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Highest Populated Cities in India

India is home to several small and big cities, each with its own idiosyncrasies. India is the seventh-largest country in the world and is the second-largest in terms of population. The cities are streaming with people of all kinds from various walks of life. The country has a total of 39 cities that each have populations exceeding one million residents.

Here is the list of 12 Most Populated Cities in India

1. Mumbai - 12,691,836

Known otherwise as “city of dreams” and the “city that never sleeps”, Mumbai, the capital of Maharastra is home to the significant financial, economic and entertainment industries of the country.

Area – 603.4
Density - 21,000/
Population - 12,691,836

2. Delhi - 10,927,986

A city which is rich in history and culture, it is also a union territory. This largest metropolitan city houses the capital of the country, New Delhi. It is said to be the second wealthiest city after Bombay.

Area - 1,484/
Density - 29,259.12/
Population - 10,927,986

3. Bangalore - 5,104,047

Nicknamed “The Silicon Valley of India”, Bangalore is the hub of all IT companies. The capital of the southern state of Karnataka, the city is also known for its various parks and the fantastic nightlife. 

Area - 709
Density – 12,000/
Population - 5,104,047

4. Kolkata - 4,631,392

Kolkata is the most culturally rich city in India. The city which is the capital of West Bengal is also helmed as the land of intellectuals as it is the home of many Nobel Laureates and other people of prominence. 

Area - 205
Density - 22,000/
Population - 4,631,392

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5. Chennai - 4,328,063

Known as the “Detroit of India”, the country’s one-third of the automobile industry is based in this city. This capital city of Tamil Nadu is one of the top tourist cities and is also known by its old name Madras as well.

Area - 426
Density - 17,000/
Population - 4,328,063

6. Ahmedabad - 3,719,710

Rapidly advancing as the industrial and economic hub of India, this city is located in the state of Gujarat. It used to be the capital of Gujarat but had lost the title to its twin city Gandhinagar.

Area - 464
Density - 12,000/
Population - 3,719,710

7. Hyderabad - 3,597,816

Hyderabad is famous for its rich heritage and also for its mouthwatering delicacies. It is the capital of the southern state of Telangana and is also a major hub of the technology industry of the country.

Area - 650
Density - 10,477/
Population - 3,597,816

8. Pune - 2,935,744

The city is also known as “Oxford of the East” due to the presence of various well – recognised educational institutions. It is the second-largest city in Maharashtra after Bombay and is also an upcoming IT hub.

Area – 331.3
Density - 9,400/
Population - 2,935,744

9. Surat - 2,894,504

Surat is the country’s first IT smart city. Located in the state of Gujarat, this city is known for it diamonds and is also a significant commercial textile manufacturing centre.

Area - 326.5
Density - 14,000/
Population - 2,894,504

10. Kanpur - 2,823,249

Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur is famous for its textile and leather industry. It is also known as “The leather city of the world” and “Manchester of India”.

Area - 403.7
Density - 6,900/
Population - 2,823,249

11. Jaipur - 2,711,758

The city is still reminiscent of the royalty that once used to rule here. Nicknamed the “Pink City” because of the characteristic colour of the buildings, it is also the capital of the state of Maharashtra.

Area - 484.6
Density - 6,500/
Population - 2,711,758

12. Lucknow - 2,472,011

It is the capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Known as the land of nawabs, this city is rich in culture and heritage and is famous for the availability of different varieties of delicious kebabs.

Area - 349
Density - 8,100/
Population - 2,472,011

The cities are starkly different from one another and represent something unique about the country. Each of them has a heart and a soul and is brought to life with the umpteen numbers of people crowding its vast area.

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