India is one of the largest cities in the world with a population of 1,173,108,018 (July 2010 estimate). Formally it is called as Republic of India and occupies most of the Indian subcontinent in the southern portion of Asia. India is one of the largest democratic country along with China, and of the most fastest growing countries. But is still considered as a developing country.
Basically India is a fascinating country with lots of cities, towns and villages housing a great diversity of people with numerous cultures, languages, religion, etc. Most of its cities are teeming with millions of people, making them some of the most heavily populated cities in the world. Thus, the cities expand in leaps and bounds in order to accumulate as many people as they could and provide them with better resources.
Here are the list of top 5 largest cities in India area wise:
1. MUMBAI: 4,355 sq.km:
Mumbai, formerly Bombay is the Maharashtra state capital and is basically known to be the financial capital of India. with an area of 4,355 km². And it stands as first position among all cities in India. Actually it is comprised of two regions, which are Mumbai City and Mumbai Suburban. Mumbai is the actual source of famous Bollywood, huge studio, annually producing the largest number of movies. This city is also a home to the Reserve Bank of India. It is a city with most number of millionaires and billionaires. The headquarters of many multinational companies including Reliance Industries Limited, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, and State Bank of India, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Reserve Bank of India are located in Mumbai, thus making the city a center of attraction of business and entertainment.
2. KOLKATA: 1,851.41 sq.km:
Kolkata is popularly known as a City of Joy, Kolkata stands at 2nd in the list of top 5 largest cities in India by area. Round about 5 million people daily arrive to work in Calcutta, which leads the city to yield the population of 14.7 million. Kolkata has the largest riverine port in India which is situated on the banks of Hooghly River. Kolkata has been a really very important city to India since the pre independence times and has various educational institutes, government organizations and research institutes, which includes, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Indian Statistical Institute and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC). Also for a significant period in history, it served as the capital of colonial India.
3. DELHI: 1,483 sq.km:
Delhi, which is the capital city of the largest democratic country India, comes to be the next on this list of top 5 largest cities in India by area. Apart from being 3rd largest city in India, Delhi also comes to be the second most populated city in the country with a population of more than 2.5 Crores. In this capital city of the country, you can easily hear all the languages spoken in India including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, and English. This city is basically one of the most ancient cities in the world, characterized by its historical monuments, forts, and buildings. The city is also a home to many significant government agencies, including the Parliament of India, making Delhi the commercial and political hub of India.
4. CHENNAI: 1,189 sq.kms:
Chennai comes out to be the next city on this list, which is the capital of Tamil Nadu and a centre of many multinational companies. Chennai is also the state capital, which has a population of 7.0 million people. The city is located on the Bay of Bengal shore, and was founded by the British in the 17th century, originally called Madras. The Corporation of Chennai, the governing body is the oldest municipal corporations in India, which came into existence in the year 1688. This city is a focus of many tourists as it yields great importance by the tourism point of view as it has various spots like beaches and many temples, thus serving as a host to many tourists.
5. HYDERABAD: 922 sq.km:
Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana is the 29th state of India was formed after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and is at the 5th position in this list. It is considered as the capital of Indian IT-technologies with a population of more than 9.7 million people. Hyderabad is located on the banks of River Musi, also it has an average elevation of 542 meters and stands among one of the biggest cities in India by area. It has several historic monuments and architectural wonders and the stunning environment thus it also serves as hosts to many tourists and is a focus of tourists all around the world.
That was the list of top 5 largest cities in India area wise and these are also the prime centers of trade, finance, education, tourism and entertainment in their states. Also some of these cities are considered as metropolitan cities and few are often cited as one of the fastest growing cities in the world.