Do not touch the monkeys. Four monkeys resting next to an ochre wall in Jaipur, India.

14/ 100 Do Not Touch The Monkeys

I really liked this scene next to a temple in Jaipur. It reminded me of one of those dramatic Italian renaissance paintings where something terrible has just happened and angels have come down from heaven to tend to the sick. Perhaps there had been a fight to the death over a poppadum.
Monkey Temple Jaipur Galta Ji Temple

13/ 100 Galta Ji Monkey Temple

We have visited the beautiful city of Jaipur, in the northern Rajasthan state of India, a couple of times now. It is a relatively relaxing and cultured place, a few hours south of Delhi, with lots to see in a fairly small area. We knew of the main touristy things to see but, as usual, we chatted to our host when we arrived and she mentioned a few other places that were definitely not on our radar.

12/ 100 Scooter Dogs

Alongside all the cows wandering the busy streets of India, there are always a lot of dogs. They are mostly feral street dogs and spend much of their days lazing about the place in the shards of sunlight that shine through the gaps in the tall buildings. On the whole, though, they were quite focussed on trying to keep out of the way of people, who weren't as forgiving of the dogs as they are their giant cattle cousins.
The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

11/ 100 Taj Mahal

Was it worth the trip to the plastic debris-lined streets of Agra to see the Taj Mahal? Not really. It just confirmed to me why we generally avoid the biggest tourist traps. It was super busy, even just minutes after opening in the morning. We had been told that getting there early was the key, so we were there about 10 minutes after opening and it was already heaving populated with enough people to fill a small town.
Wine Store in Udaipur, India

10/ 100 Wine Store

Udaipur is a stunningly beautiful Indian city in Rajasthan which, like many other towns in India, is inhabited by people following a huge array of different religions. The most prevalent faiths seemed to be Hindu, Muslin, Jain and Sikh — all of which discourage the drinking of alcohol.
Goats in coats - one clothed goat fights another on a bench in India

9/ 100 Goats in Coats

On our travels around India we came across quite a few goats wearing clothes. The goats themselves were pretty feral and would just hang about the streets, scavenging whatever they could find to eat and treating the urban landscape like their native mountain homes. They seemed to spend very little time on the ground, preferring instead to perch upon chairs and scooters.
Cow drinking from a water tap in the street and dribbling into a water container used to fill up jugs in a cafe.

8/ 100 Drinking with the Cows

Compared to Western standards food hygiene in India can be quite poor to say the least. I'm certainly not saying that our food is better here in Europe, because it really isn't, it's just that I think we have much stricter rules about food preparation than they do in India.

7/ 100 Dirty Laundry

The sacred river Ganges is your go-to destination in Varanasi for just about everything involving water and spirituality. This giant watercourse emerges fresh and clean, high in the Himalaya mountains, before steadily accumulating all the waste and filth of northern India.
Haircut Boys in Varanasi India

6/ 100 Haircut Boys

From what we saw on our journeys around India, the men there are obsessed with their hair, and they didn’t waste an opportunity to comb and style it to perfection. It didn't seem that any self-respecting young man would leave their house without a comb.
Sleeping with the Cows

5/ 100 Sleeping with the Cows

On our night time forays we would often see a wonderful, whilst at the same time thought-provoking and deeply saddening, symbiosis. In the dimly lit streets young homeless children would light a small fire made from scraps of wood and the copious amounts of litter strewn everywhere.

4/ 100 Varanasi Cows

To the Hindu, the cow symbolizes all other creatures. The cow is a symbol of the Earth, the nourisher, the ever-giving, undemanding provider. The cow represents life and the sustenance of life. The cow is so generous, taking nothing but water, grass and grain. It gives and gives and gives of its milk, as does the liberated soul give of his spiritual knowledge.
The worn and cracked feet of Varanasi pilgrims

3/ 100 Varanasi Pilgrims

The Indian town of Varanasi, or Benares, or Banaras – variously because the original name is written in Hindi and, like many words we noticed in India, the English spelling is based on a bit of good luck. One of the worlds oldest continuously inhabited cities, it is supposedly the most holy place for Hindu people.