Professional photographer Tim Bird shares some of his incredible pictures of India. 

I’ve been fascinated by everything to do with India from about the age of 13 when I first heard the sitar being played on Beatles records. These days I’m an India addict. I’m involved with a small Finnish-based NGO, Tikau Share, which focuses on an impoverished village in the state of Odisha. This has given me the incentive to take the 6.5 hour flight from my Helsinki home to Delhi several times a year.

India is so full of unique visual surprises and such variety of light and landscape, it’s no wonder that so many photographers are drawn to it. It isn’t really a single country. Bihar in the north-east, for example, is as different from Kerala on the south-west coast as Norway is from Spain, culturally, geographically, historically. On each visit I try to visit somewhere new, so I’ll be able to spend the rest of my life exploring and photographing India.

Temple decorations in Bhuj, Gujarat

Temple decorations Bhuj, Gujarat, India

Taj Mahal in morning mist, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal in morning mist, Agra, India

Ganga Aarti Rishikesh ceremony

Traditional ceremony, rishikesh aarti, India

Pushkar camel market, Rajasthan

Pushkin camel market, India

Pilgrims at Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Pilgrims at Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

Marigolds at the market

Marigold at the market, India

Colourful ladies in line for the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

ladies in line for the Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Ladies bathing Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Ladies bathing Vishakaputnam (Vizag), India

Celebrations at Kumbh Mela, Allahabad

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

 Traditional Kathakali performance, Kerala

Kathakali traditional performance, Kerala, India

Great Rann of Kutch saltpan, Gujarat

Gujarat, Great Rann of Kutch saltpan

Girl dancers in Bihar

Girl dancers Bihar, India

Flower and trinket vendors, Nizamuddin shrine, Delhi

Flower and trinket vendors, Nizamuddin shrine, Delhi, India

Fishermen in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu

Fishermen in Mumallapuram, India

Playing cricket near the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Cricket near the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Children return from school, Dharamshala

Children return from school, Dharamshala

Buddha's tree, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Bodh gaya buddha's tree, Bihar, India

Bihar village early in the morning

Bihar village morning, India, pictures of India

Temple flower vendor with cow, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Temple flower vendor with cow, Udaipur

Tricoleur doorway, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

Tricoleur doorway, Pondicherry, India

Explore more of India with The Rough Guide to India. Tim is leading a unique and exciting 12-day tour designed for photo-enthusiasts to Assam in northeast India in April 2016. For details, visit his website at www.timbirdphotography.com.

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