India, the most populated democracy in the world has a population of over 1.2 billion. The country stands out globally in various aspects – be it the economy growth, culture, talent or democracy. Before independence, there were 562 Princely States but India hadn’t the complete possession of these states. After 1947, the States Re organisation Act came into action in 1956 which is so far the biggest change in the Indian Territory. By area, India is the seventh largest nation across the globe with an area of 3.287 million km². There are 29 states in India and each state differs from one another in terms of area and many other factors. Here is the list of top 10 smallest Indian cities by area –
Lakshadweep is a group of islands which was earlier known as Laccadive, Minicoy, and Aminidivi Islands. It is the smallest Indian state with a total area of 30 square kilometers. The population of this small Indian state is 64473. There are collectively 36 Islands in Lakshadweep. The primary occupation in the state is fishing and coconut-cultivation. A large number of Muslims reside here. At a small distance, there is a place with beautiful beach, sand and a serene environment with green coconut trees around – Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep. The state is a great tourism spot with amazing greenery and unparalleled scenic beauty.
9. Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu is the Indian coastal union territory which is the second smallest Indian destination by area. Earlier, Goa was also included in this territory but in 1987, Goa became a state and Daman and Diu became a separate union territory with a small area of 11 square kilometers. The population of the U.T is 243247. The primary languages spoken in the union territory are Gujrati and Marathi. The other spoken languages are Konkani and Portuguese. It is the second highest literate UT in India. Surprisingly, the UT has no Chief Minister, but an Administrator to govern.
Chandigarh, the first well-planned city of India is a small but amazing place to visit and reside. It is an U.T and the capital of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh is surrounded by the states like Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and a small part of Punjab (Pakistan). The total area of the U.T is 111 square kilometres. The total population of the U.T is 1055450.
Puducherry, earlier went by the name Pondicherry is a peaceful and beautiful Indian U.T which is a treat to the eyes of the tourists due to its perfect blend of contemporary and cultural heritage. The total area of the U.T is 490 square kilometres and its population is 1247953.
6. Dadar and Nagar Haveli
Dadar and Nagar Haveli became an U.T in 1961. There is history related with the U.T Before India had complete administration over the U.T, there was a clash between the Portuguese and the Marathas for a long while. Most part of the U.T is rural with a huge amount of tribal populace. The total population of the U.T is 343709 and the area is 700 square kilometres.
The capital of India has a huge population of 16787941 but there is no much land available for buying or renting for the whole population. Delhi is an U.T with a total area of 1483, which is not that less but there are many other states with significantly more area. Delhi is a prime tourist destination and has a world-class communication available for the national and international guests and residents.
Goa is the most chosen holiday destination where not only Indians can be seen rejoicing the breeze near the beaches but a significant amount of foreigners can also be found enjoying the Indian beach beauty in cool appearances. The total area of the city is 3702 square kilometers and the population is 1458545. Goa is a beautiful Indian state which lies within Konkan, a rugged section in Western India. The latest GDP survey of the amazing state makes it stand at the no. 1 position in India. It is a peaceful state which offers a myriad of scenic, culinary and travelling treats and marks India in the global map.
Sikkim is a north-eastern Indian state surrounded by the nations like China, Nepal and Bhutan. The proximity of the state with the world famous peaks like Kanchenjunga and Eastern Himalaya makes the state one of the top tourist destinations. The incredible climate and the exciting scenic treats of the state make it a state that is all too easy to love and desire. The total area of the state is 7096 square kilometers and the population is 610577. The small area and lower populace adds to the peaceful environment of the state. The Sikkim environs are far away from the metropolis hustle and bustle.
2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar is a group of Islands and one of the seven Union Territories of India. It is mainly a tribal region located near to the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. A tranquilized environment with minimum pollution and noise can be experienced in the state along with the first-rate scenic views. It is a highly desired tourist destination of India. The total area of the state is 8249 square kilometers and its population is 380581.
Tripura is a north-eastern India state with rich heritage values and cultural richness. Assam, Mizoram and Bangladesh border the state. The total area of Tripura is 10486 square kilometers and its population is 3673917. Around 30% of the Tripura’s population is tribal. Kokborok and Bangla are the primary languages of the state. Before the Indian independence, the state was a Princely state and after 1949, India got complete possession on Tripura.
A noticeable amount of development has been seen in the recent years in most of the Indian union territories and states with small areas. The small Indian states are standing out with significant development and the Indian government is also paying a huge amount of attention to these areas so that a better infrastructure, economy, education, healthcare and communication can be leveraged by the inhabitants. The 1956 Act for the reorganization of the Indian boundaries was a remarkable step taken by the Indian government which is still the biggest official move related to the national territories. Nowadays, people from one state are visiting other regions, exploring their cultural and heritage values, embracing the local lifestyle and appreciating the language – The unity in diversity thing is at its best in the recent time by the virtue of the growth in communication, tourism sectors, employment and the advancement in technology.