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Travel and photography is a great combination together and we at placesinpixel (as the name suggests) embrace it everyday. If you are a traveler and a photographer then you might be having a high-end smartphone or a camera. Some photographers like to rely on smartphones rather than bulky cameras because smartphones these days are loaded with professional camera features. With smartphones at our fingertips we all are aspiring travel photographers. Even with the help of a third-party application you can add some extra flavor to your stunning shots. Traveling to exotic locations with serene and beautiful landscapes / cityscapes, if the only weapon is your smartphone, then you might wanna load it with these apps to enhance your travel photography.

Reminiscing my Paris trip… Top Apps for Travel Photography Snapseed

With some of the amazing features the application deserves to be on the top of the list. You can either click the photograph from the app itself or use to edit your existing photos. As soon as you open a photograph you get a number of filters to choose from. Apart from this Snapseed has a number of other brushes and editing tools. Snapseed also allows you to make and save changes to an existing photo or you can choose to save an entirely fresh copy of your image with edits. We feel this is one of the best apps for travel photography.
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Shot by one of my favorite photographers: Auditya Venkatesh who is also a pro when it comes to ‘smartphone photography’ and an expert user of Snapseed. Microsoft Pix

Microsoft Pix is basically a camera application which allows you to shoot stills, capture panoramas and record videos. If we talk about photography, the application clicks raw photos and takes few seconds to enhance it. Then you get to choose between the raw photo and enhanced photo, and keep whichever you want. Apart from these the app also offers an array of filters, artistic styles and frames to choose from.
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NightCap Camera

If you are going to a place where you need to shoot in low light then you may use NightCap camera. You may need to pay a little for this application, but it is actually worth it. The application tweaks camera settings and you get stunning shots especially when it is dark. If you love to capture photos of sunset and night sky, then it is the perfect application. With some great editing features this application is a must have app for travel photography.
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Pro HDR X

HDR stands for high dynamic range. If your purpose is to shoot at the time of sunrise/sunset or against the sunlight, then this application will be very helpful. You need to be a little patient for the best shot because the application combines 3 different shots with different exposures to give you the best results in low light or in extra light conditions. For the quality of shots, you can use this application as it is decently priced.
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TouchRetouch

The next application in our list basically removes unwanted objects from a fine and beautiful capture. Say for example you have captured a nice picture of a tower but there is some annoying wiring around it, TouchRetouch helps you to deal with this by letting you select objects easily from the picture and completely remove them in just few clicks. Not only this but the application also has some basic inbuilt editing tools.
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Sonakshi has recently developed a flair for smartphone photography In the end…

So, if you wanna take your photos a little further, consider using some of these great apps for travel photography. Whether you want to edit, share or just have fun with your pictures, these are the best photography apps we’ve used on our travels. Apart from these you may also need some efficient tool to manage the collection of your photos on the go. It may be a tool to delete duplicate images, a tool to resize and upload images in bulk etc. So what are you waiting for? Grab these applications and take your smartphone travel photography to the next level.

This article has been submitted by one of our guest bloggers: Yogesh Sharma. Yogesh is an SEO personnel and technical content writer. He likes to talk about various threats to cyber-security and cyber-crime awareness in his blogs. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Himachal Pradesh, the “land of snow”, is an Indian state that is nestled in the western Himalayas. Himachal (as it is commonly addressed) has several hill stations which are the most appropriate destination for a wide rage of purposes. It is one such destination in India where your vacation finds the ethereal definition of nature at its best. Himachal isn’t restricted to the same old hot spots that have been mentioned in the travel guidebooks for ages. There are so many places to visit in Himachal Pradesh that it is not possible to explore all of them if you are new. So, given here are 7 marvelous Himachal destinations that must be on your bucket list.

Shimla

SHIMLA

The capital city of Himachal in the foothills of the Great Himalayas still basks in colonial charm. It fascinates every traveler with its terrific outdoors and unique appeal. Shimla Ridge – the 13 km stretch neatly entwined in the heart of Shimla is a hub of cultural activities and the most popular things to do in Shimla. Head to Shimla for a long romantic walk with Shimla tour packages. Besides, State Museum, Summer Hill, Himalayan Bird Park, Gorton Castle, and Kali Bari Temple are some other popular Honeymoon Special tourist attractions of Shimla. Shimla is probably one of the most famous places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Kufri

KUFRI

Kufri is another quaint hill-station just 20 km from Shimla. Summer is pleasant in Kufri and winter there experiences heavy snowfall. The best time to visit Kufri is from March to June when India is dealing with extreme summer. In that duration, Kufri makes such a comforting getaway for everyone.

Among the most popular places to visit in Kufri Jakhu Temple, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, The Glen, Tara Devi Temple, Kali Bari, and Scandal Point are some of the most popular. Lakkar Bazaar is the place to explore if you are keen on handicraft and antiques from the mountains.

