The curious, friendly and open people of India were the highlight of our recent trip. Everywhere we traveled on the sub-continent we met nice, kind locals who were often interested in a short conversation. Luckily for me, both adults and children are always keen to have their photo taken. The women in their resplendent saris and men in turbans are as photogenic as any people anywhere. I am usually shy about photographing people but I found it to be easy in the crowded streets of India.
Below are my favorite photos of Indian people.
One of the many brightly clad children at the Navratri Festival in Udaipur. Processions of children preceded hours of dancing by adults.
One of the many holy men sprinkled about the ghats at sunrise in Varanasi.
A priest performing aarti on the Ganges River, Varanasi. The religious ceremony was beautiful but marred slightly by the Indians and tourists who jostled for better views throughout the show.
Two boys hanging out on the Ganges in Varanasi.
A boat full of women in resplendent saris on the Ganges in Varanasi. If you are keeping score at home, that bottle of water did get chucked overboard into the holy river.
The burning of demon effigies at the Dusserha festival in Jodhpur.
I love the look on this guy’s face. This was towards the end of the Dussehra procession in Jodhpur. The parade snaked through narrow alleyways and continued for hours down to a cricket stadium where demons were burned in effigy.
Man at a Sikh Temple, Bundi.
The man in the photo, Mr. Singh, was our driver one day in Bundi. He took us to a Sikh temple, which wasn’t a tourist attraction, just because he wanted to share his culture with us. Sikhs are open and generous people and we got free chai tea!
Holy man in Pushkar, Rajasthan.
I swear that the Indian government hires people to pose photogenically in doorways. I saw this girl in the backstreets of Pushkar and asked if I could take her photo. I showed her the screen on the camera and she blurted out, “NICE!” It was an unexpected but apt response.
Children in Pushkar posing for the camera.
These boys asked me to take their photo like so many people in India. Most men in Rajasthan have facial hair and I like how all the boys have the tepid beginnings of mustaches on their faces. To me they look like a boy band posing for an album cover.
She may have been a con-artist, but I still like the photo.
There are always random festivals in India. This man was riding a cycle taxi at the end of a procession through the main bazaar of Pahar Ganj. He smiled at just the right time for my photo.
Father taking his kids to school in the backwaters of Kerala.
Kristi gets the photo credit here. Photo of me with a group of Indians from Kerala at the Taj Mahal.
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