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Daily Shot is National Geographic Traveller India’s daily photo contest.
"THEME : BEST OF INDIA"
We're choosing to title the picture of black-tailed godwits fighting "Sibling Rivalry".
In the birthplace of the Chhau dance, even play is practice. The picture is clicked in Purulia, West Bengal.
The gang is out on an evening, and their happiness is shining through. The picture is clicked in Hudson lane, Delhi.
Cloudy skies, the backdrop of the Ganga Ghat in Varanasi and a striking face: there's nothing we don't like about today's Daily Shot.
Treks which lead to misty views? Yes, please. The picture was clicked in the Dooar forests of West Bengal.
The Taj Mahal is even more beautiful, when you take a closer look at the minutiae.
Did it really happen if there is no selfie? A kathak dancer gets caught in the fray in Bangalore.
In the stark landscape of Ladakh, a Himalayan marmot stands with folded hands.
A lot of colour and emotion in one frame, this picture is clicked in Allahabad.
A little bit of rain is no reason why a man can't fish in peace, is it? Plus there's the Mumbai skyline to feast one's eyes on.
This perspective shot of Goa stands out because of its framing.
There's a reason one can never get enough of Spiti Valley. The landscape is, quite literally, breathtaking.
Education for the girl child should not stop at an early age: these young women are on their way to school in West Bengal.
This photo stood out for us because of it's composition. Behold, the chaotic streets of Hyderabad.
This spot-billed duck is ready to take flight. The picture was clicked in Pashan Lake, Pune.
The akhara in Mallick Ghat, Kolkata, has many toddlers learning the ropes of the sport.
Photography is a lot about perspective. This picture of Lucknow's Bada Imambada was clicked from Naubat Khana.
A day in the life of a farmer.
Education is a privilege. These kids are waiting for their teacher in a primary school in Mudh Village, Pin Valley.
The view from the top is always majestic: this one is clicked in Hampi.
Blue skies, blue sea, and an almost perfectly symmetrical reflection. This was clicked at Tajpur Beach, West Bengal.
There are some portraits which haunt you. This one, of a man with a wizened face, will definitely linger in our memories. It is clicked in Thar Desert, Rajasthan.
This one's a roadblock we'll willingly stop at. The picture was clicked in Velvadar National park.
A lovely frame, this one transported us back to the old man's house in Delhi.
"Namaste," said one toddler to the other. The photo was clicked in Gangtok, Sikkim.
It's not the monsoon till you don't spy waterfalls. This one is the iconic Jog Falls in Shimoga.
Here's a picture to brighten up your Sunday! It was clicked in Darjeeling.
The Golden Temple in all its shining glory.
A boatman and his faithful companion in Pondicherry.
Together at the edge of the world. Nilgiri tahrs are out for a stroll in Valparai.
Orchha is Madhya Pradesh's lesser known gem, and is worth a visit for its cenotaphs, forts and palaces.
Today's Daily Shot captures the essence of Theyyam, Kerala's ancient dance form.
There's no better place to have a good time than sitting in between swirling mists. This picture is clicked in Lava Monastery, West Bengal.
There are birdwatchers, and then there are those who surprise us with their pictures. This one is an Oriental honey buzzard which was spotted in Nagpur.
People in Malana live very happy lives. These young kids' mirth is bursting from the picture.
Eid Mubarak! The picture is clicked in Kolkata's Nakhoda Mosque.
This striking shot of a perching peacock will stay with you for a while. It did for us. The picture was clicked in Bikaner.
A beautiful sunset, a lone boatman and his silhouette - the recipe for a Daily Shot! This one was clicked at Princep Ghat, Kolkata.
It's always a jolt to spot an owl in broad daylight; today's Daily Shot has captured an Indian scops owl in Bangalore.
India's British legacy is personified in this image - the sport and the memorial both stem back to them. The picture was clicked in Kolkata.
The monsoon has arrived in all it's glory, and not everyone can find shelter from the storm. This picture was clicked in Mumbai.
Today's Daily Shot is of a Lesser Sand Plover caught wading in Durgapur.
Not your typical sunset in Goa, isn't it? And yet, it took us there immediately.
This picture of an Oriental garden lizard was clicked in Thrissur, Kerala.
Today's Daily Shot takes us to Sikkim. The picture is of the historic Tsomgo Lake, situated at an elevation of 12,400 ft.
Seeing these happy faces is a great way to start the day! Today's Daily Shot is clicked at Pemayangtse Monastery, Sikkim.
This wildlife spotting season, we've seen all kinds of tiger pictures. This one caught our eye for capturing the leap and the reflection perfectly.
Today's Daily Shot was clicked in Darjeeling. We love the portrait framed against the window. And we love the window frame.
The bluetailed bee eaters caught in action at the Damodar River Valley, Burdwan.
Today's Daily Shot brings back childhood memories of play-acting mythological tales. It was clicked in Allahabad.
A slice of Tibet in Delhi.
Today's Daily Shot captures painted storks stretch their wings in-sync in the Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu.
Nothing speaks of Kolkata as loudly as the yellow taxis.
