Photos of India: What makes this country beautiful?

India is one of my favourite countries in the world; with every turn there's a new fort or temple to explore, chai to drink, animals to navigate around or person to talk to – I thrive off the vibrant chaos! Although some of the best moments I've experienced in India went uncaptured, like clinging to the steps surrounding the Pushkar lake for dear life as the heavy rain during monsoon season created mini waterfalls around the lake, or eating dhal on the floor of a cook’s small home in Rishikesh as he told us about how he was orphaned at a young age and now thought of the Ganges as his mother, here are some photos of India that feature the beautiful places I explored, and people I encountered:

Photos of India

Tipu Sultan's summer palace, Bangalore

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The happiest children in India; a short walk down the street turned into photographing these vibrant kids (and their seemingly never ending supply of siblings) for over an hour as they clamoured to get ‘single' and ‘together' shots

Women in Bangalore

Crowds gather to bathe in and worship the Ganges, whilst some bottle up the water to take home to ill family members

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Men enjoy chai at a stall in Haridwar. The cheeky chai walla here tried to charge us double the price; luckily I'd learnt to count in Hindi by then!

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One of my favourite things about India is that despite the hurry, strangers are never too busy to help each other out, whether it's by hopping into the front seat of an auto rickshaw to help a driver find their destination, or by lending a hand squeezing a scooter through a cramped alley

A neighbouring family in Rishikesh

Locals bathe in the Ganges, Rishikesh

City palace, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal; taken from a rooftop where I sat and drank chai peacefully for a couple of hours as a young man (unsuccessfully) attempted to flirt with my mum

View of the old city from the Hawa Mahal

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Amer Fort, Jaipur; taken during Eid (the end of Ramadan/breaking of the fast), so hundreds of Muslims had come here to celebrate wearing new dresses

Taj Mahal;

The ghats at Pushkar lake

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The blue city (Jodhpur's old city)

Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur

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Jodhpur; whilst the origin of the many blue houses remains ambiguous, this woman was paid to allow a film crew to paint her (formerly cream) house blue

Rajasthani man plays the Sarod whilst the woman sings

Gadisar lake, Jaisalmer

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Venkatshwara temple, Bangalore

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