Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi, or Festival of Colours, at a widows’ ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrate the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder.
An Indian Sikh performs fire-breathing during a religious procession to mark Hola Mohalla at the Gurudwara Shri Keshgarh Sahib temple at Sri Anandpur Sahib, on Friday.
An Indian couple stand with their luggage in a gap between moving trains as they wait to cross the railway tracks during a visit to their hometown for festival holidays in Allahabad, India
An Indian homeless woman covers herself with a woolen cloth as it rains in Jammu, India on Monday
Female police recruits throw their caps in the air as they celebrate after their passing-out parade, in the northeastern Indian city of Agartala.
A vendor ties newspapers on his bicycle early in the morning in New Delhi, India on Friday
A Muslim villager shouts pro freedom slogans during the funeral procession of Shabir Ahmed Gania, a suspected militant with Kashmiri separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, in Drubgham, 55km south of Srinagar, India
Passengers on a train on the outskirts of New Delhi. India will increase investment in its overloaded railway network to Rs8.5tn ($137bn) over the next five years, the government said on Thursday.
A Hindu devotee bathes at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad, India
The Yakovlevs, a UK based aerobatic team flying Russian designed Yakovlev aircrafts, make a formation in the shape of a heart from a trail of smoke during the third day of Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India.
An Indian homeless man sleeps covered in a blanket early morning in the old quarters of Delhi, India. There are over hundred thousand homeless people in New Delhi who live on the streets, braving extreme weather and economic hardship, according to local reports.
An Indian labourer loads unbaked clay bricks on a horse-drawn cart to deliver them to a brick kiln in Sahibabad on the outskirts of New Delhi on Friday
A cameraman films as Russian aerobatic team Yakovlev performs at the inaugural function of Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore. Aviation companies from around the world are participating in the five-day event that runs through Feb 22
Boys bathe at roadside municipal taps in the early hours of the morning in the old quarters of Delhi, India
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A Nepalese Hindu sadhu (holy man) paints coloured paste on to his face during the Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindus mark the festival by offering prayers and fasting. Hundreds of sadhus have arrived in Pashupatinath to take part in the event
A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Wednesday
Kashmiri Muslims watch the funeral procession of Farooq Ahmad Bhat at Palhallan in Pattan, about 30 km northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir, India, on Tuesday. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Bhat killed at Palhallan on 09 February 2015. The 20-year-old was killed and two others wounded critically after forces fired on protesters in the area who were protesting against the hanging of Afzal Guru two years back and demanding the return of his mortal remains.
An Indian hand rickshaw puller transports children to school in Kolkata, India. Kolkata is the only city in India where hand-pulled rickshaws are still in operation.
An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols the streets of Srinagar, on the second death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was executed for his part in a terrorist attack on the Indian parliament building in 2001
An Indian passerby feeds an elephant, hired out for weddings and parties, on the banks of the river Yamuna in New Delhi on Friday