'Tis the season of tiger sightings. Today's Daily Shot was clicked at Bandhavgarh National Park, and he was lucky enough to spot tiger cubs too.
The usage of the old coal iron is a dying practice. Today's Daily Shot was clicked in Temple Alwal, Secunderabad, and captures both the profession and its heritage in a lovely frame.
Today's Daily Shot evokes memories of childhood and laughter, and was clicked in Silchar, Assam.
We love this shot for its symmetry. And of course, the love for trains is eternal.
It's the monsoon month! We're starting it with a dancing peacock - a definite sign that the rains are going to be here soon.
We love the frames within the frame - this one's a shot which made us smile. The picture is clicked in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Today's Daily Shot captures the 'king of the jungle' in a pensive mood, wondering whom to eat next perhaps? It is clicked in Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore.
Indian towns are home to bustling streets and crowded lanes. Today's Daily Shot captures the essence of those streets.
Today's Daily Shot was clicked in Palakkad, Kerala. It was the shades of green and the detail in this picture that caught our eye.
The 'City of Joy' moves fast. Today's Daily Shot was clicked in Kolkata.
Roadblock ahead! Today's Daily Shot was clicked in Pahalgam, Kashmir.
Today's Daily Shot was clicked at Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary. It's fascinating how spiders can create a web so pretty, and so lethal.
Train rides open up windows to traveller's lives. Today's Daily Shot was clicked at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, New Delhi and encapsulates the train journey.
This heartwarming picture of a grandfather teaching his grandson dangal is the winner of today's Daily Shot. It was clicked in Mallick Ghat, Kolkata.
Tiger, tiger, burning bright. Quite the unusual expression this one has, though! Today's Daily Shot was clicked in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh.
Today's Daily Shot takes us to Bodh Gaya, Bihar, and captures the serenity of the peace prayer beautifully.
The intricate artwork on the City Palace, Udaipur is a visual delight.
Sunbathing langurs at Ranthambore Fort.
For whom the bell tolls: A series of bells hung at the Lakhamandal Temple, Uttarakhand.
This image is taken on the way from Leh to Pangong Lake and captures the harsh beauty of Ladakh's landscape.
The endangered Asiatic Lion can be seen in its natural habitat in Gir National Park, Gujarat.
An olive ridley hatchling in Rushikulya beach, Odisha.
Varanasi Canvas: A boat ride on the river at dawn.
Every summer, the rhododendron trees in Singalila National Park burst into colour, making the hillsides blush pink.
A mother and cub in the Jhalana forest reserve, near Jaipur.
A family makes an offering to the River Ganga at ghats of Shringverpur, Allahabad at dusk.
The Tibetan-Buddhist Key Monastery in the remote Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
A rare moment of calm amidst the clamour of Varanasi.
The Church of Mae de Deus in Saligao, Goa, a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture.
The water of the Dawki River in Meghalaya is so clear, you can see the rocks on the river bed below.
A peachy view of the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, taken from Tiger Hill, the highest point in Darjeeling.
An adult male blackbuck in Bhetanai, Odisha.
A young performer prepares for Gajan, a Hindu festival celebrated predominantly in West Bengal.
Kirti Mandir, the ancestral home of Mahatma Gandhi in Porbandar, Guajrat.
Homes on the outskirts of Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh. This traditional style of architecture is fast disappearing, especially in larger cities in India.
A portrait of a peacock taken in Gujarat.
From the streets of Kolkata, a humorous juxtaposition of two men carrying load on their heads, with graffiti of a donkey laughing in the background.
The Dhuandhar Falls in Madhya Pradesh, famed for its marble rocks and water that rises like mist, or “dhuan”.
An unusual perspective of the Jama Masjid in Delhi. The red sandstone mosque was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (who also had the Taj Mahal commissioned).
The hills of Eastern Sikkim are a paradise for birdwatchers.
Horses grazing in the ground opposite Victoria memorial in Kolkata.
Sikkim's Gurudongmar is among the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800ft. It is a sacred site, potent with energy, and revered by both Buddhist and Sikh communities.
In streets of Vrindavan, an artisan brings a miniature statue of Laddu Gopal to life. This avatar of Lord Krishna is extremely popular and venerated, especially in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.
There's always plenty to see at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi, especially in the morning when devotees gather of the bank of Ganges to bathe.
Kolkata at dusk, when the light in the sky retires for the day and bulbs in apartments come on.
Peak hour traffic in Mumbai, eased by ocean views and a hazy city skyline.
Like many temples in South India, this shrine from Pondicherry has a tall gopuram crowded with colourful figurines from Hindu mythology.
The Navratri aarti at Umiya Dham temple in Surat, when over 35,000 oil lamps are lit.
Shadow play at Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi, India.
A bull frog from Chennai, bathed in the glow of a streetlight.
A different side of Mumbai, and proof that even the most chaotic of cities, have pockets of calm. Seek them out.
A glimpse of Kolkata's urban culture, where heritage and contemporary art mingle.
A serene winter morning on Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.
