India is the 7th largest country in the world in terms of area consisting of 28 states and 8 union territories. There are 766 districts in India and some of them are quite large even bigger than some states.
In this article, we are going to list the top 10 largest districts in India in terms of area.
Top 10 Largest Districts in India List
Here is the list of the top 10 largest districts in India by area covered.
- Kutch District, Gujarat (45,674 km²)
- Leh District, Ladakh (45,110 km²)
- Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan (38,401 km²)
- Bikaner District, Rajasthan (30,247.90 km²)
- Barmer District, Rajasthan (28,387 km²)
- Jodhpur District, Rajasthan (22,850 km²)
- Nagaur District, Rajasthan (17,718 km²)
- Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra (17,048 km²)
- Pune District, Maharashtra (15,643 km²)
- Nashik District, Maharashtra (15,582 km²)
1. Kutch District, Gujarat
Kutch district is the largest district in India occupying around 45,674 square kilometres of area which is even more than the entire area of states like Haryana or Kerala. Kutch is present in the western part of the state of Gujarat, India.
The district is known for its vast salt desert known as the Rann of Kutch which is a unique landscape characterized by white salt flats.
Kutch is divided into ten talukas, which are Bhachau, Bhuj, Anjar, Gandhidham, Mundra, Mandvi, Abdasa, Nakhatrana, Lakhpat, and Rapar. Bhuj serves as the district headquarter.
Tourist Attractions: Rann of Kutch, Dholavira, Bhuj, Mandvi Beach, Vijay Vilas Palace, Narayan Sarovar, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, etc
2. Leh District, Ladakh
Leh district is located in the eastern part of the union territory of Ladakh surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountain range. The district is situated at an approximate altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level.
The district is known for its breathtaking natural scenery and it covers around 45,110 km² of land. It is one of the popular destinations for adventure enthusiasts. It is famous for trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, mountain biking, safari and other activities.
Tourist Attractions: Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, etc
3. Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer district is present in the westernmost part of Rajasthan, India. The district hosts around 0.67 million population and it is the least populous district in Rajasthan.
The district is spread across 38,401 km² of area which makes it the third-largest district in India and largest in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer holds many cultural and historical significance and has many fun places to explore.
Tourist Attractions: Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Quila), Patwon Ki Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, Gadisar Lake, Desert National Park
4. Bikaner District, Rajasthan
Bikaner District is one of the biggest districts in India coving a surface area of around 30,247.90 km² located in the state of Rajasthan. The district lies in the famous Thar Desert.
The district has a total population of around 2.4 million. Various historical and modern tourist places are present in the Bikaner district and it is a strategically important place for India as it shares its border with neighbouring country Pakistan.
Tourist Attractions: Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple, National Research Centre on Camel, Lalgarh Palace, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Gajner Palace and Wildlife Sanctuary
5. Barmer District, Rajasthan
Barmer District is one of the largest districts in India and the third largest in Rajasthan spanning across a 28,387 km² area.
The district is famous for its rich culture and traditional art forms, folk music and the dance of Barmer like Langas and Manganiyars. Barmer is also famous for its handicrafts like pottery, embroidery, and woodwork.
Tourist Attractions: Barmer Fort, Kiradu Temples, Mahabar Sand Dunes, Nakoda Jain Temple, Balotra, etc.
6. Jodhpur District, Rajasthan
Located in the western part of Rajasthan Jodhpur district is one of the largest districts in India. The district covers 22,850 km² of area. It is famously known as “Sun City” due to its sunny climate.
Jodhpur also host many festivals for example Marwar Festival and the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. The district is famous for its forts, palaces, dance, art and music with its own style and significance.
Tourist Attractions: Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Gardens, Jaswant Thada, Osian, etc.
7. Nagaur District, Rajasthan
Situated in the northwest part of Rajasthan Nagaur district is the 7th largest district in India. Various temples, forts and historical monuments reflect its past glory.
The district hosts around 3.2 million people and there are many tourist attractions and festivals mainly the cattle fair is quite famous which geathers lots of tourists from around the world.
Tourist Attractions: Nagaur Fort, Khimsar Fort, Tarkeen Dargah, Cattle Fair, Kuchaman Fort, etc.
8. Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra
Ahmednagar district is the largest district of the state of Maharashtra covering around 17,048 km² of surface area, making it one of the biggest districts in India.
The district is famous for its historical sites like the Ahmednagar Fort, Shani Shingnapur Temple, etc and it was ruled by many historical kingdoms like Mauryas, Satavahanas, Rashtrakutas and Marathas.
Tourist Attractions: Ahmednagar Fort, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Meherabad, Shani Shingnapur Temple, Bhandardara, Harishchandragad, etc.
9. Pune District, Maharashtra
Pune district is the 9th biggest district in India covering around 15,643 km² of area present in the western side of Maharashtra, India. Pune City is it’s administrative headquarter. It is the most populous district in the state of Maharashtra with a population of 9.42 million.
The district is filled with breathtaking landscapes, temples, mountains, waterfalls, forests and reservoirs, making it fun to explore.
Tourist Places: Lonavala and Khandala, Lavasa, Sinhagad Fort, Mulshi Dam, Panshet Dam, Jejuri, Mahabaleshwar
10. Nashik District, Maharashtra
Nashik district is one of the largest districts in India located in the state of Maharashtra. Nashik covers around 15,582 km² of land. The district hosts many religious as well as cultural festivals and it is one of the four places where the famous Kumbh Mela is organised.
Other festivals like Nashik International Film Festival and the SulaFest are also organised in the district. Nashik is situated on the bank of the river Godavari and there are many places where you can visit.
Tourist Attractions: Trimbakeshwar Temple, Panchavati, Dudhsagar Falls, Pandavleni Caves, Kalaram Temple, Coin Museum, etc.
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