Ramadaan Heritage Photowalk: Firoz Shah Kotla 16th June

DPC announces Ramadaan Heritage Photowalk: Firoz Shah Kotla  on 16th June


Feroz Shah Kotla is located near Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in between New Delhi and Old Delhi. In 1354, Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq established Ferozabad and Feroz Shah. Kotla is the core of that extensive city. Historian Shams Siraj Afif, who lived during Feroz Shah’s reign, described the city as very well and distantly established. In the north the buildings of the city stretched from Northern Ridge ( today known as Pir Ghaib). To the south the city extended to the site now marked by the Purana Qila or Old Fort. According to him the population of the city at that was around 1,50,000.

As compared to the earlier sites of substantial settlement in Delhi which had been further south only – Lal Kot/Qila Rai Pithora (now the area around the Qutub Minar), Siri a little to its north-east, and Tughlaqabad in the hills to the south-east, Ferozabad was much further north than these three early settlements, it was also the first of the capitals to be built on the bank of the river Yamuna.

Feroz Shah Kotla was the grand and opulent royal citadel of the city. Visitors, invaders like Timur and contemporary chroniclers have given glowing descriptions of its buildings. Unfortunately most of its priceless stones and gilded and painted features have extinct today. Later on, materials for the construction of cities like Din Panah and Shergarh in the south and Shahjahanabad in the north were plundered from here.


Capture the history in your camera in this walk with us. 


How to reach there:

Metro : Nearest station -Pragati Maidan
Auto/Cab : Ask to be dropped at  the entrance of the fort( near ITO ) 
Please note, You will receive a confirmation mail from our side two days before the event. That mail will be sufficient for you to attend the walk. However, if you reply to our mail it will be easier for us to manage the group. 
Carry your water bottle and wear comfortable shoes :)
See you there! 

To Register please check www.delhiphotographyclub.com/register

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DPC announces first Photowalk to Sunder Nursery

Sundar Nursery’s Central Axis with the 16th century Sundar Burj in the backdrop, New Delhi, India.

Sundar Nursery’s Central Axis with the 16th century Sundar Burj in the backdrop, New Delhi, India.

Sunder Nursery is bestowed with the first arboretum (botanical garden of trees), a bonsai house, and is home to 80 species of birds, 36 butterfly species and 280 native trees. Delhiites now have a new heritage park that is as good as the popular Lodhi Garden. The nursery came up during the British rule and in 1950 a renowned botanist whose name is unknown gifted a bonsai collection to the nursery.

A walk through the massive heritage garden — dotted with flower beds, raised sandstone pathways and marble fountains — takes one to the six monuments that were given World Heritage designation by UNESCO in 2016

The Lakkarwala Burj, Sunder Burj, Sunderwala Mahal, Mirza Muzaffar Hussain’s Tomb, Chitra Batashewala and an unknown Mughal Tomb fall under this category. Although, little is know about who built them.

Designed by landscape architect Late M Shaheer, Sunder Nursery has a 550m ornamental central vista that starts from the entrance zone of Humayun’s Tomb. An official said the landscape master plan derived inspiration from “traditional Indian concept of congruency between nature, garden and utility coupled with environmental conservation” for a truly urban scale work.

The gardens along the central vista, inspired by Mughal traditions, have lotus-shaped marble fountains. Water flows through geometric flowerbeds and raised sandstone pathways. A lake on the northern edge of the central vista will have walkways, seats and pavilions along the edges. An amphitheatre has also been built for cultural events. The lake would collect rainwater and also serve as a reservoir for emergency use.

Officials said the nursery has over 300 tree species, some not found elsewhere in Delhi. Over 80 bird species have also been recorded. As an added attraction for children, an educational resource on Delhi’s ecology has also been set up for the 5,00,000 schoolchildren who visit the adjoining Humayun’s Tomb annually. This 20-acre micro-habitat zone showcases plants of the Ridge, and the riverine, marshy landscapes that were once found in Delhi.

The heritage aspect is striking too. There are 15 Mughal monuments within the nursery, some under ASI and some unprotected. These have been conserved by AKTC over the years. In 2016, Unesco extended the world heritage designation to 12 monuments.

