17 Best Cities to Visit in India

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Map of cities in India

India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-most populous country with over 1 billion people. It is the second most populous country that practises the Hindu religion. Around 68% of the population live in rural areas and India’s average literacy rates is 73.7%.

The size and diversity of India make it one of the most difficult countries to classify. In order to divide countries into categories and countries on a map, they must rely on similar or common characteristics to focus on.

India’s size and diversity make it difficult to define. Location India is located in South Asia, which also includes countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The Indian subcontinent is made up of the former British colony of India and the states that Pakistan gained control of after the British left.

Population India is the second most populous country with 1.2 billion people. Around 68% of the population live in rural areas. India’s religion is Hinduism and there are over 28 million Muslims in the country. History of India The history of India can be divided into six periods. The first period lasted from approximately 1500 BC to about 550 BC. The Indus Valley Civilisation started around 2600 BC and had one of the world’s largest cities, Mohenjo-daro.

Panaji

Description : This sleepy town on the Indian southeastern coast is a favourite of the rich and famous from Bombay; pop singer Sheila Bair has a home here, as does England’s Prince Charles. The Maratha heritage of the area is reflected in Panaji’s intricately carved pillared houses, which are usually built on high plinths. The beaches of nearby Goa, the stately Portuguese-era churches of Old Goa and the pretty fishing villages at Divar island further up the Konkani coast are well within reach.

Shift from the regular hum-drum routine and have a first-class beach holiday in Goa. Goa, the most beautiful state in India is land-locked on the west coast of India. It comprises of the five coastal districts which collectively form the longest coastline of any state in India. Since it is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, the Western Ghats on the South, while the river Mandovi separates it from the North, Goa is really like an island of varied geography.

The ancient Pathri Fort in the Central part of Goa is definitely the biggest attraction in this state. Moreover, Goa is blessed with some of the world’s most lavish beaches, including Morjim Point, Arambol Beach and Vagator Beach. Even the beach near Panjim is a wonderful area to spend a time.

Madurai

Madurai is the temple city of South India and one of the most ancient cities in the world. Madurai came into existence around 400 BC in what is now known as Tamil Nadu, in the territory of the ancient Pandya kings.

The city of Madurai has some of the most important ancient temples of Dravidian architecture. The city is surrounded by the hills of the Western Ghats and the Periyar River flows through the city.

Legend states that Adi Parashakti, the deity that created the universe, is believed to have her birthplace in Madurai at Thiruparankundram. This is the city of Madurai Meenakshi, the second temple of the "Lord".

According to legend, the city is named after Meenakshi (Meenakshi Mangalam), a romantic girl who married the Pandya king Sundara Kandam and became the queen.

Meenakshi Temple is named as the second most sacred place for the Hindu by UNESCO in 2008. This is a temple to the worship of the Hindu goddess Meenakshi.

The unique feature of the temple is the presence of a separate shrine enshrining Lord Vishnu in His form as Murugan.

Mysore

Mysore is the third largest city in Karnataka and has a population of over 3.2 lakh. The city is known to house the Sree Krishnadevaraya's Palace, the Mysore Zoo, the Kotigobba Palace, the Mysore Medical College & Hospital and the grounds of the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque.

It is famous for its aristocratic palaces built by the Wodeyars and the natural scenery. The city is known for its rich historical legacy and various temples, festivals, music and arts. It is a popular tourist place on the heritage map of India.

Features

Mysore has mild climate throughout the year with an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. The city boasts of some hot and humid summer months, mainly from June to August. The humidity or the temperature can soar up to 34.7 degrees Celsius. Autumn is followed by a pleasant climate from December to February which is considered the best time to visit the city.

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Grab water bottles and sun block before you set out as the water used in the city is generally not treated. The city is known for its coffee shops and cheap hotels, which may encourage travellers to stay longer than expected.

Amritsar

Amritsar is a beautiful city, featuring jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas. While you can enjoy the breathtaking views in the city itself, take a short trip to the river Kaisar to enjoy it to the fullest!

If you’re willing to take the trouble to reach it, there is a beautiful view of the entire city from the Kaisar.

Amritsar is one of the cities where tea originated. Scholars believe that tea was first grown in this city.

