India in 20 photos

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India is by far one of the most photogenic places I’ve travelled to.  However, at times I almost felt as though there was too much to photograph… something along the lines of sensory overload is perhaps the best way to describe it. To try and share as much as possible with you about my experience in the north of India, I’ve picked twenty photos from my time in India that I think best represent where we visited and the culture we experienced (I travelled with my friend Emma).

They might not be the photos I’m most proud of being a film photography enthusiast, but having trawled through all my snapshots from the trip, these are the ones I think showcase my time in India the best. It is a truly unique destination for anyone to visit and somewhere everyone should go if they get the chance. So here you have it, India in twenty photos!

Delhi from a tuk tuk

1. Delhi in a Tuk Tuk 

I found this to be the best way to see Delhi. Hire a driver for the afternoon and see the sights that way. All the sights are quite spread out and this is also a way to explore but not have to endure the heat by walking around.

2. Chai tea

Chai tea is EVERYWHERE. I mean everywhere! You’ll be stopped on the roadside in the middle of nowhere and someone will offer you chai tea. You should always accept it because it’s quite frankly completely delicious and it costs about five rupees, bargain.

3. Ganges Flower Ceremony

We took part in a really magical ceremony on the banks of the Ganges river one evening. We took an evening boat cruise along the Ganges and then watched a Hindu ceremony be performed, at the end of the ceremony we lit candles and made a little wish and a prayer before presenting the candles and flowers to the Ganges.

Vegetable Ink Printing

4. Vegetable Ink Printing

Jaipur especially is known for it’s vegetable ink prints, we were lucky enough to try it out ourselves when we stumbled across a warehouse. They hand print the cotton with blocks and it was mesmerising to watch.

Jaipur Amber Fort

5. Princess Turrets and Beautiful Fortresses

There are so many palaces and fortresses in Rajasthan, we explored more than I can count on both hands. However it did give prime opportunities to swan around being sassy and pretending we were princesses.

India Fresh Spices and Chillies

6. Fresh chillies and spices

You will be walking around markets and be hit by smell of spices and chillies. The smell of chillies will make you cough and your eyes water – it’s pretty amazing!

India Henna

7. Henna

Ah henna, how I miss you. I adore henna designs. I spent my art A level intricately creating them over and over again. However, the best of the best is definitely in India. We had our hands and feet henna-ed by a 16 year old girl and I loved it. Also, check out the door porn behind (I wanted to take it off it’s hinges and bring it home).

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8. Lakeside Blessing

In Pushkar you can be blessed by the lake by a priest, you have to be careful as some are scams but our guy was the real deal. You’re blessed and rid of your bad karma. I’m not religious but I felt a huge sense of clarity throughout the experience and recommend it to everyone.

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9. Delicious food

One thing there is no shortage of is incredible curry. You’ll find all manner of different dishes in Northern India. A favourite of mine was the dish pictured above, it’s called ‘thali’ and it consists of a mixture of dishes including rice, dahl and ladies fingers! This whole plate cost £1 for unlimited refills!

India vibrant colours Pushkar

10. Exquisite Colours 

India is full of beautiful colours, wherever you look. From the saris of the women to the walls of buildings, colour is something India does exceptionally well. I found this door along a side street in Pushkar.

Ganges sunrise boat trip India

11. Sunrise Ganges Boat Trip 

We took a morning trip, bleary eyed at 5am, to see the sunrise over the Ganges river. It was beautiful and I’ll never forget the experience.


12. Beautiful people

The people of India are what make it so special, they’re friendly, they’re inquisitive and they’re beautiful. This little boy was the youngest son of a man who welcomed us into his home for lunch one day.

India tailor

13. Indian Tailoring

Ah Indian tailoring, my favourite past time. Pick your fabric, design your item and a tailor will take your measurements and have them delivered to your hotel room the same night. This man was situated down a series of winding, narrow alleyways at a small table and he made the most beautiful clothes.


14. A little luxury amidst the craziness

This is my little reminder that there is luxury in amongst the craziness, we spent the last day which was also my birthday in a luxury hotel in Delhi. It felt slightly surreal after spending 3 weeks in basic accommodation but I loved every second of it.

Jodhpur India

15. Taking in the city from above

This was taken in Jodhpur from the Mehrangarh Fort, there was the most exquisite view over the city from up there. Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, you can probably tell why from the colour in the distance.

Flower garlands india

16. Welcome Flower Garlands 

We stayed at a home stay in the middle of a tiny village called Tordi Sagar in Rajasthan. On arrival we were greeted with these beautiful flower garlands. At that moment I decided I want to be greeted this way everywhere I go.

The Taj Mahal Sunrise

17. Sunrise Taj visit 

This was one of the most memorable mornings from our trip. Watching the sunrise over a very empty Taj Mahal was incredible. I was also pretty proud of this photo because there’s not another tourist in sight!

India Train

18. Travelling through India by Train 

We spent most of our time on trains or buses to get around the north. This was taken on our journey to Jaisalmer, whizzing through the Indian desert. It was a very dusty ride!