Sangla

SANGLA

Kinnaur being the district and a major town in the region serves as the perfect point of contact for every visitor headed to Sangla. The entire Sangla stretching over an area of 40 km presents a stunning attraction offering surreal views of snow clad mountains and a multitude of activities like camping, hiking, trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, and river crossing. Sit back and marvel at Kinner Kailash peak, it’s a magnificent sight to behold and the best thing to do in the valley. There is plenty of snow clad mountains around, quite a few roadside dhabas and eateries around.

Kaza

KAZA

To experience the true charm of the vast Himalayas one must visit Kaza – the picturesque town in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley. If you are planning a visit, you can explore New Kaza and Old Kaza.. Hardcore travelers prefer this destination to wander around and walk the lesser walked trails. Having said that, adventure activities such as trekking and mountaineering make for a major pull for all the extreme adventure enthusiasts. Monasteries also offer good accommodation, sumptuous local served with graciousness to the tourists.

Chanshal pass

Chanshal pass [1]

Chanshal Pass is one of the breathtaking places to visit in Himachal. Chanshal Pass is the highest peak and indeed a daunting one. The best part is that being counted among the offbeat places in Himachal you won’t find the place too crowded. When you plan to visit Chanshal Pass, make sure that the man behind the wheels is someone well experienced. The road and weather may be notorious but, once you get to Chanshal the views and humbling nature around would leave you a mute spectator. Mashobra

MASHOBRA

Mashobra is in the vicinity of Shimla which happens to be a popular tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh. Mashobra is a popular choice to holiday in Himachal. If you are looking to experience nature’s magnificence at its best, a Mashobra trip could be just the rewarding journey you would ever take. You must visit this fascinating world tucked in the vast Himalayan alpines, with your friends.

Reckong Peo

REKONG PEO

Reckong Peo, the adorable headquarters of Kinnaur district is a thinly populated tourist attraction located atop 2300 meters. Reckong Peo is the only place in the region where two of the Himalayas’ greatest marvels can be spotted easily – the Kailash, and Shiva Lingam rock, both being the major tourist attraction for Hindus.

We are sure that you loved this article about most amazing places to visit in Himachal Pradesh and hopefully would have added some to your bucket list. Please share this with your friends too  
This guest post was contributed by Manpreet Kaur – travelling expert and content executive at Himalyan Trips. He likes to share his amazing personal and professional travel experiences in witty, informal and honest blog posts. Apart from all this he loves travelling, reading and watching netflix.

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Thousands of revelers in strikingly multi-colored costumes (Dino costumes, Harry Potter, Lego costumes, cartoon characters – you name it, they have it!!), tons of broken-beer-bottles all over the streets and houseful pubs – that was my first view of Cologne city (the moment I stepped out of the station). Having no idea of what was going on; I was completely taken aback; especially because I was on a business trip! And, that’s exactly how I got introduced to Cologne Carnival.

I rushed to my hotel (use this link to get $20 discount on hotel booking), dumped my luggage and came out to the streets to find out more. And there, the huge twin-spires of the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) greeted me, almost intimidating in the darkness of the winter night. But the atmosphere around the Dom was sparkling. People in fancy dress of all kinds filled the streets, sipping Kölsch (Cologne’s favorite beer), chewing on bratwurst and laughing.

Everywhere I looked, there were colors, happiness, fun.

What is Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival, or the Kölner Karneval, is a festival that takes place every year in the city of Cologne, Germany. Started in 1823 with the founding of Cologne Carnival Celebration Committee (Festkomitee Kölner Karneval), the “fifth season” (carnival season) is declared open at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month (11th Nov, 11:11 am). The climax of Carnival in Cologne is the six-day street carnival known as the “Crazy Days”. People celebrate, sing and dance in the halls, pubs and restaurants. During these six days, normal life is suspended throughout Cologne.

Crazy Days 2018: 8th – 13th Feb; Crazy Days 2019: 28th Feb – 6th March

(Yup, you got that correct – its a 3-4 month long carnival)

Colours and costumes everywhere!

The Carnival begins:

On 11th November every year, Cologne city center is transformed for the carnival celebrations. The biggest stars in the carnival music world will give their all to get the colorfully-costumed revelers into the festive mood and dancing spirit. However, the colorful activities in Cologne don’t stop there: the party will keep going-on in many of the pubs in the city center, around Heumarkt and Alter Markt squares, till the wee hours of the morning!

The crazy days

Crazy days start with the Women’s Carnival Day (on a Thursday) when you get to experience the Carnival in its traditional form. Early in the morning, the streets are alive with ladies in fancy-dress on their way to their place of work or to shops.

The next three days (Carnival Friday, Carnival Saturday, Carnival Sunday) is full-on party with costumes, parades, beer and everything else. Especially on the Sunday, the school parades march through the city center, featuring costumed school groups and original masquerades staged by kids-clubs.

Rose Monday: The high point of the session is the big parade on Rose Monday. The floats begin to parade through the city at 10 a.m. Participants blow kisses to the costumed crowds lining the parade route.

Ash Wednesday: On the morning, Catholics go to church to receive a cross of ashes on their foreheads as a sign of repentance. That evening, the year’s Carnival season is traditionally concluded at a fish dinner.

Carnival Sunday (2)

Carnival Sunday (3)

You may also like: My experience with the Carnival

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