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Top 25 Popular and Best Indian Cricket Players of all time

Here at the lovely Eden Gardens, its Kapil Dev running in from the pavilion end to bowl to Javed Miandad….” … Those vibrant words from the commentator’s way back in the era of All India Radio sound like melody even today and it’s glowing part of India’s dominant sports fraternity. With the advent of Television, Internet although Radio has suffered a setback but the sports Cricket has stayed as a greatly passionate and popular game which was very famous in the Easter years and is continuously attracting the vast population and increasing its huge fan base today. Cricket, the game that was known to be invented by the British of the United Kingdom, was firstly introduced in India by the Great Ranjit Singhji after whose name India’s biggest and most significant domestic competition The Ranji Trophy that began on July 1934. Even before than India’s first International Assignment was back in the year 1911 when they toured England to play their first ever test match they played. Later on, they again visited England in the year 1932 when the team was named as “All-India” cricket team. They played one test match at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and that was 1st ever Test Match to have been played by Independent India. Our first International series victory was against Pakistan back in 1952 which came soon after Independence.

So much so about the brief history of Indian Cricket. But what about those phenomenal men who made our cricketing history proud? Here is the list of 25 Popular and Best Indian Cricket Players of all time without whom our country would never have achieved the position in the cricketing fraternity for which we are famously known all over the world :

(1) CK.Nayudu:


Famously known as CK, he was the first player who captained India in Test Matches. He made his 1st Test appearance against England in the year 1932 and played his last against the same opposition in the year 1936. During his entire cricketing career, he played 7 Tests, averaging 25 with the bat and a career-best score of 81. His significant contributions include memorable innings of 153 runs that included 11 sixes against Arthur Gillian led MCC side that toured India during 1926-27. His fitness was supreme those days which can be signified by the fact that he played a first-class match at the age of 62 where he scored 52 against Uttar Pradesh which was the last innings of his career. During his 1936 tour to England and also the 1933-34 seasons he averaged 37.59 with the bat and scored more than 1000 runs and took 51 wickets in first-class cricket. His last trip was in a charitable organization coordinated in 1963-64 when he performed for the Maharashtra Governor’s XI against the Maharashtra Primary Minister’s XI. Apart from the National Indian Team, he represented the teams like Hindus, Madras, Hyderabad, Central Regions and Berar, Holkar, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Indians and much more. He was also a real fanatic of tennis and throughout in connection to soccer.

(2) Lala Amarnath:

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Father of former Indian cricketer an all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath, Lala Amarnath was a gigantic figure in Indian cricket history. He was the first captain of Independent India under whom India won the first Test series in 1952. He played 21 Test matches for India after the World War. Lala was one of the finest all-rounders India has ever produced. He led India in England tour in the year 1936. A strong man by personality he never was scared of criticism and always stood by the point. He always put his team in priority ahead of personal things and would never support anything wrong. An efficient team player, Lala Amarnath will always be remembered for his significant contributions in the history of the game of cricket. He played as many as 24 Test matches scoring 848 runs with an average of 24.38 with one hundred and four fifties. His Test best was 118. As a bowler, he took 45 wickets with two 5 wicket halls with best of 5/96. One remarkable player and a popular and best Indian cricket players of all time.

(3)Vijay Merchant:

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Another all-time great Indian Cricketer, he was as good as Sunil Gavaskar as far as technique is concerned. He hardly missed playing the new ball in the uncovered pitches in England. That spoke immensely about his technique. It’s a pity that he only played 10 Test Matches in his career span that lasted from 1929 to 1951. Even though he played only few Test Matches, he is regarded very highly regarded by all cricketing pundits all over the world. He was a very attractive stoke maker who could play all the cricketing shots in the book. In his tour of England, he collected almost 900 runs thereby making an English Cricketer, CB Fry exclaim to paint him white and take to Australia as an opening batsman. He was the oldest player in Test history to score a Test hundred where is scored 154 against England in 1951-52 at Delhi. In his 10 Test matches, he averaged 47.72 with 3 fifties and 3 hundreds to his name scoring 859 runs with 154 his best in his last Test Innings.

(4)Vijay Hazare:

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He was the 1st ever Indian who scored hundreds in both innings against Australia, in tests played after Independence, in the year 1948. He was extremely efficient batsman in terms of technique. He was a very fluent batsman who handled both pace and spins very confidently. He could also bowl right arm quick. He was the captain of India during the 1951 to 1953 seasons and led India to 14 Tests and India’s first ever Test victory came under his captaincy against England at Madras which India won by an Innings and 8 runs in the year 1951-52. He had a very good record in Tests where scored 2192 runs with a very respectable batting average of 47.65 where he amassed 7 hundreds and 9 fifties. His career best was 164 not out. He was also a more than capable bowler where he took 20 wickets in Tests with his best figures reading 4/29. He the first ever Indian player to complete 1000 Test runs. He held the world record of highest number of runs in a partnership in first-class cricket for 577 runs with Gul Mahomed in 1947 Ranji Trophy final against Baroda which was broken by Sangakkara and Jayawardene of Sri Lanka in 2006 with a stand of 624 runs against South Africa. Truly an all-time great cricketer India has ever produced.

(5)Vijay Manjerekar:

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Another past Indian Great, he was a masterstroke maker who courageously played the hook shot very well and also was a very fine cutter of the ball. He played 55 Test Matches for India in which his most significant series was against England in the year 1961-62 where he scored 586 runs with an outstanding batting average of 83.71 against a hostile English fast bowling attack that included Fred Trueman, Sir Alec Bedser and others. In this series came his highest Test score of unbeaten 189 which he scored in Delhi and he also amassed 7 hundreds in the entire tour. His significant contributions also include an innings of 59 and 39 runs in a Test match against Australia in the 1964-65 series which helped India to win the match. He also scored a hundred in his last Test Match Innings against New Zealand which came in 1965 in the month of February. In the 55 Test matches he played he averaged 39.12 with 3208 runs which included 7 hundreds and 15 fifties, with 189 not out his best. He was batsman who had a calibre of averaging way over 40’s in Test matches since his batting average did not do justice to his potential. But still was a class apart and a true Indian Cricket Legend.

(6)Polly Umrigar:

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A legendary Indian Cricketer of 1950’s, Poly Umrigar captained India in 8 consecutive Tests which two Tests against New Zealand both of which India won by an innings. There were many memorable performances that came from this iconic Indian cricketer which include a series in the year 1959 where he was a topper of the batting averages and also he played one of his best knocks in his career against a formidable West Indies fast bowling attack that included the likes of Wes Hall, Roy Gilchrist etc. He also scored heavily in the home series against Pakistan in 1952-53 with 560 runs with four fifties and couple of hundreds. He played a very crucial knock against a test against England where he scored 130 not out which helped India win. In his England tour in the year 1959 he scored a breathtaking 118 against Fred Trueman, Brian Statham at Old Trafford. In the same year India toured West Indies and though India lost all the five Test Matches of the series, he finished with 445 runs and 9 wickets in the series with his best being 172 not out. In 59 Tests Umrigar averaged an impressive 42.22 with 3631 runs with 12 hundreds and 14 fifties and 223 being his best test score. He also took 5 wickets twice in an innings with best being 6/74. He captained India for another three years but never again captained the nation. His 337 runs operate in a five-Test Match Series was the maximum by an Indian at that time.

(7)Vinoo Mankad:

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Known as Mulvantrai Himmatlal Mankad, was well known for the World Record opening stand he had with Pankaj Roy against New Zealand in the year 1956 at Madras. He shared an opening stand of 413 runs that remained unbeaten for 52 years. In that match he scored 231 runs which was at that time an Indian Test Best Score until it was bettered by Sunil Gavaskar.       A genuine and a rare commodity all-rounder the game has produced he was very effective equally with the bat and ball. In the year 1952 in a Test Match against England at Lord’s he was the top scorer for India with the bat when he scored 72 and took 5/196 where he bowled 73overs. In fact, Mankad was one of the three non -England players from “away” whose name appears in the honours board at Lords’ in England both with bat and ball. Mankad played a significant role in India winning against England in Madras in 1952 where he took 8/53 in the 1st Innings and 4/53 in the 2nd Innings helping India to register their first ever Test Match against the British. Mankad played 44 Test Matches averaging 31.47 scoring 5 hundreds and 6 fifties with a career best of 231. He also took 162 wickets with bets being 8/52. He captured 5 wickets in an innings 8 times and twice he took 10 wickets in an innings. He was not free from controversy, as in the year 1947-48 during India’s tour of Australia he ran Bill Brown (Australia) for the batsman was out of the ground in his end. That incident is famously or infamously called now as “Mankading.

(8) Nari Contractor:


A very talented Indian batsman whose promising career was cut short due to devastating injury that almost took his life. He was a very courageous batsman as in spite of two broken ribs by England quickie Brian Statham, he scored a very brave 81. In the same year later he played a crucial knock of 74 against Australia at Kanpur which helped India to register their 1st ever Test victory against Australia. In the 1961-62 series against West Indies he led India in the Caribbean where he faced a serious blow in the head of a vicious delivery from an West Indian fast bowler Charlie Griffith which led him unconscious in hospital for six days and when he needed blood transfusion, the then West Indian captain and Great Frank Worrell was the first to donate blood to him. In his short career of 31 Tests he scored 1611 runs with an average of 31.58 where he scored a solitary hundred and 11 fifties. His top score was 108. Nari played on those days where the batsman would have no protective gear to safeguard against bodily injuries which makes the runs he scored immensely valuable. If not due to injury, this man could have been certainly an Indian maestro who would have served India for a long time than he actually did.

(9)Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi:


Nicknamed as Tiger Pataudi he was captain courageous and led India in successful ventures. He is often described as India’s greatest cricket captain. He was the youngest player to captain India at the age of 21years and despite an accident that permanently damaged one of his eyes, it did not stop him from playing cricket as he could find it easy to play with one eye with a cap pulled over the other. Against England, in Madras, he scored 103 in the Third Test which helped India to register their first Test Series Victory against the British. From 1961 to 1975 Tiger Pataudi played 46 Test Matches for India where he scored 2793 runs with a career average of 34.91 scoring 6 hundreds and 17 fifties in his name. His best score being 203 not out. Under his captaincy India won 9 tests, drew 19 and lost 19. It was under his captaincy that India recorded their first ever overseas Test victory against New Zealand which came in the year 1968. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1968, and Indian Cricketer of the Year in 1962. A true Indian legend which is born once in a generation.

(10)Sunil Gavaskar:


With due respect to Sachin Tendulkar, many term Sunil Gavaskar as India’s all-time best Test batsman. His technique was unquestionable and backed it up supreme courage as he faced the mighty fast bowling attacks of England, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies etc. He is regarded quite highly in the cricket fraternity simply because he faced the fast bowling quartet of the Windies in the 70’s and 80’s with utmost ease who were terrorised many teams and who are, still at today’s date are still considered as nightmares. His courage can be defined by the simple fact that in those days’ players would hardly have such protective equipment which is no way anywhere near to what modern players use today. Sunil use to face the fast bowlers bare-headed in most of his career and towards the end of his stint he used to wear a ‘skull-cap’ just to guard his head. He featured in 125 Test Matches in India and in 108 ODI’s with his highest score being 236 not out against the West Indies in 1983 in Chennai which was an Indian record at that time. He was also the highest century scorer in Tests (34) which was overtaken by Sachin Tendulkar, and highest run-getter (10122 runs) which was taken over by a former Australian Captain Allan Border. A prolific scorer he is also a deserving member of the ‘Hall of Fame.’

(11) Gundappa Vishwanath:

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Played his cricket in the era of the Great Sunil Gavaskar, Vishwanath, formerly known as Vishi, was another world-class batsman who was primarily known for his unmatched wrist-work. A man with superlative technique personified he was known for his artistic square-cuts of the front foot which he would do it to even with the best of deliveries he faced. He represented India during the 1970’s where he played significant part in 91 Tests from 1969 to 1983 scoring 6080 runs with an average of 41.93 with 14 hundreds and 35 half-centuries. The highlight of his cricketing career was the fact that he scored almost all his runs against dominant sides on tough and challenging wickets. Some examples includes fifty in each innings on a green-top in New Zealand against the same opposition. He held a career average of more than 50 in Test Matches against the fast bowling attacks in the likes of Australia, West Indies. In a Test Match against the West Indies in the year 1974-75, he scored 97 not out against that fiery pace attack which is regarded as 38th best innings of all time by Wisden and 2nd all-time best innings which is a non-hundred.  Vishi is regarded as the best batsman of his time by one of his contemporaries, Sunil Gavaskar who considers Vishi even a better batsman than himself.

(12) Kapil Dev:

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One of the all-time great all rounder’s in the history of cricket; India was blessed to have such a terrific player who was a genuine match-winner with both bat and ball. Not to mention, he was a supreme athlete and class fielder as well. He has won many critical matches of India single-handed and he was the one who instigated the belief in an underrated cricket team which eventually won the Prudential World Cup in 1983 against that time mighty and 3-time world champions the West Indies.  In the ages when India lacked fast bowling talent it was Kapil Dev who stepped forward and took the challenge and his records speaks of itself. Having played 131 Test’s and 225 ODI matches, he significantly scored closed to 5500 runs in Tests and about 3700 runs in ODI’s mostly in India’s winning cause. Not only that he was a key wicket taker for India who took 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI wickets as well. He was the highest wicket-taker in the world in Test Matches breaking Sir Richard Hadlee’s record till Courtney Walsh overtook him. He played the master class innings of 175 not out against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup when India were down and out that eventually helped India to not only win the game but they went on to win the trophy as well. That’s the reason why this game-changing innings is termed as all-time Great ODI Innings in Indian Cricket. Of late, Kapil was included in the elite group of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ‘Hall of Fame.’

(13)Dilip Vengsarkar:


He was considered as the pillar of Indian Batting line-up during the 70’s and late 80’s along with G.R. Vishwanath and Sunil Gavaskar. He was even rated as world’s best batsman during that time. He was a prolific scorer who was successful on grounds all over the world that included Australia, England and New Zealand. Dilip has an unique achievement of scoring three successive Test Hundreds at Lords which earned him the Man of the Series award in the year 1986. This is also the World Record of most number hundreds scored by any visiting batsmen in the Test arena in the same venue. In the 1978-79 Test Series of India against the West Indies he was involved in a partnership of more than 300 runs in a Test Match at Calcutta with Sunil Gavaskar. During his entire cricketing career he played 116 Tests scoring 6868 runs with a batting average of 42.13 with his best knock being 166. He also participated in 129 ODI’s scoring 3508 runs with an average of 34.73 with the best of 105. He is undoubtedly one of the best Indian Cricket Players of All Time.     

