Travel Photo Jaipur/ Travel Postcards Exhibition

Travel Photo Jaipur is an open-air exhibition that takes place every year in Jan-Feb over a period of two weeks. It features pictures in the large frames at various historical monuments in Jaipur. To read more about it head to Travel Photo Jaipur/ Photography Festival Part I.  A display of old travel postcards in large poster sizes was organized at Maharajah school of Arts crafts, Kishanpole bazar, Jaipur on 5th-6th Feb 2016. It was curated by Akshay Mahajan, an artist from Mumbai.



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Beautiful heritage building which dates back 150 years -Maharajah School of Arts & crafts, venue of travel postcard exhibition for Travel Photo festival in Jaipur

Akshay Mahajan has been collecting old travel postcards, many of them dating back to the pre-independence era.

Akshay Mahajan. At travel Photo Jaipur festival, Kishanpole Bazar, Jaipur

He was quite fixed on this venue from the day, the idea of this festival was proposed to him. Maharajah school of arts & craft building, the venue for this exhibition has been closed for the public during the last few years. This building is more than 150 years old. Originally, a residence of an influential rich minister in Jaipur court, it was converted to the school of arts and crafts to promote local art, under the patronage of Maharajah Sawai Ram Singh II.


Akshay Mahajan used an open courtyard inside this building to display enlarged travel postcards. Prominently, on display was French series of India travel postcards, dating to the early 1900s.

Travel postcards displayed at Maharajah School of Arts and craft At Travel Photo Jaipur festival 2016
Visitors at Photo Exhibition of Akshay Mahajan at Maharajah School of Arts & crafts, Kishanpole Bazar, Jaipur.
Close up shot of enlarged copies of Travel Postcard prints. Travel Photo Jaipur Festival, Jaipur 2016

The place was unkempt as it has been closed for a long time. It was opened up to host Akshay’s exhibition. Years of negligence & lack of maintenance was evident.

Inside Maharajah school of arts & crafts, Kishanpole Bazar Jaipur.
Xerox of travel postcards on display at Travel Photo Jaipur festival 2016
Some more copies of travel postcards.

Akshay Mahajan was sporting a loose Kurta & Pajama paired with a woolen sleeveless Nehru jacket. It’s a dressing synonymous with Indian artists and journalists.

Akshay Mahajan showing around his collection to the visitors.
One of the visitors, flipping through Akshay’s personal collection of rare travel postcards.

Akshay was kind enough to offer visitors his original & rare collection of travel postcards.

Akshay stamping out copies of original travel postcards meant for sale to the visitors.

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Akshay Mahajan, posing with few local boys. Travel Photo Jaipur festival 2016
Few old travel postcards. At Travel Photo Jaipur 2016 festival
Travel Postcards for sale at Travel Photo Jaipur 2016.

Travel Photo Jaipur is a new contemporary festival that Rajasthan Government wants to promote, in line with their new tourism campaign kick-started recently. It is interesting to meet & interact with people like Akshay Mahajan and gain a new perspective.


136 thoughts on “Travel Photo Jaipur/ Travel Postcards Exhibition

  1. Wow! How creative. Certainly an interesting initiative worth promoting. Thanks for sharing these photographs and giving us a glimpse into the festival. 🙂

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    1. I think we need to promote & support new initiatives. More so, when the people are working hard, without any monetary benefit. Happy to know that you liked the idea! Do share it across on your social media, if you think this will interest any of your connection. 🙂

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  2. This is such a cool idea. I love it! It makes me wonder about the postcard’s history. Who sent it? Who received it? What was the message? Boy, I can think of many story ideas that could result from looking at old postcards. Hmmm… is taking shape and starting to brew right now! LOL! Awesome pics as well, Arv. You definitely have a great eye!

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    1. Lisa, you seem to be really good at cooking new ideas… especially for the blog! I really have no clue but I’m sure it is an interesting subject.
      I’m happy that you are thinking of writing a blog post on this subject! I’ll look forward to reading whenever you write. Do tag me whenever it’s “cooked” and ready to “serve”!

      Thanks for the visit and appreciation, Lisa! 🙂

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  3. I really love this post and photos are stunning! It’s really wonderful that you get to attend these meets with other bloggers and share experiences. Looking forward to doing this someday!


    1. I’m glad you found it interesting.
      I found your comment in spam folder because of the link you inserted. I had to delete your link to remove it from the spam folder.


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