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Since the earth faced industrialization, we can see the growth of cities in every planned direction resulting in extreme urbanization and deforestation. Yet we have few places that have managed to balance the modernization and yet retain the natural parameters in their particular zone leading them to become the top 10 greenest cities in India. Watching the serious after-effects due to global warming in the 21st century, citizens have appeased of being aware of the surroundings and its importance by taking nature seriously. This is caused because every individual bestows for a vacation outside the concrete jungle in order to breathe in fresh oxygenated air, hence motivating them to plant more trees and conserve the remaining ones. With crucial attention towards ecological equilibrium and a healthier lifestyle to avoid any ailments, we would like to divert your attention towards a few greenest places in our country, which you might dive in for a short vacation.


With the title of “India’s 1st and most green and clean city”, and being the 2nd largest city of Karnataka with strategic location tops our list of the greenest city in India. It owns to its rich cultural legacy and heritage. Indigenously planned with perfection, this city naturally explores terrains and contoured planes with panoramic views everywhere.


Located near the foothills of Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas and capitalizing two states, Punjab and Haryana has been designed with pre-planned grid layouts and has been the first known city to be planned. Chandigarh has been the cleanest city of India, but due to the recent increase in its greenbelt status, it has come in under the title of “green city” with being the third-largest forest cover land. Thus, having enormous amounts of parks and gardens, this city’s government has a good hand over its ecological harmony. Famous for its Rock Gardens, Rose Garden, and Suhana Lakeland city it has a varied architecture designed and executed by master architects offering an experience-rich life for its citizens.


Built on the seven hills formerly Known as the ‘God’s own country is located in the South Indian state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is the prime capital and is surrounded by lush green terrains and hills. It is famous for its serene beaches, consciously craved temples, historic museums, and distinguished British colonial architecture along with varied art galleries.


Being the prominent urban center, Bhopal has managed to preserve its natural and cultural heritage with a mixture of environmental awareness, throughout its population and implementation of strict laws, with the help of the former government along with the oneness and dedication of the citizens in improving its environment. Known as one of the lake cities in Madhya Pradesh, India, is striving in making its position through the green standards making a presence in the list of green cities in India.


Being the chief Arabian Sea port city of the Indian state of Karnataka is ranked amongst the cleanest cities in India. With large toddy palm trees in a bulk volume, Mangalore has a dense green cover over and around the city. The city’s landscape is mostly characterized by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams, and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings making its identity unique amongst the other cities.


Orange city of India, Primarily being the commercial center of Maharashtra, has a never-ending green cover. Not only famous for its oranges but also tourists. Nagpur tops the chart as one of the greenest cities in India. Spiking with varied natural and manmade features, it is famous for its largest Ambazari Lake. This city has spectacular streets designed and maintained in a way that enhances the beauty of the city premises, thus making its way to the greenest city in India.

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Situated 90kms from Shillong along the east Khasi district lays a destination that holds the merit of being the cleanest village in not only India but the whole Asian continent. This mystical paradise has breath-taking views and an ideal climate; it is best suited for trekking and mountain wandering. They have attained a 100% literacy rate and have used ideal thoughts to recycle waste by using dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit, and then used as manure. To unravel the true character of this place, one should visit during monsoons to see the lush and bright green grass painting a picture worth capturing.


The Steel City of India, also known as Tata agar, despite strong industrialization strives to be the first beautifully planned industrial township with scenic surroundings has managed to be the 15th cleanest city in India. Ideally located in the tribal state, Jharkhand running without municipality, the responsibility of conservation and maintenance is done through Tata Steel. The city happens to fall under strong deciduous forest covers, which makes 33% of its total land “green cover”. This is being achieved by consistent plantation drives to increase the green carpet footprint continuously. Marked with numerous parks, gardens, and well-laid streets are planned with rigorous efforts to enhance the vision of Jamshedji’s for a green city.


Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat, with acclamation to be the best-planned city in India is situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River. It planned and executed an initiative to plant 22 trees per person all along the city making it greener and healthier in terms of climate and health, resulting in two summer seasons and mild winters. They have achieved all this through ideal planning of the city, numerous sized gardens, awareness amongst the citizens, and the hope for a green and clean future.


Capital of Himachal Pradesh and the most popular hill station in Northern India is this place settled amidst magnificent mountains and mystical forests. Shimla is one of the aesthetically pleasing planned cities of India. Characterized with distinguished colonial Neo-gothic architecture, churches, temples, and the natural beauty of the city are mesmerizing for tourists. Due to its particularly rich flora and fauna, the title of ‘Queen of Hills” and “Green Growth City” is been shared by its proud citizens.

Mostly all the Indian metropolitans are becoming concrete jungles which induces high stress and anxiety levels in its citizens causing them to flee now and then to destinations with much greener aspects. However, while the larger cities still suffer from inertia and inaction, it is scientifically and psychologically being proven that surrounding oneself with greens helps in reducing stress and anxiety and increases productivity. So plant a few trees in your surroundings to boost your creativity and productivity.

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