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The Beauty of India: 50 Amazing Photos


Today we’d like to publish something completely different for a change. India, the country of mysterious paradoxes; the land where civilizations and times intermix, a mysterious place which attracts people from all over the world. In today’s showcase we are presenting a little showcase of this astonishing contrast between wealth and misery, contemporary technologies and ancient historical monuments, plenty of languages, cultures and traditions.

We present people, places, traditions, culture and a broad overview of the incredible beauty of India — something different and inspirational for a change. Please let us know if you are interested in seeing more similar posts on Smashing Magazine in the future in the comments below.

The Beauty of India Link

Heart You1

Heart You2

Feet. Jaipur3

Feet. Jaipur4

catching up!5

catching up!6

Diwali lights7

Diwali lights8

Aishwarya Rai in the making9

Aishwarya Rai in the making10

Golden Temple before Sunrise11

Golden Temple before Sunrise12

A Dreamer Among the Humblest13

A Dreamer Among the Humblest14

10 Interesting Places to Visit Before You Die15

10 Interesting Places to Visit Before You Die16



A glance inside, a glimpse outside19

A glance inside, a glimpse outside20

Dark eyes. Pushkar21

Dark eyes. Pushkar22

Prayer at the Temple23

Prayer at the Temple24

Taj Mahal, the other side. Agra25

Taj Mahal, the other side. Agra26



Sweeping. Varanasi29

Sweeping. Varanasi30

India. A table 31

India. A table 32

Colorful Masks33

Colorful Masks34

Bananiers en paix35

Bananiers en paix36

back to India37

back to India38

Silent Prayer / Amritsar, India39

Silent Prayer / Amritsar, India40

Little Red Riding Hood41

Little Red Riding Hood42

Golden Slumbers43

Golden Slumbers44

india – gujarat45

india - gujarat46



sri meenakshi sundareswara temple49

sri meenakshi sundareswara temple50



India style53

India style54

buddha from bodhgaya55

I n d i a *56





India Wedding61

India Wedding62

Tata Ace – The True India Truck!63

Tata Ace - The True India Truck!64



l’homme de mehrangarh67

l'homme de mehrangarh68



damsel at Pushkar71

damsel at Pushkar72

India- Faces73

India- Faces74

Mosque (Agra India)75

Mosque (Agra India)76



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  1. 1

    George Tziralis

    March 20, 2010 10:57 am

    Truly awesome, you may check some (less professional) photos of a recent visit of mine here –

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    Maximilian Georg Liebscher

    March 20, 2010 11:01 am

    Thank you for sharing these great photos!

  3. 3

    Some fantastic photos of India, thanks for sharing. Will certainly be inspirational.

  4. 4

    Lovely images of this amazing country! :)
    A post after my own heart.

  5. 5

    Awesome Collection .. but this aint the real india now :)

  6. 6

    Absolutely amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing this :-)

  7. 7

    A lot of these photos have a lot of motion going on. I swear I saw some of them move!

  8. 8

    This is real India…good collection…

  9. 9

    nice pics… but they don’t depict the true Modern India.

    • 10

      The photos are themselves proof that this is “real” india. These things exist and because they exist it makes India what it is. Just because you live in a different part of India doesnt mean that this one doesnt exist. And you say it like you are ashamed of it. Shame on you.
      Learn to love and appreciate what you have. You dont see americans complaining on photos of ghettos or ghost towns saying this is not the “real” america. America is not all holyywood, hot dogs and new york and similarly India is not just bombay, bangalore and call centres.
      the only thing in India that I am ashamed of is the politicians. :((

      I loved the Dark Eyes. simply beautiful.

  10. 11

    Great Collection. Sad, the country is losing it with the time.

  11. 12

    The colour combinations are gorgeous.

  12. 13

    Asavari Honavar

    March 20, 2010 11:18 am


    Thank you for representing my country so beautifully. I enjoyed looking at a western perspective of India in terms of pictures. One small error, perhaps you’d like to correct it. Picture no. 39 is a mosque and not a temple.

    And yes would love to see snapshots of other countries like Yemen (I am obsessed with the Socotra Island, after I saw a picture in the Conde Nast Traveller monthly Quiz), laos, Chile, Antigua, Hungary, Morocco, Russia etc.

    warm regards

  13. 14

    King Sidharth

    March 20, 2010 11:32 am

    Damn man! I love in India and love this post! <3

    Gimme more (from other countries too!)

  14. 15

    Good pictures; it appears that some of these have been photoshop’ed??

