Sixty-six years ago, British rule came to an end in India with the establishment of two new sovereign states: the Dominions of India and Pakistan. Freedom was officially declared at midnight on August 14/15, 1947, with each country subsequently marking its independence on different days. Yesterday, Pakistan celebrated its 67th Independence Day with a look toward a progressive future, and today, India is doing the same, marking 67 years as an independent nation.
To join the festivities, we scoured our own library for a series of inspiring images celebrating both nations. Scroll down to see some our favorite India and Pakistan-related photos from the Shutterstock collection, then explore our full India and Pakistan lightboxes for even more amazing imagery.