Aerial Tour of India
Take a tour of India in this incredible drone reel from contributor and drone pilot Witterproductions. The video will take you across the length and breadth of the world's second most populous country. Strap yourself in for a ride that will give you bird's eye views of the national capital Delhi; Kochi and Wayanad (in the state of Kerala); Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mamallapuram, and Madurai (Tamil Nadu); Mysore (Karnataka);Pondicherry (Pondicherry); and the back waters of the state of Kerala.
Jodhpur: Capital of Rajasthan
Jodhpur is an important city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, the westernmost city in that state which lies close to the Indian border with Pakistan. Jodhpur is surrounded by the Thar Desert. It is perhaps best known for Mehrangarh, a giant 15th century fortress which overlooks the city. In this video, NGrey captures a woman practicing yoga against the distinctive blue buildings of the skyline of the city, which was the shooting location for the 2012 film Dark Knight Rises.
Aerial Tour of Kerala
The Indian state of Kerala is situated on the western half of the southern tip of India, on the Malabar Coast. Due to its role in the spice trade, this area of India was one of the first to have extensive contact with the outside world, first via Africa and the Middle East and later via the European colonial powers. In this video, contributor Ashframes used his DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an aerial tour of this tropical paradise on the Indian Ocean, which is regularly inundated with monsoon rains.
Tamil Nadu: Southern Tip of India
Tamil Nadu is the southernmost Indian state, occupying the eastern side of the southern tip of India. While home to some large cities (its capital Chennai being the sixth largest city in the country), it is mostly a rural state, characterized by mountains and dense jungle areas. Contributor Prtzy used a drone to create this marvelous aerial tour of the great state in the south of India, which was formerly known in British colonial times as the state of Madras.
Goa: India's Smallest State
Goa is India's smallest state. It is situated roughly in the middle of the coast of South India on the Arabian Sea (an extension of the Indian Ocean), about 600 km (360 mi) south of Mumbai. Goa was the center of Portuguese colonization of India, which began when Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama discovered the Indian subcontinent in the late 15th century. In this video, contributor Al uses his DJI Mavic Pro drone to give us a bird's eye view of this incredible region.
Varanasi: Holy City in Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi is a culturally important Indian city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. It's situated on the Ganges River, India's most important waterway. Varanasi is considered the holiest of the seven cities deemed sacred under the Hindu religion and is also important in the Jain Dharma religion. Contributor Pixeldo.com created this amazing drone video of the river city, which is the site of two large temples built during the time of the Mughal Empire.
Golden Temple of Amritsar, Punjab
Contributor Harry713 created this stunning drone video of the Golden Temple, one of the most sacred places in the Sikh religion. It's in the city of Amritsar, in the Punjab region of northwestern India. The temple was built in the 16th century and suffered significant damage over the years from those hostile to the Sikh religion. Sikhism is a monotheistic creed which originated in the Punjab region in the 15th century and is the world's fifth largest religion by followers.
India's City of Lakes
In this video, contributor Pixeldo treats us to an aerial view of the Indian city of Udaipur. The capital of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, Udaipur is commonly known as the City of Lakes due to the presence of five major lakes. The Taj Lake Palace, which covers a tiny island in one of the lakes and is first visible at the :18 mark, was one of the key shooting locations for the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, the 14th in the series. In the film, 007 (played by Roger Moore) meets his to-be-ally Octopussy here.
Folk Festival in Gujarat
In this epic drone video by contributor Damardhaval, you'll get an amazing bird's eye view of thousands of people participating in an Indian folk dance. It's part of the United Way Garba Celebration at Vadodara, Gujarat, the westernmost state of India. The occasion is Navratri, a nine day Hindu festival festival which occurs in September/October every year. In other parts of India, it is celebrated at different times of year and in some cases with greater than annual frequency.
India's Andaman Sea Archipelago
India's Andaman Islands actually lie far off the east coast of India, between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The islands are part of an archipelago, some of which is controlled by India and some by Myanmar. The islands are home to a culturally distinctive ethnic group called the Andamanese. In this video, contributor Pixeldo gives us an aerial tour of this tropical paradise, which bears more resemblance (and is geographically closer to) Thailand or Myanmar rather than India.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti is a valley in the Indian Himalayan mountains. It lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh, near the border with Tibet. The valley is surrounded by mountains, with the "passes" at elevations of 3.5-4k meters (13k-15k ft). Contributor Pixeldo.com created a series of similar drone videos in different villages of the valley, such as the one shown here. Each begins with a "pull out" shot revealing the extent of the massive valley and the towering peaks which surround it.
India Pro Drone Reel
Brand Icon Studios is one of the top drone piloting companies in India. In this aerial reel, they showcase their work across the country. The reel includes footage of many spots in India as well as some stunning aerial footage of Indian wedding ceremonies. The reel is impressive in its own right but also provides great aerial views of some of the sights and sounds of the great country of India, as seen from a bird's eye perspective.
South Sikkim: Connecting East India
Sikkim is one of India's least populous state and second smallest in terms of land area. It is situated near the narrow area which connects Northeast India with East India. Until 1975, it was actually an independent kingdom. Tapas Ghosh created this drone video of Namchi, a city in the state's South Sikkim district. Get a bird's eye view of this beautiful city in the Himalayan foothills, including shots of its Guru Rinpoche statue, in honor of the patron saint of Sikkim.
Great Forts and Palaces of India
As a top cultural and tourim destination, India offers a variety of soul-stirring, historical, and natural attractions. The India-bound traveler will appreciate this wonderfully curated, aerial short list of must-see stops in this remarkable Drone Video of the Week nominee from videographer @surf.the.sky. The locations you will see, in order, are Panna Meena Kakun, Amer Fortress, and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur; Jodhpur Fort in Jodhpur; Udaipur City Palace in Udaipur; and the Taj Mahal in Agra.