  15. 16

    You can see some beautiful pics from India in Matthieu Aubry’s online gallery, a french photographer:

    India looks like an incredible place! The photos are so amazing!

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    John Stirzaker

    March 20, 2010 11:47 am

    i’d be interested to see a collection of ‘the new india’ thoughts?

  17. 18

    awesome collection, thanks for sharing :)
    but, there is no pik of modern india.

  18. 19

    Amazing pictures. I hope to shoot such similar things one day too.

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    Kristaps Lazda

    March 20, 2010 11:57 am

    Pretty amazing pictures! Would love to see this kind of posts in the future too!

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    absolutely stunning! great work, keep it up…would like to see more of this ;)

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    Makes me proud to be an Indian :) .. Thanks to all for all ^ these good comments :)

  23. 26

    Yes! i love this post! Interesting!

  24. 27

    Amazing pictures…thank you :)

    • 28

      Hmm, all i can see is dirt and poor people on this pictures.. It was not a nice feeling to watch this pictures :(

      • 29

        You are a tool

      • 30

        Major tool!

      • 31

        They are poor but happy and contented.
        It is dirty, but it is full of color and life.

        That is India. Great India.

      • 33

        Yes dude you’re right. it’s an incredible India showing poverty. I amazed to see the image of ” Feet Jaipur, Catching Up, Taj Mahal, the other side. Agra, Colorful Masks, Tata Ace – The True India Truck!” and the winner amazing picture of the whole is colors-of-india where an old man is holding sewing machine on his shoulders..

        Thanks Smashing magazine, in sense of Beauty, you satirically showed the real face of India. We always see incredible India in movies and internet. But this post was really really smashing.


      • 34

        If that’s all you can see, then i pity the beauty that you are missing in world around us.

        • 35

          although they might miss out what north america has, at least they can be happy and have a grounding to themselves. it is beautiful to see this and i wish the world can come together. i think the internet has killed family values

          • 36

            We’re not poor man, there are variety and this variety makes India. We are happy and we enjoy every bit of our culture and tradition. Today the whole world is mad about India because I don’t follow others, we lead the path. I’m proud to be an Indian.

        • 37

          Abhishek Gupta

          March 24, 2010 3:48 am

          I could not understand one thing. Why every time someone talks about India, only poor people who are happy and contended with their life, are showcased. I feel it is done because it sells India ( Eg. “Slumdog Millionaire” ).

          I would just say that if there is an Indian sleeping carelessly under the open sky, there is also and an rich Indian sleeping at his/her home with all the meditativeness and calmness. What is important ; Happiness or the place where you are sleeping ?

          It is a big world; beauty and all the good things are lying everywhere. So just do not get infatuated with the one. Travel, roam around and acquaint it yourself.


      • 38

        You are right friend but this not the complete side of India. Its just a showcase of some awesome pics from India.

        If you want to know about real India than you must come once and I will be happy to welcome you and all other friends commenting here.

      • 39

        But its real Indian life pictures… Not saying that all indians are poor and dirty, but most of them are, and beauty is that these people still enjoying the life they have…

      • 40

        I fell very sorry for you if that is all you see.

      • 41

        Wow !! What made you think that people seen in photographs are poor?? I do not think that there is another place in the world where we can see some one sleeping care free under the open sky.
        Secondly, it is a photography one should see and not the people in photograph. Awesome work done by lens !!

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      • 44

        i don think ppl in ur country are so happy as we enjoy life here in INDIA… i pity u…

      • 45

        And a douche

      • 46

        I see happiness in the photos… I see Indian culture… The people… The heritage… The diversity… And most of all Unity…. Thanks for the people for compiling these…

      • 47

        vincent jaubin

        March 22, 2010 10:13 pm

        What an ignorant comment. If you don’t see beauty in those pictures then you must be blind.

      • 48

        india is beauty country. what does mean poor for u?

      • 49

        You do not have creative side in you. So, better shut up.

      • 50

        Truly, 45% of India is living under BPL. No culture, just dirty customs.

        Some of these are good pics, TBH

    • 51

      I never knew, India was North India! The title of this is very wrong. It should be “The Beauty of North India”. Great pictures though.

      • 52

        No wonder why Indians are called racist.. dude you can’t even take India as one complete nation… and you are talking about being proud of it. Anyway, I shouldn’t waste much time over these thoughts….

        @Smashing Mag- Amazing! It was fantastic! All the pictures are awesome and they truly bring out the beauty of India. Would love to see other countries for sure :)

      • 53

        Venu, u r a stupid.