(14)Bishan Singh Bedi:

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Arguably one of the greatest spinners that India has ever produced, in fact one of the all-time great cricketer in the world, Bishan Bedi was instrumental behind several Indian Test victories. His spin bowling is often described as one that had lot of grace, guile and mystery which was also artistic. He had the unique capability to flight the ball at ease and also hold it back on occasions when he needed. He could hurry the batsman with his subtle variation in pace. His rhythm and control and ability to bowl the entire day were a blessing for any captain. Out of several successful Test series he had, his memorable performance was against Australia at Calcutta in 1969-70 where he took 7/98. His beat bowling was also against the same opposition where he took career-best match figures of 10/194 at WACA, Perth. In the 67 Tests that Bedi played he took 266 wickets with a bowling average of 28.71 with career best of 7/98. He took 5 wickets in an innings 14 times and 10 wickets in an innings only once. Bedi is second only to Lance Gibbs in regards to maiden overs analysis 16.35 against 16.62. He has bowled 4.2 overs per wicket as against 4.24 by Gibbs.

(15) Erapalli Prasanna:

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One of the formidable members of the famous Indian spin quartet, Prasanna was a genius off-spinner who bamboozled batsman with utmost ease and precision. He was a deadly bowler who could take wickets on any surface. Prasanna had fantastic prowess over his craft and had the capability to beat the batsmen in the air, and was often unplayable in the sub-continental pitches that offered a lot of spin. He made his Test debut against England at Madras in 1961. Although he had a very tough overseas tour of West Indies in 1967, he came back strongly against England with some fine performances in the same year. Prasanna played 49 Test matches in all taking his tally of wickets to 189 with a bowling average of 30.38. He took 5 wickets in an innings 10 times and twice took 10 wickets in a Test Match. He will be remembered as a all time legend till the day cricket is played in India and all over the world.

(16)Bhagwat Chandrasekhar:

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Perhaps the most dangerous of the all-time great spinners India has ever produced, Chandra as he was nicknamed was extremely clever leg-spin bowler who was very unpredictable due to the fact that his deliveries were very quick through the air and would hurriedly reach the batsman even before he anticipated thereby catching him in no man’s land. Chandra, being physically disabled in his right hand which was also supposed to be his bowling arm had the blessing in disguise that his arm speed was naturally very quick and the deliveries would skid on to the batsman at pace and even the bowler himself was not aware that which ball would go at such a speed and which not. The fact which was admitted by Chandra himself. He was not a big spinner of the ball but still he got a lot of success due to his variations. Spin bowling was dominated by the Indians from 1960’s to 1970’s during which Chandra played a major role. Chandra was a wrecker in chief against Australia on 1977-78 where he took same figures in both innings (6/52) that helped India win and he became the first bowler in history to register same bowling figures in a same Test match. In 1976 he along with Prasanna played a important role in India’s win where both of them took 19 wickets. He played 58 matches and took 242 wickets at an impressive average of 29.74 with a career best of 8/79. He was one of the few players who had a unique distinction of getting more wickets than runs with the bat (167).He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1972.

(17) Subhash Gupte:

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An artistic leg-spinner who had the ability to spin the ball on any surface, Subhash Gupte was a genuine talent that emerged during India’s Golden Era of World-Class spinners. He was a magical leg-break googly bowler who was a massive turner of the cricket ball who was termed by experts as one who could turn it even on a glassy surface but he did not sacrifice his line-length for turn. He was always at the batsman with his accuracy. His deceptive googly accounted for many top-order batsmen. In the year 1952-53 he took 50 wickets against the dominant West Indies with an outstanding average of 23.64. He also took 27 wickets on excellent batting tracks while bowling at the greats like the three W’s, Rae etc. In 1954-55 he also took 21 wickets against Pakistan as was the most successful bowler. The next season he was devastating against New Zealand where he took 34 wickets at an exceptional average of 19.67. Again in the year 1956-57 he took 9/102 against the West Indies in a Test Match at Kanpur and in that series he captured 22 wickets. In the year 1959 he toured England where he took 95 wickets at 26.58. In his last but one Test he bowled a dramatic spell of 4/6 in just 18 deliveries. Overall, Gupte played 36 matches taking 149 wickets at a career average of 29.55. 12 times he took 5 wickets in an Innings with 10 wickets in a match only once. It was a pity that he only played for India till the age of 32 but he will be remembered for his mastery of spin bowling art.

(18)Javagal Srinath:

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Srinath was one of the few genuine fast bowlers that India has ever produced. During the times when there was a dearth of fast bowlers in India and there were no quality pacers after Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar, he stood up to serve India for many successful ventures. He was a spearhead of Indian attack for a period of 12 years. He was also 2nd highest limited over’s wicket-taker taking 315 wickets which is only after Anil Kumble. He was also the quickest to 100 wickets in ODI’s. Starting from 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cups in which he took 44 wickets which is the highest for India in World Cup’s. He was also 2nd fastest Indian to 150 wickets. In the years 1991/92 in the tour of Australia, Srinath was selected as the 3rd pacer and he finished the tour with 10 wickets at 55.30 with the best of 3/59. Then in South Africa at Cape Town he took 12 wickets at an average of 26.08 with his best being 4/33 in 27 over’s. His chances increased seemingly with the retirement of Kapil Dev when, in a home test against West Indies he took 5/60 and he was declared Man-of-the-Match as India won the match by 96 runs. Srinath’s majority success was against South Africa where he took 60 wickets at 24.48 both home as well as away series included. He played 67 Tests and took 236 wickets at 30.49 with 10 times 5 wickets in an innings and 10 wickets in an innings once. His best was 8/86 against Pakistan. In 229 ODI games he collected 315 scalps at 28.08 with a best of 5/23 with 3 five wicket hall’s.

(19)Anil Kumble:

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One of the great leg-spinners the World has ever produced, Anil Kumble is an Indian legend who won many matches for India single-handedly. This icon from Karnataka was known for his deception and work-horse like effort, as he could bowl over after over in a Day and would never get tired. He could bowl as many as 40 over’s in day and could still maintain terrific line and lengths from the beginning of the day till the end. He made remarkable performance in Test match against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi at 1999 where he took all 10 wickets in an innings for 74 runs which remains his career best and he became the only player after England’s Jim Laker to achieve such feat in the cricketing history. Not only that, he was a genuine match-winner when it came to ODI’s as well. He was the strike bowler for India in both the formats of Cricket. In the 90’s he took his career best figures of 6/12 against the West Indies in an ODI Tournament. He pivotal performance was in the World Cup in 1996 where he bowled phenomenally well taking 15 wickets in just seven matches at a paltry average of 18.73.Kumble took 100 wickets in 21 Test’s which was second fastest by an Indian. In 1992 on the South African tour he took 18 wickets at 25.94 which included 8 wickets in one Test Match. In the same year when England toured India he took 21 wickets at 19.8 and helped India win the third Test by an Innings at 15 runs. Overall he played 132 Test matches taking 609 wickets at 29.65. He also played 271 ODI’s and took 337 wickets at 30.89. He has a test hundred (110 not out) to his name as well. Along with Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, he will go down as a lead spinner in the World and a true Indian legend.

(20)Sachin Tendulkar:

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Arguably one of the greatest batsman of all time, the one who was described by the all-time Great Sir Donald Bradman as his replica, has played a significant part in glorious cricket history. His ability to play spin, pace at equal proficiency describes about his versatility and supreme technique that he possessed that made him such a Great player that he was. He had an exemplary fitness to play 200 Test Matches and 463 One Day Internationals and is distinguishable player to have scored 100 International Hundreds (51 in Tests and 49 in ODI’s) which no other player who have played in the history of the game has achieved ever before. Sachin has played several memorable knocks for the country, all of which may not have been in the winning cause, but they will be remembered forever by all sports lovers simply because mostly were played when India were under serious pressure and in the manner in which they were played. Few such innings include 136 against Wasim, Waqar and Saqlain led attack Pakistan in 1999,(he was injured playing that knock) 114 against Australia at Perth in 1992, 241 against the same opposition  at Sydney in 2004,169 against South Africa at Cape Town in 1997 against a fiery Allan Donald etc. He also played some great limited over’s knock which include 98 against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup, a blistering 134 against Australia at Sharjah in 1998, which according to many is his best ODI knock. Tendulkar also got the first ODI double ton when he got 200 against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010.Having scored over 15,000 runs in Tests and over 18,000 runs in ODI’s this phenomenal player was ICC’s Best Test Batsman for a total number of 1157 days during in entire career. He played a key role in India winning the ICC World Cup in ODI’s in 2011.

(21) Rahul Dravid:

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Ideally a Great No.3 Test Batsman not only India has ever produced but the World as well, Rahul Dravid was named as “The Wall” because of the fact that he had immaculate defence and solid technique with the bat to counter any type of bowling on difficult pitches. Unlike most Indian batsman, his record shows that he was mostly successful abroad rather than in India because solely for that reason. In 1996 one of his several memorable performances came when India toured South Africa and in the Third Test at the Wanderer’s, Johannesburg he scored 148 runs in the 1st Innings and 81 runs in the second Innings which almost won India the game but couldn’t do so because mostly of the weather. It was his first of several Man-of-the-Match awards in a series where he scored 277 runs at 55.40. He followed it up with another successful trip to the Windies where he scored 360 runs at an average of 72.00. He was the top scorer in the calendar year 1996-97 where he scored 852 runs at 50.11 with one hundred and 6 fifties. His success story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the famous Australian Tour in the year 2000-2001. After India lost the first Test both teams moved to Eden Gardens as Australia were looking for their 18th successive Test match win and subsequently winning series which captain “Steve Waugh” defined as the “final frontier”. India, after conceding over 400 runs in the 1st Innings to Australia were down and out and were following on in their 2nd Innings and although they batted better but were still at a spot of bother at 232/4 needing another 42 runs to avoid innings defeat when Dravid joined another Indian legend V.V.S Laxman and they both played an innings of life-time which not only helped India win that game but was registered as one of the greatest partnerships and Test Match Innings to have been ever played in history. Dravid scored 180 and Laxman got 281 and they registered a partnership of 375 runs and India won the game by 171 runs becoming the 2nd team in history to win a test after following on. He was very successful in limited over’s format as well as he had tremendous success in 1999 World Cup and was the top scorer in 2011 World Cup as well. He had great Australian tour of 2003. He also had an extraordinary England Tour in 2002 where he scored 602 runs in the series at an average of 100.33, including 3 hundreds and 1 fifty and was adjudged joint man of the series along with Vaughan. In his 164 match career he averaged 52.31 and scored 13288 runs with 36 hundreds and 63 fifties with 270 being his best against Pakistan. He kept wickets in limited over’s and scored 10889 runs in 344 matches at 39.16 with 12 hundreds and 83 fifties with 153 his best. This also includes 14 stumping’s. He is one of the few players who have Test hundreds against all Test playing nations .Truly, a remarkable career.

(22)Virat Kohli:

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Born with a natural talent and as he said in his latest press-conference that “cricket is in my blood” the current Indian Captain is arguably one of the modern great if not the great batsman of the modern generation. His fabulous stroke play and control over the game distinguishes him from all other contemporary batsmen of his generation. The master batsman has amassed six double hundreds in this calendar year becoming the top scorer of the year. The unique factor about him is that he has been extremely successful across all the formats for more than a year now. Be it Test Cricket, ODI’s or T-20 cricket Virat Kohli has been the go-to man for India. He along with MS Dhoni has formed a formidable partnership which has won many games for India. In Tests, he has been equally devastating and perhaps second only to Steve Smith of Australia in terms of consistency in Test cricket. In the recently concluded home series in India (13 Test’s in all) against New Zealand, England Bangladesh and Australia, he was instrumental in almost all the games due to which India won every series. He has been the captain under whom India has already tasted success in the World Cup(Under-19). Few of his other achievements include scoring the fastest hundred for his team in just 52 balls, He is the second-fastest player to reach 1000 runs in limited over’s cricket, he has the record of scoring the fastest 5000 runs in ODI’s and second fastest in the World.  He also holds the record for the quickest 7000 and 8000 ODI’s in the World. He is also the quickest to 10, 15 and 20 hundred in ODI’s. Along with being the fastest to 25 ODI hundreds he also has scored the fastest 1000 T-20 International runs. Who can forget his memorable Australian tour in 2014 where he single headedly won the game for India in the 4th Innings chasing 360 odd. He got 141 but India failed to win. He also got hundred in the 3rd Test where he scored 169. He finished second highest run scorer after Steven Smith of Australia and although India lost the series 2-0 he earned a lot of accolades for cricket experts. He has so far played 63 Test’s averaging 53.75 with 5268 runs so far with his best being 243.Kohli has 20 Test hundreds and 15 fifties to his name. He also has played 202 ODI games scoring 9030 runs averaging 55.74 with 32 hundred’s and 45 fifties with best being 183 being his best. He has been equally successful in T-20 games playing 55 matches getting 1956 runs with outstanding 52.86 average with 18 fifties and a top score of 90 not out. His strike rate has been close to 150 in T-20’s. People believe that if anyone can break Tendulkar’s record of 100 International hundreds it will be Kohli.

(23) Virender Sehwag:

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He was selected as one of the all time great opening batsman for India who would be partnering Sunil Gavaskar in the all time great Indian eleven. A typical dasher of the game, he was known to take the game away from the opposition in no time with his master stroke and belligerence. Graeme Pollock once said that he could pay anything and walk miles to watch Sehwag bat. He has multiple batting records under his name which includes the highest Test score made by Indian batsman which was 319 he made against South Africa in Chennai and also the fastest 250 by any batsman in history. In fact he is one of the four batsman in the world who scored two triple hundreds and who took five wickets in an innings. He also was the first double hundred scorer in ODI cricket when he scored 219 runs that was later on surpassed by Rohit Sharma who made 264 against Sri Lanka. He also has the feat of achieving a triple hundred in Test cricket and a double hundred in ODI cricket which only Chris Gayle had previously. Under the captaincy of Saurav Ganguly in the year 2002 Sehwag opened the innings in an ODI game against England although primarily he was a middle order batsman. He scored a brilliant 82 and eventually India won the game. In 2001, he also opened the innings where he got a superlative hundred off 69 balls against New Zealand which was an important match as it was the decider of the finalist. Incidentally it was his first maiden ODI hundred. He was also instrumental in India’s first series win against New Zealand where he a got a hundred of just 60 deliveries. A fearless cricketer who was very successful in Tests scoring 195 against Australia in Sydney 2003, 309 against Pakistan at Multan in 2004 to name a few. He was the highest scorer in single day of Test Match as well. In the 104 Test matches he played he scored 8586 runs at 49.34 with 23 hundreds and 32 fifties with 319 is highest. Viru also got 8273 runs in 251 ODI’s averaging 35.05 with 219 being highest.