India's Most Famous Monastery
Contributor PixelDo created this epic drone video of one of the world's most famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Key Monastery is situated in the Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It's in the foothills of the Himalayas, at an altitude of over 4.1k meters (almost 13.7k ft.). Believed to have been built in the 11th century, it's the largest monastery in the Spiti Valley, which served as the conduit for the spread of Buddhism from its birthplace in Tibet into India.
Demo Reel from Rajasthan
India's Drones Company works throughout the state of Rajasthan in northern India. This video is a collection of drone footage from around the state which was put together for a tour company interested in showing off the region. The highlight of the reel is some epic bird's eye footage of the great fortification and palace complex called Amer. Located just a few km/mi from the state capital of Jaipur, this magnificent structure is one of a series of famous hill forts around Rajisthan.
Western India's Thar Desert
While India is perhaps most closely associated with gigantic mountains and wide rivers, it's also home to one of the world's largest deserts. The Thar Desert, sometimes known as the Great Indian Desert, covers 200k square km (just over 75k square mi.), most of which is in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. It's one of the world's top 20 deserts in area, and the most populated. In this video, you'll get an aerial tour of this magnificent desert, compliements of contributor Miapvideos.
The Brahmaputra is one of the three great rivers of southern Asia, along with the Ganges and the Indus. It rises in Tibet and flows through great stretches of northeastern India before entering Bangladesh, where it merges with one of the two main Ganges distributaries and thereafter forms the great Ganges Delta. At 3.8k km (2.4k mi.), it's the world's fifteenth longest river. In this drone video by Cpborgohain, you'll get an epic drone's eye view of this magnificent waterway flowing through the Indian state of Assam.
Western Ghats in Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Chikmagalur is a district in the mountains of the state of Karnataka in southwestern India. The mountains here are part of the Western Ghats range which runs down the length of India's western coastline. The interior of Karnataka has become something of a magnet for eco-tourism, as the area is home to thousands of rare species of flora and fauna. Located in the south-central part of the state, the area is home to numerous wildlife preserves and parks. This video was filmed with a DJI Spark drone.
Around Hyderabad, India's #4 City
Contributor Vishweshwar created this outstanding drone reel which features amazing footage from southern India. Most of the footage was shot around the city of Hyderabad in the interior of the state of Telangana (recently carved out from Andhra Pradesh). Hyderabad is the second largest city in southern India (after Bangalore) and the fourth largest city in the country. A relatively young city by Indian standards, Hyderabad was founded in the late 16th century by the Qutb Shahi Dynasty.
India's Great Plain in North Bengal
Northern India's dominant physical features are the Himalayan Mountains and the great Indo-Gangeatic Plain which runs to their south. The latter is one of the world's great "flat spots" and its fertile soil feeds hundreds of millions. In this drone video by Avijit Sarkar, you'll get a bird's eye view of the magnificent plain in North Bengal, the northern area of the Indian state of West Bengal. Note both the vastness of the plain and the rather sudden shift to the mountainous north in the distance.
Drone Tour of New Delhi
Aerialindians created this excellent drone reel of India's national capital New Delhi. The city is its own federal territory and lies in the north central part of the country. New Delhi was built relatively recently, in the early 20th century, to the southwest of the old Mughal capital of Delhi. It was constructed as the new capital of India under British rule, which had previously been in Kolkata (Calcutta). Situated on the Yamuna River, it's India's largest city, with a metropolitan population of over 25 million.
India's Largest Stadium in West Bengal
Streamon created this aerial video of India's Salt Lake Stadium (Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan), which hosted the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup football tournament. With current seating capacity of 85,000, it's the largest in India. Before its renovation in 2011, it seated 120,000, and was the world's largest football stadium. In 1997, the stadium packed in almost 132,000 spectators for a tournament, a record which still stands. Salt Lake Stadium is located in Bidhannagar, part of metropolitan Kolkata.
Jog Falls, Karnataka
Behold this drone video of one of the world's most famous waterfalls, courtesy of contributor Anudeephegde18. Jog Falls is in the Karnataka state of India, in the southwestern part of the country. Also called Gerosoppa Falls, during certains types of the year it becomes a plunge-type waterfall, in which the water loses contact with the surface and simply "plunges" below. With a total height of 250 meters (829 feet), it's one of the country's top tourist destinations.
The Ganges River in Uttarakhand
The great Ganges (Ganga) River is amongst the 3-4 most important rivers in the world, although in terms of length it's a distant #35 at just over 2.5km (1.56 mi.). It rises in the Himalaya's and runs through the North Indian Plain before breaking into distributories that empty into the Bay of Bengal. Passing through the most holy sites in Hinduism, it's considered sacred in the third largest religion. In this video, you'll get an aerial look at the river nearer its source, compliments of contributor Miapvideos.
Coastal Town in Maharashta
Contributor and drone pilot Travelogueone created this lovely aerial video of a town on India's western coastline. Dapoli is situated on the Arabian Sea in the state of Maharashta. It's in the Ratnagiri district, about 215 km (about 135 mi.) south of the great city of Mumbai. In Colonial times, it was a military camp, and it's the burial place of many British officers. In the video, you will get a visual sense of the countryside of Maharashta, which is the second most populous state in the country.
Motorcycle Trip in the Himalaya's
The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh in the northern part of the country was the scene of an epic 18 day motorcycle trip by a group of Brazilian bikers. Contributor Drone Fella was able to film portions of the trip with a drone. The result is this epic video which features extensive bird's eye views of the Royal Enfield motorcycles tearing through the countryside of the Himalayan foothills. Himachal Pradesh is in the north-central part of the state, south of Jammu & Kashmir.