With the launch of the Swachh Bharat campaign in 2014 throughout the length and breadth of our country by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the people of cities and towns in India have taken up the challenge in their stride. Here are 6 of the cleanest cities in India serving as exemplary examples of inspiration for the rest of the nation.
Ranked as the cleanest city of India for 3 consecutive years, Indore is one of the busiest and the biggest city of Madhya Pradesh. Other than the exquisite Indo-Gothic architecture, explicit palaces and splendid temples such as the Annapurna Temple and Kanch Mandir, the commercial capital of the state also offers an escape into nature- a hike up to Janapv Kuti or exploring the Patalpani waterfalls to name a few. One thing you would not want to miss is the Sarafa Bazaar, a market of beautiful ornaments in the day that turns into a street food paradise by the night.
One of the most important pilgrimage centres of the country, the ancient city of Ujjain is entirely dotted with divine temples but the city’s claim to fame is the exotic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. Apart from temple hopping, marvelling at the architecture and the Vedhshala observatory, there are many activities that one can indulge in, at the banks of the Shipra River like boating while sunsets beyond the horizon. The splendidly vibrant Bhasma Aarti too is worth attending.
Voted in the list of the cleanest cities in India the port city of Gujarat which is located on the banks of the river Tapti, Surat is one of the most important gemstone centres with over 90 % of the diamonds polished and cut here in this city. The city is also noted for its textile industry and there are a number of places to visit here in this clean and beautiful city like the Mughlai Sarai, the Surat castle, the diamond market and the English and Armenian cemeteries.
Located in the once princely state of the Mysore presidency and now in the state of Karnataka, Mysore is one of the top ranking clean cities of India. The city has a great historical background and served as the capital for the Mysore Presidency for six whole centuries. From skydiving at a speed of 220kmph at a free fall to visiting the revered Mysore palace and worshipping Lord Durga at the Chamundeshwari temple, Mysore turns out to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the state of Karnataka.
On the banks of Krishna river in the South and Budameru river in the North, walled by the Indrakiladri Hills in the west, Vijayawada was the capital of the ancient Vijayanagar Empire. Along with the old temples and art museums, one can also take a tour to Bhavani Island. Another interesting thing to do would be to explore the dense Kondapalli Reserve Forest in the western outskirts.
In this list of cleanest cities in India, having less to offer when you think of an exotic tourist destination, Navi Mumbai might not be so intriguing but this planned and emerging city does have more than enough to offer. The Khargar hills is a must visit and Navi Mumbai is home to one of the many ISKCON temples in the world too.