Bored of your city? Too polluted? Too congested? Too laid back? Every Indian city has it’s own charm and well…. it’s own infirmities! But notwithstanding that, every city piggyback’s it’s own vibe….. yes… that’s the word! The vibe is what magnetises us towards a person…. or a place.
Sure, cost of living, transportation, pollution level, cleanliness, nightlife, professional opportunities and standard of living are considered as justified criteria, yet I stand my point that until there is a soul connect, no amount of glitz works! And so, I have curated this list of the best cities to live in India, based on this very criteria….. the Vibe!
Known for producing the best Engineering and Management prodigies, Hyderabad exudes every bit the intellect, the practicality and the logical. A densely populated metropolitan city with people bustling in and out of cafes, offices, temples and even nowhere, Hyderabad is fast turning into the New York city of South India. In the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Hyderabad bagged TOI’s best city title!
Ever heard of a place where its population and companies are evenly distributed to provide hassle-free life with less congestion and traffic? Apart from these, the city is also emerging as an IT hub with a top-class airport and international schools.
Also known as Millennium City, Gurgaon is a fast developing industrial city bagging the most popular NCR region of the capital city. When it comes to TechParks and infrastructure, Gurgaon is the place, but if you look at the pollution and living cost, it’s comparatively higher than cities like Noida and Delhi. Corporate hub, Nightlife hub, sky scraper hub and Food hub, Gurgaon is the magnet for everything alive… almost a city that never sleeps!
With the metro line connecting the main hubs of the city, Gurgaon is fairly well and conveniently connected, though travelling from another city might still pose a challenge.. But don’t worry, the electricity and water supply will never give you hath. Gurgaon is very well connected to the airport and railways. And guess what? Gurgaon has its nightlife and weekend parties. Don’t forget it’s Gurgaon that makes your nightlife and corporates trip on their toes!
The greenest and the most perfectly planned city in India, Chandigarh, but obviously, finds a coveted 2nd place in my list. Designed by the ace architect Le Corbusier consisting of 47 self-contained sectors, India’s first planned city is known for its unique blend of urbane architecture and natural bliss, home to beautiful gardens and park in every sector.
Chandigarh topped the list of happiest cities in India, in a survey conducted. The roads are well maintained making commuting much safer and more accessible. It is at proximity to hill stations like Kasauli and Shimla making your weekends much merrier! It is one of the best cities to live in India for those who enjoy a more organized environment.
Situated in the heart of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is the city that anyone could dream of…. a little fairytale aura! `This hill town in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the Garhwal region with two perennial rivers flowing through it, famous for its historic civilisation and offers a delightful terrain to trekkers. It’s close proximity to popular hill stations of Mussoorie and Rishikesh, Dehradun tops!
It is renowned for the educational institutions like Indian military academy, IGNFA, ITBP Academy and so on. With a good number of natural resources and a pleasant climate throughout the year, this unassuming town, has a powerfully calm aura. With top-quality education, and schools like Doon school, a lot of job opportunities and less hustle, Dehradun is one of the best cities to live in India.
From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’. Although it’s a busy city in India, it is among the best cities to live in India with its historical edifices and mouth-watering traditional Indian street food.
Heard of Humayun’s Tomb and Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia? Well, they are Delhi’s assetS! If you’re worried about groceries, you have the Khari Baoli Bazaar is the most extensive wholesale spice market in Asia. Also, for the record, Delhi has the second most efficient and accessible metro service in the world.
Heading towards NCR, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad are enroute to becoming educational and brand hubs. Now beat that!
With an extensive student population, Pune is popularly known as the college town of India and has a range of excellent restaurants, happening nightlife and an overall young atmosphere. If you love Marathi culture, food and language then Pune is the place for you. Apart from this, the city has a favourable climate, with summers that go up to 35 degrees (not too hot when compared to Mumbai and Delhi) and the rains are perfect.
You’ll never have water scarcity issues in Pune, unlike other major cities. The nightlife here is pretty decent, of course, Pune could be expensive, but the pollution and traffic here are comparatively lesser.
Ever wished to live in a city that’s best for a work-life balance, entertainment, shopping, travel, art & culture, food, and of course pleasant weather? Name it, Bangalore has them all!
Having evolved gradually from being the Garden city to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is India’s third largest city, being the most liveable city in India. The dream city of most Indians, Bangalore will never cease to mesmerise you with its sheer perfection by all means.
Also known as the IT hub of India, Bangalore is home to leading startups. Pfft. if there’s anything that’s gonna bug you it’s the traffic!
Labelled with multiple titles such as ‘Financial capital of India’, ‘The Maximum City’, ‘Land of Bollywood’, ‘The dream City’ and much more, Mumbai is Maharashtra’s capital which has multiple faces making it all things to all people. Although it is a populous city in India with slums and heavy traffic, the stunning sunsets, spirited people and upbeat lifestyle will never cease to amaze you.
There are many pretty parks if you seek solitude in your busy life. Essential commodities are at your doorstep, with easily accessible places, malls and complexes. Street shopping is another major thing in Mumbai, regardless of heat in the summer. From nightlife party vibes to serene marine drive, Mumbai is clearly the best city to live in India.
Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ is one of the most royal, majestic and colourful cities of India with solid historical background and vibrant culture. If you’re moving from a metropolitan city, Jaipur will give you peace and serenity.
Although Jaipur doesn’t provide you with job opportunities and eccentric vibes like nightlife, it’s a place where you can be yourself away from social life. If you ever wish to get settled into life after retirement head to Jaipur; the earthly red sandstones and edifices will keep your right vibes on point.
Labelled as the ‘City of Joy’, the ‘Cultural capital of India’, Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is a city with character and remnants of British Raj visible in its Victorian-style architecture, trams and the nomenclature of the place. If you wish to settle down in India, let Kolkata be a priority if you want to live a modest lifestyle.
Everything is cheap here from garments, food to transportation. If you’re an art lover, then Kolkata is the place for you. With its magnificent buildings and monuments, the city has a rich culture and heritage. Planning to refresh your work-life? Head to Kolkata the city with the best public and private industrial units.
Often termed as ‘Manchester of South India’, the city is photographically situated on the banks of River Noyyal and has an array of natural attractions. If you love the outdoors, Coimbatore will keep you engaged all the time.
If you love to travel on weekends, then Coimbatore has many options for you without much planning to do. It is well connected to these destinations – Coonoor, Ooty, Valparai, Palakkad, Wayanad and many more.
That’s all I have for you to ponder about! There’s something about diversity that makes life interesting! India epitomises this through it’s expanse. Can you imagine the change in vibes in every nook and corner.
If you have a different list in mind, I’d be happy to add to my knowledge…. and maybe…. another vibe!!