India is a country of different terrains. There are the big cities buzzing with activities. Then there are also places that are far away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitans. These are corners where you find inner peace more easily than in the big cities. Living in such places is almost like a dream, for not only do you avoid the pollution and rigors of the big cities, but also find ways to lead a productive and meaningful life.

Here’s a list of ten such places.

1. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

The tranquil city has Auroville as the centrifugal force of life. There’s also the Sadhana forest on the outskirts of the city, which is an affiliated initiative of the Auroville. The forest is an effort by an Israeli couple to adopt a lifestyle reminiscence of a time when urban civilization had. The activities at both these centers are a major source of recreation and relaxation for people. This Union Territory has several French settlements aging back to the years of independence.

2. Pune, Maharashtra

Pune, Maharashtra

Close to the maximum city, Pune has all the charms of a small town combined with the lifestyle-enhancing aspects of Mumbai. There are several job opportunities in all sectors of service, business, and creativity. Many reputed educational institutions like the Ferguson college, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Symbiosis International and many others add to the prestige of this city.The popular Lonavala hills are close by and the city is well connected to other major cities in the state. It's also popular for the grand Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892 and now a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashes are preserved in the garden.

3. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore is the second largest city in the state after Chennai. Yet it maintains a quaint air of quiet and serene lifestyle for its inhabitants. The Annamalai Tiger Reserve, the Black Thunder Water Park and For the spiritually inclined, Dhyanalinga, the spot for the mammoth Shivalinga is a great place to visit and meditate.

4. Trichy,Tamil Nadu

Trichy,Tamil Nadu

The temple town of Tiruchirapalli or Trichy offers a comfortable and economical lifestyle for its inhabitants. TheSriranganathaSwamy Temple at Srirangam, not very far away from the city, is a major international tourist attraction and is also a favorite spot for the residents to visit regularly.Its spiritual ambiance beckons all those who look for inner peace. Needless to say, the mountains have plenty of soothing green views to offer and have a therapeutic effect on the stressed-out mind. Retired people often prefer this beautiful town to spend their years of old age in peace.

5. Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

The beautiful hill town is also famous for its top-rated finishing schools in the country and is urbanized enough to offer a comfortable lifestyle. Its natural scenic beauty makes it the dream destination for many a traveler and for those residing here a paradise of sorts. There are several places of religious and spiritual nature as well as modern shopping malls.At its core is the 6-sided Ghanta Ghar clock tower. To the southwest is Paltan Bazaar, a busy shopping area. Just east is the Sikh temple Gurdwara Nanaksar, topped with ornate white and golden domes. In Clement Town to the city’s southwest, Mindrolling Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist center with shrine rooms in its Great Stupa.

6. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla offers the laps of a pristine valley while also being a bustling economy for its residents. The charm of mountainside living is abundant here. Small and beautiful houses dot the landscape and staying inside them is an enjoyable affair by itself. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

7. Kochin, Kerala

Kochin, Kerala

Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. The city in God’s own country is full of lush greenery and is a thriving city. It is also the sixth best tourist attractions in the country for its forts, palaces, churches, and much more. All the basic amenities of a modern city are accessible making it a great place to live in.

8. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Who hasn’t heard of the famous toy trains and the tea gardens of Darjeeling? But the city is not only a major tourist attraction. It is also a peaceful place to live in. Colonial mansions, beautiful mountains, tea estates, and activities like trekking make it an enchanting place for the inhabitants. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

9. Sarnath - Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath - Uttar Pradesh

We know Sarnath for the much famed Sanchi Stupa, an international spot of attraction for tourists. But the city is also a great place for those who want to make a long-term dwelling. The town is close to the pilgrim town of Varanasi and is also abundant with greenery. 

10. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior is a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It's known for its palaces and temples, including the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir intricately carved Hindu temple. Ancient Gwalior Fort occupies a sandstone plateau overlooking the city and is accessed via a winding road lined with sacred Jain statues. The forts and the traditional lifestyle of the people, give Gwalior a royal air. People, especially, those who love to stay connected with their rich cultural past, can make a great living in this city, where modernization has created deep imprints.



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