In a country like India which is so large in area as well as population, big cities are the driving force. These big cities not only help India move forward but also portray the global image of the country. In this article, we will discuss the top 10 largest cities in India. The ranking is based on the area covered by the municipal corporations of the cities.
Top 10 largest cities in India
Delhi is the largest city in India. It is administered by five different municipal corporations- North Delhi Municipal Corporation (covers 605 square kilometres), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (covers 656.91 square kilometres), New Delhi Municipal Council ( covers 42.7 square kilometres), East Delhi Municipal Corporation (covers 140 square kilometres) and Delhi Cantonment Board (covers 43.67 square kilometres).
The total area of the city is around 1,500 square kilometres and has a population of 1.1 crore population (11 million).
The “Silicon Valley of India” is the second-largest city in India. The Municipal Corporation of Bengaluru (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) covers an area of 741 square kilometres.
Also known as the “Garden city of India”, Bengaluru enjoys a mild climate for most part of the year.
The port city of Visakhapatnam is the third-largest city in India. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation administers an area of 681.96 sq km. Having a population of around 17 lakhs (1.7 million), the city has a rich history. Vizag is the biggest city in Andhra Pradesh and one of the cleanest cities in India.
Coming at number four on this list is the capital of the newly formed Telangana state. The municipal corporation of Hyderabad known as Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation covers an area of around 650 sq km. Hyderabad is one of the most populous cities in India with more than 68 lakh population.
Hyderabad has one of the fastest-growing IT industries in the country.
As one of the largest cities in India, Lucknow acts as an employment hub in the Awadh region. Lucknow Nagar Nigam administers around 631 sq km area and a huge population of over 35 lakhs.
In December 2019, 88 villages around Lucknow were added under Lucknow Nagar Nigam increasing the city limits from 402.65 sq km to 631 sq km.
The cleanest city in India comes at number 6 on this list. The Indore Municipal Corporation covers 530 square kilometres of area.
The city of Indore won the cleanest city award for the sixth straight year in 2022.
The area under the Pune Municipal Corporation recently increased to 516.2 square kilometres making Pune the largest city in Maharashtra and the seventh largest city in India by area.
Ahmedabad is the largest city in Gujarat and the eighth-largest city in India. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation covers an area of 505 square kilometres. Ahmedabad was the capital of Gujarat till the year 1970. Now, the planned city Gandhinagar serves as the legislative capital. However, the Gujarat High Court is still in Ahmedabad.
Located along the banks of the Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. The city population was around 56 lakhs (5.6 million) as per the 2011 survey. However, it is expected to be much more now.
India’s pink city comes at number nine on the list of the top 10 largest cities in India. The city spans an area of 467 square kilometres. The capital of Rajasthan is a major tourist destination. It is part of India’s foremost tourist circuit, the Golden Triangle (Agra, Delhi, Jaipur). The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Another state capital on this list, Bhopal is the tenth-largest city in India. The city is spread over an area of 463 square kilometres.
Bhopal is also known as the “city of lakes” as there are many beautiful lakes within the city limits.