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These 18 Photos Show What Daily Life in India Is Really Like

Puskar Camel Fair | © Arindam Mitra / Flickr
Puskar Camel Fair | © Arindam Mitra / Flickr
Here is a collection of 18 photographs that capture the impressive spectrum of experiences that constitute everyday life in India. From the inescapable allure of local markets to the integral role of religion in public life, these photos each capture unique aspects of Indian life.

More than half of India’s population is dependent on agriculture, making the farm one of the most potent symbols of the country.

Monsoon in Madhya Pradesh Rajarshi Mitra / Flickr
Farmer on Bullock Cart Diganta Talukdar/ Flickr
Farmers at work Trocaire /Flickr
Farm Workers in Darjeeling Joshua Singh / Flickr

Religion plays an important part in the daily lives of most Indians. The country’s religious traditions are incredibly diverse and exceptionally historic.

Buddhist Monk Andrew Moore /Flickr
Man at a mosque Lili Olivares / Flickr
Golden Temple, Amritsar Arian Zwegers / Flickr
Theyyam Festival, Kerala Manu Sankerms /Flickr
Pushkar, Rajasthan Fulvio Spada/Flickr

The sea is an integral part of daily life for a considerable part of India, which is enveloped by the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal around the majority of its borders.

Fishermen at work Sridharan Chakravarthy / Flickr

Bazaars in India are richly diverse and uniquely dynamic. Trading, shopping or just browsing through local markets is an integral part of everyday life for most Indians.

Bazaar at Hyderabad Ryan /Flickr
Night Bazaar Ashwin Kumar /Flickr

India is among the world’s fastest urbanising countries. From Mumbai and Delhi to Guwahati and Surat, urban India is a vibrant and cutting-edge world of its own.

Mumbai Metro Rajarshi Mitra /Flickr
Mumbai Vikramdeep Sidhu /Flickr
Hyderabad Ryan /Flickr

Indians live amidst great geographical diversity. From the most densely populated desert in the world – the Thar – to the cold desert of Ladakh, the range of experiences that constitute daily life for Indians is unimaginable.

Thar Desert Arunpnair / Flickr
Ladakh Simon Matzinger / Flickr
Children playing Prem Kumar Marni /Flickr