(24)Saurav Ganguly:

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Arguably one of the greatest captains India has ever produced. Saurav Ganguly is regarded as the one who changed the mindset of Indian Team touring abroad. He taught them how to fight fire with fire when it comes to sledging, especially against Australia. He instigated the belief among the players like Kapil Dev did in 1983 that India has the potential to win abroad. That self-belief helped India to successfully win many overseas tours under Saurav’s regime. In 2002, Ganguly was awarded the 6th ODI batsman rank of all time by Wisden. Ganguly’s  lucky break when he was called in between India’s tour of England when Navjot Sidhu left the tour in between due to controversial reasons in 1996. His debut was memorable as he scored back-to-back hundreds at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. Although India lost the series 1-0 but his debut was one to remember as it was mark of a new era of Indian cricket. As Rahul Dravid described him as in off-side first there is God and then Saurav Ganguly, he was known for his supremacy of driving the ball in the off-side and scoring at will in the zone. It was under his captaincy that India won the series against Australia 2-1 in 2001.His personal success was mostly in the limited over’s format which includes 2003 World Cup where he got 465 runs with 3 hundreds at an average of 58.12. In the tournament, India reached the finals but lost to Australia in the final game. He was handed over Indian team captaincy in 2000 against an ODI series in South Africa at home. India won several ODI tournaments under him which includes the famous Natwest Series final victory at 2002 which is also memorable for the fact that Saurav Ganguly took off his T-Shirt in the Lord’s balcony after winning the game. In the 113 Tests, he played he scored 7212 runs with an average of 42.17 that includes 16 hundreds and 35 fifties. His best score is 239. He also played 311 ODI games averaging 41.02 with 11,363 runs with best being 183. This includes 22 hundreds and 72 fifties.

(25)Mahendra Singh Dhoni:

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Dhoni, popularly known as MSD will go down as probably one great captain who has given us the taste of all major tournament victories. He is the only distinctive Indian captain who has won all the ICC tournaments in all formats along with many other bilateral series. He is the best finisher of the ODI game for India and probably one the World has ever produced. He significantly contributed to many Indian victories which include 91 not out in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka where India was in a spot of bother chasing 274 runs to win and he played a match-winning knock along with Gautam Gambhir who got 97. Under him, India also won the inaugural ICC T-20 World Cup beating Pakistan in the finals.  It was under MSD that India was the number one ranked Test side and he led India to whitewash Australia in a Test series 4-0 at home which was never achieved before. He was ICC ODI player of the year both in 2008 and 2009 and was listed as the one of the 100 most influential player in the World by Time magazine. Also in 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shree. India, under him also won away series in New Zealand. He is also instrumental in his franchise Chennai Super Kings winning the IPL title on more than one occasion. Dhoni played 90 tests scoring 4876 runs at 38.09 with 6 hundred and 33 fifties. He has so far played 311 ODI’s with 9898 runs at an average of 51.55 with 10 hundred and 67 fifties. He effected 38 stumping’s and took 256 catches in Tests and 104 stumping’s and 291 catches in ODI’s.

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Top 25 Popular Franchise Brands to do successful Business in India

Most of us are running after the 9 to 5 job since we all feel that in order to accomplish our goals we need to be financially strong and for that we need to succeed in our job roles. Frankly speaking not all of us get the job satisfaction we need, but still we do compromise with it as firstly, even after changing several jobs we still do not get what we desire and secondly due to tough completion and rat race in market we seldom get the chance to choose a job really, so we have to contend with what we get. However, amongst all this, there is still the opportunity for the individuals to change, if of course, they are willing to take the risk, have the capacity to invest, be bold enough to be optimistic, then starting a franchise business is just ideal for you. There are a few reasons as to why one should look to buy a franchise based business opportunity:

  • Firstly, franchisee business has more chances to succeed rather a completely new start-up business done individually
  • As you are already getting a major support from the major company chances of surviving successfully is almost doubled
  • Franchisee business can be best used as a business expansion model
  • Since it is already a proven system, it will give you detailed guidelines about licensing fees, trademarks etc. which otherwise you may struggle to find in detail starting anew.

Interested? Thinking about from where to start your journey?  Here is a list of 25 most popular franchise business opportunities that you can try your hands on:

(1) McDonald’s:

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With its headquarters based in Illinois, these restaurants exist from way back in 1955, the US-based food-chain has a huge demand all over the world. Its immense popularity can be understood by the fact that it has 36,900 franchises all over the world. The investment cost varies from: US$1 million to$2.3 million. They offer mainly four types of business opportunities: Traditional Restaurants like that in buildings, food courts etc, Satellite locations like in the airport, universities hospitals etc, small town locations include franchises given to small retailer’s in rural areas, and business facilities lease was given to business establishments. The training program is generally operated by the Hamburger University which is the international training center of McDonald’s. The courses vary from time to time as per the need of franchises. Generally, in an agreement of 20 years, these outlets are restricted to sell only McDonald’s authorized products and use the premises as McDonald’s restaurant only. There competitor’s include KFC, Subway, Burger King’s, Wendy’s etc.

(2) KFC:

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Popularly known as Kentucky’s Fried Chicken, it is a reputed entity worldwide. The popularity can be drawn by the simple fact that it has about 20,605 branches existing all over the world. Recently this business has been shaking way up its food selection and broadening, helping themselves in getting a lot of attention from the media as a result of which different new business personnel’s are willing to collaborate with them to be a part of this successful journey. As the name suggests it has headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky they usually offer agreement of 20 years and a dedicated qualified manager is assigned to each franchise that spends his entire time in monitoring the outlet. The cost involved in opening the franchise is US $1.3 million-$2.5 million. Franchisees must offer all Needed Items as the franchisor regularly designates. They may not provide any item from the Store or anywhere. Franchisees may provide and create product sales at unique occasions, only if franchisees fulfill the franchisor’s providing and function procedures. Other primary competitors include Chick-Fil-A, El-PolloLoco, Greenpeace, Popeyes etc.

(3) Baskin Robbins:

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Incorporated in the year 1946 with its headquarters located in Canton Massachusetts, this is also a well-renowned restaurant that offers ice-cream and other products that can be frozen and grants franchisee to locations in all over the world. One of the leading and branded ice-cream restaurants, it has immense popularity across the globe irrespective of ages. The X-factor of this company is that it generates strong effort in developing a solid relationship with its franchisees by providing a strong training and operation related support thereby helping the franchise’s to increase profitability immensely. This famous brand has about 7730 units all over the world and the franchise fees are about US$102,900-US$388,600. Other obligations include that the franchise is restricted to use the premises for selling products that are Baskin Robbins’s related only that are prescribed by the franchisor and not anything else. For performing any other functions the franchise would need a prior letter of approval from the franchisor. The competitor’s of this brand are The Burton Corporation, Intermix, Inc., and Converse, Inc etc.

(4) Kidzee:

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One of the most popular brands not only in India but also all over Asia. This organization is a leading children education, training, and development center that have expanded its franchises in more than 14 years in India. With an overwhelming network of spread across over 1700 centres and more than 550 cities, this association dedicatedly have succeeded in changing the lives of more than 4, 50,000 kids in India and strongly working for more as they believe that every child has something ‘special’ that can be groomed and nurtured to something really meaningful. Requiring a minimum area capacity of about 2000-3000 sq feet, the initial one-time investment is about INR.12,00,000/- to INR.15,00,000/- that also includes the necessary materials and the types of equipment cost that will be needed at the start of the franchise. All the franchisee’s need to undergo a training program about the Kidzee curriculum for operating the business successfully. There competitor’s are EuroKids International Ltd., Treehouse Playgroup – Ambernath and Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd.

(5) Pizza Hut:

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Based on Texas and offering franchisee since 1959, it is a fast food restaurant that offers several Italian food items like the Pasta, Pizza under the name of Pizza Hut. This company has huge demand worldwide so much so that it stands out as a leading restaurant in delivering quality pizza way above any other pizza delivering restaurant. Having about 16,410 units all across the globe they offer franchisee for mainly three types of restaurants: Red-Roof Restaurants, Delivery Restaurants, Carry out (Delco or Delco-lite Restaurants).The initial investment to run this franchise is approx: US $297,000-$2.1 million. The USP of this brand is that it has a reliable reputation along with a strong assistance structure with regard to franchises to assist its proprietors successfully operate their shops. Every Unit is monitored by an on-site administrator who has efficiently finished the compulsory coaching program. Each unit must also sign the agreement that states to abide by all the rules and regulations and also to conceal any confidential information if required. There top competitor’s includes: Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Starbucks etc.

(6) Domino’s Pizza:


The direct and perhaps the greatest rival’s of Pizza Hut, this is another top restaurants, that is offering the same multi-flavored pizza, Italian pasta items like the Pizza Hut, as a result of which it is it’s direct competitor. The continuous development of this food chain in the last few years again can be a clear signal about the effectiveness of this fast food in dining establishments should never be undervalued. Being involved in the franchise business since 1967, with its headquarters located in the state of Michigan, the cost of this franchise ranges from US$119,950 to $461,700. They usually offer franchisee for a period of ten years which is renewable. There are usually three types of restaurants on offer like the traditional, non-traditional, carry-out facility etc. Usually they provide a mandatory 2 day on-site training program for the outlets however they need undergo other training schedule from time to time also as and when required. The franchisees are authorised to sell only those products that are approved by the franchisor, these products can be changed by the franchisor periodically.           

(7) Subway:

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Although it has been surrounded by controversies in the recent years, this continues to be the leader of the pack globally when it comes to sandwich restaurants. They are introducing food products which are healthier, tastier, less calorie and nutritionally great and as a result of which it is acquiring more and more customers regularly. Since it is expanding globally more people are looking to be a part of their family. With its headquarters located in Florida and in this business since 1974, they awesome 44,780 units based all over the world. The cost to obtain this franchise would be about US$119,950 to US$461,700. They offer franchises to locations like airport terminals, school lunch program locations, satellite locations, national parks. A special feature of this franchisor is that they also finance certain amount which can be from US$10,000 to US$15,000(negotiable) as a loan to the franchises. There is a strict training curriculum that the follow, firstly there should be perfect attendance from the franchise, secondly, they need to score 80% on an average in the inside store course and also 80% in classroom quiz. The classroom training consists of 53 hours and on the job training in nearby restaurants happens to be for 33 hours. The usual length of agreement is 20 years and outlets need to follow all rules and regulations of the franchisor. Competitors are Pizza Hut, KFC, Papa John’s, Taco Bell etc.

(8) 7 Eleven:

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The 7 Eleven is a well-known brand that is spread across the planet operating in more than 63,000 units approximately. This store is mainly about multiple products like coffee, candy, prepared foods, gasoline, dairy, different verities of beverages, chocolates etc. The significant aspect of this store is that it is widely known to all and simply presented. They follow a very simple business model that is very easily understandable. Moreover the selling method that they follow is quite attractive. The USP of this brand is most franchisors require royalty payments on the basis of a portion of revenue. With the 7-Eleven system, you pay royalties based upon the store’s total profit, that is, net revenue invoices minus the general cost of the products you can sell. The cost of operating this franchise is about US$37,200-US$1.6 million. To be a part of this brand, one has to successfully complete the 300 hours training program that is conducted in its headquarters at Irving, Texas. Once training is successfully completed there is an agreement of 10 years which is renewable as well. The outlets must carry all the inventories that are specified by the 7 eleven store and they should be all fresh foods. However they can keep a stock of any other food items apart from the specified products provided that is mentioned separately in writing.

(9) Khadim’s:

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One of the leading brands the Footwear Industry, Khadim’s is brand that is in the franchise business for more than 22 years in India. Operating since 1965 this vast and immensely successful name in the footwear industry is spread over more than 486 franchise outlets in India. The quality in footwear that is on offer here is on tremendous demand and as a result of this, it has expanded its branches to over 600 retail outlets in the current years covering more than 21 states that include over 200 distributors that are serving Eastern India alone operating in over 10,000 multi-branded outlets. In return for the franchise fee that is in the range of 20 lakh to 30 lakh rupees INR, the franchise gets the brand name and logo, continuous ongoing support for best results, great returns-on-investment.  The support staff make sure that all the new franchise outlets undergoes extensive training programme that will enable them to work smoothly and in the process generate substantial amount of profit. Although Khadim’s is a very popular and a leader in the footwear industry, this company however is not devoid of competitors. Still today it faces stern competitions from existing footwear companies in India like Bata, Sreeleathers, Half-n-Half, Ford etc. In spite of all this Khadim’s still continues to be one of the most popular franchise business opportunities that exist.

(10) GNC Franchising:

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With the rapid development of healthcare industry all over the world, GNC franchising is a famous name that is the leader of the pack. With a stupendous and proven track record, this brand has vitamin and food supplement chain that has its branches spread far and wide across the globe. More and more business entities are looking to get connected to them because of its brand name, great reputation for service, and for providing support for every individual franchisee outlets. As per the current date, GNC has its franchisees based in approximately 4000 centres all over the world. Its operating costs amount up to US$167,900-$294,500.The GNC Franchising offers also provides financial support to people opening new outlets but that depends upon consideration. Franchisees are allowed for more than one unit, with generally an agreement offer of 10 years. Training is available at their headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA which lasts for usually one week but if the need arises further training can be available at their corporate stores. With stiff competitions arising from online stores, big box and other overseas retailers, GNC still continues to holds its position by providing quality service and assistance to its consumers as well as the outlets too.

(11) Dunkin’ Donuts:

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Another hugely accepted brand worldwide, this brand is successful for the simple reason that coffee is by and large a commodity that is very well accepted everywhere and also in most cases brand loyalty matters with the customers as they do not switch to different brands that quickly. They are mainly a bakery company that sells coffee, doughnuts, bagels, croissants, pizzas, snacks and other sandwiches and beverages etc. Established in Canton, Massachusetts, and offering franchisee since 1955, the cost of operating this franchise is US$216,100-$1.5 million. The popularity of this brand can be understood by the fact that it has an eye-catching figure of 11940 units spread across all over the world. The Core Preliminary Training program requires a minimum of twenty days to accomplish the classroom/instructional phases. This does not consist of online coaching, in restaurants (typically in the franchisee’s home market) or journey time and exists a minimum of twenty-five times annually at Dunkin’ University in Braintree, Massachusetts, or in a designated exercising Restaurant. Like other brands, the franchise term is for 20 years. A significant obligation of this franchise is that they are not allowed to distribute or sell the products or service through the Internet.

