Here are some of the most beautiful and colourful indigenous people from various tribes of India. Through fascinating costumes and intricately designed accessories, they have maintained their rich cultural heritage amidst modernization.
A Ladakhi woman from the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Bonda tribe from the hilly regions of Malkangiri, Odisha
Rabari woman from northwest India doing beautiful embroidery work.
The Drokpa tribe resides in 3 villages of Ladakh, around the disputed area between India and Pakistan.
Banjara is a nomadic tribe from the western regions of India. Below image shows a Banjara woman in her daily attire.
A Gadaba woman from the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh wearing traditional jewellery.
7. Yimchunger Naga
Yimchunger is a small Naga tribe from Nagaland.
8. Dhaneta Jat
They are a hidden tribe in Kutch, Gujarat. Below – A Jat women wearing a large traditional nose ring.
A newly married lady from Chhadvara, Gujarat displaying her traditional costume.
A young girl from the Dhuruba tribe of Odisha.
The Meghwal tribe hails from Marwar, Rajasthan and a few parts of western Gujarat. Their primary occupation is weaving which becomes evident from their brightly coloured and detailed costumes.
It is one of the many tribal groups of Assam. Dimasa girls in their traditional attire during Jatinga festival.
13. Dongria Kondh
Dongria Kondh tribe can be found in the Niyamgiri hills of Odisha.
Baigas are very colourful and are primarily found in Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Gaddi is a hill tribe living in various regions of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
The Jaintia or Pnar is a tribe from the Jaintia hills of Meghalaya.
Below – Drummers from the Koya tribe of Odisha during their harvest festival.
18. Sangtam Naga
This is a tribe from Tuensang and Kiphire districts of Nagaland. Below image shows Naga women wearing traditional costumes during the Hornbill festival
Garo is the second largest tribe in Meghalaya after the Khasi tribe.
The Bodo tribe is among the few early settlers of Assam and is one of the largest ethnic group of Assam.
Although a primary tribe of Nepal, a significant number of Limbu people can be found in Sikkim, India.
The Khasi are tribal people indigenous to the state of Meghalaya.
Bhils are the adivasi people residing mostly in the western Deccan and central regions of India.
Gond is a tribal group found in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.
The Oraon or Kurukh tribe live in the central and eastern regions of India.