India is home to some of the world’s most beautiful historic monuments. You may have either visited them or seen them in photographs. But these old, almost anachronistic photos, open a window that shows us just how majestic the monuments looked before the gaggling cacophony of unruly tourists disturbed their peace. We must say, however, that some are looking really better.
The marble monument as it looks now.
And they have made way for the tourists.
As the minar looks now.
The mounds have been flattened.
At least the old charm is still intact.
The dighi is, thankfully, still there.
More crowded than before.
The ghat as it looks now.
Need we say more.
It is surprising that there were so many trees facing the station back then.
The building stands amidst the clamour.
As it looks now.
Such grandeur lies in this state now.
Now, now! Take a look at the devotees!
Yes, this was once a real gate, not the metro station.
Where there is God, there will be (more) people.
Those police-erected barriers indicate this place is thronged by devotees.
As if under siege by the growing city.
A better yesterday?
There has been some pretty good restoration here.
The pot and the honeybees. (Where there is a temple, there are devotees. Where there are devotees, there is money.)
The same place but with bigger crowds.
Some buildings look in a better shape.
Where history stands alongside a symbol of progress.
Decked up for the bucks.
Not much of an improvement but enough for a tourist.
An ever growing megapolis.
Horns and honking.
Rising population all around.
The vintage images have been sourced from Old Indian Photos and their Facebook page.