(12) RE/MAX:

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Established in Denver, Colorado and offering franchise business since 1975, this organization is engaged brokerage of real estate and is spread across the United States, Canada etc. As this is a leading company in the real estate market and it is acquiring new customers, hence all the new franchisees in order to obtain this particular franchise must comply with all pre-requisites that include, relative experience in this field, education as well as licensing, background past document of conformity with regulations, financial capability, skills and other required characteristics. The length of agreement that is offered by them is generally for a period of 5 years which can be extended depending upon the performance of the outlet during the term of the contractual agreement. Operating in franchise business for more than 8 years now, it has about 7220 units spread all over the world. The investment amount in this business varies from a range of US$38,000 to US$219,000. There is a mandatory 41/2 day training program that the manager /owner of the franchisee must complete which is held at the headquarters of franchisor at Colorado. When the franchise or perhaps a principal proprietor does not straight supervise any office or have a legitimate real estate agent license, the actual franchise is going to be required to save the services of the validly certified real estate dealer under in whose license work will be carried out and that will be responsible for the particular management of the Office.

(13) British Academy for English Language:

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Operating as a leading franchise business in India for over 10 years, the BAFEL is a renowned name when it comes training development in corporate industry. Started back in the year 2001 and spread in more than 100 signups across India. The rapid success of this organization is due to few factors like the high standards set for the quality of training, an industry that is rapidly expanding, the eagerness of the agency to welcome and train people of all ages and all society levels, the USP of this organization is that they offer a wide ranges of English Language courses to choose to study, an expert research and development team that is continuously working to upgrade the business model of BAFEL as well as their courses. A very strong brand name as well as big reputation for winning multiple awards for becoming the best English academy. The minimum investment to start the franchise business is about 15,00,000 rupees INR however if the need arises the company itself can provide financial assistance to its franchisees as well. An extensive training program is conducted by the business experts of the BAFEL that will be thoroughly based on the franchise policies and the course curriculum for the better understanding of the new start-ups. Currently their competitors include Studymate, FIITJEE Limited, and Aakash etc.

(14) Antal International:

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An International Recruitment company that is located in London, UK and in the franchise business in India for more than 24 years now, Antal International. Their offices are spread across in more than 135 offices that are in Asia, UK, Europe and America helping talented employees all over the world to show the path to achieve long-term growth and success. The success story behind the company is that there is they provide support in marketing and PR, the franchise gets their own three-page mini website on They have a huge international online database that is categorized by sectors, country, and discipline. They have proven track record of following a methodology that is award winning and they do have a global brand that is recognized worldwide. The significant part of Antal is that there business model is quite flexible and it can be altered depending upon each country’s economic development and culture. The start-up cost of the franchise is about 12, 00,000 rupees INR. There are no essential pre-requisites as such to take this franchise apart from the fact that English speaking is a must. Global conference is held to provide training and also to share business experience and ideas with people in India and abroad. There competitor’s are: InterQuest Group, Vaco Technology, and Workforce Strategies Inc.etc.

(15) Cafe Desire:

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 One of the oldest and fastest growing brands in the history. They are mainly in the manufacturing business and they provide and install coffee vending machines and are in charge of supplying mixes of beverages quite regularly at all kinds of shops, small, medium and large offices, various bakeries, schools, colleges, hospitals, cinemas and more places. Operating franchisee business in India for the last 15 years, they have made a brand name of their own. Their success records prove that they are not only just about tea and coffee but also about some desirable drinks that are mind-blowing and are sure to delight the taste buds. Not only that but also the hospitable services that their employees provide are something to be remembered. They have a proven track record of providing one of the finest materials and upgrading their own state of standards from time-to-time so that the customer’s expectations are always met. The minimum investment to start this business is about 2, 00,000 rupees INR. They do have a training program that is designed in a model that will help to bring the customers and the franchises together, so that both of them are in a win-win situation. Their competitors include Barista, Café-Coffee-Day etc.         

(16) Hertz:

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This car-rental company is operating all over the world and is in the franchise business since 1925. Based in Estero, Florida, they are enterprises that rent s or let out cars, not with drivers as well as for insurance cover for car or truck replacement needs (including rentals or perhaps leased motor vehicles that are reimbursed by different party). Carrying a hallmark in the car rental business, many rental companies are looking to collaborate with them for a beneficial business opportunity as a result of which they are offering franchisee for car rentals on the Hertz’s name. With its brand spread over 9700 units, that includes all the brands under this group, and its investment cost nearing about a minimum of US$564,300, this is about one of the most popular franchisee opportunity going around. All the franchisees, at their own expenses that includes both living and travelling, must attend all the mandatory training programs and complete them satisfactorily and not only that, they also need to undergo that training programs that are periodically conducted by Hertz to upgrade business as and when required. The initial term of an agreement is for 5 years, however, if all the criteria’s are met by the franchise then the agreement can be renewed in 3 segments for 5 years each. Competitors of Hertz are the companies like Avis Rent a car, Avis budget group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and so on.                   

(17) Papa John’s:

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 The major talking point about Papa John’s International is that they are expanding their business. The restaurant that is charge of delivering superior quality of Italian food like the pizza, pasta, etc. This restaurant majorly operates in delivery or carry-out basis, however they are also open to non-traditional venues like the sports complex and food courts. Operating in the franchise business since 1985 with its headquarters based in Louisville, Kentucky, they are also major business franchises that are continuously expanding in India for the last eleven years. Currently, they have units approximately of 5100 in number operating not only in India but all across the planet. Generally the length of agreement ten years which is renewable provided that they have met all the prescribed requirements. As far as the training schedule is concerned the franchise owner or at least the manager need to attend the training program held at Papa John’s University located in Louisville, Kentucky. It may so happen that there may be any extra training schedule that the franchise owner needs to attend if the franchisor thinks it to be appropriate. The cost of this franchise is about US$129,900-US$844,200. Most common competitors are KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s etc.

(18) Taco Bell:

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Operating in India for more than 7 years, the Taco Bell is well known for its supreme brand like several other top franchisees. Because of their brand they have a huge customer base and they keep on acquiring more people with the passage of time. This food chain has a huge network of about 350 franchises, out of which 35 percent have an experience of more than 25 years. They have an incredible support in building business network. Based on Louisville, Kentucky, and operating in the franchise business since 1964, this restaurant is known to provide quality and mouthwatering Mexican food that are certainly going to tickle the taste buds and area foodies delight. They offer different types of restaurant facilities like traditional, drive through restaurants that are referred as ‘End-Caps’. Buildings that already have a gas station available can be used as an outlet for this franchisor. Around 6605 units based all over the world and with an investment cost that is approximately about US$1.2 million-US$2.6 million, the Taco Bell has training curriculum that can be segregated in two parts. Firstly there is a 3-day training course that trains franchisees as how to become a successful Taco Bell outlet, and secondly, the manager/owner of the franchise needs to successfully complete a 7 weeks program that includes web-based as well as on job or classroom training which may extend to 8 weeks depending upon requirements. Franchisees must provide for sale promote all in support of the food, drinks and other items described within the franchisor’s guide.

(19) Anytime Fitness:

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With the heavily rising trend of health consciousness, running a fitness center can be quite a profitable business it is assumed. One of such famous brands that has made immense name is Anytime Fitness which is running there franchisee business in India for the last 5 years quite successfully. With about 3535 units that are running all around the globe and with a customer base of more than 2 million, what makes this brand successful is that customers have 24/7 access 365 days a year. The key point that makes Anytime Fitness unique is that they have a very strong security system, supremely upgraded fitness machines and the customers are always comfortable in visiting any such locations but that do not charge them anything extra. The X-factor of this company is its financial strength, being stable, its rate of growth and the size of the organization. The operating cost of running this business is US$78,700 min and can extend up to US$371,000.The initial agreement period is about 10 years, however if all the conditions of franchisee are met then it can be extended to another 5 years. The franchise needs to attend the training that is conducted for 2 weeks that generally carry for 10 business days. However they may not need to attend them consecutively it is divided into two halves for the franchisor’s benefit. The franchise is restricted to market only those products that are authorized by the franchisor.

(20) Wendy’s:

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Also one of the leading fast food joints, this is offering franchise opportunities for new enterprises since 1972 with their headquarters based in Dublin, Ohio. They offer a menu of different types of fast foods and snacks that includes hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and other compatible items. With several locations in Gurgaon, Bangalore this is becoming a popular brand in India due to the popularity of their quality of different types of snacks that are on offer. Usually with a agreement term of 20 years which can be renewed for 10 years, they offer an extensive training program that will go up to 20 to 24 weeks which offers both on job and classroom training. With over 6540 outlets based all over the world, the investment on this business amounts in the range of US$2,008,500 and maximum of US$3,644,000 that includes the cost of land, building, equipments etc. The individual franchisee might face competitors from other  franchisees of Wendy’s, through Wendy’s Restaurants that are owned by the company, or even from other stations or competing brands possessed by affiliate marketers of Wendy’s.

(21) Intercontinental Hotels Group:

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Operating in India as a major franchise business group for almost 43 years, this exotic group of hotels has their headquarters in Denham, UK and is operating in more than 100 countries with having 5174 hotels all across the globe. The main USP of this group is there world-class infrastructure, most importantly this includes its hugely spacious rooms, that are 766,000 in number, that consists of world-class suites, lounge rooms, gardens etc, quality food both international and national are the key features that draws new people to collaborate with them for a successful venture. Although this is quite a successful brand, taking franchisee might be expensive for some as the initial franchise fee is about US$50,000 however net investment overall can run from US$5 million to near about US$100 million, hence the one willing to invest must have very strong financial support. A well-organized training program is held in seminars in the IHG that has both classrooms as well as on-job training, that initially trains about the fundamentals of success in the hotel business, business profitability and then the second half is about customer service, hospitality etc. Surely one most popular Franchise Opportunity if one has a sound financial base.

(22) InXpress:

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If you are looking for a start-up business but doesn’t want to invest huge amount and also not willing to take a lot of risks, then perhaps the safest way is to take up the courier franchise business opportunity. One of the leaders of the pack is InXpress which is a UK based company that is running their successful show in India for over 18 years and operating in 80 units. They are partnered by “DHL” and hence their pick-up services are supremely world class. To join them is to remain hassle-free, as they will be the one who will take care of all different aspects in logistics that will begin from pick-up to delivery to the destination place. To work with InXpress is to remain free of tension. The main aim of this company is to succeed together, that is the company itself and their respective franchises hence they have a well structured training format that includes field visits with the respective mentors, as well as classroom sessions with feedbacks from other franchisees, interaction with the leaders etc. However after the training all units are provided with continuous support online and offline. Franchisee fees come across a one-time charge of US$50,000. However, the infrastructural cost may vary depending on the set-up choices of the business.

(23) Dairy Queen:

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Coming back once again to fast food franchises Dairy Queen is certainly one of the leaders. Established in Minneapolis, Minnesota, it is operating the franchise business since 1944 they are one such restaurant offering several grilled food items, beverages etc. They have about 6840 units all over the world and they generally like most other franchises offer an agreement of 20 years, which can be extended up to 10 years if all the franchising criteria’s are met. The training is divided into few components like The Management Training Readiness Assessment, a certification called SERVSAFE, the other training includes Product Training, Management Training, People and Profit Training. Last but not the least, a cake decoration certification course. The initial franchise comes around US$35,000, infrastructural and equipment cost extra. Like most other franchises, this particular franchise also is obliged to sell only the products that are approved by the Dairy Queen and they are permitted to sell these products only from the approved premises that are the restaurant. Their competitors are McDonald’s, Ben  &Jerry’s etc.

(24) Mio Amore:

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Popularly known as Monginis, it is one the biggest and the oldest brands that are providing quality chocolates and cakes that is very popular not only in India but also all over the world. Started from way back in the year 1960, it has a wide range of business spread is most parts of India. As much as it almost 500 franchise units that are running in India and are looking to expand even more. This is certainly one very much popular and profitable franchise business opportunity in India that is certainly worth a try for the start-up concerns. Due to its immense popularity and customer satisfaction, chances of acquiring more and more business is increasing gradually. The initial investment is not much. To start this business, investment cost is about 10 lakhs INR, along with it there is an additional amount of 1lakh INR that need to be paid which is refundable. The franchise fees amount to 50,000 INR. The agreement time period is generally 3 years which can be renewed subject to fulfilment of terms and conditions. Special training is provided to the franchises from expert personnel’s of Mio Amore from time to time and along with it there marketing support also provided and other types of assistance granted to make sure the outlet earns maximum profit. Other competitors include Chocolate Hut, Kathleen’s etc.

(25) Lakmé Salon:

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Lakme is India’s pioneer brand when it comes to beauty products. Not only India, but this brand is immensely popular all over the world. The high quality and branded beauty products that are on offer is a huge demand especially for women during the wedding season, festivals and other occasions. The products are widely accepted by all ages because of their genuine products that are devoid of any harmful chemicals and are free from side effects. The supreme brand and huge customer base is drawing different franchisees to join them from different parts of the country. There are Lakme Salons that is established in more than 70 cities across India. The start-up cost to open this franchisee showroom is 25 lakhs INR. There will be training provided by trained executives of Lakme on beautification and on their products so that the customers are served flawlessly. They also ensure that by auditing every franchisee unit periodically, every unit is maintaining the desired standard and quality that is expected of them. Although such a popular brand it is not devoid of completion, it is currently racing against brands like Revlon,Yardley,Garnier,L’Oréal etc.

It may seem to you that most of the above-mentioned franchisee businesses do require heavy budget and hence they are out of reach. Well, don’t worry, here is a list of 10 popular franchisees based business that is certainly suitable for most budgets and is worth a try:

(1) DTDC:

This is a very popular courier company in India which requires a small investment of 1.5 lakh rupees INR. Also, it requires a small space to start.

(2) SmartSchool Junior:

A well known pre-school (for kids) franchise-based business that is very affordable for beginners. It requires an initial investment of about 2-5 lakh rupees INR and 1000-2500 square feet space to start.

(3) SMC Global Securities:

A well-known name in the share market, online trading, mutual funds, IPO etc, they offer franchise opportunity that can be obtained with an initial investment of 2-5 lakh rupees INR and a space of 500 square feet.

(4) Career Launcher:

This is also a franchise based business in education field which requires an investment of 3-10 lakh rupees INR with about 1500 square feet space to start.

