Did you know these Indian places share their names with cities around the world?

It is said there are 7 different people in this world who share a face type. While that could be true, how would you react if we told you that some of India’s well-known cities share names with places across the world? Surprised, right? Here’s our list.

Bombay (Maharashtra), Bombay (USA)

Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is in Maharashtra and is a bustling metropolis. But America’s Bombay is a town located in a county off-New York. Reports claim that the town was named Bombay by an Irish ship captain.
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Delhi, Delhi (USA)

Even though the Americans pronounce it as Del-High, the place borrows its spelling from India’s capital city, Delhi. There are as many as 3 towns that go by the same name in the states of New York, California and Louisiana.

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Kochi (Kerala), Kochi (Japan)

Who would have thought two immensely popular cities known for housing nature’s beautiful wonders – the cherry blossom trees and backwaters – would share the same name? The Japanese city takes its name from the castle; the site was chosen by lord Yamauchi Kazutoyo in the 17th century.

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Patna (Bihar), Patna (Scotland)

This Scottish village was named after the Indian city of Patna, Bihar. It was established in the early 1800s by a certain William Fullarton to provide accommodation for the workers in his coal fields. It is said, his father worked for the East India Company.

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Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Hyderabad (Pakistan)

This one’s not so surprising given that these two countries were one at some point in time. However, both the cities are different in their own ways. Rich in history, the Hyderabad on the other side of the line is home to tombs and forts. While the Hyderabad in India is informally known as the IT hub of the country; but his is not to say that the metropolis is not rich in culture, heritage and history.

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Thane (Maharashtra), Thane (Australia)

Two different places in two different hemispheres with cultural and social differences, but one name: Fascinating, isn’t it?

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Dhaka (Bihar), Dhaka (Bangladesh)

There’s isn’t much information on the web that points to a particular reason why Dhaka of Bihar was named so. But it’s just plain interesting two different countries have places of the same name. The Indian Dhaka has become a popular town for trade mostly because it’s located close to the Nepal border.


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Bali (Rajasthan), Bali (Indonesia)

While the Indonesian Bali is known for its mountains, beaches and coral reefs, its Indian namesake is famous for the fort, which is mostly in ruins except for the prison. The Rajasthani town boasts of history that dates back to the 13th century.

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Faridkot (Punjab), Faridkot (Pakistan)

The one across the border is infamous for being the hometown of terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was responsible for the attacks of 26/11. However, the one in India is rich in culture and heritage and has some interesting monuments and forts that are popular tourist attractions.

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Surat (Gujarat), Surat (Australia)

The city down under is a rural town by the banks of Balonne river, while the Indian city is known for polishing 90 percent of world’s diamonds.

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how fascinated are you right now?