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India is a great place of art and historic collaboration and that is reflected in some of the top cities. This is the nation, where some of the world's ancient-most religious monuments are situated and alongside there are many top class historic artistic representations of different dynasties. The Ancient time historical impressions, when races from other parts of the world have not even started creating history, are there in the subcontinent.

Even when the world has started writing their own history, the country surrounded by three water bodies, continued writing her ornamental historic episodes with arts and architectures. Modern great cities of India can even be compared to that with the top cities of the world, but the cities that have their origin encrypted since the ancient times are simply unparalleled.

Here is the short brief about such great cities, which evolved at a different time frame of Indian history and are still resplendent with their awesome attributes.

best cities to visit in India

1. Varanasi


Varanasi was the name of the ancient Kashi Dham of Biswanath. It is said that this was the favorite abode of Lord Shiva at one time. The beauty and religious depth in the city are still there. Bordered with the Ganges, this is still regarded to be the holiest city of India and about the origin of the city – this is not expressed in years, but in Yugas and Kalpas.

2. Mathura


The Capital city of Yadu Dynasty of Bharat, the only name of the subcontinent that time, Mathura remained the observer of many changes. It observed the tyranny of the rulers and also watched the humanity of the Lord of Modern India – Shri Krishna. This is the place that is erected till now, even after so many plunders from Nadir Shah at the banks of the Yamuna River and the splendid city, with her holy spirited smell of the soil still today stares at the visitors as a proof of the birthplace of Krishna.

3. Udaipur


This is the city of the Ranas, the rulers of the West and the bravest combatants, Modern Indian history has seen. The city of Rajasthan with her forts and the historic memories stored on the walls of the fort still claims to be one of the most beautifully marked cities of India. Udaipur also shows the resemblance of humbleness of the Indian king, where the biggest man-made lake of that time solved the drinking water problem of all the subjects.

Explore the City of Lakes while travelling through India's Palace on Wheels train.

4. Patna


This is a city which has seen repeated historic events in every thousand years. Known as Magadha Pradesh during Mahabharata, it was the capital city of Jarasandha, which also was one of the richest cities of that time. Later, the city became the hub of Chanakya-Chandragupta duel and even after that, it became the connecting place for Buddhism and Jainism.

Collecting all, the capital city of Bihar is one of the historically significant cities of India and a place which visitors should never miss out.

5. Agra


Not very far from Mathura this city is, but she remained unexplored till the Mughals empowered the city with Agra Fort and the immensely splendid Taj Mahal. The astounding monument although is the diamond ring to the city, but other jewels are not less here. The best fact is that, very close to this city that is penetrated by Yamuna River, there lies Fatehpur Sikri, another great work of Mughals.

Mixing it all, Agra is something, missing which you will miss everything about Modern India.

6. Kolkata


This city is the ornament of the modern Indian history, as it remained the capital city of the British, during their rule over India. Calcutta has the oldest hanging bridge of the nation, has the oldest and the biggest museum and Library and zoo and tram depot and metro rail of India.

Moreover, there are some of the symbolic features in Kolkata regarding the late 19th-century revolution across India, where Bengal led the nation with her ornaments in the movements related to literature, religion, science and of course humanity.

7. Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar is the capital of the state of Odisha, in eastern India, until recently known as Orissa. About 100 kms from Bhubaneswar is the ancient Buddhist Centers of Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri, which together with the site of Udaygiri form what is known as the diamond triangle of Odisha.

On a day trip from Bhubaneswar, visit the ancient Buddhist sites of Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri, dating from the 1st century BC to the 12th century AD to see the stone coffin containing the relics of the Buddha in Lalitagiri, standing statues of the Buddha and sculptures of the Gandhara School of Architecture.

8. Patiala


Patiala is known as the city of forts and gardens. With its intricate and beautiful works of art, the bright colors of the gardens and the beauty of its temples and the royal residence of Qila Mubarak make the city of Punjab very interesting to visit. Qila Mubarak, located in the heart of the city, was the resident of the Patiala royal family before the former Moti Bagh palace.

Baradari gardens are an unmissable attraction for its colorful range of flowers and the royal house, the cricket stadium and an ice rink. Sheesh Mahal is a work of art, famous for its mirror works and the nearby lake enhances its beauty. The Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib and the Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib are important religious destinations dedicated to the Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur.

Lachman Jhoola connects the Sheesh Mahal with the Banasar Ghar and is a beautiful suspension bridge built on a small artificial lake. It is a replica of the famous Lakshman Jhoola in Rishikesh. The tree-lined parks in front of the villa feature exquisite marble statues, including a 1903 sculpture of Queen Victoria.

9. Chandigarh


Chandigarh is an exception in India. It may seem like a small and visionary Brasilia, with its modern architecture of the 1950s. The city is divided into identical sectors, crossed by large avenues. In the north, the sector 1 concentrates the Capitol and all its official and administrative buildings. It is worth going up to the terrace of the Secretariat, the headquarters of the governments of the two states, to admire the fantastic views.

On the one hand, the modern city to the south has the first foothills of the Himalayas. Take a tour of the administrative district and visit its large 220-hectare artificial Sukhna Lake, very close to the High Court. In the sector 10, discover 5,000 years of history of North India in the Museum of Evolution of Life.

Let yourself be drunk by the immense Rose Garden, in the sector 16, where more than a thousand varieties are cultivated (ideal between December and February). To do some shopping, nothing better than the spacious commercial center of the sector 17, in front of the bus station.

10. Belgaum


Belgaum Fort is the main landmark of the historic city of Belgaum and an important place to keep as a world heritage site in Karnataka. At the entrance of the fort, there are two sanctuaries of Ganapati and Durga. There are two Jinalayas made in the later Chalukya style.

Apart from the temples of Jain and Shiva, there are two mosques, namely Jamia Masjid and Safa Masjid, which are located within the fortress. These mosques are built in Mughal and Deccani styles and have domes and arches.

Mind it that the above mentioned 6 top cities of India are only the topmost – there are lots more to be explored about India, exploring which can cost a full life.
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12 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved reading this because I am heading to the Himalayas in October and I want to learn all about these amazing places to visit while I'm there. Thanks for sharing! x

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  2. This is really great!! We'd love to get to India some day :) Sounds like picking a city will be a touch decision!

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  3. I have only been to Agra and there are still so many places that I have not been. Would like to explore India again.

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  4. Reading about these destinations is great! We are planning on visiting next year!The Himalayas have always been a bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. great bucket list! i'd love to go to India!

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  6. Never been to India and never thought that there beautiful places to visit there. Def. I would love to visit here.

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  7. This was such an interesting read. I'll admit I know very little about where to visit in India so this was so useful.

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  8. I would love to visit India one day and had not heard of many of these cities, we have to do some more research

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  9. My first visit to India only hit one of your recommendations - Agra. So I totally need to go back to visit more of your top 10!

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  10. I've never been to India and actually do feel a bit intimidated by the size and variety. Your list is a great golden thread to follow and will certainly help to put together my itinerary once I'm going.

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  11. I have only been to Delhi, and I have always to explore other cities. You have enumerated lots of them. I soo wanted to visit Agra and see Taj Mahal

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  12. Thanks for this List! I've never been to India

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