India has 29 states and 7 union territories, home to the 132.42 crore people. These 29 states are divided on the basis of different criteria. It can be geographical, cultural or even the language. Each state has something distinct to offer from every other state. Each one of them has a different theme when you think about a specific state and it’s very hard when it comes to finding the same theme from two different states.
India has a total area of 3,287,263 km².Making it 7th largest country in the world. That’s the reason why some states are larger than some countries too. so’ here is a list of Top 10 Biggest States In India.
Known of its desserts and Rajput heritage Rajasthan is the largest state in terms of area with 342,239 km². This is 10.41 percent of the whole nation and is equivalent to the Republic of Congo. Rajasthan is a state having the 7th largest population in India. As mentioned above Rajasthan is famous for its deserts that’s home to one of the most distinct wildlife in India that includes Black Bucks, Cheetals and a verity of rodents and lizards.
Furthermore, Rajasthan has astonishing royal forts and palaces and have witnessed the great Rajputana Dinesty. If you are interested in Indian history and hot weather don’t bug you then Rajasthan is a must visit place for you.
2. Madhya Pradesh
With an area of 308,350 km² Madhya Pradesh is the 2nd largest state in India. It was the largest state before the year 2000 when Chattisgarh was a part of it. Madhya Pradesh is home 72,626,809 people that’s the fifth largest population in an Indian state. Madhya Pradesh is also home to a wide range of wildlife with 10 National Parks and several other National reserves.
Madhya Pradesh has the Kanha National Park that is the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Furthermore, Madhya Pradesh has the proof of one of the oldest civilization in India Kayatha culture (2100–1800 BCE) and Malwa culture (1700–1500 BCE).
Maharashtra is the home to the film industry of India-Bollywood and the financial capital of India Mumbai. And it is the third largest state in India with an area of 307,713 km² that is 1,000 lesser than that of Madhya Pradesh and almost equivalent to the area of Oman. Alongside the busy cities like Mumbai and Pune Maharashtra also has a great biodiversity too. It has 6 Tiger Reserves and it’s Amravati Region is home to the 121 species of birds.
Maharashtra also has a great historic value too. It was home of the Maratha Empire that fought foreign rulers in India for centuries.
4. Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is the fourth largest state in India with an area of 243,290 km² making 7.33 percent of national share and is equivalent to the United Kingdom. Also, its the most populated state too with 199,812,341 people. Uttar Pradesh also has a very high historic value. Varanasi is located on the banks of Ganga river is one of the ancient cities in India. Agra is a city that has been a Mughal capital and one of the wonders of the world The Taj Mahal is also located there. Lucknow is it’s capital and is known for its cuisine and rich history.
Uttar Pradesh is also famous for its temples and mosques. It has some of the biggest mosques in India. It is known to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and hosts the Kumbh Mela too that is the largest religious gathering in the world.
5. Jammu And Kashmir
Jammu And Kashmir are the North most and the fifth largest in India with an area of 101,338 km²making 6.76 percent of the national share. It has been divided into three regions Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. It’s known for its diverse nature that offers you some of the most astonishing views of the world. However, due to some conflicts with China and Pakistan, the whole area isn’t completely accessible to tourism.
Jammu and Kashmir host 10,000 Hindu pilgrims every year and has several shrines that attract them. Furthermore, Ladakh is known for it’s various Buddhist Monasteries.
Gujarat is the west most state of India and has the longest coastline. With an area of 196,024 km² Gujarat is the 6th largest state. The most astonishing thing about this state is that its Gir National Park is the last home to the Asiatic Lions. This state has a rich history, culture, and a distinct cuisine. Gujarat was an important area of Indus Valley civilization and there is clear evidence that it was a trade hub between 1000 BC to 600 BC that served India’s business with Egypt and Persia.
Gujrat also has a lot of temples that hosts a large number of Hindu pilgrims every year. Furthermore, it’s a state with one of the highest literacy rate of 76 percent.
Karnataka is the 7th largest state in India with an area of 191,791 km². Karnataka is 5th largest state economy in India with a per capita GDP of ₹174,000. Furthermore, it’s one of the most literate states in India with a literacy rate of 75 percent. Karnataka also has a rich history too. It was home to some ancient and medieval empires like the Nanda empire and Maurya Empire.
Karnataka also has a rich wildlife too. It has 27 wildlife sanctuaries and one of the densest rainforests in India—The Western Ghats.
8. Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is the 8th largest state in India 162,968 km² contributing 4.87 percent to the national share. Andhra Pradesh’s rank was higher in the list of largest states before Telanga got separated from it. This state is highly known for its natural attraction like beaches of Vishakapatnam and hill stations like Araku Valley and Horsey Hills. Vishakapatnam has become a trade hub with a GDP of US$43.5 billion.
Andhra Pradesh also has one of the most visited religious locations in the world—Tirupati with 18.25 million visitors per year.
Odisha is the 9th largest state in terms of area with 155,707 km². Which is comparable to the size of Bangladesh. Odisha also has a mention in Indian National Anthem Jana Gana Mana as the name of Utkala. Odisha also has mentioned in Mahabharata, Vayu Purana, and Mahagovinda Suttanta by the name Kalinga. Hence it could be one of the oldest civilizations in India. Furthermore, the king Ashoka has evidenced to fought the war of Kalinga here. Thereafter, Buddish monuments like Shanti Stupa has been built here.
Chhattisgarh the tenth-largest state, with an area of 135,191 km2. Before 2000 it was part of Madhya Pradesh and it’s currently the largest producer of steel in India contributing 15 percent to the total steel production in India. Despite being one of the fastest developing states it’s 44 percent land is covered in forest. These forests are home to a large flora and fauna. Chhattisgarh is also a great tourist destination due to its carved temples and Buddhist sites.