It’s no secret that Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore are amazing cities rich with beautiful architecture, unparalleled history, amazing culture and much more. When we are asked to name a few great ones we tend to overlook smaller cities for enduring favourites stated above. India is rich with many other wonderful cities that tend to fly a little under the radar but are absolutely wonderful. Traveling to a slightly more obscure city can be as great of an experience as hitting the capitals and active metropolises. After all we all want a situation different than ‘been there, done that’. Here are 7 of our favourites, quite less heard but still amazing:

  1. Jamshedpur- Jharkhand:

    The base of Tata Group (yes the company jiska aapne namak khaya hai). This city is where the first steel plant in India is located- Tata Steel. Also referred as ‘Mini-Mumbai’, the city was selected as one of the cities for the Global Compact Cities Pilot Programme by United Nations, the only one to be selected in India as well as South Asia. Yes it is the city that recently got highlighted for making roads out of plastic wastes. The very highlight of the city is the Jubilee Park spread around 200 acres. Other attractions include Tata Steel Zoological Park, Keenan Stadium, Modi garden, beautiful temples, lakes for water sports, fishing, Dimna Lake, the list goes endless. And yes, special points when you visit the place during festivals as the city is known for celebrating every Indian festival with unparalleled vigour and enthusiasm.
    Well known personalities from the city: Tanushree Dutta, Saurabh Tiwary, Imtiaz Ali, Priyanka Chopra, R. Madhavan, Shilpa Rao, Ishita Dutta and lot more.

    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 115,706.35 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 73,000.00 in Jamshedpur.

  2. Jamnagar- Gujrat:

    A city located on the western coast of India in the state of Gujarat in the Gulf of Kutch is the largest city on the western most side of India. It is widely known as Paris of Gujarat for its clean road, beautiful surroundings and amazing café. It has temples, mosque, church , jain temple which makes it one among the most secular places too. It is petroleum hub of the world, refining around 3% of oil of planet every day through Reliance Industries and Essar. has an average literacy rate of 83%, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%.

    Well known personalities from the city: It is also home of great cricketers like Ravinder Jadeja, Ajay Jadeja and Vishal Joshi.
    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 115,706.35 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 87,937.00 in Jamnagar.

  3. Nagpur– Maharashtra:

    Nagpur is the second capital and the third largest city of the Indian state of Maharashtra after Mumbai and Pune. It is 2nd greenest city in India, and have 9 trees for every 10 residents of Nagpur, making the number of trees almost similar to number of people in Nagpur. It is very strong in the military front and all the maintenance of Air Force Planes and Helicopters is done here. Nagpur has Tiger Reserves all around Nagpur and 2 of best Tiger National Park in India, Tadoba (150 km) and Pench (60 km). The city is connected to all major cities of India with least possible distance, by both Railways and Roadways, and also by Airways to some major cities.

    Well known personalities from the city: Prominent people include Subhash Ghai, Altaf Raja, Rohit Sharma, Nitin Gadkari and the list goes on.
    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 116,270.89 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 69,000.00 in Nagpur.

  4. Chandigarh- Punjab:

    The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India. The city tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories by per capita income in the country. The city was reported to be the cleanest in India in 2010. Due to the presence of roundabouts at about every mile, traffic congestion is very less. There are strict traffic laws and for a change people obey them. Every sector has a mandatory park for children and elder people. It has a remarkable garden which is made of recycled materials- The rock garden and an artificial lake- Sukhna lake and Asia’s largest rose garden- Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. It is also a growing IT hub with leading software companies.
    Well known personalities from the city: Prominent people includes Poonam Dhillon, Gul Panag, Yuvraj Singh, Kapil Dev, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kirron Kher and the list goes on.
    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 116,378.25 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 81,000.00 in Chandigarh.

  5. Gangtok- Sikkim:

    Who wouldn’t mind living in the laps of Himalayas and see this on a daily basis. Gangtok is the capital of the northern Indian state of Sikkim. It is incredibly diverse, as there are 11 languages, with 4 major ethnic groups present – Nepalis, Lepchas, Bhutias and Tibetans. The city has taken vigorous efforts to maintain the greenery by planting trees on both the sides of the road and conserving it to protect the roads from landslides, slips, sinking and also to maintain the aesthetic beauty. It will also reduce land, water, air and noise pollution.  The programme is called State Green Mission. Sikkim is a spiritual supermarket. You can have your picks from various religions. And it is one of the very few states in India that produces surplus electricity. According to news in Times of India on 9th February, 2014 that Sikkim is the first state in India to have 100% sanitation coverage with this Sikkim has become the cleanest state of ‘North Eastern India’. Sikkim is the least populated and second smallest state in India after Goa. The Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr.Pawan Kumar Chamling is the founder President of Sikkim Democratic Front, who has has governed the state for five successive terms since 1994; becoming the longest standing Chief Ministers of India. He would be completing 25 years of Governance by next legislative elections.

    Well known personalities from the city: S.Mahinda, Geetanjali Thapa, Danny Denzongpa are prominent few people to include from Gangtok.
    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 116,648.25 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 69,000.00 in Gangtok.

  6. Indore- Madhya Pradesh:

    Indore is a tier 2 city, the largest city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh by population. A city which is deemed to have Metro rail in 2 yrs is the commercial capital of the state, and houses campuses of both the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management. The most beautiful places to visit includes Rajwada Palace, Gandhi Hall, Krishnapura Chhatri. Indore’s Sarafa bazaar eateries are an ensemble of Indian vegetarian foods stalls of all hues, colours and innovations open till 3 am.
    Well known personalities from the city:  M.F. Husain, Salman Khan, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Johnny Walker and more.
    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 116,964.02 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 71,000.00 in Indore.

  7. Mangalore- Karnataka:

    With the increasing number of students from various states of India and other countries, Mangalore has virtually become an influx of different cultures. It is a beautiful coastal city with its pristine beaches, calm localities and is one of the major Port cities of India. The climate is lovely with temperatures varying between 18 deg to 35 deg on average. It is also known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites of war against the colonizers, festivals. If Pristine beaches, lip smacking mangalorian cuisine, traffic free roads are not enough reason to fall in love with city, it also has temples and churches dating back to 1680.
    Well known personalities from the city: Gulzar Banu, K. V. Kamath, George Fernandes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Prakash Raj, Rohit Shetty and the list goes on.
    Cost of living: You would need around ₹ 115,836.79 in Mumbai to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with ₹ 71,000.00 in Mangalore.

The choice of the best city is contingent on a multitude of factors, all with multiple choices. Here we tried to highlight the cities less known but are uniquely at par with the metropolitan cities in India. Could think of more, please let us know in the comments down below.

Disclaimer: Source for cost of living is for representational purpose and actual data may vary. Data source was assuming you rent in both cities.