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Have You Ever Been to the 8 Metro Cities in India?

On your trip to India, you will never be out of an adventure. Here is the list of Indian metro cities in India, listed alphabetically, which showcases the beauty of this vibrant country.

1. Ahmedabad (Amdavad)

  State: Gujarat

  Nearest airport and railway station: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and Ahmedabad Junction, respectively

  Popular for: Medieval forts and mausoleums, food   

The vibrant Ahmedabad is an important metropolis of Gujarat, and would surely leave an impression on your mind. The sights, sounds, and flavors surrounding the city are a delight for a traveler looking for a memorable experience.

Coupled with stunning architecture and delightful gastronomical culture, it is a great starting point for India trip. Located on the banks of the Sabarmati River, the city is a UNESCO Urban World Heritage Site.


2. Bengaluru / Bangalore

  State: Karnataka

  Nearest airport and railway station: Kempegowda International Airport and Yashwantpur Railway Junction respectively

  Popular for: Pleasant weather and coffee

Bengaluru is a cosmopolitan city, emerging as the Silicon Valley of India. The massive IT hubs and an array of technical universities make this city the representative of modern India. Bengaluru is blessed with a benevolent climate – giving the weary traveler some respite from the scorching Indian heat. Coupled with elaborate parks and Victorian-era architectures the Bangalore trip would open up another side of Indian culture.

Just a few hours’ drive takes you to Mysuru – the capital of illustrious Wodeyar dynasty. Trip to the small township, and its regal landmarks, is a must-visit for tourists coming to Bengaluru. Do try the craft-beer joints and beautifully decorated cafes, they are quite good.

3. Chennai (Madras)

  State: Tamil Nadu

  Nearest airport and railway station: Chennai International airport and Chennai Central railway junction respectively

  Popular for: Architecture, sea-beaches, and filter coffee

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is an ever-evolving city with a modern heart. Unofficial keeper of artistic heritage and culinary traditions of the region, Chennai would open up a plethora of experiences to you.

Its people and their energy are highly infectious, and would surely bowl you over. While in Chennai, do try their local culinary delights. Chennai’s food would tickle your taste buds, and leave an unforgettable aftertaste in your mouth.    


4. Delhi

Metro in New Delhi
Metro in New Delhi
  Nearest airport:  Indira Gandhi International Airport

  Popular for: 16th-century architectural marvels and shopping

Someone once said, at Delhi time travel is possible – and the statement is 100% true. At the national capital, you can zoom through 16th-century forts and gardens while heading towards an upbeat and modern landmark. Covered in several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the given Indian metro city is also famous for its Mughlai cuisine.

One of the prime shopping hubs of India, the Old Delhi area is particularly popular among tourists. Remember, at Delhi haggling is welcomed. So, do remember to set a price and haggle.

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5. Kolkata

  State: West Bengal

  Nearest airport and railway station: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport and Howrah Railway Station

  Popular for: Iconic colonial architecture and splendid history, and its sweets

This approximately 330 years old metropolis is home to striking contrasts – old and new live harmoniously in this Indian metro. The old capital of colonial India is surrounded by examples of Victorian-style architecture.

Locally, regarded as the intellectual capital of India, you will find its people discussing politics to hipster culture over a cup of tea or cha – Kolkata’s favorite drink. Also, when in Kolkata do not forget to try the delicious Kolkata Biryani and soft Banglar Rosogolla (a popular sweet)


6. Hyderabad

  State: Telangana

  Nearest airport and railway station: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and Secunderabad Junction Railway Station 

  Popular for: Regal forts and palaces, and aromatic Nizami food

At Hyderabad old and new exist in beautiful harmony. The old districts represent some of the stunning examples of Islamic architecture in the Southern Indian, whereas the more modern side of the city hosts an array of tech parks and industrial zones.

With a developed transit system, you can roam around this Indian metro without any worries.


7. Mumbai

  State: Maharashtra

  Nearest airport and railway station: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus  

  Popular for: Bollywood, nightlife, and stunning architecture

Also known as the city of that never sleeps - Mumbai is one of the wealthiest Indian metro cities. The addictive energy of Mumbai and its hardworking people makes this metropolis a prime destination for tourists.

You can find every touristy attraction – sightseeing, diverse culinary heritage, an exciting nightlife, and so much more – here.


8. Visakhapatnam (Vizag)

  State: Andhra Pradesh

  Nearest airport and railway station: Visakhapatnam International Airport and Visakhapatnam Railway Station

  Popular for: Beaches and cultural festivals

An important port town of India, Visakhapatnam is slowly emerging as a popular tourist destination. The popular beaches are frequently visited by tourists for some old-school beach fun – bathing or relaxing. Popular beaches of Visakhapatnam include Ramakrishna Beach and Rushikonda Beach.     

While here do visit the offbeat Submarine Museum. The entire museum is built around a decommissioned Kurusura Submarine, which had served India for 31 years. Well-informed guides can help you uncover some of the stunning facts about the underwater vassal and Indian Navy.


Honorable mentions include

•   Agra - Probably, the most popular Indian city, Agra receives the highest tourist footfall in India – all thanks to the iconic Taj Mahal.  

•  Bhubaneswar – The capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar is a SMART city. Ancient sandstone temples and a stunning landscape that balances modern and old, make this city worth a visit.

•  Udaipur – The beautiful city of Rajasthan is well-known for its lakes and forts. The numerous attractions of the area include Lake Pichola, Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jagdish Temple and wildlife sanctuary.

•  Havelock Island – One of the largest atolls of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the place is popular for its stunning beaches and Marine Park.

•  Varanasi – The ancient city, Varanasi, gives you the chance to peek into a side of the Indian culture and heritage. Surreal Ganga flowing through the Ghats of the city feels you with a feeling of calm.  

•   Kochi – The land of assorted attractions, Kochi is your place for some Ayurvedic sojourn. Boating through the stunning backwater is an added advantage.

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