(5) Jawed Habib:

A popular salon franchise that requires an investment of about 5 to10 lakhs rupees INR and a minimum of 600 square feet space to begin.

(6) First Cry:

A very popular brand in kid’s clothing and garments, it requires an investment of 10-15 lakhs rupees INR and space of approximately 1000 square feet.

(7) Aptech

Another famous brand in the education sector this also requires around 20 lakh rupees INR to start with a space of approx one thousand square feet.

(8) Dr.Batras:

It is a well-known brand in the healthcare business. It requires an amount of approximately 20 lakh rupees INR and needs about four hundred sq. feet space to start.

(9) Lenskart:

It is a company that provides optical lenses. The startup cost is about 20-30 lakh rupees INR and requires about one thousand square feet space.

(10) Café Udupi Ruchi:

A renowned restaurant that offers very tasty and high-quality vegetarian food to their customers that is 100% natural. It requires an investment of 20-30 lakh rupees INR with a space of 4500 square feet.

So, All the Best…

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List of 25 Most Popular and Richest Temples in India

India is a land of rich and varied culture. What makes us so is that we are probably the country with most hospitable and kind-hearted people that exists here in plenty. This kindness comes to us naturally simply because we have faith and belief in our religion, and we are spiritually enlightened people, at least most of us. That huge faith is probably the indication that our country has the most number of temples made by different and classy architects and decorated with a touch of royal feeling. These temples are our assets which are worth its weight in Gold. Not only the temples are known for worshipping and spiritual clarity but there are few interesting facts associated with them too:

  • In the Venkateshwara Temple, at Andhra Pradesh, the human hair is accepted as a sacrifice to Lord Vishnu and then it is sold to foreign countries.
  • In the Kal Bhairav Nath Temple, at Varanasi, where Lord Shiva is worshipped, the only offering made to God here is alcohol, it can be whiskey or wine.
  • At the Mehendipur Balaji Temple, in Rajasthan it is believed that one can get rid of evil through exorcism, thousands of followers gather here on a particular day and by hanging from the ceiling, tying themselves in chains and doing all kinds of painful acts try to get away the evil as they believe this is the only way possible. Here it is also assumed that one should never look back after leaving this temple as it may be the start of misfortune in doing so.

Temples exist everywhere, right from the Himalayas to the hills of Ladakh and the forgotten towns of Tamil Nadu to the caverns of Maharashtra or else in the deserts of Rajasthan.  Here are the list of 25 such popular and very rich temples that exist in India:

(1)Anantha PadmanabhaswamyTemple,Kerala:

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This temple has been built after one of the 108 avatars of Lord Vishnu. In fact, the city where this temple is located, Thiruvananthapuram, was named in resemblance to the name of Lord Vishnu. This temple is known to be the richest in India and one of the richest in the World for the fact that, it has about 1,00,000 crore assets that include precious stones, gold and silver coins, crowns that are studded with stones, highly expensive stone made idols etc. Earlier the Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple was the richest but with the recent discovery of the Padmanabhaswamy, it has come down to second place.

(2)Tirupati Balaji:


Another vastly rich temple that is filled with treasure is the Tirupati Balaji that is located in the district of Chitoor, Andhra Pradesh. The God that is worshipped here is Lord Venkateshwara who is another form of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped with true devotion. About 5,00, 000 visitors come here during the festivals and occasions. Human hair sacrifice is a unique feature of this temple. As a matter of fact, the human hair is first offered to the Lord as a sacrifice and then it is sold as a sacred symbol of God’s blessings. In terms of wealth, this temple receives about US $120 million cash, and gold tons each year. The property value of this temple is estimated to be worth US$11 billion.

(3)Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi, Maharashtra:

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Considered to be an extremely rich temple, the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, located at Shirdi, is believed to be governed by none other then Sai Baba himself , the heavenly figure who believed and preached to people that “All of us is controlled by only the one almighty” as his famous quote would say “SAB KA MALIK EK HAI”. Irrespective of all ages, be it 8 or eighty, disciples and his followers from all across the globe come in huge numbers to get a glimpse of his iconic ancient figure. Officially, the net wealth of this temple that includes ornaments and jewelry is more than 32 crore which is approximately 320 million rupees and other investments alone are Rs.420 crore roughly.

(4)Jagannath Temple, Puri:

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Located in Puri, Orissa, the Jagannath temple is one of the most sacred temples in India. Being one of the oldest temples in ancient India. Known as one of the most ancient worshippers of Lord Krishna and Vishnu, the temple is known for its large number of devotees, that gather from far and wide from the different parts of the world. Especially during the famous Rath Yatra, that is held annually. The Jagannath Temple is considered as one of the “Char Dham Yatra” four cardinal centers of pilgrimage, that the Hindus must complete at least once during their entire lifetime. Thought as one of the temples with riches, the Jagannath Temple is the highest among all other temples of Orissa. Built in the one of the finest era’s of Odishan architecture, this temple is expected to touch Rs.150 crore rupees in terms of its net wealth.

(5)Kashi Vishwanath Temple:

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This sacred temple is located on the banks of Ganga towards the east of the city of Varanasi, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. However the main God of this temple is Vishweshwara, means the one who rules all the universe. It is very firmly believed that if you take a bath in River Ganga here, you will definitely attain the “Moksha” or liberation. This temple is also very famous for the Shiva Jyotirlinga that is inside the temple which is also known as the Vishveshvara Jyotirlinga that marks a significant model of ancient Indian History.The interiors of this temple resemble the Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu that is in South India. The most significant factor of this temple is that there are approx.3000 visitors that visit here every day which on festivals and occasions can exceed more than 10 lakhs. During the accounting year 2013-14, the net wealth of this temple was officially Rs.14,66,83,000 making it a very rich and popular temple in India.

(6)Vaishno Devi:

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This enchanting temple is located in the reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir in the town called Katra. One of the remarkable pieces of Indian architecture, this temple is located 5300 feet height. It is believed as per Hindu mythology that when Lord Shiva carried the dead body of his wife Maa Shakti, or Maa Sati in sorrow, all over the world then her body parts fell in different places and those places are known as the Shakti Pitha’s. The Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of 51 such Shakti Pitha’s and is one of the most ancient, popular and richest temples in India.Seeking for the blessing’s of Maa Vaishno Devi, hundreds and thousands of devotees and followers visit the temple every day, every year. Since this temple is situated at a high altitude, traveling at times at such a high place becomes difficult. People use ponies, palanquins and also helicopters to reach this place. However despite all such troubles, there is no lack of followers, instead, it continues to grow rather than diminish. The bet annual revenue of this Mandir is about 500 crores.

(7)Golden Temple, Amritsar:

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Considered as the most sacred place in the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple is marked as a legendary architectural creativity of India. Situated in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, this temple is called the Golden Temple due to its color that resembles dazzling and glittering gold. The temple was built following the architecture that has the Indo-Islamic or the Indo-European touch. Known earlier as the Darbar Sahib or Harmandir Sahib, the walls and the domes of this temple are covered with gold. This is regarded as one of the most sacred temples not only in India but also in Asia. Built by the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Anjan, the ceiling of this temple is made of precious stones and heavily expensive jewellery. It is also visited my many followers all over the world. And almost 40,000 followers share the meal here every day.Loaded with invaluable jewellery, precious stones, this temple is certainly one if not the most expensive temple in India.

(8)The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai:

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It is one the oldest temples in Indian history that was built way back in the 7th century. The Meenakshi temple is situated in banks of the River Vaigai, and the Goddess worshipped here is Meenakshi, who is also known as an incarnation to Goddess Parvati, and also Lord Shiva or the Sundareswarar, this is considered as one of the biggest in India. Known for its remarkable architecture, this temple is covered with fourteen gopurams, and a significant feature of this building is the Hall of Thousand Pillars. Almost 15,000 visitors visit here every day and especially, a separate puja is held where more than 25,000 devotees attend it. One of the main attraction here is the festival’s like the Avani Moola Maha Utsavam, which is a 10-day festival, and others like the Navaratri, Shivaratri, Ther Thiruvizha, Theppa Thiruvizha etc are held here. Annual income here is about 60 million INR.

(9)Somnath Temple, Gujrat:

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For all religious and dedicated followers of the Almighty, a visit to the Somnath Temple is a must. Dedicated to the mighty Lord Shiva, this temple is located in the coastal area of the western part of Gujarat, and it is known as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga’s that is present in India. Designed following the Chalukya architecture, the main feature of this temple is a tomb present here called the Shikara which is about 150 feet in height. The name ‘Somnath’ if translated into English can be termed as the ‘The Protector of the Moon God.’ Unfortunately, this enthralling masterpiece has been invaded by several rulers of the past and at the same time it has been reconstructed several times as well ultimately leading it loose its original sculpture and work of art. In the year 1951, this temple was reinstated by Sardar Vallav Bhai Patel. Although not exactly figured, the net wealth of this temple is more than 11 crores.

(10)Guruvayurappan Temple, Kerala:

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Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this is also one of the oldest and richest temples in India. Located in the southern part of India, Kerala. The idol worshipped here is Guruvayoor, who is another form of Lord Krishna and is believed to possess powers that are magnetic as well as medicinal. This temple is also called the Dwarka of South India. A noticeable factor in this temple is that there is a strict dress code to be followed while entering in the temple. For Men, the need to wear the mundu, which is something like the dhoti, or lungi that is worn wrapping around the waist and there back should remain bare. However, women can care long skirts, sari’s, salwars or any other ethnic wear. As many as 40,000 to 50,000 visitors come here each day to pay their offerings. Collection on this temple amounts to almost rupees 400 crores corpus and hundi being collected approximately 2.5 crores rupees.

(11)Sabarimala Sree Dharamsastha Temple:


Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, which is popular among all the Kerala Satha Temples is known to worshipping Lord Ayyappa. The temple is located on a hill area (about 3000 feet above sea level known as Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta region.The distinctiveness accumulates its speech, as the temple is available to all, regardless of caste, creed or spiritual beliefs. Another exciting truth is that it does not start all season long. It starts for puja only during the times of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu. It is said that the pilgrims have to adhere to going on a fast for 41 times to detoxify their thoughts before going to Sabarimala. The trip to the temple is to be taken through challenging routes in the woodlands as the automobiles can go only up to Pampa. Visited by people in close proximity to 40 50 million followers year after year, Sabarimala Temple records the biggest number of people who all come here and also will overtake Tirupati temple, on the subject of income. Only men are considered to participate in the holy journey which will happen each year starting with mid-December. During the 2016 – 2017 pilgrimage year, the temple had earnings revenue collected up to 245 Crores.

(12)Amarnath Temple,Jammu:

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Located in the state of Jammu Kashmir, India, this exotic temple also called the Amarnath Cave, is located approximately 12.760 ft above the hills and is situated 141 kms from Srinagar. This temple is known to be dedicated for the worship of Lord Shiva. The place is covered with thick ice throughout the year and an interesting fact about this shrine is from topmost part of the cavern, normal water gradually trickles down that gets frozen to make ice, that when developing an excellent platform begins getting make up the form or the sign of Lord Shiva and it gets the whole form on Purnima. It’s been described in Hindu scriptures that Lord Shiva described to his dearest spouse, Parvati the “Amar Katha.” However reaching the place is never easy, and due to high altitude, travel here can lead to breathing problems, that’s why army and CRPF jawans are posted here for assistance. In spite of this, millions of people continue to visit every year.

(13)Kamakhya Temple, Assam:


Known as one of the seven wonders of India, this temple is another richest and popular temples in India. Located in the Neelachal hill that is found in Guwahati, Assam. Kamakhya temple is one of the 108 Shakti Pitha’s and is known to worship the tantric devi’s or goddesses. Apart from the deity Kamakhya Devi, the substance of the temple homes ten other virtual representations of incarnations of Kali namely Dhumavati, Matangi, Bagola, Tara, Kamala, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Bhuvaneshwari and Tripura Sundari. Believe it or not, it is heard that during the month of June, the deity bleeds and as a result, the Brahmaputra River turns into reddish color. During that time the Kamakhya temple remains closed for 3 days and the holy water is distributed among the followers. Although there is no valid proof of blood in the water.

(14)Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi:

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The main center of attraction of this place is the Akshardham Temple which in other terms means the ‘House of God’. It represents amazing Hindu religious information, brilliant devotional customs and historical structure all are echoed in its art and structure.The mandir is a modest honor to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the virtual representations of personnel, devas and excellent sages of Hinduism. Main attractions of this temple include the open gardens, water bodies, and stylish courtyard. The entire shrine is crafted efficiently with sandstone and marbles and more than 8000 people were involved in its making. Situated in banks of River Yamuna, this mandir signifies the rich breed of India’s ancient culture. More than thousands of visitors come to pay a visit every year to see 234 delicately designed support beams, 9 beautiful domes, a plinth of stone monsters known as the Gajendra Pith along with sculptures of famous Indian Sadhus and religious individualities.

(15)Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur:

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The Shri Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India, as cited in the Puranas is one of the 108 shakti pitha’s present.The temple is of unique religious importance and is regarded as being a position where Shakti (goddess of empowerment) exhibits and as one of only six holy homes of Shakti where worshipers can either be released from or provided their longings.Located on financial institutions of the Panchganga Stream, about 140 kilometers south of Pune, the Kolhapur Shakti Peetha requires its name from Lakshmi, the four-armed, gemstone-adorned goddess of excellent luck. Lakshmi is gifted with six heavenly features, among them success (spiritual and material).It is regarded that the heavenly residing place of Lakshmi and Vishnu. The idol of the primary deity is made of dark rock and is decorated with valuable and precious jewels. According to a review, the complete earnings of this forehead came to Rs. 14,66,83,000 during the accounting year 2013-14.

(16)Siddivinayak Temple, Mumbai:


The Shri Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is one of the wealthiest wats or temples in Mumbai. It is devoted to Lord Ganesha and was designed by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil. It is one of the most popular wats of India and major political figures and Bollywood superstars visit here frequently looking for the deity’s delights. This temple has a little shrine to the idol. The inner ceiling of the sanctum is coated with silver and the wood made gates built in the area have designed pictures of Ashtavinayak or eight symptoms of Lord Ganesha. There is a Hanuman Mandir too located near the Siddhivinayak temple. Many individuals believe that Siddhivinayak as an important part of their temple’s trip schedule as a result huge number of followers travel here from all over the world. The Siddhivinayak gets contributions of around 100 thousand (US$1.6 million), 150 thousand (US$2.3 million) every year, which creates it Mumbai town’s wealthiest temples to have lived in.

