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Union Territories in India

India has a total of 8 Union Territories and 28 states. The 8 Union territories in India include Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Chandigarh, And (Read More)aman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. Union Territory is a special administrative sector in the Republic of India. Unlike the states of India which have their own state governments, they do not have a government of their own and are controlled by central government (union government). Out of the nine union territories of India, Delhi, Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) and J & K have their own legislatures. Each union territory has a capital of its own or the main area of administration.

Here is the list of 8 Union Territories of India

1. Ladakh (Bifurcated on October 31, 2019) 4.6 /5 View 92+ photos

Known For : Pangong Lake Khardung La Nubra Valley

A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Following a long pending demand to make Ladakh a union territory, it was finally bifurcated on 31 October 2019. The Union Territory of Ladakh iswithout Legislature. It comprise of two districts - Leh and Kargil.
Area - 59,146 km²
Population - 2.74 lakhs
Capital - Leh
Region - North India
UT Established - 31 October 2019

Best Time: Jun to Sep

73 Ladakh Attractions

On 5 August 2019, the Government dissolved Article 370 of the Constitution of India, bifurcated the state into two union territories and notified that J&K shall now be one of the new Union Territories in Indiawith its own legislature, similar to how Puducherry and Delhi are administered. In the case of J&K Union Territory, it will be a self-administered government with a legislative government.
Area - 222,236 km²
Population - 1.25 crores
Capital -Jammu (winter), Srinagar (summer)
Region - North India
UT Established - 31 October 2019

3. National Capital Territory of Delhi (Capital Delhi) 4.1 /5 View 67+ photos

Known For : India Gate Qutub Minar Akshardham Temple Delhi

Delhi or the National Capital Territory of Delhi is a city and a union territory in India which consists of the national capital, New Delhi. Much like the states of India, Delhi is administered by its own legislature, high court and council of ministers. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it 'The good, the bad and the ugly'.
Area - 1,483 km²
Population - 1,67,53,235
Region - North India
UT Established -1 November 1956

Best Time: October to March

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4. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 4.0 /5 View 12+ photos

Known For : Devka Beach Mirasol Lake Garden Lighthouse, Daman

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu are together a single union territory (effective from 26th January 2020) as per legislation passed by the Government of India. Daman is set to be the capital of this new union territory. The smaller area of Dadra is in Gujarat while Nagar Haveli is in between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. With the hills of the Western Ghats and surrounding lush greenery, it is an ideal indulgence into the wild side for a tourist and its Portuguese heritage makes it famous amongst history enthusiasts as well.

Daman and Diuwere established as a Union Territory onMay 30,1987. Dadra and Nagar Haveli weremerged with the Republic of India as a Union Territory on 11 August 1961.

Area -

491 km²
Population -
3,42,853
Region -
Western India
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Best Time: October to Apr

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5. Pondicherry - Puducherry 4.1 /5 View 29+ photos

Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville

Pondicherry was formed in 1962, out of the former French colonies of Mahe, Pondicherry, Karaikal and Yanam. These colonies are now the districts under Pondicherry. Karaikal and Puducherry districts are bound by Tamil Nadu while the remaining districts of Mahe and Yanam are bound by Kerala and Andhra Pradesh respectively. Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. It is often famously referred to as the French Riviera of the East and is indeed one of the most charming and mesmerising places to visit in South India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry is a little town tucked away in the south-east coastline of India, and it is a destination that promises travellers sanctity and serenity, in the real sense of the terms.
Area - 479 km²
Population - 12,44,464
Capital -Puducherry
Region - South India
UT Established - 16 August 1962

Best Time: October to March

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Known For : Sukhna Lake Rock Garden Elante Mall

Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana is a subtle and ideal definition of the word 'city'. Chandigarh is similar to Delhi in that it is granted the status of a city and of a union territory at the same time. Despite being the capital of both the states of Punjab and Haryana, it is governed directly by the central government. Geographically, the state of Punjab lies to its north, south and west while the state of Haryana lies to the east.
Area -114 km²
Population - 10,54,686
Capital -Chandigarh
Region - North India
UT Established -1 November 1966

Best Time: August to March

51 Chandigarh Attractions

Known For : Radhanagar Beach Cellular Jail Ross Island

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands collectively was the first union territory of India after independence. These islands are situated to the south-east of the India Peninsula mainland at the juncture where the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea merge. Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.
Area - 8,249 km²
Population - 3,79,944
Capital -Port Blair
Region -South India
UT Established - 1 November 1956

Best Time: October to Jun

82 Andaman Attractions

8. Lakshadweep - Smallest union territory of India 4.0 /5 View 24+ photos

Known For : Minicoy Island Agatti Islands Bangaram Island

Literally meaning a 'hundred thousand islands', Lakshadweep has few of the most beautiful and exotic islands and beaches of India. The smallest union territory of India, Lakshadweep was formerly a part of Madras (now Chennai) and was separated and given the status of Union Territory. Initially, it was called the Laccadive, Minicoy and Aminidivi islands until the name Lakshadweep was officially adopted on the 1st of November of 1973. It is the smallest among all the union territories of India in terms of area and lies in the Laccadive sea south-west from the Indian peninsula mainland.
Area - 32 km²
Population - 64,429
Capital - Kavaratti
Region - South India
UT Established - 1 November 1956

Best Time: September to May

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Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (DNHDD) is a union territory in the Western part of India. It comprises ofDadra, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu. Daman and Diu were a separate UT that merged with Dadra and Nagar Haveli on 26 January 2020.