      • 55

        ohh Mr. Venu.. i think u havent yet seen Maharashtra ( konkan, Mumbai(place with full of energy), Pune, Nagpur etc… 1st go n see konkan.. ( a place with full of beauty.. n Njoi Yummy fruit MANGO).. go dere and den compare with north..

      • 56


        Guys can’t read and are easily opinionated with racism charges !

        The guy merely pointed out that the pictures came mostly from the northern parts of India and not from the whole sub-continent. You may observe that save for the Pic from Meenakshi Temple and another possibly, all the other pics are from the Rajasthan,UP zones.

        The pics are indeed great and nobody is suggesting that India is not beautiful, morons. What shall we term such incompoops? Blind ?

      • 57

        Its completely Northern parts of India except “sri meenakshi sundareswara temple” one of the biggest temple in India which is in Tamil Nadu.. India is BIG and there are many flavors of cultures and languages.. One should need an entire life to know, to learn and to feel the beauty of India.

      • 58

        venu is 100% correct.. This is Only “Beauty of North India”..

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    • 60

      Despite all the bad press with poverty India appears to be a very vibrant country with so much colour and life

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    Anish Krishnan

    March 20, 2010 10:58 am

    Nice pics :o)

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    I am proud to be an Indian. :)

    • 63

      Sanket Nadhani

      March 20, 2010 11:39 am

      Yes same here :)

      But these pictures still depict the view the western world has of us, and not the modern India that is slowly ushering in…

      But let me not make it political here — the pics are indeed awesome! Great work.

    • 66

      Wonderful photos

      @Chilly: You have every reason to be proud.
      @Sanket: Modern India just makes the contrasts more extreme and more interesting. We all have modern offices, call centres and shopping malls and know what they look like.

      Only India has your culture, traditions and history and this article celebrates that and for that I am grateful.

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        Parveen verma

        March 20, 2010 8:12 pm

        @Chilly: Same here
        @Sanket: We were at the Chandni Chowk eating paranthas (stuffed fried breads) in all time famous “Parantha Wali Gali”. We had fun but my wife did not like paranthas there and asked me if the place was over rated to which i replied, “sweety, these guyz are serving us from 1870s and back then they did not have any modern facilities like we do have now, so you should enjoy the hospitality and should be thankful that they still exists” … I have been to many parts of the world, have spoken to many people and trust me people do save money to visit India, The Real India and not another Concrete Jungle as @Drew explained and @Drew Thank you very much for your thoughts on modern v/s heritage.

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      Arun karthik

      March 20, 2010 8:21 pm

      Idiot keep your nationalism aside for one damn minute — Another Indian

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      Mike From Egypt

      March 21, 2010 12:22 am

      I’m proud to have a country like India in a world I live in :)

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    nice pics… amazing collection.. india is the best…..

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    Lovely photos! There are actually much more beautiful places in India.. most of these photos make India look slum-ish… there are actually some really beautiful places in India like southern india, such as Kerala… beautiful rainforests and beaches and backwaters… it’s a big tourist spot

    • 74

      aravind ajith

      March 22, 2010 8:37 am

      agree with you..
      when I saw the title, I actually expected to see some backwater and beach photos..
      this collection is no different from Slum Dog Millionaire, makes India look slumish!

      guys, you can try image search for ‘beaches India’ or ‘backwater India’ or anything other than ‘slums in India’. there are more. not just slums!

    • 75

      Yes you are very right

  29. 76

    Great collection. I’m not sure if you guys have been onto the India section at CreativeRoots. If not it is definitely worth checking out. Its got everything from Packaging, Illustration to Photography.

  30. 77

    Fantastic, thanks – india, the most photogenic place on earth!

  31. 78

    Wonderful stuff, India is really one of the most photographable countries I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting! Thanks for posting these, love getting to see some great photography on here.

    We were there two years ago and were lucky enough to shoot some weddings, as well as general travel photography around the country! Feel free to check it out:

  32. 79

    gr8 pics.. love them :)

  33. 80

    Great photography. India deserves this kind of attention and i am sure everyone like this change :)

  34. 81

    Cool – The 4th last picture isn’t a Temple . Its a Mosque, See the people praying.

  35. 84

    Awesome! All of them amazing but some just [have no word to describe state of perfection]
    Прекрасные фотографии!

  36. 85

    wow..amazing….India will never be the same again with those photos.

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    Simon Harlinghausen

    March 20, 2010 1:31 pm

    Fantastic collection of pictures.
    Stay tuned …

  38. 87

    impressive collection
    i like it

  39. 88

    would love to see more of them. keep up that great work SM

  40. 89

    Inspirational images. Thanks for sharing.


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