Most Beautiful Cities In India That You Ought Not To Miss

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Beautiful Cities In India

Known for diverse religion, incredible architecture, rich culture and heritage and much more, India is the most colourful country in the world. Indeed, visiting these most beautiful cities in India will surely make up for a perfect weekend getaway.

Here is the list of 20 Most Beautiful Cities In India That You Ought Not To Miss

1. Udaipur, Rajasthan - The city of Lakes

Udaipur, Rajasthan - The city of Lakes
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Known For : Lake Pichola City Palace, Udaipur Fateh Sagar Lake

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Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is the crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, making this city as lovely as it is. This 'Venice of the East' has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerising temples and breathtaking architecture which makes it a must-visit destination in India.  A boat ride through the serene waters of Lake Pichola will be enough to prove to you why Udaipur is the pride of Rajasthan.

Best Time: October to March

34 Udaipur Attractions

2. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir - The Paradise on Earth

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir - The Paradise on Earth
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Known For : Dal Lake Shalimar Bagh Wular Lake

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Famously known as ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is located in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, on the banks of river Jhelum. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted, Srinagar is known for the stationary houseboats and colourful Shikararas on Dal Lake.

Best Time: April to October

39 Srinagar Attractions

3. Jaipur, Rajasthan - The Pink City

Jaipur, Rajasthan - The Pink City
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Known For : Amer Fort City Palace, Jaipur Hawa Mahal

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Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new. Also called the Pink City, the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan, was ruled by the Rajputs for many centuries and developed as a planned city in the 17th century AD. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle and hails as one of the most famous tourist circuits of the country.

Best Time: October to March

62 Jaipur Attractions

4. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India
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Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple Dashashwamedh Ghat Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

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World's oldest living city, Varanasi - also known as Kashi (City of Life) and Benaras, is the spiritual capital of India. It is one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. The old city of Varanasi lies along the western banks of the Ganges, spread across a labyrinth of narrow galis. Be prepared to walk on foot and encounter some holy cows! Temples at almost every turn engulf Varanasi but the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most visited and the oldest of the lot. Benaras is known as the city of Lord Shiva for a reason, and rightfully so.

Best Time: October to March

38 Varanasi Attractions

5. Kolkata, West Bengal - The city of Joy

Kolkata, West Bengal - The city of Joy
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Known For : Victoria Memorial Fort William Kolkata Belur Math

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Kolkata, India's second biggest city, is a perpetually ongoing festival of human existence, concurrently luxurious and squalid, refined and frantic, pointedly futuristic, while beautifully in decay. A vibrant 350-year-old metropolis located on India's Eastern Coast, the capital of West Bengal thrives on contradictions and imposing spectacles; nothing is commonplace in this city.

Best Time: October to March

79 Kolkata Attractions

6. Shillong, Meghalaya - Scotland of the East

Shillong, Meghalaya - Scotland of the East
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Known For : Umiam Lake Elephant Falls Police Bazar

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A beautiful city encircled by pine trees, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. It derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Standing as tall as 1496 meters, Shillong provides a relief from the heat across the country. This hill station is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. The soothing climate makes Shillong suitable to visit in all seasons. The light drizzles and the cooling gentle wind adds to the joy of visiting this hill station. This place is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’.

Best Time: September to May

31 Shillong Attractions

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7. Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas

Darjeeling, West Bengal - Queen of The Himalayas
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Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Tiger Hill Batasia Loop

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Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerising sunrises, the untouched beauty of the hills, the old-world charm of the past, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round.

Best Time: February to March, September to December

23 Darjeeling Attractions

8. Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love

Agra, Uttar Pradesh - The city of Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love
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Known For : Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri Agra Fort

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Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

Best Time: October to March

17 Agra Attractions

9. Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City of Dreams

Mumbai, Maharashtra - The City of Dreams
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Known For : Marine Drive, Mumbai Gateway of India Colaba Causeway

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Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is a spectacular paradox of chaos and hope, glamour and squalor, modernity and tradition. Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay - Mumbai is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. One of the main centres in the country of art, culture, music, dance and theatre, Mumbai is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that has been running for years solely on the indomitable spirit of the Mumbaikars.

Best Time: October to February

113 Mumbai Attractions

10. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - The City of Nizams

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - The City of Nizams
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Known For : Charminar Ramoji Film City Golconda Fort

A city of contrasts, Hyderabad exudes an old-world charm of its own with the Old City (Charminar side), Hitech City (Cyberabad) and the other areas lying between the old and the new. The capital and the largest city of Telanaga, Hyderabad is home to stately mosques and noisy bazaars lined parallelly alongside swanky new office buildings and malls, and it is these very contrasts – these glimpses into the city’s rich past with inherent promises of an even better future –that make Hyderabad a city worth visiting. Maybe even more than once.

