India is the land of colors where different cultures and people live together prosperously. It is a mystic land and is rightly called as the land of prayers. People of different ethnicity and religion live in India and call it their motherland. Basis of these different ethnicity and religions can be found in the country’s history.
It has been ruled by Hindus, Muslims as well as Christians from time to time. These rulers have built incredible buildings that are a landmark of this country. Most of the heritage buildings were built by Mughals who ruled the country for more than 300 years. The most important building of them all, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan -a Mughal ruler- in memory of his wife, Mumtaz. Anyone who has been to India knows the importance of these buildings and what they mean in terms of the historic value.
India is so vast and full of variety that even the Indians don’t get to see the whole of it, let alone the tourists. You have to visit the place to know it. However, the photographs give you a good idea of how the place looks and how it should feel like. It also helps you to decide what places you want to visit when you are planning a trip to India.
We have collected a number of photographs which capture the colorful glimpses of the daily life in India. These photos give you a broader view of the people and cultural heritage of this country.
Full list after jump!
People And Culture
India is home to great variety of people and cultures. The main religions of the people are Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity. It is a place of great cultural importance. Each state has a very different and peculiar culture which doesn’t fail to leave a mark on the memory of whosoever visits them. Spicy food, colorful dresses and classical dance are the prominent features of Indian culture.
Old lady from Darap(Sikkim) village. This photograph is of an old lady living in Sikkim, the western part of India. This picture shows prominent cultural features of this state. (Image source: Sukanto Debnath)
Street Girl in Rajasthan. Unfortunately, many people in India live below-the-poverty-line. It is evident from this picture. The photograph here is of a poor homeless-girl living on street in Rajasthan. (Image source: massimo sbreni)
Feet Adorned. The photograph here shows the feet of a Tamil bride getting ready for her wedding. The feet of this bride are adorned with a silver anklet and Mehndi. Mehndi (henna) which is a prominent feature of Indian brides. (Image source: Raghuram Ashok)
Shiva Shambo. This photograph shows the Hindu god, Shiva. This bokeh photograph is taken in Hyderabad.(Image source: Abhinay Omkar)
Children Playing on Railway Track. This photograph, taken in Ahmedabad, shows children playing on the railway tracks. Many of these children live in slums along the railway tracks. (Image source: Urvish Joshi)
Handkerchief Seller. The photograph below shows a handkerchief seller wearing a worn-out suit trying to make a living. (Image source: Daniel Cheong)
Home delivery. This Bhelpuri seller is carrying the ingredients of the dish he will sell outside public parks and bus-stands. (Image source: Zane Yau)
Bollywood influenced. The little girl captured in this photograph is performing Bharat Natyam, a classic Indian dance form. (Image source: Ranga Krishna Tipirneni)
Kerala Runway. The farmer is chasing after his oxen (or bullocks as they are called in India and Australia). These Oxen are used to plough land by many farmers in India. (Image source: Anoop Negi)
Camels in Rajasthan. A local guy is running after his camel trying to get them to move in the direction of home. (Image source: Urvish Joshi)
Rajasthani Women. The photograph below shows a Rajasthani woman in her traditional clothes. (Image source: Urvish Joshi)
Men at Work. This photograph shows a local man filtering the tea through four filter pans. This is completely normal as many tea-stalls use cloth filter instead of steel filter to cut costs. (Image source: Babul Bhatt)
There are a number of landmark buildings in India. Most of them are over 300 years old, but still, they don’t fail to leave a mark on one’s memories. Most of these building host historic as well as religious values.
Victoria Terminus suburban railway station. This heritage building was built in 1887 and looks more of an old castle than a railway station. It has been renamed to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus. (Image source: Anindo Ghosh)
Bird’s eye View of Old Delhi. This photograph shows the most congested and busy part of Delhi. You can see the popular Red-Fort in the background too. (Image source: Mani Babbar)
Mecca masjid, Hyderabad. Photograph showing pigeons feeding over the corn people throw them in mosques like the Mecca masjid in Hyderabad. (Image source: Yogesh Rao)
India Gate. A woman cleaning the premises of India gate. India gate is a popular piece of architecture and is a site for the “Tomb of Unknown Soldiers” or Amar Jawan Jyoti as it is locally referred to. (Image source:Popeyee)
Varanasi morning. Locally called as Banaras, this city is popular for being located on the banks of the river Ganges. Ganges is the most sacred river to millions of Hindus living in the country. (Image source:arturdebat.tk)
Bhoganandishwara Temple. Located near the airport on Nandi hills, this temple is over 1200 years old and is a very spiritual place. (Image source: Abhinay Omkar)
Charminar, Hyderabad. Charminar, which means four minarets in hindi, is a signature building of Islamic architecture and is located in Hyderabad. This place holds a significant historical and cultural value. It is one of the most recognized buildings of India. (Image source: Abhinay Omkar)
Murudeshwar Temple.Murudeshwar Temple is situated near the Murudeshwar Beach and features the tallest Lord Shiva Idol in the world (Image source: Abhinay Omkar)
Majestic Red Fort. Red Fort is one of the most prominent buildings in India if not “the most” prominent building. It holds a great emotional value and is the place where Prime Minister addresses the nation on the 15th Augusts, Independence day of India. (Image source: Akash Banerjee)
Jantar Mantar of Delhi. Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1724. It was built to observe and compile astronomical tables which would be used to predict the times and movements of Sun, Moon and other planets. (Image source: Akash Banerjee)
Charminar in HDR. This photograph shows the prominent Charminar of Hyderabad in HDR (High Dynamic Range). (Image source: KSREE)
Charminar. The photograph below shows Charminar on a nice, pleasant afternoon. (Image source: Ranga Krishna Tipirneni)
Mecca Masjid. Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest and largest mosques of India. Located in old city of Hyderabad, this mosque gets its name from the holy city Mecca after the brick soil used in this mosque were brought in from the holy city in Arab. (Image source: Ranga Krishna Tipirneni)
Dungeon. Located in Golcondo, the Golcondo fort used to be a prison but has been converted into a tourist place. (Image source: Ranga Krishna Tipirneni)
Red Fort. This is the internal view of the well-known Red Fort located in Old Delhi. (Image source: Daniel Cheong)
Red Fort. Yet another inside view of the Red Fort. (Image source: Daniel Cheong)
Bombay. The long-exposure photograph below shows the shore of Mumbai, the busiest city of India. You can also see the fishing boats blurred in this photograph. Fishing is one of the main sources of livelihood of people living in this part of India. (Image source: Babul Bhatt)
Lotus Temple in Delhi. Bahai House of Worship -or Lotus Temple as is it called due to its resembling shape to a Lotus- is a very popular piece of architecture. It is the most visited place in the world ahead of Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. It attracts more than 4 millions every year. (Image source: Babul Bhatt)
Sri Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu. Also know as Meenakshi Amman Temple, this temple is located in Mudurai and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati who is known here as Meenakhshi. (Image source:Babul Bhatt)