Indian games to play for a fun evening

Indian games to play for a fun evening

India is one of the world’s oldest civilisations and naturally, some of the world’s most popular games and sports originated in India. Not just contact sports like wrestling and kabaddi, but also indoor games such as carrom and chess have had their origins in our great country.

While there are a number of such Indian games to play on a lazy evening, we have compiled a list of 5 top games that you must try with your friends, and be proud of the intelligence and tact of our great forefathers who created these.

Indian Rummy

Extremely popular not just in India but also Bhutan and Nepal, this game is also called Marriage Rummy. Some people refer to this game as only Paplu, though Nichlu and Tiplu are also part of this game. Played between 2 to 5 players with 3 decks of cards, there are no printed jokers in this game. We have explained this game in detail in a separate article. Do check it out.

This game is what introduces most Indians to playing card games, and ranks amongst the top favourites in the country. Coincidentally, one can now play this game online on apps like RummyCulture, making it super convenient and an anytime, anywhere game. As per data from the platform, evenings are the best time to play this game as most players are online at this time. More players means more gaming options and more chances of winning. And did we tell you that you can also win money as a prize if you play the cash rummy version? 


Chess is a game with its origins in the Indian game of Chaturanga. A favourite among families, many Indian kids grow up playing this game with parents and siblings. Parents believe that this game gives children better planning and strategizing skills, and hence always encourage them to play this game without any worries. India’s chequered history in the international chess arena, with multiple grandmasters at the highest level have also given chess a respectability and aura that no other board game has been able to muster.

Ludo (as evolved from Pachisi)

Ludo is the game for lazy afternoons and late nights. In the 80s and 90s when there was no 24×7 cable television to keep people entertained, Ludo would always come to the rescue. Even today, Ludo remains one of the simplest games that also requires great tactical thinking and planning. One of the cheapest games to buy (all it takes is a printed cardboard, plastic tokens and dice, typically costing under a dollar), the cardboard version usually comes with another Indian origin game Snakes & Ladders printed on the other side, which is an added bonus at no extra cost! 

Snakes & Ladders (evolved from Moksha Patam)

As explained above, Snakes & Ladders is a fun board game that originated in India. Played between two or more players on a board with a one-hundred-box grid. The emphasis on destiny (or luck, as chances are decided by the roll of dice), make this game unique among board games. This game is a lot of fun to play with friends, and because of the strong luck factor, one need not focus as much as one would in a game like chess or rummy.


An Indian game that has grown over the ages and is now popular all over the world, carrom is a game of great skills and geometrical calculations. Similar to billiards in some ways, with the striking finger acting as the cue stick, the striker disk acting as the cue ball and the carrom disks acting as the object balls, this game is many times more convenient to own and play. The board is a simple wooden platform printed with guides and one hole in each corner. Generations have played this game and there are no signs of the interest declining. 

This was our list of the top Indian games you can play for a fun evening. Did we miss out on any important name? Let us know and we will add it to the list pronto!