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Some Instagram accounts that you should follow before visiting India | © Prateek Verma / Unsplash
Some Instagram accounts that you should follow before visiting India | © Prateek Verma / Unsplash

15 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Before Visiting India

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Updated: 22 January 2018

There are gorgeous Instagram accounts by Indians out there that will either make you want to fly to India asap or simply provide you with a fresh perspective. These accounts have knockout photos that evoke the culture in India, its people, its food and everything you’d want to know before coming to this beautiful country. Here are 15 Instagram accounts that we think you should follow before visiting India.

Thecheesecakeproject

Stuti Sakhalkar Dasgupta is one of the best wedding photographers in India. Her photographs show the fascinating rituals and ceremonies of weddings across different religions in India. She has over twenty-seven thousand followers and the images she posts are drop-dead gorgeous.

Imsabbah

Sabbah Haji Baji is the Director of the Haji Public School in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sabbah’s photos of her students in Haji Public School, most of whom come from underprivileged families, are inspiring. Her Insta account is a great source to find out just how beautiful Kashmir is. Sabbah has over eleven thousand followers.

Thegutlessfoodie

Natasha Diddee is a gifted cook and recipe creator from Pune, Maharashtra. Due to a tumour, Natasha’s stomach had to be almost entirely removed. She lives on a carefully monitored diet, but that hasn’t stopped her from creating recipes and innovating Indian dishes for her friends, family and over fifty-two thousand followers. Natasha’s profile is the best place to look for Indian recipes.

That South Indian Style Vegetarian Thali – Done Usually my recipes are all about quick cooking. But some dishes are worth taking that extra effort over. Whilst I made simple beans, the channa kurma was a bit tedious. But totally worth it Clockwise : 1. That Chickpea /Kabuli Channa Kurma I soaked the chickpeas overnight & pressure cooked them in salted water along with asafoetida & turmeric powder Paste: I did an overnight soak in water of cashews, poppy seeds, green chillies, cinnamon, black cardamom, cloves, fresh coconut & fried channa dal/skinless split bengalgram & ground to a very fine paste Puree: I tempered ghee with ginger-garlic pastes, onions, tomatoes, red chilli powder & garam masala powder. Once cool, I pureed it I tempered ghee with black cardamom, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, bayleaves & cumin seeds. I added in the paste & puree & simmered the cooked chickpeas & fresh coriander in this till done 2. Those South Indian Style French Beans I tempered coconut oil with mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies & onions. I cooked the beans in this & when done, I added freshly scraped coconut & fresh coriander 3. That Salad 😂 : It maybe a new year but I'm still my good old self. This my dears, is salad – cucumber & lime 4. Those whole wheat parathas /flatbreads It was tedious to make the channa but totally worth it. Do try it, you won't regret it #indiancurry #homecooks #thali #channa #chickpeas #southindian #southindianfood #indianfoodbloggers #Indianrecipe #lowgi #diabetesfriendly #southindianmeal #lowcarbfood #indianfoodie #incredibleindia #realindianfood #indianfoodlovers #meatlessmonday #meatfreemonday #meatlessmeals #refinedsugarfree #honestcooking #newrecipe #walkwithindia #mealplan #paratha #flatbread #goodfoodindia #ifoundawesome #foodtalkindia

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Chalohoppo

ChaloHoppo is a travel company that arranges some of the best camps and tours in Northeast India, a part of the country that it is still largely unexplored. ChaloHoppo’s Insta profile doesn’t just feature stunning photos of the northeastern landscape, but their photo descriptions of lesser-known villages are super informative.

“Since when do you have these tattoos and nose plugs?” we asked. The old woman who offered us Pike Pila for breakfast that morning stopped sipping her tea and kept the bamboo mug near her left foot. She rubbed her palms slowly and took a piece of wood stacked nearby and pushed it inside the dying bonfire. She got up slowly and walked to the large vessel where water boils all day. She stood there for a while and turned to look at the water. It took us a few moments to realise that she was looking at her own reflection. “I was twelve. I bled for the first time and turned into a woman”, she replied with a broken voice. She looked at us and smiled a little. “They say Apatani women got good grooms if they had tattoos and nose plugs. I know it is just a story to hide the truth. The truth is that they did it so we become less beautiful”, she said while filling a mug with the hot water from the vessel. (Part 1 of 3) Note: The story doesn't refer to the woman in the picture and is for representational purpose only. Picture credit : @crumpledpaper17 Use #ChaloNortheast to get featured and help us in promoting the region better.

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The.ramukaka

Rufus Reynolds does what most of us wish we could do – travel for a living. His Instagram profile has over a hundred thousand followers and he takes them on journeys across the world. Rufus collaborates with brands and helps them promote their products. Irrespective, the photographs he posts are beyond amazing.

Startindia

St+Art India is an art organization that aims to revive boring and mundane city areas into art spaces. St+Art India has collaborated with several Indian and international artists and transformed old urban spaces in Mumbai and Delhi and they are already working in Hyderabad now. Their Instagram account is one of the best places to see the work of young artists and how they execute their ideas.

Hindustan.pictures

Photos are the best travel guides, don’t you think? A photo of a place you’d like to visit makes so much more of an impact than the words that describe it. Hindustan Pictures posts breathtaking, evocative photos of everyday life in India. A daily dose of this Instagram account will truly show you everything that India is.

Naman.m.chaudhary

Naman Chaudhary is a young student and Indian history aficionado based in Delhi. Naman’s Instagram account gives details of Indian kings, British officials and queens who once ruled India. He also takes amazing photographs of historic monuments in India and provides detailed information about them. Naman’s knowledge base and photographs are what makes his profile one of the best Instagram accounts in India.

Travelbelleindia

Shanjali Shahi is a cyclist who has toured 3,300 kilometres from Gujarat to Kanyakumari and goes on mountain bicycling treks every now and then. This adventurous traveller has amazing photos on her Instagram account. While cycling across states, she discovers and documents many hidden places and facts about India and the photos that go along with them are beautiful.

Dancerukmini

Rukmini Vijayakumar is a gifted dancer who is trained in the Indian classical dance form Bharatnatyam and in Western ballet too. Her Instagram account is fascinating because she posts stunning images of her dance routines, her training as a dancer and the lessons she gives as a teacher to classical dance students.

Siddharthajoshi

Siddhartha Joshi is a professional photographer and social media influencer who travels the world on assignment. Siddhartha’s images of India throw a fresh perspective on the people of the country and its day-to-day life. He captures architecture mighty well too. With over forty-four thousand followers, Siddhartha’s is one of the best Instagram accounts in India.

Pari.network

The People’s Archive of Rural India is a great Instagram account for those looking to discover India’s village life. The incredible photos have lovely and factual stories behind them and their coverage stretches from the unknown villages of Northeast India to the country’s Southern hinterland.

Wcsindia

The India Wildlife Conservation Society has brilliant photographs of wildlife in India in great detail. This Instagram account is a treat for anyone who loves animals and all kinds of creatures. The organization doesn’t simply post photos of the rarest wildlife creatures but also writes in detail about them and where you can go to see them.

Arka_patra

Arka Patra is a visual artist, sculptor and painter who posts creative and evocative portraits. His stunning photographs are projections of his ideas on gender fluidity, LGBTQ issues and much more.