a house
Old rustic brown doors in a house

Street photography around the city

Jaisalmer is a small city and can be easily covered by foot. Most of the attractions are near to the Jaisalmer fort. While walking to the nearby sightseeing spots, keep the camera in hand and you will be rewarded with great shots. You can also visit the outskirts of the city, if you want to take different kinds of shots, tourists do not go there, so be careful of people’s sentiments while taking pictures. 

People buying fruits from a roadside stall in the market
People buying fruits from a roadside stall in the market
A cow walking in the middle of the street
A cow walking in the middle of the street
Narrow lanes in Jaisalmer city
Narrow lanes in Jaisalmer city
Shops selling wide variety of colorful items in the market at night
Shops selling wide variety of colorful items in the market at night
Motorcycles parked in a busy street in Jaisalmer
Motorcycles parked in a busy street in Jaisalmer
A tractor moving in the road in Jaisalmer
A tractor moving in the road in Jaisalmer
Architectural pattern of narrow lanes in Jaisalmer
Architectural pattern of narrow lanes in Jaisalmer
A shop selling colorful embroidery items
A shop selling colorful embroidery items
People traveling in an auto rickshaw in the road
People traveling in an auto rickshaw in the road

Night photography

During night, Jaisalmer gives a heavenly glow as the yellow limestone reflects the light falling on it from surrounding shops and street lights. The streets of Jaisalmer look amazing during this time and will reward you with wonderful images. Use a higher ISO for night pictures, as setting up a tripod becomes difficult because people and vehicles continously keep on coming.

Aerial view of Jaisalmer city at night
Aerial view of Jaisalmer city at night
Beautiful streets illuminated with lights from shops inside Jaisalmer fort.
Beautiful narrow streets illuminated with lights from shops inside Jaisalmer fort.
Shops selling antique items operate in the streets at night
Shops selling antique items operate in the streets at night
Beautiful narrow lanes illuminated with lights
Beautiful narrow lanes illuminated with lights from shops selling handicraft items inside Jaisalmer fort
Entrance of Gadisar Lake Boating point at night
Entrance of Gadisar Lake Boating point at night
Streets inside Jaisalmer fort at night
Streets inside Jaisalmer fort at night
Streets of Jaisalmer at night
Streets of Jaisalmer at night

Conclusion

Overall, it was a great experience to shoot in this city and I cannot wait to come back again in the future. If you plan on doing street photography, a wide angle is must otherwise you will struggle badly.

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If you are interested in knowing more about Jaisalmer, visit my other blog on Jaisalmer photo tour. For other places of Rajasthan, I have blogs on Kuldhara, Jodhpur street photographyJodhpur sightseeingPushkar mela photography, Udaipur photographyUdaipur, Jaipur architecture and street photography and Jaipur photo tour.

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