(17)Lingaraj Temple, Odisha:


It is believed that this is the oldest temple and one of the largest and most popular temples in India.Located in the city of Odisha and  dedicated to Lord Shiva this temple is named after “Linga” which is Lord Shiva’s another name. The amazing architecture of this temple reminds of Kalinga dynasty. The visual statues look at their top in this structural display. Constructed in red sandstone, Lingraj Temple has the rock of the pitch-dark colour. The high spire of the forehead reaches the peak of 55 metres and basically, rules the sky line of Bhubaneshwar. The huge courtyard consists of 50 small shrines that are devoted to several Gods of the Hindu pantheon. The large marble rock ‘Linga‘ statue is washed with water, dairy and bhang each day. Millions of visitors flock together in this place every year for spiritual satisfaction.

(18)Rameshwaram Temple,Ramanathapuram:

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Rameswaram is a place located on Pamban Island, Tamil Nadu which is situated in the South-Eastern part of India. It’s reputed for Ramanathaswamy Shrine, an Indian pilgrimage spot with corridors that are elaborate, significant sculpted support beams and religious water storage tanks. The followers take a sacred bath in the holy waters of Agni Theertham, there are lots of beach areas of the temple. Gandamadana Parvatham is a hill with Snowdonia views. There is a wheel found here that is said to have some sort of imprint with the feet of Lord Rama’s feet. Legends say that it is this holy place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva after he killed Ravan in Lanka and returned. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temples bears a rich heritage and culture of India and is known to attract a huge number of visitors all over the globe.

(19)Mahabodhi Temple Complex,Bihar:

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This is believed to be the most peaceful place in the world. Established by the Great King Ashoka in 260 BC, this is the sacred place where it is believed that Gautam Buddha attained erudition when he sat under a peepul tree. He, earlier known as Prince Siddhartha, meditated under this day for 3 days and 3 nights and got all the answers to his queries which he felt was troubling him. This temple was built in the Mauryan dynasty and was the first Buddhist temple that was entirely built on brick structure. The main structure of the Mahabodhi Complex is around 55 m high. It has been remodeled several times through the Nineteenth millennium and is enclosed by four more compact lofted pillars. Declared in 2002 by UNESCO as a world heritage site, this spot also attracts visitors due to presence of several antique structures like the lotus pond and other ancient stupas. All in all it’s must-visit pilgrimage spot in someone’s tour diary.

(20)Lotus Temple,Delhi:


The Lotus temple is located in the Bahapur village in the capital city of India, New Delhi. Certainly one of the expensive and most popular temples in India, the Lotus Temple was built with a total cost of  US$ 10 million. Built in one of the finest Iranian architectural design by Fariborz Sahba, this temple looks resembles the beautiful flower lotus that gives it a fine look. House is composed of 29 free-standing marble-clad “petals” specified in groups of a three to form nine sides, by using nine gates opening upon a key hall through height involving slightly around 40 metre distances and a ability of 2,500 people. The average number of people visited the temple was about 70 million people by late 2001 which exceeded 100 million by the year 2014 as per the data by Government of India. This temple is one of the most frequently visited place in the planet.

(21)Sun Temple, Konark:

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The Sun Temple is another gem from the rich mines of Indian architectural history. It was built as early as in the 13th century and is one of the masterpieces of Oriya architect. Based at comfortable distance from the place of Lord Jagannath, Puri approx 35 km’s; the brow is around 63 kms in the capital city of Bhubaneshwar.The Konark entereza is an collegialism of not one but two words–Kona that means corner plus Arka this means the Sun. In ancient times, the European sailors named this place as “The Black Pagoda”. As the name suggests, the main God that is worshipped here in the Sun God. It is believed by the people there as the Sun is the supreme power and controller of the Universe. This is also another world heritage site as declared by UNESCO.

(22)Badrinarayan Temple:


Above all it is one of many holiest shrines of Hinduism. Also area of the Char Dham and the Chota Char Dham. This small Char Dham has it is followers coming from across the all over of the region.Along with the Badrinarayan temple, the particular Kedarnath temple, Gangotri, and also Yamunotri site form the ChotaChar Dham. In the 16th millennium, the King Garhwal moved the deity to the present temple.This shrine has a cupola on top is roughly 50 ft high protected with a silver gilt ceiling.It is constructed of rock, with curved windows where the primary entry has wide stairs. The structure appears like a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the vibrantly coloured act also more common of Buddhist temples. Just inside is the mandapa, a large pillared area that results in the garbha griha, or primary shrine area. If one visits Badrinath, it will surely be one outstanding experience and is just like falling inside the arms of our mother nature.

(23)Akshardham Temple,Ahmedabad:


Built in the year 1992 in the city of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad is one of the largest temples in Gujarat. The temple is dedicated to worship Lord Swaminarayan and is remarkable piece of ancient Indian architectural class that is a mixture of art, education, architecture, exhibitions and research. The unique feature of this temple is the deity of which is seven feet tall. Created by using loads of red stones, Akshardham temple is among the most magnificent edifices of modern Indian. It steps 240 ft in length, 131 feet wide and 108 feet high. This intricately carved grand structure appears regally among the green backyard. Within the temple, lies an attractive garden referred to as Sahajanand Van. On one hand, wherever its elegance lends this the look of the garden and the other that serves as any park for children. It has a herbal yard, lake along with a waterfall.  If one wishes to relax through the rush then Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar certainly is a spot to be in.

(24)Kedarnath Temple,Uttarakhand:

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Situated near the banks of River Mandakini, in the state of Uttarakhand. It is said that the legend of the Pandava’s built this temple and it was reinstated by the great saint Adi Sankaracharya. This temple is solely dedicated to worship Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga’s that can be found in India. If someone is planning for the Chardham Yatra then one of the must visit a place is this temple as it is considered as one of the dham’s is a very sacred place. Situated at approximately 223kms from Rishikesh, this place is surrounded by snow almost throughout the year and hence the road leading to this place is quite arduous to reach. This temple being one of the richest in India, has many attractive tourists locations like the Gaurikund, Gandhi Sarovar, Triyuginarayan, Vasuki Tal, Sonprayag, Agastyamuni Temple and Deoria Tal are few to mention. Many Hindu pilgrims and followers visit this temple every year in large numbers to offer their prayers and seek blessings of the almighty. One place that should not be missing the tour diary.

(25)Iskcon Group of Temples:

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Known as the “The International Society for Krishna Consciousness”, the ISKCON temples or the group of temples are solely dedicated to worship the divine Lord Krishna. It was founded way back in the year 1966 in the city of New York by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who was believed to be the Guru of spirituality. The devotees of the ISKCON follow or chant the maha-mantra which is also called the “Hare Krishna” mantra as it is quoted like “Hare Rama Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare” Its is believed that the devotees follow the principle’s  that were narrated in the “Shrimad Bhagvat Gita” by Lord Krishna to Arjuna during the war of Kurukshetra as it is believed that these are commandments of life. These group of temples is located in around 650 locations worldwide with its headquarters in Mayapur, India. In India, the center’s are in Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Vrindavan etc. The famous RATHYATRA is held a the unique feature of this temple. Strictly non-vegetarian meal followers this organization attracts huge followers all over the world still today.

These are few historical spots that are not only spiritually enlightening us but still carrying the legacy of ancient Indian history.

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List of Top 32 Most Popular Bollywood Hindi Movies of all time

There are very few people around the world who don’t like watching movies and especially Bollywood movies as a matter of fact. Even in today’s world of technological advancement, internet, watching movies still remains as the major means of entertainment of almost all the age groups of our country. Be it old or new, action or romance, comedy or drama, the tastes may be different but the interest of watching them among all communities remains the same. But do you know everything about Bollywood in details? I guess not, so here are few very interesting facts about this glamorous industry:

Mughal-e-Azam’ was shot in Hindi, Tamil and English. But after the disastrous response in Tamil, the  English was stopped soon. The Bollywood film that had the most number of British actors to have worked ever in the Indian Film Industry was “Lagaan“. The world’s longest film is “LOC: Kargil“( 4hrs.25 mins). The first India film that had sound was “Alam Ara.” The first Bollywood film that went past the 100 crore rupees mark was “Ghajini“. Danny Denzongpa was the directors choice of the role of Gabbar Singh who was later replaced by Amzad Khan later. The word “Bollywood” is now a part of Oxford Dictionary and so on…

However, here today we are going to discuss top 32 Most Popular Bollywood Hindi Movies of all time:


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On the 7th of April 1951, this masterpiece of the showman of the millennium was released. This Raj Kapoor acted and directed film was about a child Raju who was spending his days in a very poor condition as a result of being neglected and thrown away by his father, a district judge who did the same with his mother two years ago. Raju later on teams up with a bandit who is also a pickpocket who brings him up as his child, however later on Raju come to know that this man is responsible for the bad terms between his parents and his condition so kills this person and then tries to kill his original father but he fails and is captured and brought to judgement to the same judge, that is his father, who now must curb his personal emotion for the sake of justice. Other stars in the movie were Prithviraj Kapoor, Nargis, K.N. Singh etc. This musical romantic film was one of the vastly popular films of the 50’s and had a box office collection of 5.75 crore rupees INR that is US$12.05 million.

(2)Mother India

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An all-time great classic and unforgettable movie like the Mughal-e Azam, was a melodrama that was released on the 14th of February 1957, was directed by the famous director of the Easter Year Mehboob and it was about a very needy woman struggling for existence in extreme poverty and somehow raises her two sons but never compromises with the moral’s and ethical principles of life that she follows. In the climax of the movie she even sacrifices her son for justice. The lead role of the movie was played by Nargis, along with Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and so on. The box office collection was, at the year of release, was 40 million rupees INR which indicates how grand hit and popular was that movie.


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Indian cinema is probably incomplete if we do not talk about this epic film. Released in the year 1960, the K.Asif directed film was an evergreen romantic epic that will be remembered by generations to come. The film was about Great King Akbar’s son Salim falling in love with a court dancer Anarkali who was accused of this relationship and was buried alive in the stone walls. The cast of this fascinating film was lead by Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Ajit etc. The popularity of the movie even exists today as it has been a symbol of eternal love even in today’s generation. As per the box office is concerned the film earned a revenue of 110 million which as per 2011 would be 1327 million and could be easily termed as “All-Time Blockbuster”.


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An old Indian classic tale of 1965 that was released on the 6th of February, this movie was about a tour guide who falls in love with a tourist woman who happens to be married. He helps her to reinvent her passion for dance. Both of them marry and relocate to another place, the woman becomes very rich in her profession of dancing and her new husband on the opposite becomes alcoholic and gambler feasting on his wife’s wealth. Soon this tour-guide Raju on account of cheating is arrested and sent to prison and after serving his sentence he returns to start a new life. Based on the novel of R.K. Narayan, this movie was directed by Vijay Anand and was casted by Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis etc. Box office collection of the movie was 1 crore 75 lakhs approximately

(5)Mera Naam Joker

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Directed by the showman of the millennium Raaj Kapoor and released on 18th December 1970, the plot of the movie was about a clown or a joker by the name of Raju, working in a circus, learns an important lesson in life, that no matter how are the ups and downs in life, a clown must always entertain people and make them laugh with a smile on his face as the famous dialogue of the circus manager suggested “the show must go on”. The star cast of this movie along with Raj Kapoor was Manoj Kumar, Simi Garewal, Achala Sachdev etc. Box Office collection of the movie at that time was approximately 3 crore rupees INR.



Based on teenage love , this was a blockbuster released on the 28th of September 1973. Marked as one of the all-time classic and romantic movie of all time, the story was about an 18 year old boy, Raja who is the son of a rich businessman who was a Hindu, falls in love with a 16 year old girl named Bobby, who was a Christian and as usual they face a huge challenge from their respective families and ultimately win over them to find success. This was one great piece of direction by Raj Kapoor, and the star cast of the film was Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Aruna Irani, Pran, Prem Chopra etc. The box office had a tremendous response   collecting a net revenue of 574 crore which is approximately $USD 90 million as of 2016..


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Released on the 11th of May 1973, this Prakash Mehra directed and Amitabh  Bachchan starrer action-packed movie was about  Vijay, an honest police officer, who faces off with a gangster, who also happens to be the brutal murderer of his parents and family members. In the course of time, Vijay faces ups and downs in life when during his duty he was suspended from duties due to a conspiracy against him by the same crime boss, however, Vijay eventually fights his way to justice and revenge. The other characters in the film were played by Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan), Pran, Om Prakash, Ajit, Iftekar etc. This trend changer hugely liked movie had at that time a net income of 17.46 crore which is US$22.33 million.



A classical musical drama released on 27th of July 1973, this Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan) starrer film was about a very popular singer who after marriage convinces his wife to enter into the music and singing world,  slowly his wife gains more popularity than the singer leaving him with envy and jealousness which leads to a huge personal turmoil in the family. This sweet and ever-memorable movie was directed by none other than Hrishikesh Mukherjee and all other characters were ably acted by Asrani, Bindu, A.K. Hungle and so on. This widely accepted and immensely popular movie generated a net revenue of 17 million that is US$270,000 approx


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One great classic family drama and action-packed Yash Chopra directed film that was released on May 1979 the story was about a person Vijay who, from a struggling life of dock worker emerges as a huge figure of the underworld. However, his younger brother grows up and joins police department to become an efficient policeman. Eventually, this causes separation between two lovable brothers leading to conflict. Again the characters were superbly played by Amitabh Bachchan, memorable and ex-superstar Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi and others. Needles to say that movie was widely accepted by all categories of viewers and generated an income of 75 million rupees INR which is equivalent to USD $40 million in 2016.


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This Science fiction based movie that was released on the 25th of May 1987 was about a common man Arun, who takes upon him to bring up a group of orphan kids, is harassed every day by a crime gang leader who tries to capture his house. Meanwhile he discovers one of inventions of his scientist father that is a gadget which makes a person invisible after wearing it. Thus Arun uses this invention to fight crime. This film was ably directed by Shekhar Kapoor with Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri playing the lead roles. This film was the one of the highest revenue generated film in the year 1987. It had a net collection of 120 million which is equal to 1.1 billion or US$16 million.

(11)Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

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Termed as perhaps all-time great epic romantic love story that was released on 1st March 1988. An Amir Khan starrer and Mansoor Khan directed movie that was about a young man and women who fall in love with each other against the will of each of their family member’s and runs away to set their own world opposing to their parent’s will who settles their marriage elsewhere. This supreme direction was tremendously backed up by classic performances from Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Dalip Tahil, etc. In 1988 this movie had a grand response making it an all-time popular movie even today. The then box office collection was 5 crore which is equivalent to 90 crore in today’s rate or US$90million.

