Cities from India
Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India. It is bordered by the state of Haryana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh to the east. The NCT covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres (573 sq mi). It is the second-largest metropolis by population in the world with over 26 million inhabitants and the largest city in India by area. Delhi is the 8th largest metropolis in the world by urban area.
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India with an estimated population of 12.4 million. Mumbai is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West, or Central Asia. Mumbai has a tropical climate, with warm weather all year round. The best time to visit Mumbai is from October to March, when the weather is cooler and the city is less crowded. Mumbai is a busy, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife. The city is home to many world-famous landmarks, including the Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, and the Elephanta Caves.
Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. The city is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Victoria Memorial and the City of Joy, the latter being the largest slum in the world.
Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. The city is a major commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. The city is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Victoria Memorial and the City of Joy, the latter being the largest slum in the world. Kolkata is a major hub of culture and politics in India, with a vibrant art scene, numerous museums and galleries, and a thriving film industry. The city is also known for its strong literary traditions, and has produced some of India’s most famous authors, including Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. Kolkata is also a major centre of education, with several world-renowned institutions, including the University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in southeastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city has a long history, dating back to around 400 BC when it was known as Madras. Chennai is a major commercial and cultural center, and is home to many of India’s leading universities and research institutions. The city is also a major center for the Tamil film industry, and is known for its vibrant music and dance scene. Chennai is an important transportation hub, with a major airport and seaport, and is also a major industrial center. The city is home to a number of tourist attractions, including the Fort St. George, the Marina Beach, and the temples of Kapaleeshwarar and Sri Parthasarathy.
Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over eight million and a metropolitan population of over eleven million, making it the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau at an elevation of over 900 m (3,000 ft). Its climate is pleasant and temperate throughout the year.
Bangalore is known as the “Silicon Valley of India” because of its role as the nation’s leading information technology (IT) exporter. India’s second-largest software company, Infosys, and the third-largest, Wipro, are headquartered in Bangalore. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic and cultural hub and the second-fastest growing major metropolis in India.
Hyderabad is a city located in the southern part of India. It is the capital of the state of Telangana and has a population of over 6.8 million people. The city is known for its rich history, food, and architecture. Hyderabad was once the capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar and was ruled by the Muslim Nizams of Hyderabad during the British Raj. The city has a number of tourist attractions, including the Charminar, Golconda Fort, and Hyderabad House.
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