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

Picture of Sridevi Nambiar
Updated: 14 August 2017
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.

Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh | Rajarshi Mitra / Flickr
Farmer on Bullock Cart
Farmer on Bullock Cart | Diganta Talukdar/ Flickr
Farmers at work
Farmers at work | Trocaire /Flickr
Farm Workers in Darjeeling
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
Buddhist Monk | Andrew Moore /Flickr
Man at a mosque
Man at a mosque | Lili Olivares / Flickr
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Golden Temple, Amritsar | Arian Zwegers / Flickr
Theyyam Festival, Kerala
Theyyam Festival, Kerala | Manu Sankerms /Flickr
Pushkar, Rajasthan
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.

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
Bazaar at Hyderabad | Ryan /Flickr
Night Bazaar
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
Mumbai Metro | Rajarshi Mitra /Flickr
Hyderabad
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.

The Thar Desert
The Thar Desert | Arunpnair / Flickr
Children playing
Children playing | Prem Kumar Marni /Flickr