(12)Maine Pyar Kiya

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This all-time popular love story was released on the 29th of December 1989, directed by Sooraj Barjatya, the storyline goes about a man who in order to earn huge money for his daughter’s marriage travels to Dubai, thereby leaving his daughter to his wealthy friend’s house to take care of her. That wealthy friend’s son Prem falls in love with that man’s daughter, Suman and eventually, Suman also falls in love with him. However, the rich man doesn’t like this and asks Suman to leave his house thinking this is the father and daughter’s plan to capture his wealth. Suman leaves the house and when the man returns from Dubai, he is furious with his friend’s behavior, meanwhile, Prem, unhappy with all this, reaches Suman’s house to conquer his love. Star cast of this film was: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath etc. This grand popular love story had a box office collection of 28 crore that is about 481 crore as per 2016-17.


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Aashiqui is marked as a all time romantic love story that was released in 23rd July 1990. A classic Mahesh Bhatt presentation, this film was about Rahul and Anu who falls in each other love. But the path towards uniting them is not easy they have to go through several challenges in life in order to succeed. Although they conquer all challenges and finally get married, but the problems are not all clear, even after marriage conflicts arise between them leading to separation. The lead role in this movie was played by Rahul Roy, Anu Agarwal, Reema Lagoo, Avtar Gill, Tom Alter. This film was mainly popular due to its wonderful melodious music which is favourite to even today’s generation. The net box office collection of 5 crore was due to its sublime music.


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This action, romantic thriller, released on 25th June 1992, was about a girl Kajal who participates in various musical shows meets Ravi, another popular singer and both fall in love with each other and get married. However, once they reach Ravi’s house, their marital life suffers a huge turmoil when his uncle and cousin gets Ravi killed due to property. Kajal, unable to accept this truth, relocates to a different place and meets a wealthy guy Raja, who proposes marriage to her but she refuses and wants to stay as Ravi’s widow and the story goes on from here. This interesting fiction was directed by Raj Kanwar, and enacted by Rishi Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Divya Bharti, Amrish Puri and others. Box office collection of this movie was 820 million.

(15)Hum Aapke Hain Kaun


Directed by Sooraj Barjatiya and released on 5th August 1994 , this Musical, romantic-film was about Prem  who crazily likes Nisha, his sibling the sister-in-law of his sibling Rajesh. But when Rajesh’s spouse passes away, the family members desire him to get married to Nisha in the interest of his child. Prem and Nisha decide to compromise their love for the sake of the baby. The film was star-studded with actors Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Mohnish Bahl, Anupam Kher, Reema Lagoo, Alok Nath etc. This film was one heck of a hit movie had a revenue collection of about 3.09 billion rupees INR which is US$48 million making it a all time great blockbuster

(16)Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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This Bumper Blockbuster was released in the year 1995 on the 20th of October. Made under the Yash Raj Banner and directed by Aditya Chopra, the Shah Rukh Khan starrer romantic and family drama movie was about a guy by the name of Raj who meets a girl Simran in Europe and falls in love with each other, but however when they return to India, they had to overcome lot of obstacles in the family of Simran to ultimately win over the hearts of the elders. The other actors in the movie along with Shah Rukh Khan was Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher etc. This immensely popular movie broke the records Sholay(1975) for number of weeks running in a cinema hall. The net revenue generated on this movie was 61 crore rupees INR at the year of release which is about 302 crores as of today. .

(17)Raja Hindustani

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This was India’s biggest musical hit that was released in the year 1996 on the 8th of November. A musical drama, the story was about a driver of a cab, Raja who falls in love with a rich woman, Aarti, but could not suite with their rich family culture that eventually leads into problems in their married life. In the conspiracy of the step-parents and cousin their relationship breaks and takes a long to fix the issue. Well directed by Dharmesh Darshan the main role of the story was played by Amir Khan as Raja Hindustani, Karishma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi and so on. Another epic movie from one of the leading Khan’s, this drama generated a mammoth 76.34 crores which is equivalent to 292 crore or US $46 million.   


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A J.P.Dutta classic, this action-packed movie was based on the warfare of Longewala, in the border area of India and Pakistan. Under the efficient leadership of Major Kuldeep Singh, an small battalion of Indian army faces off to a large Pakistani force attack. This multi starrer film had the likes of Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khana, Rakhee Gulzar, and so on. This movie was released on 13th June 1997. Since this film was released during the political disturbances between the two nations this film became a super duper blockbuster and earned a net revenue of about 1,491.1 million rupees INR that is $23 million in USD.

(19)Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

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A Karan Johar directed classical musical romantic movie that was released on the 16th of October 1998. During their higher studies, Anjali was in really like with her best-friend Rahul, who was possessive only for new student Tina, and they get married. But years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina’s eight-year-old little girl also named Anjali, tries to get in touch her dad and his old best friend Anjali. This beautifully crafted story had a huge response in the year of release and is perhaps considered an all time hit that enthrals the heart of passionate lovers in now. The actors of the film were Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, etc. Box office collected a well worth amount of 1.07 billion on this epic drama


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A romantic musical journey of 2000. This theatrical romantic story that was released on 27th October was about two men who are stubborn in their own principles, fights to prove their point but there are three love stories involved those who are at stake. But in the end one of them bow’s down to agree to the fact that love is far more superior to pride, honor, and stubbornness. This masterpiece was directed by Aditya Chopra and was superbly characterized by the superstar of the millennium, Amitabh Bachchan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Uday Chapra, Jimmy Shergill etc. This film had the highest of the overseas collection in the year of 2000 earning an astonishing figure of 19.39 crore that is almost US$4.17 million

(21)Gadar: Ek Prem Katha


Based on the plot of the India-Pakistan rivalry after partition, the Anil Sharma directed film was about Tara who provides shelter to a Muslim Girl Sakina during the communal riots and saves her from a crazy and killer mob. Later on, love and affection is created among the two and they marry each other. After that, they have a kid and Sakina decides to go to Pakistan to meet her parents after she comes to know that are still alive and are residing Pakistan. But once she reaches Pakistan, he parents force her to stay there and stops her to return to her husband thereby deciding her re-marriage. This news reaches Tara and without wasting any time he reaches Pakistan for her rescue. This Sunny Deol, Amisha Patel, Amrish Puri starrer film was released on 15th June 2001. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha collected a net amount of 468 crores and hence was declared as a “All Time Blockbuster”


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The Ashutosh Gowariker directed movie was a masterpiece in itself. This epic drama was released in the year 2002 on the 4th of May. The movie is based on a simple storyline about the game of cricket where a group of innocent villagers had to fight it out with the British Ruler’s who challenged them to waive of taxes on the harvest if the poor peasants win the game against the mighty British who were the inventors of cricket themselves. This film was star-studded with actors like Amir Khan, Gracy Singh, Raghuvir Yadav, Rachel Shelley etc. Box office collection of this extremely popular film was: 179.63 crore rupees INR. This movie was even nominated for the Oscar awards.

(23)Munna Bhai MBBS


 This was another classic comedy directed by Rajkumar Hirani released on 19th December 2003, the storyline was about a gangster who in order to fulfill his father’s dream decides to become a dream to become a qualified doctor. The characters of the movie was justified by none other than Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Sunil Dutt, Gracy Singh, Boman Irani,etc. This movie was a super hit one simply because it was a different, unlike regular day-in-day-out Bollywood movies. Box office collection of this vastly popular and world-wide accepted movies was 150.29 crore rupees INR which is US$23 million.                    


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Yet another classic melodrama, this was released on 17 December 2004 and was about a successful Indian researcher working in NASA returns to his birthplace to take his babysitter to America with him and in the process reinvents his origins. The lead role in this film was played by Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal etc. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, this vastly popular movie had an all over box office collection of 342.6 million rupees INR which is approximately USD $5.3 million.


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A heart touching drama that was aptly directed by the capable director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and was released on 4th of February 2005. The story was about a physically challenged woman who could neither see, hear or talk but was helped by a teacher to bring light in her dark life. The film cast the superstar of the millennium, Amitabh Bachchan, followed by Rani Mukherjee, Shernaz Patel, etc. This movie was immensely popular primarily to the fact that the actors in the movie played perhaps the toughest and challenging part of the movie of being physically disabled of not one but multiple organs. Box office gross collection was 225 million rupees INR that is USD $3.5 million.

(26)Rang De Basanti

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Its another classic by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra. This was released on 26th January 2006 is based on the historical events of Indian Revolutionary movements. The story of this film is about an English women who visits India to make a documentary on Indian Freedom fighters of the past. Here she was helped by six youthful Indians who relived the historical tale of freedom. The lead role was played by Amir Khan, Siddharth, Soha Ali Khan, R.Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and others. This hugely popular movie had a grand box office collection amounting to 1.36 billion (US$21 million) worldwide coming from Indian territory alone.


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A autobiography based movie that was released on January 12, 2007 and directed by famous director Mani Ratnam the movie is about a villager named Gururkant Desai who after reaching Mumbai in 1958, after his hard struggle in the streets of the city rises to become the biggest Business personnel India has ever produced. It was believed that this film was made on the life of great Industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani. Stars in the movie were Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty etc. This film was well appreciated by India as well as abroad viewers as well. Box office collection of the movie was 80 crore rupees INR that was about USD $ 12 million.

(28)Chak de! India

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This master class sports movie was released on 10th August 2007. It’s a  very well Shimit Amin directed movie in which about an ex-hockey player Kabir Khan who was discarded by his supports after he failed to win a championship title while playing for the national side. But he refuses to lie down defeated and takes up the challenge to train a bunch of unknown Indian girls to lead this women’s hockey team to a glorious world-cup victory. The film was starred by Shah Rukh Khan along with Vidya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge, and others. This immensely popular movie got a bumper response not only in India but also all over the world. So much so that the box office collection of this movie exceeded 1.27 billion that is equal to USD $42 million.

(29)3 Idiots

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Released in the year 2009 on 25th of December, this was another fascinating movie to watch directed by a very capable Rajkumar Hirani. This comic storyline is about two mates lost in the memories of college years that makes them remember about one of their great friend who taught them to visualize life different way. But unfortunately they were called ‘idiots. The lead role was performed by Amir Khan, and co-starred with R.Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani etc. This vastly popular movie had an all over collection of 459.96 crore rupees INR.

(30)Bhaag Milkha Bhaag


This was another outstanding sports based movie on athletics. It was based on once the champion runner of India Milkha Singh, who struggled made a name for himself in the World Games. His efforts were commendable especially because it came at the time of India-Pakistan partition. It was released in 2013 on the 13th of July. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the lead role of Milkha Singh was played by Farhan Akhtar. Other characters were played by Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Yograj Singh and so on. It was worthwhile to know that this film got a fabulous response all across the globe along with India. The net collection of the movie was 164 crore rupees INR


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Released on the 19th December 2014, this was an all-time classic and fantasy movie that was quite superbly enacted by the non-other than Amir Khan himself. A unique story that was well directed by Rajkumar Hirani, where an alien from a different planet who is a stranger to earth is lost in the city and being new here asks questions to everyone whom no has ever asked. The man tries to understand the daily lifestyle of the people and in trying to emulate them tries hilarious things that make everyone run out of breath. He was accidentally named as PK. The star cast of this movie was once again Amir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt etc. This tremendous popular movie worldwide was 1st ever Bollywood film to earn 1 billion from bookings online that crossed 175 crores which are approx US$28 million in the very 1st weekend.


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The list of super hits of Amir Khan doesn’t seem to end. This was another super duper hit sports based autobiography based on the life of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Foghat who coaches his two daughters (Geeta and Babita Foghat)wrestling and leads one of them to an Olympic Gold Medal. The film shows how the former wrestler fights against all odds in the society to make his daughters champion in the sport. It shows how with determination, dedication and courage can any hard challenge can be won over and any target can be achieved easily. This movie was directed by Nitesh Tiwari and was released on 21st December 2016. This movie was hugely appreciated worldwide across all countries with a jaw-dropping box office collection of more than 1700 crores rupees. The actors were Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh and others.

But here, it will not be a justice to other superhit movies which could not be included in this list. So we have decided to mention all blockbuster movies that left a remarkable impression on all our mind. So here is a collection of other 100 Blockbuster Bollywood Hindi Movies from 1950’s era till 2010’s era.

50’s other most popular Hindi Movies (Year-wise)

  1. Sangram (released in year 1950)
  2. Arzoo (released in year 1950)
  3. Aan (released in year 1952)
  4. Baiju Bawra (released in year 1952)
  5. Devdas (released in year 1955)
  6. Shree 420 (released in year 1955)
  7. Choori Choori ( Released Year 1956)
  8. Do Ankhen Barah Haath (released in year 1957)
  9. Pyaasa (released in year 1957)
  10. Naya Daur (released in year 1957)
  11. Anari (released in year 1959)
  12. Kaagaz Ke Phool (released in year 1959)
  13. Dil Deke Dekho (released in year 1959)

60’s other most popular Hindi Movies (Year-wise)

  1. Chaudhvin Ka Chand (released in 1960)
  2. Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (released in 1960)
  3. Kashmir Ki Kali (released in 1964)
  4. Arzoo (released in 1965)
  5. Jab Jab Phool Khile (released in 1965)
  6. Teesri Manzil (released in 1966)
  7. Love in Tokyo (released in 1966)
  8. Upkar (released in 1967)
  9. Ram Aur Shyam (released in 1967)
  10. Jewel Thief (released in 1967)
  11. Padosan (released in 1968)
  12. Aradhana (released in 1969)

70’s other most popular Hindi Movies (year-wise)

  1. Purab Aur Paschim (1970 Released Year)
  2. Anand (1971 Released Year)
  3. Guddi (1971 Released Year)
  4. Pakeezah (1972 Released Year)
  5. Seeta Aur Geeta (1972 Released Year)
  6. Chupke Chupke (1975 Released Year)
  7. Aandhi (1975 Released Year)
  8. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977 Released Year)
  9. Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978 Released Year)
  10. Don (1978 Released Year)
  11. Gol Maal (1979 Released Year)

80’s other most popular Hindi Movies (Year-wise)

  1. Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981)
  2. Lawaaris (1981)
  3. Arth (1982)
  4. Prem Rog (1982)
  5. Namak Halaal (1982)
  6. Disco Dancer (1982)
  7. Betaab (1983)
  8. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
  9. Saaransh (1984)
  10. Sharaabi (1984)
  11. Saagar (1985)
  12. Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)
  13. Tezaab (1988)
  14. Parinda (1989)
  15. Chandni (1989)
  16. Tridev (1989)
  17. Ram Lakhan (1989)

90’s other most popular Hindi Movies (Year-wise)

  1. Dil (1990)
  2. Saajan (1991)
  3. Sadak (1991)
  4. Phool Aur Kante (1991)
  5. Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi (1991)
  6. Khiladi (1992)
  7. Beta (1992)
  8. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
  9. Darr (1993)
  10. Kalnayak (1993)
  11. Aankhen (1993)
  12. Damini (1993)
  13. Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993)
  14. Baazigar (1993)
  15. Mohra (1994)
  16. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
  17. Rangeela (1994)
  18. Karan Arjun (1995)
  19. Dil to Paagal Hai (1997)
  20. Pardes (1997)
  21. Vaastav: The Reality (1999)
  22. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
  23. Sarfarosh (1999)

After 2000’s Most Popular Hindi Movies (Year-wise)

  1. Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000)
  2. Dhadkan (2000)
  3. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
  4. Devdas (2002)
  5. Kaante (2002)
  6. Tere Naam (2003)
  7. Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
  8. Veer-Zaara (2004)
  9. Omkara (2006)
  10. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
  11. Jab We Met (2007)
  12. Namaste London (2007)
  13. Rock on (2008)
  14. Ghajini (2008)
  15. Jodha Akbar (2008)
  16. Dabangg (2010)
  17. Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
  18. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
  19. Barfi (2012)
  20. Queen (2013)
  21. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
  22. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
  23. Sultan (2016)

In today’s advent of technology, we are loosing such timeless classics in this era. Hoping for those days when our capable directors will join hands and will be able to create such fantastic movies of the past again.