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How many union territory are there in India in 2022? ›

There are 28 states and 8 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her.

Which is the 8th union territory of India? ›

There are currently eight union territories in India, namely Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

How many union territories are there in 2022 name them? ›

As of 2022 there are 8 Union Territories and 28 states in India.

What are the 9 union territories of India latest? ›

India currently has 8 Union Territories (UTs) – Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

What is India's 2022 territory? ›

The 8 Union territories of India are given below:
  • Ladakh.
  • Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Puducherry.
  • Lakshadweep.
  • Delhi.
  • Chandigarh.
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Is Jammu and Kashmir a state or union territory in 2022? ›

The state was divided into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh after a reorganization act was approved. The reorganization takes effect on October 31, 2019, and it became a UT.

How many 8 union territories are there? ›

Union Territories in India

India has a total of 8 Union Territories and 28 states. The 8 Union territories in India include Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Chandigarh, And (Read More) Union Territory is a special administrative sector in the Republic of India.

What are the 29 states and 8 union territories of India? ›

Complete list of 8 Union Territories:
S.NOUnion TerritoriesCapital
1Andaman and Nicobar IslandPort Blair
2ChandigarhChandigarh
3Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and DiuDaman
4DelhiDelhi
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26 Jul 2022

Why are there 8 union territories in India? ›

As of 2022, there are 8 union territories in India. The union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu were combined as one single union territory on 26th January 2020. On 31st October 2019, the former state of Jammu and Kashmir was converted into a union territory.

What are the capital of 8 union territories? ›

What are the union territories of India and their capitals?
Union TerritoriesTheir capital
National Capital Territory of DelhiDelhi
Jammu & KashmirSummer – Srinagar Winter – Jammu
LadakhLeh
LakshadweepKavaratti
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Is Ladakh state or union territory? ›

Ladakh, union territory of India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent in the vicinity of the Karakoram and westernmost Himalayan mountain ranges.

Was Goa a union territory? ›

Goa was liberated from Portugal and annexed to the Union of India on 19 December 1961. The Constitution (Twelfth Amendment) Act, 1962, and the Government of Union Territory Act, 1963 conferred the status of a Union Territory on the territories of Goa, Daman and Diu with retrospective effect from 20 December 1961.

What are the 28 states and 9 union territories of India in map? ›

Table List of 9 Union Territories with their capitals, formation date and their population:
S.No.Union territoriesCapital
1Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
2ChandigarhChandigarh
3Dadra and Nagar HaveliSilvassa
4Daman and DiuDaman
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4 Nov 2019

Is Ladakh the largest union territory of India? ›

Ladakh is the largest and the second least populous union territory of India.

Which is the largest union territory of India 2021? ›

The area of Andaman and Nicobar is 8249 sq km and it is the largest union territory in terms of area.

Which is the largest UT of India? ›

Jammu and Kashmir is the largest union territory in India in terms of area which covers 125,535 km2 of land area.

How many states and union territories are there in India 2022 PDF? ›

A total of 28 states are there in India and 8 union territories are there in India in 2022.

How many union territories are there in India in 2023? ›

India has 8 Union Territories. With the exception of Delhi and Pondicherry, union territories have no representatives in the Rajya Sabha. The administration of the Union Territories of India is independent of the administration of the other areas.

Which state is removed from 29 states? ›

Previously, there were 29 states. After the removal or abolition of Article 370, there are 28 states, because the state of Jammu & Kashmir is divided into two union territories – Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Is Kashmir still a part of India? ›

India has control of about half the area of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which comprises Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, while Pakistan controls a third of the region, divided into two provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

When did Ladakh declared union territory? ›

In August 2019, the Parliament of India passed an act by which Ladakh became a union territory on 31 October 2019.

Why is Pondicherry a Union Territory? ›

On 1st November 1954, Pondicherry was transferred to India. A treaty of Cessation (together with Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam) was signed on May 28, 1956. It became a Union Territory to be administered by the President of India in 1962 under the 14th Amendment of the Indian Constitution.

What are the 29 states and 7 union territories? ›

There are 29 states and seven Union territories in the country. Let's take a look at the states and their capitals.
  • Andhra Pradesh - Amravati. Amravati city plan. ( ...
  • Arunachal Pradesh - Itanagar. ...
  • Assam - Dispur. ...
  • Bihar - Patna. ...
  • Chhattisgarh - Atal Nagar (Naya Raipur) ...
  • Goa - Panaji. ...
  • Gujarat - Gandhinagar. ...
  • Haryana - Chandigarh.
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How many states and capitals are there in India in 2022? ›

State and Capital of India 2022: Now 28 states and 8 UTs.

