1. Carrom

The game of carrom is believed to have originated from the Indian subcontinent. Although no concrete evidence is available, it is believed that carrom was invented by the Indian Maharajas. A Carrom made of glass is still available in one of the palaces in Patiala, India. In 1988 the International Carrom Federation was formed in Chennai, India. The game has been very popular throughout South Asia, mainly in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

2. Kabaddi

This outdoor game was originated in ancient Tamil region, which is predominantly present day Tamil Nadu and parts of other South Indian states. Tamil empire spread this game to South East Asia during their sea trade. The word Kabaddi might have been derived from the Tamil word “kai-pidi” meaning “to hold hands”. The sport takes various names regionally, it’s called chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh, kauddi in Punjab, bhavatik in Maldives and hadudu in Bangladesh.

3. Ludo

Ludo is derived from the game Pachisi originated in the 6th century India. The earliest evidence of this game in India is the depiction of boards on the caves of Ajanta. This game was played by the Mughal emperors of India; a notable example is Akbar. In England, Pachisi was modified to use a cubic die with dice cup and patented as “Ludo” in 1896. The Royal Navy took Ludo and converted it into the board game Uckers.


4. Snakes And Ladders

Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a numbered gridded squares. In ancient India, this game was called Moksha Patam. While regionally the names differed. It went to England as Snakes and Ladders who in turn introduced it to the United States as Chutes and Ladders.

5. Chess

An ancient Indian strategy game, it was developed during the Gupta Empire around sixth century AD. Chess that we play today is the latest version of the Indian game Chaturanga. Chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games Shogi, Xiangqi, Janggi. However, its earliest representation can be found in Indian mythology in the seventh century it was adopted as “Shatranj” in Persia which in turn was the form of chess brought to late medieval Europe. The names Chaturanga comes from a battle formation mentioned in the Indian epic Mahabharata. It refers to the four divisions of enemy elephants, horse chariots, cavalry and infantry.