Beautiful, Colourful, Stunning India

Some outstanding images via the Mail Online


India has long been associated with colour thanks to its festivals, costumes and food.

It’s home to Holi, a festival that’s entirely devoted to colour. Taking place during the Spring Equinox each year, the Hindu festival celebrates love and life with revellers throwing coloured powder at each other.

The country also boasts numerous colourful temples, like Meenakshi Temple in south India’s Madurai, where the walls are painted in different shades of rainbow. In grand palaces such as Taj Majal, stone inlay is used to add colour to the marble exterior.

The love of colour extends to everyday life as well. 

Its women wear bright and daring saris, adorned with reflective mirrors, shiny threads and topped with gold. The men are no less colourful with their turbans, kurtas and scarves.

Even its food is peppered with various hues thanks to its rich blend of pungent herbs and spices.

As these photographs show, colour is everywhere in India. 

Colourful trucks, like these in Rajasthan, north India, are a common sight in the country. Their decoration varies according to the region

Colourful trucks, like these in Rajasthan, north India, are a common sight in the country. Their decoration varies according to the region

Rising up to 170 feet in the air, the 14 towers of the Meenakshi Temple are adorned by an impressive display of around 33,000 sculptures - all accentuated with a riot of bright colours

Rising up to 170 feet in the air, the 14 towers of the Meenakshi Temple are adorned by an impressive display of around 33,000 sculptures – all accentuated with a riot of bright colours

At a sari factory, this woman (above) raises a length of dyed fabric. The materials a generally coloured with natural dye and hung out to dry

At a sari factory, this woman raises a length of dyed fabric. The materials a generally coloured with natural dye and hung out to dry

This building in Kolkata, east India, is made alive by the colourful saris hung out to dry. They fall in contrast to the blue background

This building in Kolkata, east India, is made alive by the colourful saris hung out to dry. They fall in contrast to the blue background

A group of people sit outside in Himachal, north India. Some how, even among all the colours, their individual shades seem to stand out

A group of people sit outside in Himachal, north India. Somehow, even among all the colours, their individual shades seem to stand out

Victoria Terminus in Mumbai is lit up in glorious shades of purples and reds (above) but it's beautiful architecture is left plain in the day

Victoria Terminus in Mumbai is lit up in glorious shades of purples and reds but its beautiful architecture is left plain in the day

A man sells coloured powder with spices at his stall in Mysore, south India. As well as Holi, the powders are also used for decorations

A man sells coloured powder with spices at his stall in Mysore, south India. As well as Holi, the powders are also used for decorations

This village woman shows off her colourful outfit (above) in Gujarat, west India. She wears bangles up to her arms  to complete the outfit

This village woman shows off her colourful outfit in Gujarat, west India. She wears bangles up to her arms to complete the outfit

In Allahabad, north India, take a dip in the Ganges while wearing saris. Hindus bathe in the Ganges to cleanse themselves of their sins

In Allahabad, north India, take a dip in the Ganges while wearing saris. Hindus bathe in the Ganges to cleanse themselves of their sins

This boy tries to wash off the colour splashed onto him during Holi. People apply oil on to their skin to make the colour removal easier

This boy tries to wash off the colour splashed onto him during Holi. People apply oil on to their skin to make the colour removal easier

Colourful umbrellas (above) are set outside a shop in Jaipur, north India, allowing shoppers to easily admire the products and browse

Colourful umbrellas are set outside a shop in Jaipur, north India, allowing shoppers to easily admire the products and browse

This Indian man wears a traditional Rajasthan turban. As turbans are a Sikh man's personal choice, this man is clearly very colourful

This Indian man wears a traditional Rajasthan turban. As turbans are a Sikh man’s personal choice, this man is clearly very colourful

The man above reads a paper as he tends his colourful stall in Mysore, south India. Colourful food is also seen in the country's spices

The man above reads a paper as he tends his colourful stall in Mysore, south India. Colourful food is also seen in the country’s spices

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