Instagram is becoming a popular platform in India, with almost 6 million monthly users in the country. We asked the people behind some of India's most creative Instagram accounts how they use the platform and what makes it unique. See also: Photographer follows his girlfriend through India in beautiful Instagram series 1. Chandan Khanna (@khannachandan)A Delhi-based photojournalist with AFP, Khanna documents street scenes in the capital and other north Indian cities with verve. Some Instagrams were taken while Khanna was on assignment, such as a fascinating series on hand-rolled beedi (cigarette) makers in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. Khanna also runs @peopleofdelhi, a series of close-up and monochromatic portraits of the people who call Delhi home. "Instagram gives you an international audience at the very moment you post a picture online," Khanna says. "Instagram kept me alive as a photographer even before I started working for AFP." 2. Arati Kumar-Rao (@aratikumarrao)Photographer Arati Kumar-Rao's Instagram account brings us one step closer to nature. The focus is the environment in south Asia, with images and videos portraying life along the Brahmaputra River, wild elephants in Sri Lanka, and the role of water in the Thar desert. Rao have also used Instagram to document the after-effects of the oil spill in the mangroves of Sundarbans in December 2014. "As someone who does not like to limit herself to just words or just photos to tell a story â I love that Instagram offers both," she says. "On assignment, and in the field, Instagram is my go-to application for storytelling." 3. India Pictures (@indiapictures)From beautiful monuments and mouthwatering dishes to candid portraits and breath-taking landscapes, this account curates stunning pictures from across the country. It also holds frequent Instagram meet-ups for its followers in different locations. 4. Anushree Fadnavis (@anushree_fadnavis)Mumbai-based photojournalist Anushree Fadnavis portrays the life of passengers traveling in the ladies compartment of the cityâs local trains in her Train Diaries project. She also trains her lens on the transgender people who work on the trains. "The square format helped me enhance my story," says Fadnavis whose #traindiaries is a modern take on the Polaroid snaps. "Instagram is currently like a virtual diary for me." 5. Siddhartha Joshi (@siddharthajoshi)Pune-based blogger Siddhartha Joshi is currently working on the year-long Tell Me Your Dream project. His account features a new portrait every day, accompanied by an interview on the subjectâs dream and life story. Since starting the project, Joshi has chronicled the dreams of everyone from auto rickshaw drivers to vegetable vendors, shopkeepers, and garbage collectors. "I think Instagram is the only truly 'social' social media platform," Joshi says. "As a photographer it has opened up the world to me â to inspire and to get inspired at the same time." 6. Everyday Mumbai (@everydaymumbai)This crowdsourced blog and Instagram account documents the city's residents, celebrations, building, seascapes and more. It is curated by photojournalist Chirag Wakaskar, who started Everyday Mumbai to present the city from several viewpoints. "Unlike web and print media, the immediate feedback about the images is the most striking aspect of Instagram," Wakaskar says. "One is also able to push the image out to the demographic that may be interested in it by using particular hashtags." 7. Katha Collective (@katha_collective)"I began Katha as a home for lesser-known stories," curator and photojournalist Ritesh Uttamchandani says. From portraits of circus performers to the devastation wrought by floods in Kashmir and Assam, Katha Collective features a series photo essays taken with a phone camera. "It slows down the instant gratification model of Instagram," Uttamchandani adds. "The novelty is that I'm open to featuring any theme, as long as it offers a view different from mainstream media." 8. Ritesh Uttamchandani (@riteshuttamchandani)"I love the restriction and eventual liberation that the square format brought in to my photos.," photojournalist and @kathacollective curator Ritesh Uttamchandani says. "I often shoot with both eyes open, the camera on my right eye, the phone in my left. Although Instagram has gone free size â I'm going to stick to square." Uttamchandani points out that the platform has helped him highlight stories such as that of a homeless man Andrew Benjamin, who was eventually offered a job to sustain himself. "It moved people into action, which is also very close to the reason I chose to be a photographer," Uttamchandani adds. 9. Prashanth Vishwanathan (@prashanthvishwanathan)Freelance photographer Prashanth Vishwanathâs Instagram feed comprise images taken across India, ranging from village scenes and idyllic landscapes to vignettes from various cities and towns. Instagram "opens up the possibility of showing your images to a large audience," Vishwanathan says. "I always choose images that tell me a story, with the text being an important part of the communication." 10. India Photo Project (@Indiaphotoproject)From mud wrestling in Delhi to Aadhar card registration in Kashmir to the Miss Tibet contest in Dharamsala, this account curates visual vignettes from across India. "We intend to run a stream that showcases strong and fresh voices in India, and one that is free of the usual saturated visual clichÃ©s that our country is clouded by," co-founders Sumit Dayal and Tara Bedi say. "The photographers are selected on the basis of their distinct visual style and their geographical location." 11. Sumit Dayal (@sumitdayal)Having been born in Kashmir, lived in Kathmandu, and studied in Delhi, photographer Sumit Dayal now works across South Asia. Along with curating @indiaphotoproject, he also started the @nepalphotoproject account to crowdsource images documenting the after-effects of the devastating Nepal earthquake in April 2015. His own feed chronicles everything from a polo match in Ladakh, to floods in Kashmir, and life in the Tibetan settlement of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. 12. Mumbai Paused (@mumbaipaused)From street food to graffiti, MS Gopal's Instagram feed bypasses iconic sights in favor of un-touristy neighborhoods. Gopal originally started photographing for his blog, and focuses on overlooked visual details that offer subtle clues about the city's culture.Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.