Best Cities To Live In India 2018

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Best Cities To Live in India in 2018

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1. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

3.5

Known For : Charminar | Ramoji Film city | Chowmahalla Palace

A densely populated metropolitan city with people bustling in and out of cafes, offices, temples and even nowhere, Hyderabad is fast turning into the New York city of South India. In the year 2015, Time of India stated that Hyderabad is one of the best cities to live in India. Ever heard of a place where its population and companies are evenly distributed to provide hassle-free life with less congestion and traffic. Apart from these, the city is also emerging as an IT hub with a top-class airport and international schools.

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2. Pune, Maharashtra

2.7

Known For : Aga Khan Palace | Shaniwar Wada | Mulshi Lake and Dam

With an extensive student population, Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of excellent restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere. If you love Marathi culture, food and language then Pune is the place for you. Apart from this, the city has a favourable climate, with summers that go up to 35 degrees (not too hot when compared to Mumbai and Delhi) and the rains are perfect. You'll never have water scarcity issues in Pune, unlike other major cities. The nightlife here is pretty decent, but the city keeps your pockets in a black hole if you don't spend wisely. Of course, Pune could be expensive as much as Bangalore, but the pollution and traffic here are comparatively lesser.

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3. Bangalore, Karnataka

3.0

Known For : Bangalore Palace | Cubbon Park | Lal Bagh

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is India's third largest city, being the most liveable city in India. The dream city of most Indians, Bangalore will never cease to mesmerise you with its sheer perfection by all means. Also known as the IT hub of India, Bangalore is home to leading startups. Ever wished to live in a city that's best for a work-life balance, entertainment, shopping, travel, art & culture, food, and of course pleasant weather? Name it, Bangalore has them all! Pfft. if there's anything that's gonna bug you it's the traffic

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4. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

2.9

Known For : Marina Beach | Breezy Beach | Marundeeswarar Temple

The fourth largest city in India, Chennai is convoluted with temples, churches and beaches. The roads are always bustling with activity, and the nightlife is as every youth dreams of. The land of Dravidians and Indian classical dance form was recognised as the 9th best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet. Although Chennai is a humid city and most people wouldn't prefer to sweat themselves through the day, it is one of the safest places to live with less congested streets when compared to other major cities. One-third's of the automobile industries in India are in Chennai making it the 'Detroit of India'.

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5. New Delhi, NCR

4.1

Known For : Humayun's Tomb | Hauz Khas Village | Red Fort

From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it 'The good, the bad and the ugly'. Although it's a busy city in India, it is among the best cities to live with its historical edifices and mouth-watering traditional Indian street food. Heard of Humayun's Tomb and Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia? Well, they are Delhi's asset! If you're worried about groceries, you have the Khari Baoli Bazaar is the most extensive wholesale spice market in Asia. Also, for the record, Delhi has the second most efficient and accessible metro service in the world. Now beat that!

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6. Mumbai, Maharashtra

4.0

Known For : Marine drive | Gateway of India | Juhu Beach

Labelled with multiple titles such as 'Financial capital of India', 'The Maximum City', 'Land of Bollywood', 'The dream City' and much more, Mumbai is Maharashtra's capital which has multiple faces making it all things to all people. Although it is a populous city in India with slums and heavy traffic, the stunning sunsets, posh living areas and the lifestyle will never cease to amaze you. There are many pretty parks if you seek solitude in your busy life. Essential commodities are at your doorstep, with easily accessible places, malls and complexes. Street shopping is another major thing in Mumbai, regardless the scorching heat in summer. From nightlife party vibes to serene marine drive, Mumbai has everything for an ordinary man.

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7. Jaipur, Rajasthan

4.4

Known For : Hawa Mahal | City Palace | Amber Fort, Jaipur

Jaipur, the 'Pink City' is one of the most royal, majestic and colourful cities of India with solid historical background and vibrant culture. If you're moving from a metropolitan city, Jaipur will give you peace and serenity. Although Jaipur doesn't provide you with job opportunities and eccentric vibes like nightlife, it's a place where you can be yourself away from social life. If you ever wish to get settled into life after retirement head to Jaipur; the earthly red sandstones and edifices will keep your right vibes on point.

