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Aerial View of Cities in Indian Subcontinent: #WorldFromAbove

Indian subcontinent

As we all know we are facing one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, travelling is really the last thing we should be doing. However, we thought of taking you for an aerial tour of the Indian subcontinent while you sip on your Ice Tea and munch your doritos in the safe premises of your room. Enjoy!

1. Agra

Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as City of Taj. Agra is a major tourist destination because of its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

2. Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, in western India, is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. The Sabarmati River runs through its center. It is the administrative headquarters of the Ahmedabad district and the seat of the Gujarat High Court.

3. Aizwal

Aizwal is the capital of the state of Mizoram in India. The population of Aizawl strongly reflects the different communities of the ethnic Mizo people.

4. Amritsar

Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town, the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion.

5. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. 

6. Barisal

Barisal officially known as Barishal, is a major city that lies on the bank of Kirtankhola river in south-central Bangladesh. It is the largest city and the administrative headquarter of both Barisal district and Barisal Division. It is one of the oldest municipalities and river ports of the country.

7. Bengaluru

Bengaluru (also called Bangalore) is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state. The center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife.

8. Bentota

Bentota is a resort town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. Its long Bentota Beach stretches north, where it becomes a sandy strip known as Paradise Island, parallel to Bentota Lagoon.

9. Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is an ancient city in India’s eastern state of Odisha, formerly Orissa. Many temples built from sandstone are dotted around Bindu Sagar Lake in the old city, including the 11th-century Hindu Lingaraja Temple.

10. Chittagong

Chittagong is large port city on the southeastern coast of Bangladesh. Chittagong plays a vital role in the Bangladeshi economy and Modern Chittagong is Bangladesh’s second most significant urban center after Dhaka.

11. Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka by population. is the financial centre of the island and a tourist destination. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.

12. Comilla

Comilla officially known as Cumilla, is a city in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh, located along the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway. It is is one of the three oldest cities in Bangladesh.

13. Dhaka

Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh, in southern Asia. Set beside the Buriganga River, it’s at the center of national government, trade and culture. The 17th-century old city was the Mughal capital of Bengal, and many palaces and mosques remain.

14. Galle

Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century.

15. Guwahati

Guwahati is a sprawling city beside the Brahmaputra River in the northeast Indian state of Assam. It’s known for holy sites like the hilltop Kamakhya Temple, featuring shrines to the Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu.

16. Hetauda

Hetauda is a sub-metropolitan city in the Makwanpur District of Bagmati Pradesh in central Nepal. It is believed that Hetauda got its name from Hidimba, a demonic queen who ended up marrying Bhimsen as per a story in Mahabharat.

17. Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is a seaside resort town in southwestern Sri Lanka. It’s known for its strong surf and beaches, including palm-dotted Hikkaduwa Beach, lined with restaurants and bars.

18. Islamabad

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan, and is federally administered as part of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Islamabad is the ninth largest city in Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the country’s fourth largest.

19. Jaffna

Jaffna is a city on the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Nallur Kandaswamy is a huge Hindu temple with golden arches and an ornate gopuram tower.

20. Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It was founded in 1727 and is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed Jaipur the ‘Pink City of India’ among its World Heritage Sites. The city is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar.

21. Kabul

Kabul is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country. It is also a municipality, forming part of the greater Kabul Province, and divided into 22 districts.

22. Kandahar

Kandahar or Qandahar is a city located in Afghanistan, with a population of about 614,118. Kandahar is located in the south of the country on the Arghandab River, at an elevation of 1,010 m. It is the capital of Kandahar Province, and also the center of the larger cultural region called Loy Kandaha.

23. Kandy

Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites.

24. Karachi

Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the largest city in Pakistan, and seventh largest city proper in the world. It is also Pakistan’s cultural, educational, and political hub. Karachi is Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city, its most linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse city, as well as one of Pakistan’s most secular and socially liberal cities.

25. Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples, with one of the oldest Pagodas, known as Pashupatinath Temple.

26. Kolkata

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj . Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals.

27. Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is a tropical archipelago of 36 atolls and coral reefs in the Laccadive Sea, off the coast of Kerala, India.

28. Lahore

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab. It is the country’s 2nd largest city after Karachi and 18th largest city proper in the world. Lahore is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities.

29. Madurai

Madurai is an energetic, ancient city on the Vaigai River in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its skyline is dominated by the 14 colorful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple. Covered in bright carvings of Hindu gods, the Dravidian-style temple is a major pilgrimage site.

30. Malé

Malé is the densely populated capital of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It’s known for its mosques and colorful buildings.

31. Mandalay

Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) on the Irrawaddy River. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit, which is reached by covered stairway. 

32. Mangalore

Mangalore (or Mangaluru) is an Arabian Sea port and a major commercial center in the Indian state of Karnataka. It’s home to the Kadri Manjunath Temple, known for its bronze statues, and the 9th-century Mangaladevi Temple. 

33. Multan

Multan is a city in Punjab, Pakistan. Multan is also known as the city of Saints .Located on the banks of the Chenab River, Multan is Pakistan’s 7th largest city, and is the major cultural and economic centre of southern Punjab. Multan’s history stretches deep into antiquity. 

34. Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it’s India’s largest city.On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

35. Naifaru

Naifaru is an island in the Maldives 141 km north of the capital, Malé. It is the capital and most populous island of Lhaviyani Atoll.

36. New Delhi

New Delhi is an urban district located in the city of Delhi. New Delhi serves as the capital of India and the seat of all three branches of the Government of India. 

37. Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies.

38. Panaji or Panjim

Panaji, also known as Panjim, is the state capital of Goa, in southwest India. Located on the banks of the Mandovi River, the city has cobblestone streets lined with colorful villas an buildings from the Portuguese colonial era.

39. Pokhara

Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. It’s known as a gateway to the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trail in the Himalayas.

40. Poḷonnaruwa

Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. It is known as one of the cleanest and more beautiful cities in the country.

41. Pyay

Pyay is principal town of Pyay Township in the Bago Region in Myanmar. Pyay is located on the bank of the Irrawaddy River of Yangon.

42. Quetta

Quetta is the provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan, Pakistan. It is also the 10th largest city of Pakistan.

43. Shimla

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

44. Tangalle

Tangalle is a large town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It is one of the largest towns in southern province.

45. Tansen

Tansen is a Municipality and the administrative center of Palpa District in the “hills” of western part of Nepal.

46. Thimphu

Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. 

47. Trashigang

Trashigang, or Tashigang, is a town in eastern Bhutan and the district capital of the Trashigang Dzongkhag. The town lies to the east side of the valley above the Drangme Chhu river just south of where it is joined by the Gamri River.

48. Udaipur

Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences.

49. Unawatuna

Unawatuna is a town in southern Sri Lanka. It’s known for its coral reef and its palm-lined beaches, like Unawatuna Beach. Nestled in nearby jungle, the Japanese Peace Pagoda has a stupa with ocean views.

50. Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. 

Wasn’t it a beautiful trip? Please let us know the in the comments below if we missed any of your favourite cities.

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