India: Beyond the gaze of the media

THE way India is portrayed varies between different nations and media outlets. Depending on which films, TV shows or magazines people get their information from, many are often left with contradictory impressions of India.

Depictions tell a tale of a nation gripped by poverty, famine and political unrest. Other sources describe a nation with a thriving information technology industry, while some understand India to be a place of spirituality, holiness, and pilgrimage.

But if you take a closer look at India you will see a nation of vibrant colors, bursting flavors, cultural elegance and sublime natural beauty.

Let’s get rid of the stereotypes the media creates and disprove 17th-century German Philosopher Friedrich Hegel, who said India exists in a dream-like state. India is undoubtedly dreamy but like any other country, it is rich in history and has influenced much of the world.

These images of India will give you a glimpse of the real India, a beautiful country with its own complex history, culture, traditions, and economy, and sure to leave you astounded.

Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is one of the most revered places of worship in Sikhism.

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The Chitrakoot Falls

The Chitrakoot Falls is a natural waterfall located in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. They are often referred to as “the Niagara Falls of India”.

Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad

The development of the riverfront was proposed in the 1960s and renovations began in 2005. It is the perfect place to take a sunset stroll.

Mumbai Skyline

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is a heavily populated city on the west coast of India. It is also India’s financial hub and where the famous stone arch Gateway of India can be found.

Kerala – ‘God’s Own Country’

Know for its vast waterways and tropical climate, Kerala has 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline and masses of palm trees. Tea, coffee, and spices are also grown inland.

Bangalore Palace

The Palace was originally owned by Reverand J Garrett who was the first principle of Bangalore High School, which is now known as Central College. The palace also has a theme park on its grounds with water slides an even a snow room.

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Charminar, Hyderabad

Built in the late 15th century, Charminar has become a symbol of Hyderabad. On the top floor of the monument is a mosque which has been in use for over 400 years.

Kashmir – ‘Paradise on Earth’

Pangong Tso Lake is located in the area of Leh Ladakh Valley in Kashmir. The region is full of incredible landscapes, flower-filled fields, and unique wildlife.

Udaipur – ‘City of Lakes’

Udaipur is popular with tourists as it offers incredible selfie spots, sure to make you the envy among your friends. It is also known for its history, culture, scenic locations, and the Rajput-era palaces.

Lotus Temple House Of Worship, New Delhi

The Lotus Temple is open to everyone, regardless of religion or ethnicity. The temple has 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters and nine doors opening into a central hall and can hold up to 2,500 people.

Jaipur – ‘Pink City’

Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state and it is where the royal family used to rule from back in 1727. The city palace complex is one of the most notable structures in the city.

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Bandra-Worli Sea Link

This cable-stayed bridge links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. The bridge is a brilliant fleet of engineering and is best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset.

Marina Beach in Chennai

Marina Beach can be found along the Bay of Bengal. The natural urban beach stretches for 6km and offers plenty of activities from swimming and surfing to horse riding.


Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals. Mother Theresa is also buried there in the grounds of the Mothers House Missionary which she founded.

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, at the Himalayan foothills. The area is known for its handicraft shops which sell wooden toys and other cute trinkets.


Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. The area is a base camp for hikers trying to gain permits to climb the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Aizawl – Capital of Mizoram

Aizawl is a Northern Indian State, close to Myanmar. Here tourists can explore the bazaars and also meet the world’s largest family.

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