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8. Kolkata, West Bengal

3.8

Known For : Victoria Memorial | Fort William | Howrah Bridge

Labelled as the 'City of Joy', the 'Cultural capital of India', Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian-style architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place. If you wish to settle down in India, let Kolkata be a priority if you want to live a modest lifestyle. Everything is cheap here from garments, food to transportation. If you're an art lover, then Kolkata is the place for you. With its magnificent buildings and monuments, the city has a rich culture and heritage. Planning to refresh your work-life? Head to Kolkata the city with the best public and private industrial units.

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9. Kochi, Kerala

3.1

Known For : Willingdon Island | Chinese Fishing Nets | Fort Kochi

Situated on beach-side, Kochi is a bustling commercial port with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years and is till today the financial capital of Kerala. The ambience of serenity in a cosmopolitan city is what Kochi is all about. In the land of highest literacy rate, Kochi city is known for its best education, rapidly growing IT industries and the potential for future growth. The city also promotes art and culture with plenty of places to lay your eyes on graffiti. Backwaters and the marine drive is the scenic beauty of Kochi. Although it's famous for its connectivity with seaport and airport, Kochi is now renowned for its metro services. It's a city that's equivalent to Dubai housing the second largest mall in India.

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10. Trivandrum, Kerala

2.1

Known For : Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary | Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple | Kanakakunnu Palace

The capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram with a tradition that officially dates back to 1000 BC, and located on seven low-hills near the southern tip of India is famous for its pristine beaches, temples and greenery. The fact that Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala and not Kochi raises many questions. Trivandrum is comparatively less crowded than Kochi, although they both are at the coast, Trivandrum is much safer or less prone to tsunamis than Cochin. On the better side, the Trivandrum international airport is very close to the city while Cochin International airport would take you an hour to reach from city limits. Apart from this, the world famous Ayurveda is rooted from Trivandrum, it is also the tourist hub of Kerala. This makes Trivandrum a much-prefered place to live.

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11. Chandigarh, Punjab

2.8

Known For : Rose Garden | Rock Garden | Sukhna Lake

Designed by the ace architect Le Corbusier consisting of 47 self-contained sectors, India's first planned city is known for its unique blend of urbane architecture and natural bliss. Also called as the greenest city in India, Chandigarh is home to beautiful gardens and park in every sector. In a recent survey by LG, Chandigarh topped the list of happiest cities in India. The roads are well maintained making commuting much safer and more accessible. It is at proximity to hill stations like Kasauli and Shimla making your weekends much merrier!

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12. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

2.6

Known For : Swaminarayan Temple | Sabarmati Ashram | Dada Hari Wav

Also known as Amdavad, this is an industrial and commercial city but a beautiful, popular destination for tourists who want to get the taste of Gujarat. Recognized as one of the fastest growing cities, Ahmedabad was featured as the best city to live in the Times of India. It has the fastest network with the best transportation facilities and an ever-increasing commercial industry which makes it THE place to build your empire. With increasing economic growth, Ahmedabad has the country's second oldest stock exchange, arguably the most renowned entrepreneurial Indian Institution (IIM) and sweet savouries of Gujaratis that can never be replicated from any other city.

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13. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

3.6

Known For : Bara Imambara | Hazratganj Market | Lucknow Zoo

Referred to as the city of Nawabs, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is famous for its monuments, food, clothing in all of which you can see the traces of Mughal reign. It is highly regarded as the city to relax. Lucknow is where the people and places are equally lovely to you. Streets are not too crowded although there are plenty of markets wherever you go. Apart from its railways and roadways for easy transport, Lucknow is also home to its very own Metro Rail. It saves a lot of time and effort of people around the city, unlike other cities that have the metro but are still rushy. Lucknow is the place you would want to be if you don't like noise or traffic.

