What if we ask you where is Delhi? Within a moment you answer is, ‘It is the capital city of India and lies in the Northern part’. But what if we say Delhi is located in California? Don’t believe us? Well, if you always thought names of Indian cities are so unique and desi. Hold on. This is so untrue. To everyone’s surprise, there are several foreign destinations that share exactly same names of Indian cities. Take a look!
- Kochi – Kerala / Japan
Kochi, also known as Cochin, in India is popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. While its namesake in Japan is a popular tourist attraction. The place was originally settled as a castle town around the seat of the lords of Province of Tosa, the Kochi Castle. The city got its name from the castle and over the years the town rapidly grew to become the largest settlement of the region occupying 40 percent of the population.
- Patna – Bihar / Scotland
Patna in India is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Earlier it was known as Patliputra and was home to popular astrologists and scholars including Chanakya, Aryabhata, Kalidasa, and Panini. While the Patna in Scotland got its name from the Indian city itself. William Fullarton, the founder of the village, was the son of a person who served the East India Company.
- Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh / United States
Lucknow is the capital of Indian state Uttar Pradesh and the largest city in the state. The city has always been a multicultural city that always flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub. While its namesake in the United States is a small unincorporated community in Pennsylvania. It is a 5,500-acre mountain estate mansion and is named after the city of Lucknow in India.
- Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh / Pakistan
The town in India was historically known as pearl and diamond trading center and even today it is known as the ‘City of Pearls’. While the one in Pakistan is known for its comparative tolerance towards religious and ethnic minorities. The city is home to Sindhi, Brahuis, Punjabis, Memons, Urdu speaking Muhajirs, Pashtuns and Baloch people.
- Faridkot – Punjab / Pakistan
Faridkot was once a princely state under the British rule and in 1948 became the part of the Indian Republic. Its namesake is a small settlement in Pakistan and only came into the spotlight after it was revealed that Ajmal Kasab, involved in 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, belonged to Faridkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
- Baroda – Gujarat / United States
Currently known as Vadodara, is popular for furniture, textiles, handicraft items and food. While the one in the United States is a 1.7 sq km village built by Michael Houser. He wanted to name it Pomona but it was already taken and hence he changed the named to Baroda, suggested by CH Pindar, a constructor on the railroad born in Baroda.
- Indore – Madhya Pradesh / United States
Indore in Madhya Pradesh has a glorious past. While the one in the United States is an unincorporated community in West Virginia derived its name from Endor, a place mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.
- Bali – Rajasthan / Indonesia
The town in Rajasthan is located on the left bank of Mithari river. The main attraction of the town is forts, that currently houses prison. While the other is the province of Indonesia that houses several islands including Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. It is also a popular tourist destination and was named as the world’s top destination in Traveler’s Choice award by TripAdvisor in March 2017.
- Calcutta – West Bengal / United States
Currently, name as Kolkata, it is the capital of Indian state of West Bengal. As a former capital of India, it is known for its literary, revolutionary and artistic heritage. It was also called as ‘Cultural Capital of India’ and ‘City of furious, creative energy’. While the other one is in Ohio state of the US and was laid out in 1810. It was called as ‘Foulkstown’ as a tribute to William Fouls, the person who built the first brick house there, and ‘Nineveh’, after the biblical city. Finally, it was renamed as ‘Calcutta’ after the Indian city.
- Salem – Tamil Nadu / United States
Salem in Tamil Nadu is surrounded by hilly regions that were part of Chera dynasty and a trade route with the Roman empire. Currently, it serves as a major textile center in Tamil Nadu with more than 125 spinning mills and weaving units. It also houses several Hindu temples. Its namesake is a city in the US state of Massachusetts and is popular for its Witch trials. In contrast, ‘Salem’ in Hebrew means ‘Peace’.
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