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Top 6 Luxurious and Super Expensive Trains in Indian Railways

Our Indian Railways along with Tourism Corporation of India, provide a wide range of Luxury Travel Train in India. There are major five luxury trains that are owned and operated by the Indian railways. Our Railways have recently introduced luxurious Anubhuti Coaches in regular Trains, which would be similar to coaches in luxury trains like Maharaja Express or Palace on Wheels.

Luxury trains are simply awesome and mind-blowing. Its tough to believe but these trains provide facilities like multi-cuisine restaurant, sitting lounge, Gym, Spa, and even Paramedic on board?

When we decide to plan a vacation, there are few but very important two things that we give utmost priority to – our luggage and means of travelling. Because all fun begins with good transportation facility and it’s convenience. Hence traveling through passenger trains to the desired place is a very important factor and perhaps the key to a successful trip. If you are thinking about to travel to India via only train, then you are at the exact place. Because here, what we are talking about is not just mere trains but Luxurious Tourist Coaches. So just get ready to see India’s 6 Super Luxurious and Expensive Trains.

(1)The Maharaja Express

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One of the world’s top Luxurious and Expensive Trains on the planet: The Maharaja Express, that offers superb services in terms of hospitality, with their extremely well-trained and professional staffs. The Interiors are developed to reproduce the beauty of royal Maharajas. The elegance of a past era and cutting-edge facilities coalesce easily to provide top class residing in the charming decorations of the Maharaja. This train which is half-a-mile long have bars stocked with quality drinks, luxurious suites. There trained butlers will be always at your service. The food here is superb offering variety mills like the Lactose Meal, the Kosher Meal, the Ovo Lacto Veg Meal, the Gluten Free Meal, the Jain Meal, the Vegan Meal, both vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Meal. The prime features of this train includes television and CCTV cameras in all public areas, bathrooms that have washbasin, shower, bathtub that has both hot and cold water running, a small bar, large sitting area, free internet, ISD call feature in each cabin, wardrobe, luggage holder under the bed, ambulance and so on. There are multiple cabins which include 5 deluxe cars, 6 junior suite cars, a couple of suite cars, one presidential suite car, 1 bar and lounge car, 2 restaurant cars,1 kitchen car, 1 staff coach, 1 executive and managers car. This express train runs across more than 12 locations in North-West and Central India. The tour itinerary goes like this: Heritage India: starts from Mumbai then moves to Ajanta covers Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra and back to New Delhi. Gems of India: covers Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore to Jaipur and back in Delhi. The Indian Panorama: covers from Delhi to Jaipur, then to Ranthambore then towards Fatehpur Sikri towards Agra, then to Gwalior towards Orchha covering Khajuraho it moves towards Varanasi, then covering Lucknow, back to Delhi. Indian Splendour includes starting from Delhi towards Agra then moves towards Ranthambore covering Jaipur, turns to Bikaner covering Jodhpur then Udaipur and Balasinor, back to Mumbai. Treasures of India runs from Delhi covering Agra to Ranthambore then to Jaipur and back in Delhi. Fare in this train ranges from Rs 36000 to Rs 1,12500 INR per day (depending on your journey).

(2)Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

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The Royal Rajasthan is one of the grand luxurious trains of contemporary times. It was designed following the structure of the famous train “Palace on Wheels” the Interiors of which are build in today’s elegant style that features like a royal palace to encounter the current elegant luxury, where every moment is weaved together into a long-term and immemorial encounter to be resided and valued permanently. There are about 14 passenger coaches, the thirteen coaches have 3 deluxe and 2 super deluxe rooms each that are built on different themes of color. The coaches are named as Hawa Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Surya Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Jal Mahal Padmini Mahal, Kishori Mahal, Phool Mahal, Jogi Mahal, Kumbha Palace, Lalgarh Palace.  The Super Deluxe room is called the “Taj Mahal”.All the cabins symbolize ultimate comfort, luxury, space. The suites are named as “Emerald” and “Diamond”. The dining facility is splendid here with the train offering two restaurants which offer cuisines rights from Rajasthani Thali’s to other Indian, Continental, and Chinese dishes. Few other services here include a bar with variety of liquors, spa centre offering different therapies and finest medication, free internet, a music system and also a public address system, laundry services, electronic safes are offered in each cabin to keep your belongings safely, mailbox is provided  separately, foreign exchange is on offer, in addition to all this for a relaxed touring encounter, Elegant Rajasthan on Wheels will provide customized Volvo vehicles for the travellers in luxurious and vehicles for travellers in a super-deluxe saloon. the grateful kindness is likely to leave you left without words. The kindness and hospitality are likely to leave you in awe, a sort of experience is unforgettable once you board the train. The qualified attendants will help you 24 / 7. This train covers 7 days and 8 nights tour all the way in Rajasthan. Journey begins from New Delhi’s Safdarjung train place from Day 1, and halts at Jodhpur on 2nd Day, covers Udaipur and Chittaurgarh in 3rd Day, Ranthambore Nationwide Recreation area and Jaipur on 4th Day, enters Khajuraho on the 5th Day, Varanasi and Sarnath on 6th Day, Agra on the  7th Day and returning to Delhi on 8th Day. Some of the sightseeing opportunities can be found on the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ranthambhor, Nationwide Recreation area, Chittaurgarh Citadel, Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), Keoladeo Ghana Nationwide Recreation area, Agra Citadel last but not least the Taj Mahal. Trian fare starts from 36462.28 rupees INR onwards.

(3)The Deccan Odyssey

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The Deccan Odyssey Train is recognized for providing an extravagance travel encounter for the guests wanting to revive the spectacular history of ancient Indian. The destination included in the sojourn in the state of Maharashtra. The Deccan Odyssey provides an exposure to traditional, religious, wild animals and social wealth of India. The inner part of the train is remodelled following the Deccan History and Regime. A nice hospitality of traditional Indian kind is on offer that will make you feel like a prince; hence you can re-visit the era of forgotten elegant journeying. A personal attendant is allotted for each cabin to take care of each guests. There are about 21 cabins,11 passenger cars, and couple of presidential suites that is arranged in terms of accommodating the travellers. There are cars provided for generator, pantry luggage etc. The train also has several other facilities like the medicated spa that provides Ayurvedic body massage and steam bath, 24 hrs running hot and cold water, Intercom, free internet, music players, wall-mounted plasma LCD TV’s and so on. Each cabin is well equipped with air conditioning, beauty parlour, fitness gym etc. For each room there is an attached bathroom. A special feature of this train is that there is separate facility for disabled guests. In terms of the business class people there is a separate allotted conference car well designed and built particularly to attend business purpose. Regarding the dining options fabulous selections involving culinary wonders, the mind-blowing dishes here include a wide range of both Indian as well as International delicacies. The dinner is served by experienced staff offering service of supreme quality.  This train provides a mind-boggling tour of 7 nights and 8 days, with destinations starting from Mumbai then all the way to Aurangabad, traveling towards Tadoba, Ajanta caves, Nasik, Kolhapur, Goa and then all the way back to Mumbai again.  Fare starts from 374864.10 rupees INR.

(4)The Golden Chariot

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The most luxurious and expensive train available in southern India, the Golden Chariot is supremely designed following the Hosalya Temple that existed way back in the twelfth century.  As far as the coaches are concerned, there are about 44 cabins all of which are air-conditioned, 11 interconnected rooms where 26 double bedrooms are combined, along with another 17 bedded rooms and a specific room equipped to assist the physically disabled. Every room is decorated with all modern amenities such as the LCD Tv’s, battery recharge facility, writing desk, private bathrooms, beds that have extra padding, free internet and so on. Apart from this luxurious train is fitted with latest gymnasium, couple of rooms that are dedicated for massage, an Ayurvedic spa service and a huge lounge to relax. Besides, there is also a well-decorated pub that has a grand collection of both national and international liquors that will simply lift your spirits up. The bar is crafted following the design of the palace of Mysore. In this royal train, there are two restaurants for dining, that are namely the “Nala” and “Ruchi” that are exclusively designed to provide multiple variety of cuisines that are a class apart. Amazing beauty and peaceful atmosphere add to the romantic endeavors of a sophisticated cuisine experience on board the Golden Chariot. Get an unforgettable experience of super hospitality travelling in this train. Every staff, be it butler, room service in this particular journey will serve you in a way that it will be a life-long memorable experience to cherish. The Golden Chariot travels for an range of Global Heritage locations, wildlife haven, and social sites within states of South India associated with Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Starting from high tech city of Bangalore the train runs through Chennai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Alleppey, Kochi, and finishing the tour with Bangalore. The total package of the tour, only the train fair that is 238000 rupees INR approx.

(5)The Palace on Wheels

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The Palace on Wheels which is India’s first ever luxury train reminds us the age of the kings who were decorated with jewels and with a raised sword in hand used to ride on war elephants. This train marks the ancient era of the grand maharaja’s and their lavish lifestyles and it has been modelled in resemblance to the royal palace both inside as well as outside the train, that’s why this grand train is suitably named “Palace on Wheels” and is surely one of the most luxurious and expensive trains in India. Build in by the inspired decoration of the Nizam’s and the Maharaja’s of ancient history, this train has 14 coaches or cabins in all that is crafted with graceful paintings, wonderful workmanship of mirrors, and vintage furniture’s marks era royalist Rajasthani estates of the past. Needless to say that all these coaches are equipped with all modern technological gadgets like LCD TV, music system, free internet, Intercom, a small pantry for tea-coffee, snacks etc, attached bathrooms with 24 hrs facility of running hold and cold water, and so on. To get rid of both physical and mental fatigue there is always the special spa treatment facility that is on offer by dedicated spa treatment experts that you will always keep you charged. After a long day of sight-seeing, you can always relax and enjoy gossiping with other travellers in the train in the big sitting lounge that is on offer in this luxurious train. While you are a part of this royal journey, you can not only enjoy the site views but also the tremendous hospitality on offer which is perhaps the biggest asset of the “Palace on Wheels”. The staff services are one to remember. As many as 88 guests can be fitted in this train, the cabins are named as Alwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer etc. following the different districts of Rajasthan. Regarding the food options, there are two restaurants of the train namely the Maharaja and the Maharani Restaurant offering Continental and European dishes keeping in mind the travelers from abroad as well. Along with this there is a bar as well offering different international and national flavoured drinks. The 7 days and 8 nights tour schedule begins from Delhi, covers Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Agra, and back to Delhi again. Fare starts from INR 203033.2500.

(6)The Royal Orient Train

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This is another hi-class super deluxe train in which the journey will be quite fascinating. This Royal Train is a traveler’s dream-come-true. The main feature of this train is regal richness, offering an opportunity to look back at the tradition of the royal people. Ideally built following the rich culture of the rich states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, journey with the Royal Orient will make you feel every aspect of traditions and customs of India. With an accommodation facility of as many as 13 blue cabins, this train has all necessary modern ambiances to thrill you. Every coach has is designed in such a manner that it easily fits into 5-star category with attached bathrooms with hot and cold water running at all times. Not only that, this train is also equipped with provisions for free internet, LCD TV, DVD player, entertaining music systems that enable the guests to listen to music of their own choice. Besides, there is a huge library on offer that is a treat for book-lovers having all kinds of different books on art, literature, culture and many other subjects,’s along with it one can find newspapers and magazine are here too. As like other 5 stars categorized train this one also has a big lounge to relax, chit-chat, watch movies etc. If you are looking to enjoy a drink, then there is the “The Watering Hole” that is a drinker’s delight having a stock full of both national and International branded drinks. The staffs in this train are awesome hospitable people, be it the butler or room-service, their help and assistance of the guests is something to cherish. There is a couple of such attendants in each cabin to serve you always whenever you need them. Like the Palace on Wheels, this train also has two restaurants serving mind-blowing delicacies like the Rajasthani and Gujarati Thali’s, Chinese as well as Indian and other continental dishes. They all include both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian and need not forget the beverages they offer that are both hot and cold depending upon your choice. The journey with this commences from Delhi, en-route to Chittorgarh/Udaipur, Junagarh/Veraval, Sasangir/Dilwara, Palitana/ Sarkhej,Ahmedabad ,Jaipur and back in Delhi. The charges travelling in this illustrious train are as follows: 2 berth cabin price (from October to March-single): INR 22505.8750 and INR 12860.5000 (if shared). (from April to September-single): INR 16911.5575 and INR 9645.3750 (if shared). 3 berth cabin price (Oct to March): INR 11252.9375 and INR 8487.9300. (sharing only).

Expensive Indian Trains

These luxurious trains present a seamless fusion of romance of a bygone era with contemporary finesse and true essence of diversified and enriched cultural India.

Do you know: Indian Railways is today the Largest Rail Network in Asia. There are 12,618 trains that run daily to carry over 24 million passengers. The first train to run on Indian soil was in the year 1853 from Mumbai to Thane. Indian Cargo Rails run more than 7,521 goods trains carrying 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight every day. India is world renowned for its Luxurious Royal Trains.