For the-uninitiated Harsh and I run a wedding photography company. Our friends are from the same industry, so we take vacations in the lean time of the year. No matter how Ironic it would sound but we being photographers have camera-free vacations, but this time,Canon gave us a mirror-less Camera, EOS RP with a 35mm lens, so we decided to take it for a spin, and what could be a better way than doing it in a real time vacation. We went to the beautiful fort-palace in Tijara, a two day vacation with a bunch of photographers, and a single camera, Canon EOS RP.
Tijara Fort-Palace was an easy reach, we traveled by road. The road journey from south Delhi to Tijara Fort was approximately 250Kms to and fro, 1.5 to 2 hours long (without getting lost)– depending on the office rush hours. But when you take a turn to Tijara from NH-8 and there are good odd 45kms left, the roads are bumpy and if you’re traveling by personal vehicle, make sure your car has a good ground clearance, because our Honda city got hit at various places because our car lacking the required ground clearance. As we neared, the roads got uphill since the place was at an average elevation of 954 feet. There are buses available, run by the Delhi State Road Transport Corporation and by private travel companies as well. The nearest railway station to Tijara is in Alwar, which has trains to almost all major cities of Rajasthan.
Like most of the places in Rajasthan, the mornings were a bit warm and humid and the nights a bit chilly. We reached the magnificent Tijara Fort and realised that the so called ”Fairytale Fort-Palace” was indeed a Fairytale to be in. The rooms had a different charm, there were 71 suits and rooms named after India's leading painters, designers and aesthetes who have helped create them and you won’t believe, each room was different from the other. The interiors were totally different in every other room, hats off to the creativity !
The official website quotes that while most heritage hotels in Alwar district were born with the beauty and treasures of history, not one offered such a spacious dream site where one could have had a peaceful getaway from Delhi. Seven terraced gardens commanded a magnificent view above the tall ramparts that had now been lovingly completed and restored. The gardens being compared to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – and the ruins (now restored) to Machu Picchu !
We went there on a weekday so we were the only guests there. This mini vacay fell right on the day that me and Harsh completed eight years of being together! The hotel staff made it even more special for us, they got us not just one but two utterly delicious cakes. We were impressed, not just by the cakes but the specially curated meals with lip smacking flavours of home made ice cream after every meal. Everyone was offered an upgrade to bigger rooms in the Rani Mahal, but we chose to stay in the rooms of the Mardana Mahal since these were much cozier! All the rooms surrounded this gorgeous courtyard which is used for pheras when there’s a wedding going on, and trust me it was a beautiful spot. The hospitality was commendable, we were served with utmost care and concern.
The staff plays cricket in the evening, so Harsh got a ride to the ground and joined them.
If you ask me what I’d remember the most about this place, then I’d say, the breathtakingly beautiful sunsets! and when I thought it couldn’t get better, then with the dark sky above our heads, we saw the whole palace lit, and it was breathtakingly beautiful.
We didn’t require any special permission from the hotel authorities to fly our drone since we were the only guests present in the property.
We were a group of photographer pals and we just carried one camera, let me tell you this one camera done right was more than enough. It was a Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera 35mm macro lens which has this cute pop out LCD screen, and for the people who don’t know what a mirror-less camera is, there was this system, born in the 1940s, where a mirror allowed the photographer to see in the viewfinder exactly what the camera lens is “seeing”. With the creation of digital photography in this modern photography era, the film got substituted by an electronic sensor, and in the mirror-less, the optical viewfinder was substituted by an electronic one. So there’s no need for a mirror (and a pentaprism or pentamirror, and a focusing glass, and one AF sensor), and the cameras are mirror-less. The best thing of this camera is it’s so small, lightweight and handy that I can carry it anywhere in my purse. Like other cameras, it doesn’t need the whole kit to be carried along with. I’m a huge fan of Prime lenses and wanted to challenge myself just using one lens. And trust me it was worth the risk that I took just carrying this one.
Here, we tried to zoom in a frame with a bug, to my amazement even after a huge crop ,the details were still crisp clear, i.e. no data loss. We could still see the bug clearly.
However, the only con of this camera was that it has no joystick which is something we heavily rely on during weddings.
What do wedding photographers do when they don’t have bride and groom? They find some real life couples and shoot them!
We had this new addition to our group this year, Arjun and Praerna’s daughter, little munchkin Kismat.
It was her first road trip and it was her first 'pool time'. It was our first time with a baby and now we are forever bonded by firsts and whole lit of love….