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14. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

3.2

Known For : Marudhamalai Hill Temple | Kovai Kondattam | Vydehi Falls

Often termed as 'Manchester of South India', the city is photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal and has an array of natural attractions. If you love the outdoors, Coimbatore will keep you engaged all the time. If you love to travel on weekends, then Coimbatore has many options for you without much planning to do. It is well connected to these destinations - Coonoor, Ooty, Valparai, Palakkad, Wayanad and many more.

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15. Dehradun, Uttarakhand

2.4

Known For : Robber's Cave | Sahastradhara | Mindrolling Monastery

This hill town in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the Garhwal region with two perennial rivers flowing through it, famous for its historic civilisation and offers a delightful terrain to trekkers. Situated in the heart of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is the city that anyone could dream of. It is renowned for the educational institutions like Indian military academy, IGNFA, ITBP Academy and so on. It receives the highest rainfall in India making it a less scarce city to live in. It also has a good number of natural resources and a pleasant climate throughout the year. With quality education and a lot of job opportunities, the city has everything.

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16. Surat, Gujarat

2.0

Known For : Hajira | Dumas Beach | The Dutch Garden

Ranking as the 9th largest metropolitan in India, Surat is the second most populated city in the state of Gujarat. Known as 'the city of flyovers', it is a commercial centre of textiles and diamonds. The crime ratio in Surat is apparently less making it one among the safest places to live in India. Surat is also a fast-growing city and a business hub. There are comparatively fewer issues with water and electricity when compared to other places in Gujarat.

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17. Guwahati, Assam

2.3

Known For : Kamakhya Temple | Umananda Temple | Guwahati Zoo

Apart from having its tourist spots, Guwahati also serves as an essential base for many enjoyable holidays. An awe-inspiring city in the heart of Assam, Guwahati is the gateway to the seven sisters state. Talking about the features of the city; the public transport is very accessible. Guwahati is very connected to its neighbouring towns also well connected internally. Although roads get busy during peak hours, there are bus routes almost everywhere.

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18. Amritsar, Punjab

4.0

Known For : Golden Temple | Jallianwala Bagh | Wagah Border

Home to the famous Golden Temple, the historical city of Amritsar, is a renowned pilgrim centre. Considered as one of the holy places in India, Amritsar will never cease to give away its positive vibes. The commuting in and around the city is easy with its vast roads and less traffic. Although it?s a pilgrim centre and a tourist destination, the actual residents of Amritsar are much lesser. As you know, Punjabis have the wealthiest food in India, Amritsar is the hub for foodies. You will find street food as well as locals shops around the city that sell the local Punjabi delicacies.

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19. Indore, Madhya Pradesh

1.8

Known For : Lal Bagh Palace | Rajwada | Kanch Mandir

The charm of this city lies in its rich cultural heritage which has been preserved over centuries. It is the city that presents a blend of historical past and a future modernisation. Being a commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore is a hub of industries and organisations. The city was the cleanest city in the year 2017 and was considered as a smart city by the Smart City Mission. If you want to settle in a place that gives you both modern and traditional living, then Indore is the one. Indore has agricultural farming within the city limits. Also, the cost of living here is comparatively low as the essential commodities are cheaper than most places.

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20. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

2.8

Known For : Kailasagiri | Araku valley | Borra caves

Known for its pristine beaches, natural beauty and scenic landscape along with a rich cultural and historical heritage, Visakhapatnam, better known as Vizag is a port city and a gem of South India. The city highly focuses on education and hygiene. The greenery of Vishakapatnam is soothing to anybody's eyes. With the help of municipal corporation, the city is kept clean. The weather is apparently humid being a coastal zone, but if you're used to it then Hola! The cost of living as well as the population is comparatively less making it a family-friendly city to live.

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21. Madurai, Tamil Nadu

3.2

Known For : Meenakshi Amman Temple | Alagar Koil | Vaigai Dam

Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India and was ruled by Pandya kings over most of its history. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too. Temples everywhere! That's Madurai in two words. Madurai is also famous for its culture and diversity. As a developing city, it has busy roads and traffic. As the saying goes, if you can sell in Madurai, you can sell anywhere in India. It's a testing ground for business as well as job opportunities. Apart from this, if you're a foodie, your taste buds will thank Madurai for its Anna Sambar to its Idly Vadai. It has malls, markets, places to dine and monuments to awe.