The city is also home to the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, a sacred Sikh shrine that holds the temporal seat of the ninth Sikh guru, Guru Nanak.

Jaisalmer

Climate: The Jaisalmer temperature varies from 12 to 40 degree centigrade. Throughout the year, Jaisalmer experiences slight variation in weather conditions. Summer is extended from March to May and during this period the maximum temperature is quite high.

The temperature in the other two seasons are, however, less hot and pleasant. Wheat and rice are the principal crops. Large areas are devoted to the cultivation of sugarcane and cotton. The water supply is sufficient for the requirements of the town.

Important Cities Nearby: The city has silk textile industry which is the fifth largest in the world.The city has textile plants, cotton mills, printing presses, paper mills, dyeing and calico printing works, kapam production units and carpets weaving units.

Travel: Jeysalmer is located on the border of India and Pakistan (India shared most of its 4610 km of border with Pakistan till Independence). It is an open border with no restrictions on the nationalities/staying in the border towns.

Like: One can visit this beautiful town which is a must visit place in India.This town is located 70 km south of Jodhpur and 145 km southeast of Jaipur. The town has its own charm and glitter.There is a magnificent Fort in the heart of the city.

Hyderabad

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You can also get into cycling in Hyderabad, which is becoming the most popular city in India for biking. The city has a number of cycle rickshaws, which offer various routes to cycle. Hyderabad is also an ideal place for cycling due to its well-developed infrastructure.

The traffic here moves at a very slow pace during the day. This is the perfect environment for biking in the city. However, there are no regular cycle paths for the cyclists to use in the city.

Cyclists are advised to use the roads in their bikes.

Numerous parks are also present in the city. These parks allow cyclists to ride on the cycle tracks.

Cycling in Hyderabad is a fantastic experience for cyclists.

Pune

Udaipur

This city is situated in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is provincial of Udaipur is also known as the lake city. Udaipur city lies on the southern slopes of the Aravalli Range on the western side of the lake. It is the famous resort city of India. The city is also called City of Lakes. The awesome Udaipur city is home to the rulers of the region. It is one of the most beautiful city of the India with an ideal climate. The city has plenty of hotels, resorts and other luxury accommodations which will make your feel awe at the city.

Chennai

(Tamil Nadu), India: Chennai, which translates as “pink city,” is located on the Coromandel Coast of South India and has been an important trade center for centuries. It was known as Madras during the British Raj, and that is how it is recognized by locals and visitors.

Chennai’s many wonderful facets inspired locals to call it the “Detroit of India.” They are referring to the city’s importance in the automobile industry. This makes car manufacturing a prominent part of Chennai’s economy.

Chennai is ranked among the top 10 most liveable cities in the world. It is a great place to visit by foot, car, train, or even boat. The water here is categorized as temperate, ideal for swimming.

This is the site of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), an internationally renowned, top-ranked technical institution. It is here that you can take in the unique architecture of the school.

A visit to the wonderful Botanical Gardens at Bannerghatta is a must, if you are looking for a quiet getaway or simply a great escape from the city.

Kochi

Varanasi

The essence of Varanasi lies in its history and the ritualistic bathing of the sacred Ganges. A journey to Varanasi is your chance to both visit a place rich in Indian culture, but also experience a unique culture of your own.

Varanasi has historically been one of the richest and most sacred areas in ancient India. Its religious significance is reflected by a number of religious and holy buildings that bears testimony to the existence of a strong Hinduism and Buddhism in India.

The attraction of this city lies not only in the religious significance of the place, but also in the fact that it is an incredibly lively city rich in culture and contrast. From its vendors roaming the streets perpetually to the locals exploring the Ganges and washing away their sins, the city of Varanasi is a place you don’t want to miss.

Famous Attractions

The most famous attraction in Varanasi is the Ganges River. The Ganges River is the holiest and one of the most sacred rivers in India. Millions of people come to this city every year to take a dip into the river to cleanse their bodies of their sins. Bathing in the river is also said to purify the soul and atone for the sins committed in life.