A cone of roasted peanuts with a smack of masala is the perfect complement to the cool mountain air of Doddabetta Peak, in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu.
Just a couple of owls having a hoot at Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
The Santhal community performs a traditional dance at a village in Purulia, West Bengal.
Fishermen's huts dot the "phumdis" or floating islands on Manipur's Loktak Lake.
Black-necked cranes, a vulnerable species, breed in the sparse high-altitude wetlands of Ladakh.
Badami's exquisite rock-cut cave temples—three Hindu and one Jain—make for a wonderful day trip from Hampi.
Take a boat ride on the lake in Kerala's Periyar Tiger Reserve to spot deer, birdlife, and sunken tree stumps.
Devotees perform the dhunuchi dance with burning clay lamps during the Durga Puja festival in West Bengal.
The backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala, where boats are still used to travel short distances.
Why are Kolkata's taxis yellow? Precisely so they can be swiftly noticed by travellers.
Aranmula Vallamkali is a boat race held on River Pamba in the idyllic village of Aranmula, Kerala. The snakelike boats, called "palliyodam", are a towering presence, with the rear portion extending to about 20ft high.
A Rajasthani man enjoys an afternoon cup of chai and the expansive views of Jodhpur city from Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan.
The city of Amritsar in Punjab is named after "amrit sarovar", the sacred pool surrounding the Golden Temple.
Funky murals add a splash of colour to Delhi's Lodhi's Art District.
Performers practise at Nagaland's Hornbill Festival in Kisama Village in Kohima. The government-run festival is a crash course in the culture, language, and cuisine of the state's 16 tribes.
Homes in Adarsh Gaon, Sikkim, are brightly lit during the festive season.
Theyyams, one of Kerala's most striking art forms, are ritual temple performances that blend dance, storytelling, and theatre, turning mortal men into fierce demons and goddesses.
Each day before dawn, the Guru Granth Sahib is transported on a palanquin to the sanctum sanctorum of Amritsar's Golden Temple, to be read from until late into the night.
Badami may not be as popular as nearby Hampi, but its rugged rock faces and caves attract climbers and adrenaline junkies from around the world.
Men offer food to their ancestors and pray for their souls on the occasion of Karkidaka vavu bali at a beach near Kozhikode, Kerala.
The crystal-clear waters of Meghalaya's Umngot River are one of the state's best kept secrets.
Andhra Pradesh's Lepakshi temple complex is filled with architectural wonders, like seemingly-floating columns, and larger-than-life sculptures and statues.
The artist village of Naya, in West Bengal, is a famous hub of pata chitra, the traditional art form of depicting tales from mythology and folklore on scrolls.The colourful works can be found all over the village, transforming it into a vibrant playground, as this child discovered.
The day begins early on the Yamuna, with birds and boatsmen taking to the water at first light.
Varanasi's ghats are lit with thousands of diyas on the occasion of Dev Diwali.
Lucknow's beautiful Bara Imambara was commissioned by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 to create employment in his famine-struck kingdom.
Chhau performers, like these artists in Purulia, West Bengal, do backflips, mid-air pirouettes, and stomp their feet to the beats of a large kettle drum and the rhythms of the dhol.
Sikkim's Thambi view point, near the town of Zuluk, overlooks this zig-zagging road that is locally called "bhul bhulaiya" because of its many hairpins.
Kerala's kathakali performances are known for plenty of eyebrow-wriggling and intense facial expressions, as this artist in Fort Kochi illustrates.
One of the most quintessential Kerala experiences is cruising its backwaters on a houseboat, watching tall coconut trees and quiet villages pass by.
Trishuls, or tridents, are stacked against a tree near the Chauragarh Shiva temple in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.
Asia's first electric tramcar ran in Kolkata, in 1902. Trams are an important part of the city's heritage; around 150 ply daily now.
Kites fill Jaipur's skies during Makar Sankranti celebrations.
A young girl has her face painted as a god during the annual Gajan festival, that goes on for a month in West Bengal.
Devotees transform themselves into gods and goddesses during Dussehra celebrations in the coastal town of Kulasai, in Tamil Nadu.
Pehelwans warm up along the banks of the Hooghly, in Kolkata, before beginning their morning exercises in a local akhara.
Show us your best photos of India’s man-made, cultural and natural heritage. The more unusual, the better. Photos: iStock.com/Gosiek-B (Taj Mahal), Anurag Gupta (blackbuck), iStock.com/nilanewsom(men), iStock.com/straannick(mask)
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“Finding a sanctuary, a place apart from time, is not so different from finding a faith,” says Pico Iyer. Our next Daily Shot contest is all about homes away from home. From snapshots of the Afghan community’s life and times in Delhi, vignettes of Chinese life in Kolkata’s Tiretta Bazaar, the vibrant South-Asian residents of Bradford and Southall, to the many Jewish quarters all around the world, iconic immigrant neighbourhoods: Little Havana in Miami, Little India in Singapore and Little Italy in NYC—show us all those glimpses of life that have come to thrive and be celebrated at a place different from their own. Send us your entries with the theme (#CulturalExchanges) in the subject line at email@example.com.
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