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22. Vadodara, Gujarat

2.9

Known For : Laxmi Vilas Palace | Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park | Sayaji Gardens

Home to some of the most exemplary displays of architecture, Vadodara is a fitting memorial to Maratha leader Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III. Known as the cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadodara has been developing keeping its culture and ethnicity intact. The city is considered as one of the best for education in Gujarat. The city has excellent transportation and is very well interconnected to other cities. Apart from this, there are many eating joints and shopping complexes in the city that keeps you engaged. Commodities are at your doorstep with delivery services around the city which makes life simpler to live.

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23. Mangalore, Karnataka

2.7

Known For : Panambur Beach | Kudroli Gokarnath Temple | Mangalore beach

The port city of Mangalore is well known for its tall swaying coconut palms, temples and pristine beaches. The town that's called Mangalore, Mangalapuram, Kudla, Kodiyala, Mykal and Mangalooru is the only place that has so many names in different languages. Its famous "Gadbad Icecream" is the favourite among locals as well as visitors. Though quite humid at all times, there are just two seasons for Mangalore - Summer and rain.

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24. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

1.7

Known For : Jubilee Park | Dimna Lake | Tata Steel Zoological Park

The most significant city in Jharkhand, Jamshedpur is an appealing destination with its aesthetically planned infrastructure and landscape. If you aren?t expecting much from a small town, then Jamshedpur is an excellent place to settle. With much cleaner and organised localities, the city is less crowded as compared to other places in Jharkhand. The famous Tata Steel Plant is in Jamshedpur. The areas are much peaceful with paved roads and avenues. Drive through the small valleys in the outskirts of the city will be your leisure break. The electricity, infrastructure and water facilities are reasonably good. Public transport also cover most areas making it easily accessible.

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25. Gurgaon, Haryana

1.8

Known For : Kingdom Of Dreams | Cyber Hub | Damdama Lake

Also known as Millennium City, Gurgaon is a fast developing industrial city close to New Delhi. When it comes to TechParks and infrastructure, Gurgaon is the place, but if you look at the pollution and living cost, it?s comparatively higher than cities like Noida and Delhi. Even using public transport, Gurgaon could be a bit lagging if you?re coming from another town. But don?t worry, the electricity and water supply will never give you hath. Gurgaon is very well connected to the airport and railways. And guess what? Gurgaon has its nightlife and weekend parties.

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26. Noida, Uttar Pradesh

2.3

Known For : Botanical garden | Worlds of wonder Water Park | Stupa 18 art gallery

A part of the National Capital Region, Noida, with the inauguration of Budhh international circuit for the formula one racing, Sunburn arena where international artists perform, and upcoming projects of one of the tallest buildings in North India, Noida is busy running towards faster growth. A developing and growing city in the north, Noida has a well defined commercial and residential areas. It is also a budding IT hub with its infrastructure and less pollution when compared to Gurgaon. The transport system is also feasible with excellent roads and pavements. It has a more green cover with a less cost of living which makes it more preferable than Gurgaon and Delhi its nearby sister cities.

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27. Nagpur, Maharashtra

2.7

Known For : Dhamma chakra stupa | Lata Mangeshkar Musical garden | Maharaj Bagh and Zoo

Commonly associated with its delectable juicy varieties of oranges, Nagpur is also the winter capital of Maharashtra and is known for its rich cultural heritage. A very comfy and laid back place with less traffic and pollution. The roads are long and wide for easy commuting hence the less traffic; you wouldn?t need more than an hour to reach any point in Nagpur. If you?re a foodie, Nagpur has many options for you to binge on. According to the locals, Nagpur has fuzzy weather that keeps changing throughout the day; it might be hot and humid in the afternoon while windy in the night. Nagpur is also pretty active religiously with n number of temples, mosques, Buddhist monasteries and so on.

