Top 6 Greenest Cities of India

Just like the name suggests, Green cities are Eco-friendly cities that have succeeded in striking a balance between nature and technology. These cities are blessed with splendid sights, lush green surroundings, and clean roads. Many cities in India have risen to this status, and we have listed some of them below to infect you with the travel bug :

Mysore

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Mysore, also known as ‘Mysuru’, is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. The city is acclaimed as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Located at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is well-known for its lush green gardens, scenic lakes, extravagant palaces and sacred temples. A popular attraction of Mysore is the Brindavan Garden, which is one of the most beautiful gardens of Karnataka. Another must-visit is the Mysore Palace, which is sure to allure you with its stunning interiors and intricate craftsmanship. Karanji Lake is another well-known attraction which is home to many migratory birds. In the green city survey done in the year 2014–15, Mysore secured first position, for obvious reasons.

Nagpur

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Nagpur is famous for its natural and man-made lakes, the largest of which is Ambazari. The garden beside the lake is frequented by walkers in the morning and evening. Futala is another popular lake, located on the outskirts of the city that provides an absolutely serene atmosphere.Popularly known as the Orange City of India, Nagpur has many parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The city has been recently declared as the ‘Tiger Capital of India’. Clean roads lined by well nurtured trees give immense pleasure for on-road travellers and has thus made Nagpur rise to the green city status.

Trivandrum

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Thiruvananthapuram also known as ‘Trivandrum’ is the capital city of Kerala. It is a city built on seven hills and is named after the sacred snake Anantha. Mahatma Gandhi called it the ‘Evergreen city’ because of its lush greenery. The city is a must visit destination in Kerala as it offers you ample opportunities to experience nature in all its splendour, with its backwaters, beaches, lagoons, and parks. The city also offers avenues to relax and rejuvenate oneself in the lap of nature. The city is also home to the greenest IT park in the country, employing tens of thousands of IT graduates and other professionals.

Chandigarh

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Chandigarh is located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of mountains. The city is known for its Rock Garden built completely from industrial and home waste. You can find various sculptures made up of broken glass bangles, china ware, discarded fluorescent tubes, clay and coal. The Rock Garden is a clever example of how industrial and domestic waste can be put to artistic use, and is an immense draw with tourists. Another major attraction of Chandigarh, popular among both locals and tourists is the Sukhna Lake with its pristine beauty and picturesque surroundings. The Rose Garden is another hot spot enveloped in the unruffled beauty of nature. Here, you can find exquisite varieties of roses apart from more than 800 varieties of flowering plants. When in full bloom the Rose Garden is simply breath-taking. The eco-friendly environment of the city, undoubtedly, makes it one of the ever-green cities of India.

Shimla

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Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and is probably the most popular hill station in Northern India. ‘Shimla’ is named after the Hindu Goddess, Shyamala Devi, who is an incarnation of Kali. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla is one of most aesthetically planned cities in India. The colonial architecture, churches, temples and the natural beauty of the city will leave you spellbound. Monkeys are a common sight on the streets here, so it would be advisable to safeguard your possessions. Within and around Shimla you can find many forests which are home to trees such as pine, deodar, oak and rhododendron. Ridge, an open wide street with an exclusive panoramic view of the mountain ranges makes it one of the favourite tourist spots. Kufri zoo is famous for rare species of Antelopes, Felines, Bears and birds including Himalayan Monal, which is the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. Chail, a village with mesmerizing views and lush green vegetation is a hikers’ paradise and is sure to make you come back for more. Because of its rich flora and fauna, Shimla is also known as the ‘Queen of Hills.’

Hyderabad

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Located on the banks of the Musi river, Hyderabad is popularly known as city of pearls. On a not-so-cloudy day you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from Golkonda Fort, one of the greatest architectural wonders of the world. Hussain Sagar, the largest man-made lake in Hyderabad connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Although fishing and boat rides are equally popular, it is the monolithic Buddha statue that becomes the main attraction of the lake. The city offers you enough greenery with its parks and botanical gardens making you relax and connect with nature

Conclusion

The peace and calm offered by these cities is just the right panacea after a hectic week at work or home. We hope you get to explore and experience nature in all its glory at these green cities!