Last May I had the honor of traveling to India for the second time within a three year time span and was delighted by the unexpected views from the street. Anyone who has ever been to India knows what I am saying when I attest there is no place quite like it on earth. A massive sea of humanity lies within its many cities and streets for those who are willing to unravel it and take it all in, of course using the third eye.

I find India to be one of the most fascinating places on earth and hope to someday go back and see the countryside, villages and of course the mountains. There is something purely magical about India which takes you by surprise. Here are a few of my favorite unexpected views from the streets of Delhi, all taken last May during my social good blogging trip to India with Mom Bloggers for Social Good.

Open your heart. Open your mind. Open your soul and breathe in the unexpectedness of what you will find as everyday life across the streets of Delhi.

Delhi Street Photography

Women living on the streets outside the US Embassy

Poverty and wealth lie side by side and is a contradiction seen a lot throughout India.

Delhi Street Photography

Selling chickens.

Delhi Street Photography

Outside our modern Western hotel compound

Delhi Street Photography

Juice for sale.

Delhi Street Photography


Delhi Street Photography

Making naan bread on a hot day.

Delhi Street Photography

Young Indian boy

A young boy watching our meeting with interest

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This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected. To see more entries click here.


  1. Excellent response to the challenge, Nicole. It really is amazing, and unexpected to us from the West, to see such wealth and poverty existing side by side. I will say, though, that however extreme these were in India, it’s worse in Haiti. I know–hard to imagine, isn’t it?

    Have a great weekend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. Glad you liked this ‘mind-boggling’ place on this planet….something I’ve been trying to figure for long… living here… πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful photos that show many of India’s different sides. I think the first shot is my favorite; such an interesting contrast in how those women live and how life behind that wall is lived.

  4. though the picture is extremely fini , but this reflects poverty &untidyness. so show /post the pictures of beautiful places which is tidy reflecting the good side of the society.

  5. Hi Nicole, what a great contribution to WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected. I came across your blog through James (“Plus Ultra”) and really like it. I have been to Northern India two years ago as well, so those images are quite familiar. I am a passionate traveller, journalist and photographer and started my own bilingual travel blog a while ago. Vanessa

  6. Well captured in detail….agree that both are sides of the same coin. I wish the thirsty politicians see this with open heart and be a little nice to ease the lives of many people.

  7. India is one of the countries that’s really high on my bucket list. These pictures convince me even more that it the country is worth a visit!

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