New Delhi is a fascinating subject, both for traditional photography and Instagram shots. In the south, wide tree-lined avenues are surrounded by colonial mansions and expansive gardens dotted with vast monuments and ancient tombs. As you move towards the chaos of Old Delhi, you find claustrophobic, narrow streets overflowing with people and traffic, making it a street photographers dream. Think colourful spice markets, orange marigolds scattered across the pavement as a woman threads them into fragrant necklaces, bangle shops sparkling and shining in every colour imaginable and people dishing out delicious street food. Behind the dishevelled 20th-century apartment blocks covered in reams of tangled telephone wires and drying laundry, are the remains of extravagant architecture. Look a little harder and you will find yourself wandering among the central courtyards of gorgeous havelis or stumbling upon centuries-old temples hidden away on cramped backstreets. Every corner of the city has you grasping for your camera. Here are some of my favourite photography spots in the city. HUMAYUN TOMB The tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun is a real architectural wonder and one of the most impressive buildings in the whole of Delhi. Predating the Taj Mahal by around 60 years, it is thought to have inspired India’s most famous structure, although, rather than being built entirely from in white, the marble is reserved for the enormous dome and the inlays of the red sandstone arches, all of which follow the strict rules of Islamic geometry. The complex and its perfectly manicured gardens contain a number of other monuments and tombs, but none are quite as impressive or Instagram-worth as the tomb of Humayun. INDIA GATE Constructed in 1921 in order to pay tribute to around 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in WWI, the Northwest Frontier operations and the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War, this imposing 42m high structure was modelled on Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. There is a constant buzz in the park and pools surrounding the gate as families picnic on the grass and swim in the water. Vendors selling street food, budhdhi ke bal (candyfloss or ‘old lady’s hair’) and toys mill around beneath the arch and on the long road that leads from the presidential palace towards the arch. The best time to visit is on an evening when the surrounding area really comes alive with people and the light is perfect for dreamy shots in front of the gate.

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