If you really want to immerse into the essence of India, wander its streets. Yes, the true India is experienced on the streets. Although the country is different in each region and state, there is a common thread that seeps through each Indian heart. Every city in India has the streets bustling with energy and colours. There is never a lull anywhere. It appears like a mad fete where everyone is rushing towards something. I know that the chaos and the noise can get on people’s nerves. But, the streets in India have character. They define life.
Even though I’m an Indian, I still have a sense of wonder for the street buzz in India. I have put together a few photos that depict Indian streets and the happiness they exude.
He is a Chaiwala (the tea guy) at Charminar, Hyderabad. There is something about tea that Indians can’t recover from. The tea shops on the streets add an unrivalled flavour in our lives.
It’s a snack stall in Darjeeling. The sizzle, the spices and the gluttony go very well with the tourist bustle. Eating on the road is something that can never go out of tradition in India.
It’s a florist shop under an old staircase in Gangtok. The two local girls yakked and giggled non-stop, while the customers kept pouring in.
It’s called the Tibetan market in Nainital, which is madly hogged by the tourists. It’s fun to loiter around here and enjoy the scenic lake view.
Spotting cows, dogs, horses and elephants is also pretty usual in India. It’s a street in Amritsar where a man feeds an elephant while the rest of the traffic waits to get through.
It’s the Fateh Sagar Lake Street in Udaipur. The colourfully decked camels keep the atmosphere vibrant for tourists.
It was during Diwali that this alley in Udaipur was extra chaotic, but this lady added her own fragrance and beauty with her flower basket.
It’s the famous mall road in Mussoorie. These little Bhutta stalls on the streets remind us of the simple joys of life.
The carriage rides in South Mumbai are quite a teaser, which blend with the carefree vibe of the city.
It’s the street around Charminar, which is relentlessly chaotic. Everything from autos, hawkers, people to bangles create a fascinating riot.
Do you like the ‘magic’ on the streets of India?
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