Best Time: September to March

85 Hyderabad Attractions

11. Bangalore, Karnataka - Garden city of India

Bangalore, Karnataka - Garden city of India
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Known For : Bangalore Palace Cubbon Park MG Road, Bangalore

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Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is India's third-largest city. Bangalore is loved for its pleasant weather, beautiful parks and the many lakes here. Bangalore is renowned for its eateries, street food corners, quirky cafes, coffee roasters and pubs dotting every corner of the city, serving cuisines from all over the world. Brunches, buffets, burgers, rooftop cafes, late-night eats - Bangalore has it all.

Best Time: Throughout the year

100 Bangalore Attractions

12. Mysore, Karnataka - Home to the Mysore Maharajas

Mysore, Karnataka - Home to the Mysore Maharajas
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Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Somanathapura Temple

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Famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mysore, currently Mysuru, is one of the most important places in the country regarding ancient reigns. It is replete with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, to name just a few. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third most populated city in Karnataka, and its rich heritage draws millions of tourists all year round.

Best Time: Throughout the year

36 Mysore Attractions

13. Gangtok, Sikkim - The Gateway to Sikkim

Gangtok, Sikkim - The Gateway to Sikkim
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Known For : Nathula Pass MG Road, Gangtok Rumtek Monastery

Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising prismatic beauty and the beautiful winding hill roads are even more breathtaking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car.

Best Time: Throughout the year

33 Gangtok Attractions

14. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - The Hill-Station with Rich Colonial History

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - The Hill-Station with Rich Colonial History
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Known For : The Ridge Kufri Chail

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Situated at a height of 2200m, Shimla is the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh in India. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners since the last 50 years. British loved this city so much that they made Shimla their summer capital in 1864 and used to rule the sub-continent from here whenever the temperature rose in the nearby plains.

Best Time: October to June

45 Shimla Attractions

15. Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East

Pondicherry - The French Riviera of the East
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Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville

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Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, making it a dreamy escape that offers the best of both worlds.

Best Time: October to March

44 Pondicherry Attractions

16. Kochi, Kerala - Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi, Kerala - Queen of Arabian Sea
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Known For : Mattancherry Palace Fort Kochi Jewish Synagogue

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Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. The city is marked by influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of the Chera Dynasty followed by rule of the Feudal Lords

Best Time: July to April

47 Kochi Attractions

17. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand - The queen of hill-stations

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand - The queen of hill-stations
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Known For : Lal Tibba Gun Hill Lake Mist

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Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations located at a distance of 290 km from Delhi in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. With a backdrop of Shivalik range of Himalayas and doon valley, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. The fact that it was a popular holiday destination during the British era can be seen from British remnants in the city, such as the archaic architecture of the hotels and churches.

Best Time: September to June

30 Mussoorie Attractions

18. Mangalore, Karnataka - Karnataka's Port City

Mangalore, Karnataka - Karnataka's Port City
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Known For : Panambur Beach Kudroli Temple St Aloysius Chapel

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Located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the port city of Mangalore or Mangaluru is known for its swaying coconut palms, beautiful beaches and temple architecture. It is also an important industrial, commercial, educational and healthcare hub of the state of Karnataka. Despite the growing commercialisation, it provides a quick and soothing getaway from the city bustle and yet preserves just the right amount of the urban glitter. It offers a pleasant ambience and is close to perfect with its shopping attractions with large malls with all the global brands and vibrant seafood dishes. Tasting the Mangalorean cuisine is a must-try once in the city.

Best Time: Throughout the year

28 Mangalore Attractions

19. Chennai, Tamil Nadu - A magnificent past and an early metropolitan dream

Chennai, Tamil Nadu - A magnificent past and an early metropolitan dream
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Known For : Marina Beach Government Museum, Chennai MGR Film City

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Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India. Located on the Coromandel coast of Bay of Bengal, Chennai is as dynamic as it is immersed in tradition. This 'capital of the south', is one among the four metropolitan siblings of India, having a rich cultural history which it perfectly balances with its metropolis lifestyle.

Best Time: October to March

90 Chennai Attractions

20. Chandigarh, Punjab - India's first planned city

Chandigarh, Punjab - India's first planned city
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Known For : Rose Garden Rock Garden Sukhna Lake

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Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, is an ideal definition of the word 'city'. With a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punjab as well as modernity, Chandigarh's food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is something that everyone knows of! Located at a distance of 265 km from Delhi, Chandigarh is one of the favourite weekend road trip destinations of Delhiites. Any tour of "The City Beautiful" needs to begin with boating at the beautiful Sukhna Lake. 

Best Time: August to March

41 Chandigarh Attractions

So, which beautiful city are you heading for your next weekend trip? Do not forget to share your experiences and opinions with us in the comments section below.

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