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Tiger and GST ? Oh Really (God Save the Tigers). by Sh Vinod Goel

Tiger and hottest topic in the air  G S T—Any connection between the two ?

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For the last 3 years when Sh Narendra Modi came to power we heard that to solve all the problems of the country the biggest economic reform would be introduced by the Government  and hence  all efforts were made to bring Goods and Services Tax (G S T )at the earliest.

At present there is just talk of this tax reform as it has been introduced from 1st of July in spite of the fact that  many of the stake holders from the trade and industry are  at a loss to understand its fundamentals. Even most of the staff at the grass root level from the department Customs and Central Excise  is not able to comprehend its basic concepts and their implementation  . I am sure in the time to come those difficulties would get sorted out and country would be on a much safer ground.

It may be recalled that to save the tigers in the country Indira Gandhi the then PM brought Project Tiger ( in 1973) as the population of tiger which used to be about a lakh in the beginning of the 20th Century got reduced  to about a thousand. In order to save them from extinction  India came out to save them. The situation improved some what. But again the crisis at Sariska Tiger reserve in Rajasthan  in 2004 and later in Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh in 2009 opened the eyes of the government and they were forced to take some hard steps such as translocation of tigers within the state from one tiger reserve to another ( Ranthambore to Sariska  and  Bandhavgarh , Pench and Kanha to Panna ) and monitoting of tigers by having radio collars on them.

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Though the strategy of counting the tigers have completely changed so that the numbers can not be manipulated as the census of tigers is done by the Wildlife Institute of India Dehradun  through camera trappings but  there is hardly any control over poaching of tigers  as they command a premium in the world market. The only solution with the general public is to prey GOD to SAVE the TIGER (GST ).


Sometimes while shooting tiger in the wild  I could freeze some moments when it appeared as if he too is praying God to save him from the atrocities committed over them.


Let us all prey God to save the most magnificient specie on the planet so that the future generations can see them roaming on this earth.



DPC announces Day trip a brand new series of Photo trips.


Launching a Brand New Travel series for people who cannot spare two days to travel on our amazing DPC Photo Bus trips due to scarcity and unavailability of Time .

The Day trip is basically a Idea to rejuvenate your photography and yourself with a day long trip which is full of information , Photography and gossips .

The Trip will give an opportunity to click places which are in close proximity to Delhi but they are worth Visiting .

The first in series is the Garhmuketshwar , An old historic town and place for River Ganga .

About  Garhmukteshwar

Garhmukteshwar is situated on the National Highways 24 joining New Delhi   with Lucknow. The town is the closest point from the capital where the river  Ganga flows. Garhmukteshwar is also famous for its bathing fair that takes place on the Full Moon Day in the month of Kartik. This city hosts two important fairs in a year. One is the bathing fair on the full moon day of Kartika and another fair is held on the occasion of Dussehra, both of which attracts tourists from all over the country.

The Gadho-ka -Mela which is a part of the big Garh Ganga fair is a huge trading center for asses, donkeys and horses.

Garhmukteshwar has also been mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharata. It is said that Garhmukteshwar was a part of the ancient city of Hastinapur. The place boasted off a very ancient fort that is said to be built by later Pandavas, brothers of Kauravas. The name of the place is derived from the great temple of Mukteshwar Mahadeva that is dedicated to the goddess Ganga who is worshipped here in four temples. The place is also known for its eighty Sati Pillars.

Other Important Details

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen AND umbrella!

Fee (per person): Rs. 2500/- (including registration fee)

Fee includes travel & group transfers and meals

Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

Please carry the amount with you (only cash) :), (please ignore if paid already)You can also pay the registration amount online or  at our club in Shahpur Jat Village.

Registration fee is non refundable and non transferable


Please carry your ID cards along, it helps.

For further clarifications feel free to call Virendra – 08826712162

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Interview : Jineesh Mallishery. Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .

The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.


JINEESH MALLISHERY     | WILDLIFE Photographer  |  Founder Wildlife Action Photography


How you started your photography ?

