Your pictures: India Direct
Readers' pictures of India, part of the Word News India Direct series.
A guard in Jaipur's City Palace watching over the largest silver vessels in the world.
Slums, such as this one in Kolkata, are the entry points of the poor into cities. Millions have migrated from the countryside in the search for work.
A man sitting outside a temple near the Amber Fort, Jaipur, in Rajasthan.
Agra is home to India's most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, but the city itself is somewhat neglected.
A plate of dyes discovered in a local market in New Delhi.
Early morning in Varanasi as people perform their daily purifying rituals.
Thomas Le Penn
The bank of the Ganges in Varanasi where in the evening people come to celebrate the dead people and cremate them.
Women dry sarees on the bank of the holy river Shipra in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.