CULTURE & ARTS
11/19/2014 08:42 am ET Updated Nov 19, 2014

18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following

At its worst, Instagram encourages the small things in life -- vanity, insecurity, and conspicuous consumerism. At its best, it's a portal to the wide world. Below, we've rounded up some of the best Instagram accounts out of one of the planet's most multi-faceted countries: India. Follow even one of them, and you'll feel you've been transported.

1. Chandan Khanna: The AFP photojournalist goes deep into labyrinthine cities like Delhi. He has a flair for portraiture, and often focuses on the faces of the elderly.

2. George Koruth: A documentary photographer based in India, Koruth has an eye for the vivid colors and theatricality of India's festivals.

God's that listened to me. #Kerala #trivandrum #India #Photography

A photo posted by George Koruth (@fotobaba) on

3. Dayanita Singh: The famous photographer documents her work and India's art scene in a muted, personal Instagram account.

#humidity #analogueediting #kochibienale

A photo posted by Dayanita singh (@dayanitasingh) on

4. Subhash Chandra: An avid trekker, Chandra snaps photographs of the flora and fauna at India's highest elevations.

5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below).

A game of polo being played somewhere up north, in the holy mountains. #polo #mountains #karakoram #travel #sport

A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on

6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders.

Breakfast tea :) . Khaba Fort | Rajasthan | India

A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on

Bowing down to the almighty... . Amritsar | Punjab | India

A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on

7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow.

"Good times! Family time! Friends time! Kids time! Diwali time! #MyMumbai time! By @educoindia

A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on

Graffiti artist @akacorleone is in Mumbai, and showing his #MyMumbai in full color! Check his Art for more..

A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on

8. @indiapictures: Another crowd-sourced account, this one features photographs from around the country, yet manages to avoid the high-gloss predictability of official tourism shots.

I wonder when my school bus will come. #Cochin #Kerala Picture Credits: @davidsangboi

A photo posted by #IndiaPictures (@indiapictures) on

Care for some sugar in your chai? Picture credits: @piyush689 .

A photo posted by #IndiaPictures (@indiapictures) on

The elephant shower, Ahmedabad. Picture credits: @parimal_t .

A photo posted by #IndiaPictures (@indiapictures) on

9. @bombaybhukkad: The anonymous foodstagrammer is one of the best in the biz, with a seemingly unending appetite for street food and travel. He's just as inclined to indulge in a vegetarian thali as ground-up mutton.

My favourite malwani comfort food. Goa Bhavan Juhu. Go now, or tomorrow but GO!

A photo posted by Bombay Bhukkad (@bombaybhukkad) on

On my way to Pune. What great weather. Snacking on the way. Kaveri i am coming to you!!!!!!!! #bombaybhukkadgoestopune

A photo posted by Bombay Bhukkad (@bombaybhukkad) on

10. Harsh Raman: A street artist, Raman documents his own psychedelic tags on the walls of Mumbai.

11. Akshay Mahajan: A Mumbai native living in Delhi, Mahajan is one of the few Indian Instagrammers who favors soft colors. In the image below, he juxtaposes this sensibility with a portrait of a hijra, or eunuch.

A photo posted by Akshay Mahajan (@lecercle) on

12. @everydaymumbai: Curated by photojournalist Chirag Wakaskar, this feed operates as a sort of Indian analog to "Humans of New York," with poignant captions and intriguing faces.

13. Asif Khan: A professional photographer, Khan has an eye for the slices of India soon to disappear.

14. @mumbaipaused: Run by a man identified only as Gopal, this feed offers a not-at-all precious look at daily life in South Asia's largest city.

Signboard. Kalidasa Road. Bangalore.

A photo posted by Mumbai Paused (@mumbaipaused) on

15. Ritesh Uttamchandani: A Mumbai-based photo editor and writer, Uttamchandani delivers images rooted in the city's complex political landscape.

16. @katha_collective: Billed as a "collective of storytellers" (and run by Uttamchandani, above), this feed combines strong photography with reportage. For the past month, much of the work has centered around the devastating floods in India's northeast.

17. Ayesha Kapadia: The Mumbai-based artist and designer is behind this dreamy, often surrealist feed, which includes plenty of videos.

Fest. #art #graphic #mumbai #city #wedding #design #instafilm #shortfilm #fest

A video posted by Ayesha Kapadia (@kometjuice) on

18. Samar Virdi: Virdi, a filmmaker out of Chandigarh, focuses on blocks of color, abstract detail, and -- fittingly for a storyteller -- haunting portraits like the one below.

tiny tailor

A photo posted by Samar Singh Virdi • xplorur (@samarvirdi) on

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