“It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues”. -A Rough Guide to India
A trip through the streets of India brings humanity to her knees. No place on earth is quite like India. When asked by friends “What is India like” I seem to suddenly become silent as no words can fully describe the place unless you’ve been there. Through all her culture, her craziness, her unbelievable sights and her charm, India remains perhaps one of the most intriguing places in the world. I don’t think any place on earth can quite compare.
Getting around India is one of the most knuckle clenching, heart racing things you can do. Oftentimes there are cows in the streets, traffic coming at you in every direction and people everywhere. Many times you get awfully close to an overpacked car and the two dozen pairs of eyes seem to stare into your soul.
Inspired by the views seen through the streets of Delhi I compiled a post of my favorite street shots, many taken from inside a moving vehicle as I was tilting or craning my neck. Just taking a ride through the streets of Delhi is bound to capture your attention and your camera. I remembered to take my third eye along on this trip and it is a good thing I did. Everything and anything is possible in India.
Here are some of my favorite captures.
Driving through the city is a heart palpitating activity. In India, you always hire a driver as there is no way any foreigner with any kind of sanity would attempt to fight the Indian roads on their own.
What always shocks me about India is the difference between new and old, rich and poor, and modernity and antiquity. There are many areas in Delhi which have no paved streets, only dirt outlines of a road. No matter though. Traffic still whizzes and whirls by like a tornado.
This post was inspired by Where’s my Backpack’s travel theme: Tilted. To see more entries, click here.
Riding a rickshaw through the streets of Old Delhi
The colorful curves of Jama Masjid
Nicole, this is fabulous street photography! The sights are incredibly fascinating. Thanks for a view into this world.
Thanks Angeline! 🙂
I love this post, Nicole! Just the kind of photography I’m passionate about! Everyday street life in all its grittiness. Stunning shots!
Thanks Lucy! 🙂
for European eyes this chaos, anarchy, is sometimes shocking, but – on the other hand – makes me smile very often, because I discover a wonderful human individual cleverness to overcome the bad and difficult conditions. It seems, the politicians are not doing their duty – but the people often found a way to success (and often not: especially women!)
Thanks so much for the reblog! I appreciate it so much!
Good Morning: The story and pictures feel much more real than the usual sort of travelogue. Good job. Vonn Scott Bair
Thanks so much!
Fabulous collection of pics, Nicole. They really do tell a story of what life is really like for the common man in India. I was intrigued by the sign above the ‘Banquet Hall’, so I had to looked up what a kitty party was. 🙂
Thanks! Ok….I never noticed that sign! I love how a different pair of eyes pick up something new! 🙂
Great photos and story. Thank you.
Everyone that I know who has visited India comes away with a heavy heart. Your images express that feeling as well as life’s small moments. The reality of these pictures give a partial view of lives very, very different from ours. These images are Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs at work.
Oh thank you. That is why I had to include them. India is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been yet you are indeed right, it is hard on the soul. When you come back, you feel so much guilt over everything we have and everything people there don’t. Part of my trip to India and Nepal in 2010 is what lead me to start my blog and enter this new path of advocacy and giving back. I was forever changed.
Incredible street photography, and a fascinating view of India.
Thanks so much Angeline! 🙂
I agree with lensandpensbysally. This makes my heart so heavy. There must be so much government corruption when the economy is full of growth. Every person I’ve met from India here is the U.S. is always kind, with good manners. Plus very intelligent. These people deserve so much more. Thank you for giving us a dose of reality. My heart goes out to them.
Yes so true. There is so much inequity in India. I’ve been to China as well with even a larger population but it is so different. I hope things change for the people of India.
Love the pics! Strangely this is a side fIndia that elite Indians are becoming rather blind to.
Thanks. Yes I can imagine. I’m really glad I got to visit india and also do some social good reporting in the slums. I probably saw a lot that most people don’t.
Your photos will soon acquire Steve McCurry status, Nicole. You tell the story of humanity with them so brilliantly.
Much of it looks like my worst nightmare, if I’m honest.
You are so wonderful Jo! I wish!!! I did love India though. It is such a complicated, fascinating place. Yet so much poverty. Lots of need.
Lively Pics…Reveals the realistic side of my India 🙂
Thanks! I loved visiting India. I hope to come back.
Each photo shows just how much there is to see and overwhelming, but exciting it can be.
Thanks. Yes India is quite a place full of so much wonderful and also so much pain. I am fascinated by it.
Amazing photos, Nicole. Traveling in India sounds dizzying!
Thanks Jennifer. Yes, India is by far the most eye-opening place I’ve ever been.
Excellent depictions of daily life, Nicole. Again, I’m peeking at their laundry hanging out to dry. I was wondering about the street vendors selling juice. Did you try any? I’d be very afraid of getting Hep A. I just discovered that there is a vaccine for Hep A. We’ve had the Hep B vaccinations, but we really need to get the A because I’ve seen some street vendors cutting fruit then cleaning under their fingernails with their knives. YUCK!
Thanks! No I never eat anything even juice off the street. I’ve had way too many parasites and stomach issues when traveling so I am very careful. Last time in India, my dad and I got VERY sick. My dad had to go to the ER a day after returning to the states with a temp of 105 and stomach issues for a month. I was really careful this time and ate wonderful, delicious food and didn’t get sick.
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for European eyes this chaos, anarchy, is sometimes shocking, but – on the other hand – makes me smile very often, because I discover a wonderful human individual cleverness to overcome the bad and difficult conditions.
I’ve reblogged your great article via
I am so honored! Thank you.
Amazing photos, excellent captured… 🙂
Thanks so much!
Saw this from Frizz’s re-blog. Thank you for the vivid, heartfelt tour of Indian streets. Probably safer viewed from my computer chair, but envy the savour, and noise, and chaos of being there. Wonderful.
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed!
Wonderful post and love the idea of “third eye” which I’m assuming is the camera, no? Well done
Thanks! I actually got the name from traveling to India and Nepal where the third eye gives you a bigger perspective on things but now it is becoming more of my camera too!
What a remarkable series! Thanks for sharing.
Glad you enjoyed! 🙂 THanks!
I love your post, it takes me right back to one of the most amazing places I’ve been, with unbelievable sights around every corner. The only thing not to love about India is the inequality.
Thanks. Yes the inequality and poverty are tragic. It is hard to come to terms with it.
Well captured! Apathy stands out as the common theme of all the photos. The third-world just refuses to come out of it, partly by it’s own choice. As a thirdworlder, i recently ranted about apathy i see around — http://niranjanshukla.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/a-who-cares-rant/
Thanks. I liked your rant too. It is so true that people get so bent out of shape about such little things when people are dying around the world as I type.
An extraordinary series of photos, Nicole. Such poverty and such gritty realism; they make my heart ache. xxx Ailsa
Thanks Ailsa. I was only in Delhi for five days and wish I had more. But I’m sure I’ll be back. It is like no place I’ve ever been. Humbling.
How did I miss this post? It makes me so happy to see all of your photos. They take me back immediately.
Me too! I really loved that trip Jennifer. It was incredible and I hope to put my best foot forward for the next 20-30 years promoting social good around the world. 🙂