Indian Metropolitan Cities

Indian metropolitan cities have earned a significant place in the world economy. They have become the favorite investment destinations for leading Multi National Companies worldwide because of the level of infrastructure they offer. Moreover, the cities are wisely inter-connected by roadways and railways thus, making the mobility of man and material easy and flexible. The places have succeeded in maintaining a fine blend of cultural heritage along with cosmopolitan identity. You will thoroughly enjoy taking a tour of the cities. Availability of world-class amenities and full-fledge shopping destinations will definitely help you to spend a good time here.

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Major Indian Metropolitan Cities:

Delhi

Qutub Minar

It is the capital city of India. The region is also known as NCR (National Capital Region) and includes different areas like Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Baghpat, Sonepat, and Ghaziabad. Built in around 50 BC, the city has a rich history of being a political hub throughout the Indian history. It is the 2nd most populated city in India and 8th most in the world. As per the data by Archaeological Survey of India, more than 1200 buildings and around 175 monuments have been declared as national heritage sites till date.

Some of the major tourist attractions here include Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, Sansad Bhavan, India Gate, Rajpath, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Red Fort, and Lodhi gardens. Other important sites include Rajghat, Connaught Place, Humayun's Tomb, and Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid, Akshardham mandir, ISKCON temple, and Laxminarayan temple are the major places of worship.

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Mumbai

Gateway of India

Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and is also referred to as the financial capital of India. It is the busiest and most populous city in the country. It ranks fourth in the world-ranking with regards to population. Understanding its role in the global economic system, the city was included in the list of Alpha world cities in 2009. the region records the highest GDP if compared with other cities of central, west or south Asia. The metropolitan contributes to around 70% of capital transactions of India and is the wealthiest city of the country.

Major tourist spots here are the Gateway of India, Haji Ali, Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Science Center, Marine Drive (also called as Queen's Necklace), Mani Bhavan, Taj Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taraporewala Aquarium, Mahalakshmi Racecourse, Elephanta Caves, and Essel World. Some other famous places are Jehangir Art Gallery, Juhu Beach, Rajabai Tower, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Siddhivinayak temple, and Mahalaxmi temple.

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Bangalore

The city is the prime IT-hub (Information Technology) of India and is also called as 'The Silicon Valley of India'. Foundation of the metropolis dates back to 1537 A.D. It is the capital city of the state of Karnataka and is also known as the 'Garden City of India' due to the richness and variety of flora and gardens in the region. Population-wise, it ranks third in India.

Major tourist attractions in the area are Lal Bagh (Botanical Garden) and Cubbon park. Palace of the emperor Tipu Sultan, Bangalore palace, Bangalore fort, and Mayo hall are some other masterpieces in the capital. Visvesvaraya industrial and technological museum, MITHILAsmita art gallery, HAL Aerospace Museum, ISKCON temple, Dharmaraya Swamy temple, Ranganathaswamy temple, Bull temple, and St. Mary's Basilica are also worth visiting.

Chennai

Marina Beach

It is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and is popular as the 'Cultural Capital of South India'. It is the 31st largest urban area in the world and is the fourth most populated metropolis of India. The area is nicknamed as the 'Detroit of India' due to the presence of automobile sector on a large scale. India's famous film industry 'Kollywood' is based in the city. The region is a big hub for carnatic music and is a major exporter of BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) and IT services.

Major tourist destinations in the region are Kapaleeshwarar temple, Parthasarathy temple, Vadapalani temple, St. George's Cathedral, St. Thomas Mount, and Santhome Basilica, and Thousand Lights Mosque. The other favorite spots are Guindy National Park, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, and Kalakshetra, Valluvar Kottam, Marina and Covelong beach, and Connemara Public Library.

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Hyderabad

It is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and is a major trading center in India. The metropolis was established by Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591. It ranks fourth in the country with regards to population. It has a rich tradition of arts, literature, and cuisines. Hyderabadi Biryani is one of the most famous dishes worldwide. The city is a major IT-destination and also houses the Telugu film industry.

The most important places to visit in the area are Charminar, Golconda fort, Mecca Masjid, and the tombs of Qutb Shahi and Paigah. Some of the famous palaces here are Chowmahalla, Falaknuma, Purani Haveli, and Asman Garh. Birla temple, Birla Planetarium, Birla Science Museum, and the State Archeology Museum are worth visiting.

Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

It is the capital city of West Bengal and is the third-most populated metropolis in the country. Also known as the 'The City of Joy' and 'The City of Palaces', the area is one of the best tourist destinations to visit.

The major tourist spots in the area are Dakshineshwar Kali temple, Tipu Sultan Mosque, Kalighat Kali temple, Belur Math, Birla temple, and St Paul's Cathedral. Victoria Memorial, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Indian Museum, and National Library of India display the rich tradition of literature. Alipoore Zoological Garden, Salt Lake Central Park, and Indian Botanical Garden are worth watching. Howrah bridge or the Rabindra Setu is another important attraction in the area.

Indian metropolitan cities have played in significant part in boosting the tourism industry in India. Their role in preserving the old traditions along with adopting to new ideas is a great display of India's potential to be versatile and unique to develop at par with the rest of the world.

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