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. I’d love to have been there, Arv. I have a few similar postcards, although nothing from Jaipur, sadly. I did wonder about putting some up on a post, but I’m not sure how copyright might affect this.

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    1. Mick, although I’m not sure how legal issues work on copyright stuff but I suppose putting it up for non commercial use wouldn’t infringe on them. by the way, what do those postcards relate to? Travel?

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      1. Mick! I guess you won’t be infringing any copyright since these postcards are meant to be shared and they are likely to have general views. And in any case it’s not a commercial use that you’re intending. What’s the harm in sharing a post with a heading that says these are your favorite postcards or you miss these places? just my views, I’m not a legal expert! 🙂

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  2. I love to immerse myself in different cultures. At my age I do not travel very much. So blogs like yours provide a vicarious means to see and appreciate other countries. Today’s posts contained some terrific photography. Thank you, ARV!

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    1. Peter, it feels nice to know that you enjoy reading these posts and they are in a way your getaways! I can understand that after certain age there are many issues which are beyond your control. As for photography, well in many places you have certain limitations like people not appreciating camera around them, low light or time. you have to some times figure out a way and rest of times you have to live with it. out here there were no such restrictions. I have realised that DSLR is not always the best option, a super zoom is more desirable. thanks for liking and commenting Peter. 🙂

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  3. Didnt get the time to get to this post earlier Arv. But its been on my mind since I saw the update. What a unique concept, lovely. Great you could visit. Jaipur is always special for me, my birthplace. That such events happen there, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

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    1. Som, in last few years Jaipur has been buzzing with cultural events, artistic events and so on. It has become quite vibrant. in fact there are happenings every now and then -I’m unable to keep pace with them. I can understand your weak spot or sweet spot (anyways- you can choose) for Jaipur! Do you visit Jaipur every year?

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  4. No sadly. My close family lives in Udaipur now so Jaipur trips happen once in a while. Will definitely reach out when I am there next. And you can point me to Jaipur’s new charms 🙂

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    1. Sure som!… Anytime!
      You’re surely lucky to be able to visit Asia’s most romantic city -udaipur, again… and again! There’s something different about it. It stands apart from rest of places in Rajasthan!


  5. Hi Arv! I have been to your website before! I am so Jealous that you are in Jaipur. The art, culture and architecture of Jaipur is endless! The colors, designs and people are warm. I have been there only once when I was young. I hope to make it there soon sometime.


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    1. Nivs! Hi once again! 🙂
      Don’t be jealous..when you can visit and experience all that you want to..
      Do let me know if you need any help or suggestion! Btw, where are you based?

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      1. oh…wow! “namma benguluru” ??
        viriginia…work? I suppose. I love both these cities for different reasons…Chennai weather is something that I hate though along with noisy auto! 😉


      2. Virginia because the husband is here. Studies and work are part of that. I am not a fan of the Chennai heat and I faint at the thought of taking an auto. It is much better now because they are regulating the auto fares. Earlier they asked for Taj Mahal & Fort Knox to go anywhere.

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      3. ha ha! Let me tell you they were far better than many other places…and at least there are plenty of these to choose from. In Bangalore, you have tough time finding one in many places!

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    1. True Laura! Postcards have now been stashed away in history, practically! In the age of instant messages and emails, they are now a collector’s item! Thanks for checking it out, Laura! 🙂


  6. So thoughtful of you that you have captured this exhibition Arv. People generally prefer to chuck such wonderful opportunities, that will lead us to a glimpse of Indian history. Am glad I landed here. Thanks for sharing your experience via your lens 😀

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    1. Thanks prachi.
      please do write about Jaipur… I would love to read about it. when did you last visit Jaipur?
      I guess this blog address is not added to your gravator profile as it takes one to some other blog!
      Thanks for your comment.. I’m following your blog. 🙂


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