List of state and union territory capitals in India
India is a country in Southern Asia. With over 1.5 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. It is a federal constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system consisting of 28 states and 8 union territories. All states, as well as the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Puducherry and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, have elected legislatures and governments, both patterned on the Westminster model. The remaining five union territories are directly ruled by the central government through appointed administrators. In 1956, under the States Reorganisation Act, states were reorganised on a linguistic basis. Since then, their structure has remained largely unchanged. Each state or union territory is further divided into administrative districts.
The legislatures of five states Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand and of union territory Jammu and Kashmir meet in different capitals for their summer and winter sessions. Ladakh has both Leh and Kargil as its administrative capitals.
The state and union territory capitals are sorted according to administrative, legislative and judicial capitals. The administrative capital is where the executive government offices are located,
States and Union TerritoriesEdit
|Administrative capital/ Executive capital||Legislative capital||Judicial capital||Year of establishment||Former capital|
|A||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair||—||Kolkata||1956||—|
|5||Chhattisgarh||Naya Raipur also called Atal Nagar[e]||Raipur||Bilaspur||2000||—|
|C||Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||Daman||—||Mumbai||2020||—|
|D||Delhi||New Delhi||New Delhi||New Delhi||1956||—|
|E||Jammu and Kashmir||Srinagar (Summer)
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- Hyderabad is the de jure joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana until 2024
- Shillong was the joint capital of Assam and Meghalaya until 1972.
- Chandigarh is the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and is a Union Territory, separate from the two states.
- Naya Raipur is planned to replace Raipur as the capital city of Chhattisgarh.
- Panaji was the capital of Goa from 1843 when it was ruled by the Portuguese.
- Mumbai (Bombay) was the capital of Bombay Presidency which was a province until 1950. After that Bombay became the capital of Bombay State. Subsequently, Bombay State was split into Gujarat and Maharashtra in 1960.
- Gangtok has been the capital of Sikkim since 1890. Kingdom of Sikkim joined the Indian Union in 1975.
- Chennai (Madras) was the capital of the Madras Presidency since 1839, which was redrawn as Madras State in 1956. Madras State was renamed as Tamil Nadu in 1968.
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