Smithsonian Journeys India Issue

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A man prays in the doorway of a moving train. Next to him, a family huddles against the cold. (Tamina-Florentine Zuch, Photo Contest Archives)
Indore residents gather in the street during Holi celebrations. (Chetan Soni, Photo Contest Archives)
A man fishes near the Amber Fort in Jaipur at sunrise. (Muslianshah Masrie, Photo Contest Archives)
Actors prepare for a performance in Kolkata. (Sujan Sarkar, Photo Contest Archives)
A man races a horse in rural Punjab. (Rahul Dhar, Photo Contest Archives)
Sadhus, or holy men, attend Holi celebrations in Nandgaon. (Lluis Salvado, Photo Contest Archives)
A sadhu prays by the river in Bihar. (Arka Dutta, Photo Contest Archives)
FINALIST: People | Photograph by Joydeep Mukherjee. A mother plays with her child in a flooded room, near the banks of the Ganges River. (Kolkata, India, August 2013, Nikon D600)
A woman ascends Chand Baori, one of the oldest stepwells in Rajasthan and considered to be among the world's largest. (Ruzely Abdullah, Photo Contest Archives)

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