India is 2nd largest country in the world in terms of population after China. As per 2011 figure, India’s population is 1.237 billion which is the second largest after China (1.351). As per the latest analysis and prediction, India is going to surpass China by 2020 to become the biggest country in the world by population. It is the most alarming figure for India to control population. If India failed to do so, it will be difficult to provide basic facilities to all and result in failed state. We have mentioned here list as per figure of 2011 census.

Top 10 Largest Cities in India by Population [Latest Figures and Numbers]

1. Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai is the most populous city of India. It is the financial capital of India as well as political capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai’s total population is 12,478,447 as per the 2011 census. Mumbai is the world’s 5th largest city by population. Due to available business opportunities, most of population in India want to live in Mumbai.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 12,478,447 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Marine Drive, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Gateway of India, Mount Mary Church, Siddhivinayaka Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Flora Fountain, Juhu Beach and a lot more
  • International Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Santacruz Airport) Terminal 1
Mumbai Local Train
Mumbai Local Train

2. Delhi

Delhi is the national capital of India. Delhi is known as the National Capital Territory (NCT) of India. Delhi is the most important city and centre of power in the country. As per the history, Delhi was inhabited before the second millennium BC. Its total population is 11,007,835 as per the census of 2011. Delhi is tenth largest city in the world.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 11,007,835 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: The Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar, India Gate, Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mehrauli, Akshardham Temple and more
  • International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi - India
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi – India

3. Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore is the Information Technology (IT) hub of India. It is a popular city to live in India for Indian youth for their career growth. Bangalore is also known as Bengaluru and it’s total population is 8,425,970 as per 2011 census.

Bangalore was expanded in 2007 and this figure represent new city limits. Bengaluru is the 22nd largest city in the world by population.

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Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 8,425,970 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park, and more
  • International Airport: Bengaluru International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Bengaluru International Airport
Lumbini Garden, Bangalore
Lumbini Garden, Bangalore

4. Hyderabad, Telangana

Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana and another growing IT hub of India. It is the capital of Andhra Pradesha and newly created state Telangana. Due to high growth and availability of business opportunities, rush towards Hyderabad has been increased and it helped in achieving fourth largest city in India position with total population of 6,809,970. Hyderabad is also the 34th largest city in the world.

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Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 6,809,970 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Charminar, Ramoji Film City, Golkonda, Hussain Sagar, and more
  • International Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

5. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Ahmedabad is the financial capital of Gujarat and one of the fastest growing city in India. Earlier, it was known as the ‘Manchester of India‘. Ahmedabad’s total population is 5,570,585 which makes it the fifth largest city of India. Ahmedabad is the world’s 39th most populous city in the world.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 5,570,585 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Jama Masque, Sabarmati Ashram, Adalaj Stepwell, Kankaria Lake, and more
  • International Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

6. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu and one of the most important ports in India. Chennai’s total population is 4,681,087 which makes it 6th largest city in India and 16th most populous city in the world. Chennai is a major business hub of India. It is one of the largest cities in Southern India.

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Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 4,681,087 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Marina Beach, Chennai Central Railway Station, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, VGP Golden Beach Resort, and more
  • International Airport: Chennai International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Chennai International Airport

7. Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and largest city of eastern India. Kolkata’s total population is 4,486,679 which makes it 7th largest city of India and world’s 51st largest city in the world.

Kolkata’s metropolis area is 185 square km. In earlier times, Kolkata was known as Calcutta. Now, mostly Kolkata name is used in all places.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 4,486,679 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Victoria Memorial, Dakshine Kali Temple, New Town Eco Park, Science City Kolkata, Sundarbans, Nicco Park, Indian Museum, and lot more
  • International Airport: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport

8. Surat, Gujarat

Surat is 8th most populous city in India with total population of 4,462,002 as per 2011 census. Surat is a world famous diamond hub and industrialized business destination. Due to diamond and textile industries, every year thousands of job seekers lands in Surat for better life. Surat is one of the most developed cities in India and offers better opportunities to all.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 4,486,679 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Dumas Beach, Amaazia, Gopi Talav, Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden, and more
  • International Airport: Surat International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Surat Domestic Airport

9. Pune, Maharashtra

Pune is an emerging Information Technology hub in India after Bangalore and Hyderabad. Already thousands of small IT companies are working in Pune which provides better employment opportunities to all qualified candidates. Pune’s total population is 3,115,431 which makes it ninth largest city of India by population.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 3,115,431 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Sinhagad, Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, Aga Khan Palace, Pataleshwar, and more.
  • International Airport: Pune International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Pune International Airport

10. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan state which was founded on 18th November, 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is a widely known tourist destination for its heritage hotels and royal palaces. Jaipur is one of the best tourist destinations in India which offers good job opportunities to all qualified candidates. Jaipur’s total population is 3,073,350 which makes it 10th largest city in India by population.

Fast Facts

  • Total Population: 3,073,350 (2011)
  • Main Tourist Attractions: Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and more
  • International Airport: Jaipur International Airport
  • Domestic Airport: Jaipur International Airport

Article Title: Top 10 Largest Cities in India by Population [Latest Figures and Numbers]
Article last re-published on August 26, 2018.

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