India ranks as one of the largest countries in the world. In fact, it is the seventh largest country in the world while it is the second most populated country also. India has more than 30 lakh sq. km land and constitutes of 29 states and 7 union territories.
India covers a total area of 3, 287, 240 sq. km and few of its states are individually larger than some of the countries like Greece, Oman, Senegal, Uganda and Australia. India is a secular country where people of different cultures and religions live in peace and harmony. Hindi is considered as the official languages of most of North Indian states whereas most states have their own language. India is often considered as one of the most favourite tourist destinations for people from across the world thanks to its culture, tradition and amazing history. Here are the top 10 largest Indian states in 2018 according to their areas.
Table of Contents
We start off the list with the city famously known as The Bowl of Minerals. Yes, you guessed it right; I’m talking about none other than Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh was established on November 1st 2000 after Madhya Pradesh was divided into two states. Chhattisgarh covers a total area of 136,034 sq. km. which makes it almost as big as Greece. It has population of 25,545,198 with over 71% literacy rate. It has Raipur as its capital while it consists of 27 districts. Chhattisgarh occupies 11 Lok Sabha seats and is considered as one of the most important states when it comes to mining and business.
Next in the list is The land of Lord Jagannath; a state we know by the name of Odisha or formerly Orissa. Odisha was established on April 1st 1936 and came to be known as Orissa Province. It is spread across 155,707 sq. km. land and constitutes of 30 districts. Bhubhaneswar is the capital of Odisha while it has a population of almost 4.2 crore with a literacy rate of 73.45%. It also occupies 21 seats in Lok Sabha. Odisha is one of the richest sources of Minerals across India.
8. Andhra Pradesh
The state that occupies the Eighth spot is famously known as The Rice Bowl of India, you may also know it by the name of Andhra Pradesh. This state was established on October 1st 1953 and have Hyderabad as its capital for now while they have proposed Amaravati to be made as the capital. Andhra Pradesh covers 160,205 sq. km. area which was reduced after Telangana separated from Andhra Pradesh in 2013. After the separation, it has 13 districts and a population of 8.46 crore with a literacy rate of 67%. Currently Andhra Pradesh occupies 25 seats in Lok Sabha.
The seventh largest state in India is none other than The Land of Sun Rising Industry or a state better known as Karnataka. This state was established on November 1st 1956 and came to be known as Karnataka only after 1973. Karnataka is spread across 191,791 sq. km. and constitutes of 30 districts. Bangalore or recently renamed as Bengaluru is the capital of this state which has population of 6.1 crore out of which more than 75% are literate. Currently, Karnataka occupies 28 seats in Lok Sabha. Karnataka is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country thanks to its unique blend of culture and advancement in the way of living. Its capital Bangalore is known as the IT capital of India.
Next on the list is the state which is famous for being the Home of Gir Lion; that state is none other than Gujarat. Gujarat is spread across 196,244 sq. km. and constitute of 33 districts. Gandhinagar is the capital of this state that is home to more than 6.04 crore individuals out of which more than 78% are literate. Gujarat was established on May 1st 1960 and ever since then it has been one of the most well maintained states in the world. Recently, Gujarat has been a revelation in the production and use of solar energy and it is also leading the way in becoming one of the cleanest and attractive states in India. Gujarat also has 26 Lok Sabha seats.
5. Jammu & Kashmir
Starting the top 5 countdown is one of the most beautiful states in not only India, but in the whole world. It is the Land of Beautiful Valleys and a place we like to call as Jammu & Kashmir. It was established on 26th October 1947 and has Srinagar as its summer capital and Jammu as its winter capital. It is spread across 222,236 sq. km. and is home to more than 1.24 crore individuals out of which 83.45% are literate. Jammu & Kashmir also has 22 districts. It comprises 6 seats in Lok Sabha.
4. Uttar Pradesh
The fourth biggest state in India is Uttar Pradesh, a state also known as the Home of Powerful Empires. It is spread across 236,286 sq. km. and comprises of 75 districts. Uttar Pradesh was established on 25th January 1950 and has Lucknow as its capital. Uttar Pradesh is the residence to more than 19.95 crore people and it has a literacy rate of almost 70%. Currently, Uttar Pradesh occupies 80 seats in Lok Sabha. Uttar Pradesh is also the most populous state in India but it is also a highly successful state as it has given India numerous talents whether it is in the field of sports, research or academics.
Finishing third on the list is the Gateway of India or a state better known as Maharashtra. It occupies 307,713 sq. km. land out of the total area of India while it also constitutes of 36 districts. Maharashtra was established on May 1st 1960 and ever since then it has been one of the most important states of India. Maharashtra has a population of 11.23 crore out of which 82.91% are literate. Its capital is Mumbai, the city often known as the city of dreams thanks to its charm and attraction. Maharashtra occupies 48 seats in Lok Sabha.
2. Madhya Pradesh
The second biggest state in India is Madhya Pradesh. Geographically, Madhya Pradesh is the centre most state of India, hence it is also known as the Heart of India. It is spread across 308,252 sq. km. and is home to 7.25 crore people. It was established on 1st November 1956 and Bhopal is its capital. It has 51 districts and a literacy rate of 69.72%. Madhya Pradesh occupies 29 seats in Lok Sabha. Madhya Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states in India which makes it a prime tourist attraction. It has a variety of cultures and a rich history which makes it one of the most colourful states of India.
The first rank goes to the Land of Palaces and Temples which is none other than Rajasthan, a city that was established on November 1st 1956. It is spread across 342,239 square km land and has 33 districts in it. Rajasthan is so massive that it is nearly equal to the area of Republic Of Conge which is an African Country. According to the 2016 Census, Rajasthan has a population of almost 7.5 crore people and a literacy rate of almost 67%. Its capital is Jaipur which is famous as the Pink city of India and the state occupies 25 seats in Lok Sabha.
So there they are, 10 of the biggest states in India according to their areas. India is a huge country with lot of history, richness in culture and traditional unmatched by any other. It is one of the favorite tourist spots for people from all around the world. Not only do they want to visit for tourism, many companies are venturing into India as they consider it to become one of the most powerful countries in near future.