India is a vast country that boasts of various cultures and traditions. Having been under the rule of the British, Mughals, French and the Portuguese, it finds a cultural impact of these places as well.
Travellers can never get bored travelling around the country as each place has something unique to offer. Be it the monuments or the beauty of nature around.
Here is a look at some of the vibrant cities of India that should definitely be there in your travel itinerary.
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Mumbai is the city wherein every corner holds something of prominence, from the railway station to the local street food seller. Check out the never ending crowds of people in the station or get lost among the thousand of people at the beaches. Take a darshan of the film city and the parks, or just walk down the road. Mumbai is the glamour house of India and it is sure to light your way as well.
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Delhi is officially the National Capital Territory. It not just happens to be one of India's largest cities but is a perfect combination of antiquity and modernity. It is renowned for being home to many architectural masterpieces such as the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, the Akshardham shrine and many more. Travellers coming here can explore these architectural wonders and also learn more about the history of this place.
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Kolkata being a metropolitan city is also a tourist spot. There are many a places of significance one can go here. The 'City of Joy' as it is often referred to as, is home of many religions and races. There are museums, planetariums, libraries, cricket grounds, football stadiums and many places of religious interest. The various architectures, festivals, food and sports are things to be looking forward to.
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With its innumerable bustling malls, ever packed roads and high rise buildings, Bangalore provides a new face to contemporary India, one that the younger generations can easily relate to. Kempegowda, a chieftain from the Vijayanagara Kingdom, established the first major settlement in what is currently modern Bangalore, in the year 1537.
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Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is a major metropolitan as well as cosmopolitan city that is situated on the Coromandel Coast. In fact, it is popularly known as the cultural capital of South India. Chennai stands out in its ethnicity that is so unique that it is often a desired destination for tourism. Tourists throng the various hill stations, beaches, temples and wildlife here. Those who travel here are left mesmerised by its timeless beauty.
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Goa comes very close to a true tropical holiday experience, something that many other coastal cities and towns in India have found difficult to simulate. One of the first things you notice about Goa is how heavily influenced it is by the Portuguese way of life. The city attracts travelers from the world over, different countries and they all swear by the experience, comparing it to the likes of Bangkok, Ibiza and other prominent beach destinations.
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Hyderabad which is situated on the banks of River Musi emotes till date the grandeur of the Nizam's who once ruled here. Previously known as Bhaganagar it later got its name Hyderabad. It has to its credit many monuments and structures of the bygone era that still stand here and provides grandeur to the place. Also known as the 'City Of Pearls', you will be left dazzled by the beauty and grandeur of the monuments present here.
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The town of Pushkar in Rajasthan is recognised as one of the most sacred cities in India. The city owes its popularity to the various myths that have found prominence here. There are many attractions in Pushkar and tourists coming here have a lot of exploring to do. You can enjoy the serenity of Pushkar lake or head for a spiritual outing to the various temples here. If adventure is on your mind, then, the place to be is the Pushkar Cattle Fair where you get to see many cultural events and also ride atop a camel.
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A city of paradox, Ahmedabad is a juxtaposition of all opposites. Materialistic attitude one hand and the spirituality of self-renunciation on the other, with all such diversities Ahmedabad is the best representative of the Indian culture and is also the seventh largest metropolis of India. Ahmedabad has also been rated as the fastest growing city in India.
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Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘Pink City', is a beautiful old city of India. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is situated in a semi desert territory. This picturesque city was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, King of Amber. It is also the first city of India which was planned according to the ‘Vaastu Shastra'.
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