The complete mitochondrial genome of Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) was characterized having 16,446 bp nucleotides encoding 37 genes in circular orientation comprising 13 protein-coding genes, 22 tRNA genes and two rRNA genes. The lengths of 12S and 16S ribosomal RNA were 973 bp and 1600 bp. A non-coding control region (D-Loop) of 966 bp was identified between tRNAPro and tRNAPhe having seven interrupted tandem repeats. A single A + 1 frameshift insertion in the ND3 gene (ND3-174) was also discovered. The complete mitogenome of G. elegans would contribute in deeper understanding of the evolutionary dynamics and conservation effort of vulnerable testudine families.