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 am still keeping in mind to start issuing my own travel postcards. This festival seems to be truly inspiring for people to see the world and for photographers to print their photos. Great experience.

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    1. Lidiia, a lot of bloggers in India have started printing postcards and calendars for sale. I’m not sure if that’s a profitable venture. But if you have takers… go ahead! Why don’t you print a series on Ukraine? The best places in Ukraine captured by you?

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    1. Thank you, I’m happy that you liked it. Do let me know if you need any help. If you prefer I can show you few places provided I’m able to take out some time. 🙂


      1. Hi Arv, I visited Jaipur for 2 days and visited city palace and Bapu bazaar. I plan to visit Jaipur again in Dec for a wedding. Any suggestions on 2-3 must visit places. I dont think I would get more than a day to do sightseeing.

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  2. They’re simply amazing! I love browsing through history, in any form! I’m sure it must have been a great experience:-)…
    Of course, Jaipur has no dearth of art & history….I wish we had got to spend some more time when we visited!

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    1. Divya, my love for history of Jaipur city started two years ago. so I’m still discovering. Yes, it was amazing, it was quite unique concept as well as presentation. Do plan your trip again.Will help and take you around, if you permit! 🙂

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    1. That’s very kind of you to comment, Heather! I hope you will enjoy reading the write ups posted here on this blog and will visit again! Thank You, once again 🙂


  3. Hi Arv, I enjoyed reading this post.Such a lovely old building! And truly impressive collection of postcards.
    I have nominated you for the 3 day quotes challenge.Hope you’d accept it despite your busy schedule.There is no compulsion. pls check my last post. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you for reading and appreciating this post.I’m happy you liked it.
      Appreciate your nomination. I regret to inform you that I don’t participate in these challenges as I find it difficult to find time. Also I only post pertaining to Jaipur. I m privileged to have been nominated by you. Thank You 🙂


    1. Thank you for appreciating the post. I’m happy you liked it. I’m curious to know more about your father -where he lived and what he did, if that’s not sounding to be evasive. Do let me know if I can be of your help! 🙂


      1. ah well its a sore subject because he went to India as a child. His father was in the British Army ( sorry, I know its sensitive, ) but he was seconded to the Indian Army to help on the Afghan Border. Not sure you would want to know more because as I said, I understand it can be sensitive, but I am writing up some of their stories and hoping to rekindle where they lived for quite a few years.

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      2. It’s perfectly okay to talk about it. In general, current Indian generation don’t look at British people with animosity or hatred despite all that happened in past. We live in different times. I think we all need to look at events of past with their own context. Hope this helps. 🙂

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