Sikh Temple India

19. Lunch at Sikh Temples

This is the Guru Dwara Bangla Sahib Temple, a Sikh temple in Delhi, where we went for lunch. Every lunchtime they provide lunch for thousands of people, and it was DELICIOUS.

India Cows

20. Cows of India

Last but not least, the cows of India. I couldn’t very well do a post without including them. Cows are deemed holy in India and so they’re allowed to roam freely. You’ll find them in the middle of the road, walking the residential streets or just chilling out on the side of the road.

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    Ameya Krishna B
    February 11, 2016 at 12:07 am

    You should try to go to the Himalayas when you visit India. They are breathtaking!

    vinod mogi
    January 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    good pics very innovated and creative thoughts which i can seen in the photographs

    keloid removal
    November 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    In india cow ruled has a god for hindus.

    Clipping Path Service
    November 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    So nice post in Indian city different photo shoot are also looking very stunning.India is also a lrgest city in the world and most popular………..

    November 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Love these pictures, especially the one of the cow! 🙂

    November 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    India never left my bucket list. So inspired to go there soon! And they’re great photos 🙂

    October 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Amazing….I am planning a trip to india next year, and your photos make me want to go even more

    October 11, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Terrific photos, well done!

    October 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Love love LOVE this post! All the more excited to visit India now… thank you for sharing! xx

    Mikayla Oelschlegel
    October 6, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Excuse me while I just go try and find a way to book a ticket to India… These are beautiful photos and it makes me want to visit all that much more!

    October 6, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I love the photos. Thanks for giving so much great tips on traveling in your posts, not just this one but also your other ones! XO

    October 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    These photos and mini points of sharing are brilliant, Emma! I so hope to visit India someday! It’s so near Singapore, yet I have never been! Definitely have to make this a possibility

    Planned for you!

    X Carina |

    Backpack Babe
    October 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Ahhhh!! Love everything about this post! Visited India 6 years ago with my family and literally fell in love with the chaos there. so amazing 🙂 the henna tattoo pictures is cool btw!

    October 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Wow, amazing photos, India is definitely high up on my bucket list!

    Michelle Serra
    October 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Wow this looks amazing! Planning on going India with a friend next year and now I really can’t wait!

    October 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Great post! These photos make me want to book a flight and pack my bags

    October 6, 2015 at 7:52 am

    These photos are stunning and they all tell a story – those are the best kinds of photos! India is at the very top of my bucket list, and I’m planning on visiting next winter break. Would 3-4 weeks be adequate to get a feel for India?

    October 6, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful! I’ve always dreamed of going to India!

    October 6, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos!!

    October 6, 2015 at 6:16 am

    actually “Chai” means tea! and Indians have different types of chai, with or without different spices (India is land of spices!). people in Iran and Turkey also call it “chai”. Here in US I see that in some coffeeshops they serve tea with some spice (mostly cinnamon) as “Chai tea”.
    I really recommend you to try Masala Tea (or chai!) which is a powerful mixture of spices along with tea and milk (it brews directly in milk).

    Velysia Zhang
    October 6, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I love every single photos you capture. India is my dream journey and for sure I’m gonna take so many photos there.

    October 6, 2015 at 2:27 am

    India is my biggest travel dream! I love your photos – thank you for the beautiful picks! <3

    Greetings from Germany xoxo
    Jasmin from (a small german travel and lifestyle blog)

    Laura Mareno
    October 6, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Omg India has to be so different and awesome!! Sooner or later I will go! great post!

    October 6, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Amazing pictures! 😀 chai in Hindi means tea so you don’t need to say tea again.. It’s just ‘chai’ 🙂

    October 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    The authenticity captured in these pictures in just AMAZING!! <3

    October 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    India is one of those countries that I know I will visit some day. But I don’t think that someday will be in the near future.

    I live in one of the Indian hubs of Melbourne so we have so much great Indian food; it is seriously my favourite.

    Hence my favourite of these photos was definitely the one featuring the food 😉

    October 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    wow, amazing photos! India just made it way up on my bucket list 🙂 can’t wait to go there one day!

    October 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm


    October 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Amazing photos! India is so diverse it goes from nature to grand palaces!
    I would love to visit one day!

    Caitlyn Leggett
    October 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to visit India, and I’ve been researching it a lot lately. I just mentioned India in my new blog post about the best cheap vacations to take after graduating.
    With love, from

    Caitlyn Leggett
    October 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Beautiful photos! I can’t wait to visit India, and I’ve been researching it a lot lately. I just mentioned India in my new blog post about the best cheap vacations to take after graduating.

    With love, from

    October 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I’m a Pinay, but having an Indian hubby I’ve been to India couple of times, and seen the Taj Mahal 2x. India is absolutely LOVE!
    Last year we did tour around 5 cities in the north with my in-laws and kids #aPinaytouring6IndianstoseetheTaj

    October 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Ahhhhh this makes me want to go to India so badly! It’s on the list… but this might have bumped it up a little!

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