If I had 10 years I would just scratch the surface of India, photographically speaking. I rank it as the most photogenic country on earth.
If you can get Netflix, watch historian Michael Wood's documentary, "The Story of India". Since you might have BBC streaming as well (I notice you live in the UK), you could also try that. I found it an excellent primer into the complicated and dynamic history that has created the country we see today.
In Delhi proper, of all the tourist sites, I liked the Jama Masjid and Humayuns tomb the best, but the action is on the street (any street, honest). People will tell you to go to the Red Fort, which is interesting architecturally and historically, but a dearth for photographs... instead go across the street to the Chandi Chowk. Get a rickshaw there (negotiate until you think the price is absurdly cheap, then cut that price in half, I never paid more than $2 an hour for my driver) and ride up and down the street over and over again and witness the orgy of things to photograph that will magically appear in front of your camera. No shit.
Try and work the Jama Masjid (mosque) at dawn, best light and the street vendors are too tired to fight aggressive street shooters like myself, caught incredible stuff at the Halal butchers surrounding the Mosque proper. On Sunday, a massive bazaar extends from the mosque to the Red Fort, possibly the best street shooting on earth, tough to do as a white guy though... if I didn't have an indian friend with me it to tell people to eff off it would have been hard to shoot, I was attracting a lot of attention (I'm pretty tall and pasty and stuck out). The begging is insane, learn to say the word "Nay", and don't let little kids grab you, or you may have to punch them to get them off. I'm not joking. One time when I was in an autorickshaw, a poor kid jumped onto my lap while at an intersection and I had to throw him out into moving traffic or more of his friends were going to pile in and beg the shit out of me, he couldn't have been more than 6 years old. Thankfully that was a one off, as I really hate throwing kids from moving vehicles onto asphalt.D E M A N D
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That's me at the market in Old Delhi.
An then of course, there is Amritsar...amritsar 3.2.074892e
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I don't even know how to describe that place, I had tears streaming down my face while I was shooting it was so beautiful... that has only happened to me in two places on earth. I would go there if I only had 10 days and one place to go outside of Delhi. I took the train, which was an experience in itself.
Edited by yunfat, 02 September 2012 - 23:33 .