There are many cities and towns in India which are known by more than one names. The number of such place are around 100 which have been renamed in the past and adopted a new name. Here we’ve listed 20 important and well known places (cities and towns) out of them along with their old names.
1. Guntur (Garthapuri)
Guntur is a district place and third most populous city of Indian State Andhra Pradesh. It was previously known as Garthapuri.
2. Kurnool [ Kandenavolu ]
Kurnool is a city of Andhra Pradesh state as well as a district. It was also capital of Andhra State from 1 October 1953 to 31 October 1956. It’s old name was Kandenavolu.
3. Visakhapatnam [ Waltair]
Visakhapatnam, which is also known as Vizag is the largest city of the Andhra Pradesh. It was once known as Waltair.
4. Vijaywada [ Bezawada ]
Vijaywada, located on the banks of Krishna river, is going to be the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It was previously known as Bezawada.
5. Guwahati [Gauhati]
Guwahati is situated between the banks of Brahmputra river and foothills of Shillong plateau in the Indian state of Assam. It’s name has been changed to Guwahati from Gauhati in 1983.
6. Vadodara [Baroda]
Baroda got its name changed to Vadodara in 1974. The city is the third largest city of Gujarat after Ahmeadabad and Surat.
7. Bengaluru [Bengalore]
Bengalore, known as ‘Silicon Valley of India, is the capital of Karnataka State and fourth largest metropolitan area of India. It’s name now changed to Bengaluru.
8. Thiruvananthapuram [Trivandrum]
Thiruvananthapuram, located on the west coast of India, is the capital city of Kerala. It’s previous name was Trivandrum which was changed to Thiruvananthapuram in 1991.
9. Kochi [Cochin]
Kochi is a major port city on the west coast of India and is part of the Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. It’s old name was Cochin which has changed to Kochi in 1996.
10. Kozhicode [Calicut]
Kozhicode is a major city of Kerala on the Malabar coast. It was previously known as Calicut.
11. Mumbai [Bombay]
Mumbai is famous all around the world for its Bollywood. It is also called the Financial capital of India as it is the largest business hub of India. It was previously known as ‘Bombay’ which was renamed to ‘Mumbai’ in 1995.
12. Puducherry [Pondicherry]
Puducherry is an Union Territory of India which was previously known as Pondicherry. It gets its name changed in 2006. Puducherry is a Tamil word which means “New Town”.
13. Ajitgarh [Mohali]
Ajitgarh (formerly Mohali) is a town adjacent to Chandigarh in Punjab. It was officially named after Sahibzada Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh as SAS Nagar (“City of Sahibzada Ajit Singh”). In 2012, the name was shortened to Ajitgarh.
14. Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar [Nawanshahr]
Nawanshahr is a district in punjab, where the native village of Shahid Bhagat Singh is situated. It’s name was changed to “Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar” by Punjab Government in 2008.
15. Chennai [Madras]
Chennai is the biggest industrial and commercial centre in the South India and capital of Tamil Nadu. It was previously famous by the name “Madras” which is changed to “Chennai” in 1996. However, the name “Madras” is still being used e.g. “University of Madras”, “IIT Madras”.
16. Tiruchirappalli [Trichinopoly]
Tiruchirappalli is a city in Tamil Nadu, which was also known as Trichinopoly in English and also called Tiruchi or Trichi. It’s name was changed to Tiruchirappalli in 1971.
17. Varanasi [Banaras]
Varanasi, the holy city of India is situated in Uttar Pradesh on the banks of Ganga river. The city is also known as Banaras and Kashi, though the official name is Varanasi.
18. Kolkata [Calcutta]
Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal which has India’s oldest port. It is one of biggest commercial, cultural and educational centre of India. It was previously known as Calcutta which is renamed to Kolkata in the year 2001.
19. Mahabubnagar [Palamoor]
Mahabubnagar, a district of Telangana, was formerly known as Rukmammapet and Palamoor, it was named Mahabubnagar on 4 December 1890 in honour of Mir Mahabub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI, the Nizam of Hyderabad.
20. Kanpur [Cawnpore]
Kanpur, a district of Uttar Pradesh is the second largest industrial city in North India and 10th biggest city of India. It was previously known as Cawnpore during the British rule which was renamed to Kanpur in 1948.
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