When I was 15 yrs old I got my first Canon Point & Shoot camera, which got me involved in photography, I just loved Camera which always fascinated me, Where ever I go I take my camera along .  I love everything about Nature, landscape, animals, everything wild, thats how I love to capture anything in wild.


What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

New Technology has changed the way we photograph, Photography technology has changed so radically that we need to talk about it differently, think of it differently and use it differently.


Anything specific that you want to share with people?

My advice would be to identify your style of photography and shoot to perfect. Be passionate, patience and be in love with the Mother Nature.


What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedules?

Nature itself is a motivation, spending time with camera viewfinder and being in Wild Motivates me


About JINEESH MALSHERY  : I was born and brought up in Bangalore. I studied at Bangalore Military School and from day One of my school education I was taught survival instincts . This led me to develop this as  hobby and soon the hobby changed into passion. As a Wildlife Photographer I don’t really have one specific photographic style as I continuously experiment with different styles in various scenarios but my favourite is wildlife in Action. I love to capture those beautiful actions in wild as a wildlife photographer. My aim is to capture unique, powerful and striking images


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Interview : Sh Vinod Goel, Wildlife photographer . Meet the real people from world of Photography


Vinod Goel  I  Wildlife Photographer I  Retired Excise and Income Tax Commissioner

1. How you started your photography?

I had interest in photographs as i use to take out cutting of flowers and scenries from the News papers during my college days. But had no money to purchase even a  basic camera Click III . It was only after joining as a probationer in the Indian Customs and Central Excise Service , I purchased my first camera in 1983 .At that time photography was limited to travel to different places for enjoyment with family. With my posting to different cities the interest kept on changing. My posting to Raipur took a turn as started visiting the  Archaelogical  monuments as well as Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of  State namely Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. From  the year 2004 it zeroed down to nature and wildlife.


2. What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

With the digital camera in my hands in 2004/05 the expenditure on the film role was over  and once the memory card was with you could take as many photographs depending upon the memory capacity of the card. Secondly you could review your images at the touch of the button. The life from uncertainity to certainity was over and one could relax as the result was with you in no time . At the same we also became habitual in capturing  undesirable data which was of no use till date.


3. Anything specific that you want to share with people?

In wildlife, every photographer”s mind set is to capture  tiger at the top most priority. I don’t deny but please do not follow others. There are  so many  areas which has not been touched upon. Depending upon what you like to do and different from others  , choose your subject and work hard to realize your goal.I can only say that nature will not send you back empty.


4. What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedule and on going conditions?

The greatest motivation for me has been to be, just  with nature.The nature is the greatest stress buster. I do not need anybody when I am with nature as nature is the greatest teacher. Secondly  there is strong desire to be  different from others in the field and would like to make my own foot steps .


About Sh Vinod Goel

Profile as Writer and a Wildlife Photographer

From the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel.  Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that. During the last 12 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the national parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 48 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

He held his first solo exhibition “Tiger’s Realm; at The India International Centre New Delhi in Dec 2011.The second exhibition namely “Jewels of the Wild  was  held at India Habitat Centre  New Delhi along with his son ‘Bharat Goel’, now Director of  Wildnest Travel and photography Private Limited. In May 2012, Ministry of Environment and Forest invited duo of father and son to hold an exhibition during the world level conference on Global tiger recovery Program at New Delhi. In April 2016 Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate change invited to hold a Photo Exhibition for the delegates of the 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference for tiger conservation at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

From 2013 he started writing. His articles on Wildlife have appeared in reputed magazines such as ‘Airports India’, ‘Rail Bandhu’ (monthly magazine in India’s premier trains namely Rajdhani Express, Shatabadi Express and Doronto Express), ‘Shubh Yatra’ (an inflight magazine of Air India airline), ‘Exotica’ (Magazine  in five star hotels), and ‘Terrascape’ etc.


His photographs have appeared in the books namely, ‘Wild Fire’, ‘Winged Fire’ and ‘Saving Wild India – A Blue Print for Change’ by the well-known conservationist and writer ‘Valmik Thapar’.  Another photograph appeared in the book named ‘Tadoba Inheritance’ by Sanctuary Asia magazine.