Kolkata

28 m in population and 4.28 m in area, with a density of 1,400 per km, Kolkata is the capital city of West Bengal. Divided into 10 wards, the city’s population is a little more than 18 lakh, which was estimated to be 19 lakh five years ago. Being India’s third-largest city, the metropolitan area comprises four districts of West Bengal, and as many as 13 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

An International City

Kolkata is also one of the biggest ports in the Indian sub-continent. Two of India’s largest coal and steel plants are located here, while five major railway stations allow for transport of imports and exports. The city is also one of the largest IT hubs in the world, and has one of India’s most advanced network of communication, and the eastern market of Dock 108 attracts the world’s most famous publishers and editors to hold a monthly event called “Emerald Asia” Publications.

Bangalore

Known as the “garden city of India,” Bangalore is the country’s information technology hub. It is named after the Bangalore Palace, which is on the site of a former city known as Begur.

The city also hosts the busy Electronics City, which is India’s dedicated IT industrial corridor. The Bangalore International Film Festival, Bangalore Literature Festival, and the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) are all headquartered here, too.

Visit:

Thripu Kavu: Located on the banks of the Kabini River in Bhalki town of Karkala taluk, about two and half hours from the city, this temple is dedicated to the rain god. Images of Shiva and Parvati, their collie dog and tiger Chali are depicted in the temple walls.

Tipu Sultan’s Palace: Tipu Sultan’s Palace was built in the 17th century and is now a museum. Tipu Sultan is infamous for his defeat at the hands of the British in the Anglo-Mysore War, which later led to his death, which the British found troublesome.

Agra

The city of Agra, India is named after the town of Agra. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna. The city was a key city in the Mughal Empire during the Timurids and the Moghul. It was built by Akbar during the 16th century. The city is a collection of beautiful palaces and gardens. It was chosen as the capital by Mughals because of its wide and porous river.

Mumbai

(Bombay)
Mumbai (Bombay), India's commercial capital and most crowded city, has all the ingredients that make for a great holiday destination. Its boundaries are Mumbai peninsula, peninsular and island. The city has also been known by the names of Bombay (from Portuguese knights who came here in the early 17th century) and 'Bollywood'. Mumbai was a trading post for the Europeans, a source for cotton and coffee, and a place for the British military to rest during the Indian Mutiny in 1857.

The city's seven islands were connected to form a single island in 1860. At that time, Mumbai's population was 1.2 million. The city's growth led to many new neighbourhoods, including Bombay Beach and Colaba.

Mumbai's history dates back to the arrival of the Portuguese, who established a trading post in the south of the city in 1534. The British Crown took over control of the city in 1661. At the turn of the 20th century, the British Indian Army grew considerably.

The city was bombed during World War II, and it hasn't been able to catch up with the rest of the country in terms of building a substantial infrastructure. The city is home to several malls, skyscrapers, and modern attractions, but it also has a colonial past, and that can be seen in the way its buildings are laid out and its architecture.

Jaipur

Known for its magnificent courtyards, tiered red sandstone steps, and the grand Palace of Winds, Jaipur’s Old City is closely tied to the city’s history and traditions. Petals of the Pink City since 1428, Jaipur draws its name from the city’s pink color, a milky pink visible in the pale yellow sands of the rambling Aravali Mountains.

Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is an Indian city located in the state of Rajasthan. Described as the “Venice of the East” by the British, Jaipur is known for its superb monuments, irresistible charm, and its famed yellow City Palace. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City because of the marvellous shades of pale yellow in its sandstone.

Jaipur features incredibly beautiful palaces, monuments, and architectures. From the imposing City Palace to the Mecca Masjid, which is the grandest mosque in India, Jaipur has amassed a large number of magnificent monuments and buildings.

Jaipur is located on the right bank of the䀦Rajasthan…River. The main part of the city is situated on the east and west banks of the City Palace.

Delhi

Delhi is the capital of India and one of the most populous cities in the world. It is the largest city in India, the second most populous city (after Mumbai), and the most densely populated large city in the world. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world. Delhi is the 3rd most expensive city for expatriates in India.

However, Delhi is not just about the high-end hotels and posh lifestyle. There is plenty to offer here to make your visit interesting. It is also one of the easiest cities to move in, and it’s home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also a place where you can observe the various seasons of India year around.

This is not surprising considering that it is placed at a crossroads of three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Delhi also has a long history of civilization and political change. This can be observed in its various ancient structures and monuments, such as the Red Fort, the Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, the Purana Quila, Lodi Gardens, and the Walled City, among others.