Pre-wedding photoshoots were never a part of traditional Indian wedding rituals but with increasing global exposure it has found its way in Indian weddings. A few of the accomplished photographers shared with me that these photo shoots are the most paying assignments apart from wedding ceremonies. In just a matter of 2 years, pre-wedding photography shoots in Jaipur has seen a massive leap. Jaipur is one of the best pre-wedding shoot places in Rajasthan.
It is difficult to not find a pre-wedding photo shoots at heritage locations in Jaipur during morning hours. A frustrating experience for travelers & tourists; they find it difficult to capture a picture of tourist attractions devoid of the “photography troupe”.
Jaipur has many beautiful heritage locations, and this is one reason they consider Jaipur as a top pre-wedding photo shoot location in India. A while ago, one found merely locals undertaking it but now couples from the rest of India also prefer pink city for the beautiful backdrop of heritage buildings.
Which are the best locations for a photoshoot in Jaipur?
Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum is one of the most desired places for the pre-wedding photoshoot in Jaipur. What makes it most popular? The accessibility of the location and graceful amalgamation of three architectural styles. The pigeon feeding spot in front of the Albert Hall museum remains the most popular spot for the photoshoots. Being a protected heritage monument wedding photoshoots are not allowed in the museum section. Read more about pigeons at the Albert Hall Museum.
Location – Ram Niwas Garden
Jaipur Patrika Gate
Patrika Gate features among the top Insta-worthy places in Jaipur. The best part is photo shoots require no permissions. Patrika Gate is at Jawahar Circle near Sanganer Airport and accessible throughout the day. It definitely makes for an excellent background. Read the in-depth write-up on Patrika Gate
Location – Jawahar Circle, Near Jaipur Airport
Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh
Vidhyadhar Garden at Ghat Ki Guni is one of the oldest Char Bagh patterned gardens in Jaipur. Recently restored & renovated, Vidyadhar Ka Bagh is one of the finest Rajput versions of the Mughal garden.
What makes it different from other such gardens? The layout is not in a square shape rather the designer of the garden has tried to utilize the space in the best way.
Tip: Vidhyadar Ka Bagh has a restaurant too! Once Upon A Time At Bagh is operated by the same company that manages Once Upon A Time At Nahargarh. Overpriced food is nothing to write home about, like 1135 AD in Amer Fort and Once Upon a Time At Nahargarh. However, the interiors will make for a great backdrop.
Perched at the end of a cliff overlooking the city definitely makes Nahargarh Fort a stunning location. This place is popular among couples and therefore it is not surprising why it continues to top as a preferred place for the photoshoots in Jaipur.
Location – Nahargarh Hills.
Entry Fee – Near Sunrise point – Free | Madhvendra Palace/ Padao – Rs 50/person
Charan Mandir though not a popular place with the tourists but that’s not the case among the locals. Some views around Charan Mandir are stunning. One of the most popular reasons for this being a top-rated place among couples is that one can get a stunning backdrop of Jal Mahal or the Water Palace. It is less crowded during the early morning hours.
Another option are the old red sandstone ruins opposite the temple consisting of just the coloumns with no ceiling. It is an ideal place for creative photographers.
Location – Nahargarh Hills.
Entry Fee – Free
Kanak Vrindavan Garden
They filmed many successful Bollywood movies in Kanak Vrindavan Garden in Kanak Vrindavan Ghati during the 1990s and early 2000. Hindustan Charitable Trust restored this 300+ years-old garden in the 1990s. The garden represents a discerning amalgamation of Rajput architecture and Persian style Char-Bagh. What adds to its beauty is the serene atmosphere as it is in a picturesque valley with hills on one side and Man Sagar lake on the other. Kanak Vrindavan weddings are quite famous too. Pre-wedding photoshoots are charged Rs 1500 in Kanak Vrindavan Garden.
Location – Kanak Ghati, Amer Road
Amer Fort is synonymous with Jaipur and one of the top tourist attractions. A photo shoots inside the palace section will require permission, and it is a protected monument. Most tourist places don’t permit tripods and other professional types of equipment. But a photoshoot in Jaleb Chowk, a pigeon feeding spot near Maota lake, or Dil-Araam Bagh won’t require any express permission.