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28. Bhubaneswar, Orissa

2.6

Known For : Lingaraj Temple | Hirakud Dam | ISKCON Temple

Bhubaneswar, the temple city of India, once known for its architecture and grand temples, is presently a thriving centre for commerce and business. Although the settlements date back to the reign of King Ashoka, Bhubaneshwar is an aesthetic beauty. The city even has an airport making it no lesser than other major cities in India. Even after its devastation by a cyclone in 1999, the city is still a centre of Buddhist art and architecture. Anyone who is a lover of art and culture would want to spend their life in Bhubaneshwar.

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29. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

2.8

Known For : Upper lake | Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya | Van vihar

Amidst two beautiful lakes, Bhopal is a sprawling city with the right blend of culture, heritage and modern life. With its combination of serenity and development, Bhopal could be a place to begin to settle with. There are major projects that are ongoing to make it a smart city. Facilities like housing and health are expanding. It is also a study hub as you can find coaching centres for medical, IIT, SSC etc., in and around the city. The weather is usually pleasant with less noise with good connectivity through roadways, airways and railways.

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30. Aurangabad, Maharashtra

2.8

Known For : The Ajanta caves | Ellora caves | Bibi-ka-Maqbara

Aurangabad is an industrial town which also serves as a tourist hub with numerous points of interest such as Bibi Ka Maqbara (or Mini Taj Mahal), Ajanta-Ellora caves, some of the most famous ones. If you are looking for a city providing you with your necessities then, head to Aurangabad. The city doesn?t have anything exceptional than the rest. Less expensive with great historical places to visit. That?s all about Aurangabad!

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31. Faridabad, Haryana

1.6

Known For : Baba Farid's tomb | Camp Dhauj lake | Sri Shirdi Sai baba temple

Faridabad is Haryana's largest city and its major industrial hub as well. Faridabad town is the central part of district Faridabad which has two divisions which are Faridabad and Ballabgarh. It is a small city that?s close to other major commercial hubs. With the best connectivity to all significant NCR towns, Faridabad has its metro rail. The cost of living is also comparatively lesser with excellent healthcare facilities. The only disadvantages are its pollution level and crime rates which are higher than average.

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32. Nasik, Maharashtra

2.8

Known For : Dudhsagar falls | Sula Vineyard | Sita Gufa

Nasik is a religious Hindu city, an abode of Maharashtra's most revered saint Shirdi Sai Baba and also makes for a perfect wine tour destination. The pros of living in this city are its serene and calm climate, lesser pollution which means less traffic, of course, fast developing industries and organisations. There are many holy places like temples and mosques here. The most famous festival- Kumbh Mela is held in Nasik. Although there are very few shopping malls, the cost of living much lesser when compared to other cities. However it is a small city, hence keep your expectations low.

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33. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

2.8

Known For : Triveni Sangam | Kumbh Mela 2019 | Allahabad Planetarium

Located at the meeting point of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi, Allahabad is a large metro city which plays host to the famous Kumbh mela every 12 hours and has numerous attractions for tourists. With being a mid-sized city, the roads are much more extensive and well-maintained. It has a perfect education system with people from other states coming for the JEE coaching. It houses one of the oldest institution - Allahabad University with the prime minister notable alumni. With the number of facilities provided, the cost of living is comparatively lesser when compared to other major cities.

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34. Jodhpur, Rajasthan

3.8

Known For : Mehrangarh Fort | Umaid Bhawan Palace | Khejarla Fort

Known as the "Gateway to Thar", it is famous for its forts, temples, sweets and snacks. Jodhpur is considered as the peaceful city of Rajasthan. There are fewer crime rates and noise in the city. When it comes to education, Jodhpur has many institutions like AIIMS, IIT, NIFT and so on. Being the cultural capital of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a tourist attraction and the place of fairs and festivals; The Rajasthan International Folk festival, marver festival and the Sufi international festival are celebrated with great pomp.

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35. Patna, Bihar

3.4

Known For : Golghar | Revolving restaurant | River Ganga

The capital city of Bihar, Patna serves as an essential base for visiting various religious sites such as Vaishali, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Kesariya, Nalanda etc. The only city whose ancient name is known by everyone! Patiliputra or present Patna was the empire of the Magadh. This city on the banks of Ganga is densely populated and also a town with significant political influence.

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