It is an understatement to say that India is a diverse country. There are so many layers attached to it. From food, sceneries, landscapes, skyline, people and culture, there is so much variety across the world. Especially in India, which is not only different state-wise but has a different language, dialects, and cultural differences in every part of a state. Needless to say, it is beautiful to see how different people from different cities unite over their diversity. There might be a lot to talk about when it comes to Indian cities, so these firsthand quotes from individuals sharing the best part about their cities is endearing indeed.
Whether you come from a Tier 1 city or a tier 2 city, we guarantee that there are some things that are unique to where you are coming from. We decided to ask a couple of city folks, what exactly is it about their city that makes it unique. Here are eleven of the most unique and interesting answers we received:
“If there are two words that come to my mind when I think of Mumbai, it’s the local trains! The city is incomplete without its railway line and is the lifeline of the whole city. They are truly an experience like none other! If there is one piece of advice I would give those visiting the city for the first time, it’s that they should catch a local train from Andheri to Colaba.”
“If there is one thing us Bangaloreans will brag about all over social media and then some, it’s the pleasant weather. Yeah, you knew this was coming! Bangalore has pleasant weather throughout the year (except for the hot summer months), and people can’t get enough of it. Plus, the monsoons bring with it some much-needed relief after the hot summers and the whole city cools down.”
“You cannot visit Chennai and not catch a movie in our iconic theatres! Sure, many people will tell you to go to Bessy (Besant Nagar beach), but trust us, you have to catch a film first. Chennai folks take their movies pretty seriously and would be the first in line to catch the first show that features their favorite stars. And what’s more? The ticket rates are a lot cheaper than other Tier 1 cities in India like Mumbai and Bangalore. The whole experience of catching a film is a total treat!”
4. New Delhi
“Delhi is the national capital of the country and known for many things. However, if I had to pick one thing about Delhi that makes it so special, it’s that the city has a lot of history. Although the city has become hugely successful and cosmopolitan, it has preserved its historic roots pretty well. From Humayun’s Tomb to Red Fort to Qutub Minar, you will feel like you are being transported back to the past! Talk about a blast from the past!”
“Well, I cannot talk about Hyderabad without mentioning the scrumptious food! The city is known for serving Hyderabadi Biryani from early morning to late into the night. We aren’t the type of folks to settle for some two-minute noodles or fruit when we gain midnight cravings. And what’s amazing about the city is that every Biryani place you try will have its own twist to the classic dish.”
“Since Ahmedabad is obviously in Gujarati territory, those who live in the city will not have any qualms about bursting into Garba. We celebrate the festival of Navratri with much aplomb and use it to have a lot of fun! However, what makes my city so special is that we also host the largest kite flying festival in the world with attendees from across the planet. Navratri is a festival that is celebrated with much fervor and goes on for nine days in Gujarat!”
“Kolkata has always held the title of literary capital (at least unofficially) for quite some time. Since it is the hometown of so many talented figures in Indian literature like Rabindranath Tagore, it is a great pilgrimage site for fans of classic literature. According to me, Kolkata truly deserves the title of City of Joy, and nothing gives us more happiness than reading!”
“If there’s one thing about Jaipur that I absolutely can’t get enough of, it’s the wide range of jewelry, handicrafts, traditional joothis, wood and stone carvings, bangles, textile goods, and even more! You cannot go wrong while visiting the bazaar in Jaipur as it contains such incredible Rajasthani Bohemian fashion. Whether you are someone who is a shopaholic or you just want to have a fun time, Jaipur is the city for you.
“The city of Lucknow has a sense of timelessness that is tough to find elsewhere. Whether it is the Tunday ke kabab or chikan and zardozi work Lucknow has a timelessness that is rare to find anywhere, and we are forevermore appreciative about these things.”
“My city was once called “The Evergreen city of India” by none other than Mahatma Gandhi. It has both bustling commercial alleys and low coastal hills. Besides its natural and historical significance, Trivandrum is also known for its ancient and well-preserved temples and architecture. The city is also known for being a popular pilgrim center. On the outskirts of the city, there is a Biosphere called Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve (which is located on the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It’s a beautiful place to hang out and shoot pictures and is known for having a rich biodiversity.”
“Visakhapatnam is known for its serene beaches and picturesque landscapes. It is one of the most popular coastal cities to visit for vacations. The beaches also contain the oldest shipyard in India, the port of Vizag. One of my favorite things to do is visit the many beaches that dot the coastline of the city and admire the vibrant sunrises and sunsets.”
This compilation reinforces the fact that in spite of subtle differences, the feeling remains the same i.e., nostalgia and love for our hometowns. Apart from the fact that a city can do great in terms of business, economically thrive or build massive buildings, it’s the little things that keep us grounded and attached to a city. It can be a memory, your favorite street food place, your fave park, or your regular hangout place with friends. We live for this wholesome energy!
Therefore, regardless of where you come from, we guarantee that something about your hometown makes it unique. If you live in any of the cities mentioned above, we guarantee that you can relate to all of them. So what makes your city special? Tell us in the comments below.