Location – Amer town
Jaipur City Palace
City Palace boasts some of the most popular Instagram worthy places in Jaipur especially the four gates in Pritam Mahal. City Palace is owned by the descendants of the Jaipur royal family. One can examine the private sections of the palace by purchasing a premium ticket. Prior permission is a must for the photoshoots unless you are planning a casual photoshoot with just one photographer.
Location – City Palace complex near Jantar Mantar
Like Patrika Gate, Jal Mahal too is accessible throughout the day and requires no permission. Although shoots are popular during the early hours, the true beauty of Jal Mahal structure comes alive during the evening when it is beautifully lit by the setting sun. There are no entry charges as this is a public place and free for all.
Location – Amer Road
Panna Meena Kund
Panna Meena Kund step-well has lately shot into fame because many travelers have featured this place on their Instagram feed and blogs. While previously, one could walk down the water reservoir through the steps, now it’s prohibited and guards ensure compliance.
Location – Amer Town
Hotels and Resorts in Jaipur
There are many beautiful hotels and resorts in and around Jaipur. A few are heritage properties, the rest are newly built in local architectural style replicating the grandeur of yesteryear.
Many such resorts and hotels are in Kukas on NH 8. Among these, Hotel Fairmont remains a leading place for photoshoots. It is also a popular choice for destination weddings in Jaipur.
Location – Kukas, Jaipur-Delhi Highway
Hotel Rambagh Palace-Rated as one of the most splendid heritage hotels in India repeatedly, the Taj hotels manage this erstwhile home of the Jaipur royal family. Like the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, Rambagh Palace is an iconic property with a fascinating history. Rambagh is one of the top wedding venues in Jaipur. This place provides a venue for the Jaipur Literature Festival social evening for the guests, writers, authors, and speakers. The hotel doesn’t permit walk-ins for the photoshoot. The best way? Book a room!
Location – Rambagh Circle, C-Scheme
Hotel Jai Mahal is an old palace converted into a hotel; it has the old world charm. It is not as grand as Rambagh Palace in terms of size and architecture but it has its own beauty. The Poolside and the jumbo chessboard are some popular places for the pre-wedding photo-shoot in Hotel Jai Mahal Palace.
Location – Civil Lines
Some other notable properties for pre-wedding photoshoots near Jaipur are Samode Palace, Le Méridien, Alila Fort Bishangarh, Chomu Palace, Raj Mahal Palace, and Rajasthali Resort.
Birla Mandir a temple made with white marble offers a stunning background for pre-wedding photoshoots. A big plus to consider is its prominent location and one of the best places for evening photo-shoot. They do not permit photography inside the temple.
Location – JDA circle, JLN Marg
Sisodia Rani Garden
Sisodia Rani Garden is a heritage site with Char Bagh style Mughal garden. The place has notable environs and makes for a fantastic backdrop. The hills all around add to its charm. Sisodia Rani Garden is a ticketed entry.
Location – Ghat Ki Guni, Agra Road
Apart from these heritage sites, there are some cool cafes and eateries for the pre-wedding photoshoots. While it is impossible to list them all, the one which is most distinctive and unmissable is Bar Palladio with its peacock blue interiors. Instead of describing the place, I will let the picture do the talking. This is a good alternative to the casual candid photography is popular in the other parts of the world. This concept is yet to catch up in India. This is definitely not a good location for the run of the mill pre-wedding photoshoots.
Kishan Bagh Jaipur
Kishan Bagh is one of its kind of place and offers stunning scenic landscape for wedding photoshoots in Jaipur. This place is currently not open for the public and work in progress. It is likely to open in December 2020. Here is a picture of Kishan Bagh in Jaipur.
These are just a few best locations for pre-wedding photoshoots in Jaipur. It is hard to find a city that offers such a plethora of places and this is one reason they rate Jaipur as the best pre-wedding shoot place in Rajasthan.
Which are free pre-wedding shoot locations in Jaipur?
- Jal Mahal
- Albert Hall Museum pigeon feeding spot
- Hawa Mahal on Sirehdyodi Bazaar
- Patrika Gate
- Panna Meena Kund
- Amer Fort – Dilaram Bagh and near Maota Lake
- Jagat Shiromani Temple
- Birla Mandir Garden Area
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