Ajay Garg Photography http://ajayclicks.com Weddings, Portraits, Events and More Sun, 20 May 2018 14:54:16 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 51408870 Engagement- Deepthi & Shashi http://ajayclicks.com/engagement-deepthi-shashi/ http://ajayclicks.com/engagement-deepthi-shashi/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:34:00 +0000 http://ajayclicks.com/?p=1518 Deepthi & Shashi contacted me to provide candid photography coverage for their engagement, after I was recommended to them by a bride, whose wedding I had shot a few weeks ago. The venue was a cozy banquet hall in Bangalore. I am thankful to the couple for giving me an opportunity to shoot their special […]

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Deepthi & Shashi contacted me to provide candid photography coverage for their engagement, after I was recommended to them by a bride, whose wedding I had shot a few weeks ago. The venue was a cozy banquet hall in Bangalore.

I am thankful to the couple for giving me an opportunity to shoot their special day and I wish them the very best for their future.

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Killa Raigad http://ajayclicks.com/killa-raigad/ http://ajayclicks.com/killa-raigad/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:45:56 +0000 http://ajayclicks.com/?p=317 Raigad Fort is a hill fortress situated in the near Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Maratha king Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj made the fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire eventually covering majority of modern day India. We (I and […]

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Raigad Fort is a hill fortress situated in the near Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Maratha king Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj made the fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire eventually covering majority of modern day India.

We (I and my dad) drove down to Raigad from Murud-Janjira on a stretch that was fairly scenic but with extremely poor quality of roads. Numerous speed-breakers and slow moving traffic were the icing on the cake. Those of you drive across India for their holidays will know what I am talking about. We stayed at Motel Visava which provides for a very comfortable stay with multi cuisine options (though veg only I think). The fort is around 30 kms from the hotel. One can stay in the fort as well, in an MTDC maintained property.

Since the fort is situated on the top of a hill, there are two ways by which you can visit the fort from the base- 1) by climbing up countless flight of stairs (1700 odd) Or 2) by using the ropeway. Ticket charges for the ropeway are nominal and you can either purchase a single way ticket or both ways. Using the ropeway presents with some fantastic view of the mountains. Since we did not use the stairs, I do not know what views can be enjoyed by using that option.

We reached Raigad on 25th December around noon, and the receptionist at the motel warned us that there would be large queue for the ropeway. We drove to the fort and realized that she was right. Enquiring at the counter, we realized that our turn would come probably after a 3 hour wait and we would reach the fort only around sun-set. While the fort itself is open till late evening, and the ropeway is in operation till about 7 pm (as I recollect, please reconfirm, if you are planning your trip basis this blog) we decided to return back to the motel and come back early morning the next day. Our rational was simple- the fort might be open till 7 pm or maybe even 9 pm, but lighting was not adequate and so we would not be able to enjoy the views or take pictures (which was the main purpose of the trip).

We reached the fort next day early morning, thinking that we would be the first, and were surprised to see that we were in a queue! Of-course it was not as bad as the day before, and we managed to board the trolley within 30 minutes. There is a canteen, and a few stalls, but since it was early morning we could get only tea and packaged stuff like biscuits, wafers etc. There is another canteen at the other end (when you reach the fort) that was offering some items like poha, idly etc. At various points in the fort, local tribals have set up makeshift stalls selling cucumbers, buttermilk (not the Amul types), packaged water, soft drinks etc, so you can travel light if you wish to. Since it was early morning, sun was rising, and as we made our way up the mountain, I managed to click a few pictures.

The fort is well spread out and it takes a fair bit of walking around to cover all the areas of the fort. Since Shivaji Maharaj established this fort as his capital, there are various chambers for the royal family, royal court, provision for mint and soldiers to stay. There are granaries, armories and a market place as well. Along the periphery of the fort, there are many sections that offer stunning view of the valley. Some of these sections are a little hard to get to, in absence of proper steps, so I would advise you to exercise discretion.

There is a Jagdish temple at one end of the fort complex. Behind the temple is Shivaji Maharaj’s samadhi and a few steps away, of his faithful pet dog.

Raigad fort has a certain significance in Maharashtra’s history, with some accounts even stating that the British used to refer to it as the “Gibraltar of the East”, and should be on “must visit” list of any history buff. As you can see, besides taking pictures of the fort, one can also shoot landscapes. The dilapidated structure of the fort also presents interesting photographic composition opportunities.

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Murud Janjira http://ajayclicks.com/murud-janjira/ http://ajayclicks.com/murud-janjira/#respond Sat, 02 Jul 2016 14:01:24 +0000 http://ajayclicks.com/?p=314 Murud-Janjira is the local name for a fort situated on an island just off the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It was occupied by the Siddis and is famous for being the only fort along India’s Western coast that remained undefeated despite Dutch, Maratha and English East India Company […]

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Murud-Janjira is the local name for a fort situated on an island just off the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. It was occupied by the Siddis and is famous for being the only fort along India’s Western coast that remained undefeated despite Dutch, Maratha and English East India Company attacks. This place is easily accessible from Mumbai, and it took me around 4 hours of driving time from my home town Thane. I visited the fort in afternoon, which presented some challenges as the main entrance to the fort, as well as some of the structures ended up being back-lit. I had no choice but to shoot into the sun. The reward, on the other hand was the opportunity to take some sunset pictures, and also the village lit in the evening golden light.

The fort is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. You have to pay a nominal charge at the jetty which covers your to-and-fro journey. You can return by any boat, which gives you the freedom to spend as much time as you want inside the fort. There are no additional charges to enter the fort. The boatmen do pester you offering their services as a guide, and also spew nonsense like you have to return by the same boat. They usually budget 45 minutes, and if you do end up taking their services, you will not do  justice to photographing the fort. On holidays, one has to wait a bit to disembark from the boat, and, as you can see from the photographs, the boats themselves are quite crowded. Definitely not for the faint-hearted especially in light of the recent tragedies in Thekaday and Andaman. The boat ride from the fort to the jetty at Rajapuri is pretty smooth though. We also spotted a pair of Dolphins, but your luck might vary.

The fort is well spread out and you can easily spend 90- 120 minutes to cover the same at a leisurely pace- including exploring multiple angles, waiting for a while for a group of tourists to move away from your frame etc. The fort is unkempt, with trash & empty plastic bottles strewn all over the place. There is no provision to buy water or snacks inside, so please ensure that you have adequately stocked up at Murud or Rajapuri. There is a rest room near the entrance, I think, but I do not know how usable that is.

The boat ride back to the jetty provides with interesting photo-opportunities, especially in evening when you can utilize the golden hour. You do not have to limit yourself to taking pictures of the shoreline or the fort, even the sails of the boat can become a subject.

If you plan to stay overnight, there are multiple options at Murud- ranging from basic to exorbitant. We stayed at a place on the beach that offered “huts” with basic facilities at very reasonable rates. An early morning walk on the beach provided an opportunity to take some landscapes around sunrise. In a few pictures, you can see the palace of the Nawabs of Janjira, overlooking the beach. This palace is still in good shape, but not open to the general public.

Murud is a nice place to spend a weekend away from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai or Pune. If you haven’ been there yet, I would absolutely recommend that you visit the place at-least once. Traveling by sitting in those boats is an experience in itself.

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