After superannuation, he is completely into wildlife. Through his articles and photographs he is trying to make people aware of the rich wildlife heritage of the country and exhorting them to protect the same for the benefit of future generations. He regularly loves to capture the most uncommon behavior of the common things and that too in our common life. Normally we intend to ignore the flora and fauna around us and it is his goal to spread the awareness in the neighborhood to make it a global movement supported by the people.

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DPC Heritage Photowalk : Beyond Chandni Chowk 05th March 2017


13886427_1434508229897772_9024989993740354539_n A paradise for people with an inclination towards street, people and candid photography – Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and the busiest markets in Old Delhi built in the 17th century by the great Muslim emperor ShahJahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara.

Chandni Chowk boasts of a historical character; another world in itself.

Vibrant, colorful, always on-the-move, crowded, chaotic and reflecting the culture of the bygone Mughal era – a walk in the streets of Chandni Chowk gives a photographer opportunities aplenty to get desired pictures worth saving for a long, long time.

So, join in and have a walk to remember!

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazar

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

Wear comfortable shoes, carry your water bottle and keep your camera batteries charged ! :)


DPC announces Holi trip to Barsana Nandgoan and Vrindavan


DPC announces most awaited DPC photobus trip of the year for covering Holi at Barsana-Nandgaon-Vrindavan. A place full of color, people, faces, festivity, mornings and evenings shot providing photo-opportunity in abundance!  

 The trip will be for 3 day 2 night. We will be going by road.

 Day 1 – 06th March, Monday

Leave from IIT Delhi, main gate at5.00 am (pls be there 20 mins prior to departure)
Reach Barsana by 9.00 am and cover Holi festivities. After lunch, capture Holi festivities in the narrow lanes of Barsana.
Stay is in Vrindavan at Ananda Krishna Van Hotel.

Day 2 – 07th March, Tuesday
At 5.00 am, start for Nandgoan early morning photography when there’s no crowd and traffic.
Post breakfast visit Nandgoan.
At 5.00 pm start back for Hotel at Vrindavan 

Day 3 – 08th March, Wednesday
8.00 am: Start with a visit to narrow lanes of Vrindavan and early morning photography when there’s no crowd.
Visit the Banke Bihariji Temple
Have breakfast and hang around for the complete day
By 5.00 pm: Start back for Delhi

Other Important Details:
Stay: will be on sharing basis in Vrindavan at  Ananda Krishna Van Hotel.
Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an AC TEMPO traveller together.
Gear: Barsana-Nandgaon-Vrindavan offers some breathtaking morning and evening shots. Hence wide angle and zoom lens are advised with camera covers because of HoliCelebrations.
Please wear comfortable clothes according to the weather, comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking, take your hats/caps, shades and sunscreen.
Meal: Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club.
The group will follow the itinerary mentioned above, however if one wants to visit places at one owns will, can visit accordingly on their own.
Fee: Rs. 8000 per person, DPC members: Rs. 7500 per person.

The cost includes stay, travel and food. Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any.
Please carry the balance amount in cash.
Anything taken in room service at guest house will be paid individuals.

Please Note:
1.Please carry your identity proof (any govt document)

2.Rain cover for cameras will be arranged n cost you b/w rs 300/- to 350/-

3.Registration fee is non-refundable, non transferable

4. Please let us know advance in case you are unable to come for this trip so that other photography enthusiasts may get the opportunity to go on this trip

DPC Photowalk beating retreat


DPC announces next photowalk to capture the beautifully lit Rastrapati Bhawan.

The Beating the Retreat Ceremony is held in the capital city of Delhi in India. The Republic Day celebrations in Delhi initiate with a multihued parade on the 26th of January along the Rajpath. The parade comes to a close with the ‘Beating the Retreat Ceremony’, which happens on the 29th of January. The location of the Beating the Retreat Ceremony in Delhi is at Vijay Chowk or the victory square, with the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan at the background.

Closest Metro Station : Central Secretariat

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

This walk is free for all

Image courtesy First post