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 surrounding 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.
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.
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. Also, you can get a aerial view of the entire city from the fort as there are many hotels and restaurants strategically placed in order to give the tourists a panoramic view of the town.
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 photography, Jodhpur sightseeing, Pushkar mela photography, Udaipur photography, Udaipur, Jaipur architecture and street photography and Jaipur photo tour.