In Varanasi, sunspots reached down and highlighted sections of ancient structures housing a maze of narrow alleyways inhabited by cows, dogs, monkeys and a steady bustle of people.
In Delhi, a polo match dragged on in a wash of warm evening light while ambassadors, diplomats and government officials cheered for the galloping horses and their riders.
In Allahabad, millions of pilgrims made their way to the river banks in an inconceivable display of mass human migration. Once in the water, some kneeled down to fully submerge while others stood in silent prayer.
In Darjeeling, a fire tore through a guesthouse as men scrambled to douse smoking embers. Hours later, all that remained were melted sockets and the blackened remnants of furniture.
Elsewhere, a marriage procession weaved through tiny streets as the groomsmen danced and shouted-- leading the way in a burst of color, energy and life.