Whether hosting the serene surroundings of Yamuna Ghat or showcasing the colorful walls of the art district of Lodhi, India’s capital serves as the perfect canvas for photographers to paint their stories. We take a look at the best street photography spots in Delhi.
Delhi is home to a kaleidoscope of stunning, bustling monuments markets, and busy streets, which are invaded by millions of people every day. Naturally, the city is a street photographer’s delight, providing the perfect backdrop for intriguing shots. That said, if you wandered around the capital with your photography gear and eager to return with uninspired captures, the location might be to blame. We’ve put together a list of the best places in Delhi to test your street photography skills.
Best Street Photography Spots in Delhi
Lodhi Art District
India’s first outdoor public art district is a colorful destination with murals and graffiti by over 50 Indian and international artists. Combine that with the iconic architecture of Delhi’s last British-built housing estate, and you have a must-see destination. Several locals and tourists visit this part of town, allowing photographers to capture fashion bloggers looking for their next viral post and passers-by delighted by the colors and abstract shapes, among other things. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a street artist creating his next mural.
This part of town is an eclectic mix of royal forts, chic boutiques and trendy markets. Your shots can look very different depending on what part of the area you decide to point your 50mm prime lens at. You’ll find tourists, students, local vendors, and other photographers here among others, and the nights here are best for capturing neon signs and glittering bars while playing with light painting. Hauz Khas Fort is also a scenic destination to explore. Without forgetting that the weekends are very full, most often with young people, which gives you the opportunity to capture a multitude of emotions and vibrations.
This iconic location in Old Delhi is full of old-world charm alleyways and perfectly encapsulates the myriad of sounds, aromas and sights that India is known for. The market offers everything from spices to clothes, while being close to temples and the Red Fort. The architecture is reminiscent of a bygone era and it’s easy to get lost in the sea of people who frequent the place. These factors combined make Chandni Chowk ideal for capturing a variety of stories.
This place is full of cafes, chain stores, hotels, bars, etc. The horseshoe-shaped market offers everything from practical woolen coats to luxurious and exquisite jewelry and the modern energy of the place is unmistakable. Connaught Place is also home to leafy Central Park which is often frequented by locals on dates or picnics. Depending on the mood, weather and day of the week, you can switch between these two distinct destinations within Connaught Place and add some urban flavor to your street photography portfolio.
Manju Ka Tila
This Delhi colony is known for its vibrant Tibetan culture. The winding alleys here often sing with the scent of delicious and authentic Tibetan cuisine. They are also adorned with vibrant, colorful flags and the serene melody of prayer bells. There are many places to buy bags, shoes, clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, etc. Naturally, the crowds here rarely thin out. Capture monks going about their day, students negotiating for the best deal on a pair of jeans, or smoke billowing from the kitchens of restaurants serving dumplings and thukpa. There is unquestionably a lively energy in this part of Delhi that any street photographer would love to condense into a series of photos.
The hustle and bustle of everyday life meets pockets of serenity in this spiritual destination. The area surrounding the famous Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Mausoleum is full of places to shop and eat and is often filled with a diverse group of people. Take a little detour at strategic places, and you will come to some oases of laughter and joy, distinct from the chaos of the main roads. Once there, you can capture children playing cricket, fellow photographers capturing old-world architecture, or locals beating the heat with a quick dip in the Nizamuddin Baoli. It is also one of the best places to capture hope, devotion and spirituality. Don’t miss other unique landmarks in the neighborhood and pop in for lively Sufi nights. Your film after a day here will not disappoint.
If you want a change of subject from the usually busy streets, this is the place to go. Between meditating religious scholars, migrating seagulls searching for their next meal, and the gentle murmur of the river, there are plenty of moods and hues to condense into each setting. Don’t miss the old-world houses, tourists and couples on boats, friendly dogs with wagging tails, and the occasional ceremony while they’re here, as they make for an intriguing subject matter.
If you like to capture the frenzy of everyday life, this place will give you something to work with. The Azadpur Sabzi Mandi has all the aspects of a typical vegetable market, with loud declarations about the price of potatoes and a blur of people rushing to get their morning groceries sorted. Small farmers showing off their hard work, big trucks with produce, and glistening vegetables are a regular feature here. This is one of the best places for street photography in Delhi. Arrive early in the morning to get a head start on all the action.
New Delhi Railway Station
It is believed to be the fourth busiest railway station in India and is the perfect place to capture the mode of transport that continues to be essential for millions of people in the country. The flurry of suitcases, the scuttling of different shoes against the concrete, and the smoke billowing from food stalls selling tea and snacks create stunning images. This place is also right next to Sardar Bazaar, a large market selling household goods which is often packed with people.
Feature and Hero Image: Dewang Gupta/Unsplash