Who is the 29 states of India? ›

Introduction: 29 States Of India And Their Capitals And Languages
StateCapitalOfficial language
Arunachal PradeshItanagarEnglish
AssamDispurAssamese
BiharPatnaHindi
ChhattisgarhRaipurChhattisgarhi
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25 Jan 2022

How many states and union territories in India now? ›

B: As of 2020, India has 29 states and 8 union territories.

What is our states name? ›

States
State name (# on map)Name in state's official languageMeaning
Andhra Pradesh (1)ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ (Telugu)State of Andhras
Arunachal Pradesh (2)Arunachal Pradesh (English)Land of the dawn-lit mountains
Assam (3)অসম (Assamese)"Uneven" or from "Ahom"
Bihar (4)बिहार (Hindi)Monastery
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Why Daman and Diu is union territory? ›

Daman and Diu survived as outposts of Portuguese overseas territory until 1961, when they became part of India along with Goa. When Goa attained statehood in 1987, Daman and Diu became a separate union territory, and in 2020 that union territory was combined with Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory.

Why UTS are formed? ›

The union territories have been created for a variety of reasons. These are mentioned below: Political and administrative considerations – Delhi and Chandigarh. Cultural distinctiveness – Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

Why is Chandigarh a union territory? ›

Pending resolution of the issue, the Central Government made Chandigarh a Union Territory (under Section 4 of the Punjab Re-Organisation Act, 1966, with effect from November 1, 1966) with its administration functioning directly under the Central Government.

Which is the only state in India that has two capitals? ›

The Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir, also has two capitals — Srinagar in summers and Jammu in winters. Every year, from May to October, all the legislative meetings are held in Srinagar, and from November to April, they shift to Jammu which is the winter capital of the state.

What is the status of union territories in India Class 10? ›

The union territories are federal territories directly administered by the Central Government of India unlike the states of India, which have their own governments.

What is capital of Dadra Nagar Haveli? ›

Located in the Western part of the country, the Union Territory comprises of two separate sections, Dadra, with three villages, and Nagar Haveli which has 69 villages. The Capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is Silvassa.

Is Kashmir a state now? ›

The act re-constituted the former state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, one being Jammu and Kashmir and the other being Ladakh, with effect from 31 October 2019.

What is the old name of Ladakh? ›

Leh (Ladakh) was known in the past by different names. It was called Maryul or low land by some Kha- chumpa by others. Fa-Hein referred to it as Kia-Chha and Hiuen Tsang as Ma-Lo-Pho.

What is the new name of Jammu and Kashmir? ›

After the Government of India repealed the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian constitution in 2019, the Parliament of India passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, which contained provisions that dissolved the state and reorganised it into two union territories – Jammu ...

Is Goa rich or poor? ›

It is India's smallest state by area and its fourth-smallest by population. Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, two and a half times as high as the GDP per capita of the country as a whole.
...
Goa
HDI (2019)0.763 (high)
Sex ratio973 ♀/1000 ♂
Literacy88.70% (3rd)
Official languageKonkani
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Is Goa tax free? ›

A week after making the announcement, the Goa government on Friday formally accorded tax-free status to Vivek Agnihotri's film "The Kashmir Files" in public interest "for disseminating positive message among public for ensuring that such events are not repeated in future".

Who discovered Goa? ›

It was founded in 1543 and remained in Portuguese hands until 1961, when the territory was lost to India. Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira was the first European to reach India by sea.

Which is the newest state in India? ›

On Monday, i.e. June 2, 2014, the country got its newest, 29th state, in Telangana. Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhara Rao has taken oath as the first chief minister of the state, separated from Andhra Pradesh.

What is the capital of 9 union territories? ›

UNION TERRITORIES WITH THEIR CAPITALS AND GOVERNING BODIES
S.NOUnion territory (in alphabetical order)Capital City
6Delhi – National Capital TerritoryDelhi
7Puducherry (Pondicherry)Pondicherry
8.LadakhLeh and Kargil
9.Jammu and KashmirSrinagar (May–October) Jammu (Nov-April)
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Where is Daman and Diu? ›

Daman is a semi-enclave on the mouth of the Daman Ganga river bounded on all sides by the state of Gujarat, while Diu is a small island off the coast of Gujarat.

Which is the No 1 state in India? ›

Rajasthan

Which is the smallest UT in India? ›

India's smallest Union Territory Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands with an area of 32 sq km.

Which UT has smallest area? ›

The smallest union territory of India is Lakshadweep with an area of 32 sq.

How many UT are there in India 2022? ›

There are 28 states and 8 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her.

Which is the largest union territory in 2022? ›

Largest State in India 2022: India has a total of 28 States and 8 Union Territories. In terms of area, Rajasthan is the largest state of India while Goa is the smallest state of India. Ladakh is the largest Union Territory of India while Lakshadweep is the smallest Union Territory of India in terms of area.

Which is the smallest Union Territory of India 2022? ›

Lakshadweep, India's smallest Union Territory, is a 32-square-kilometre archipelago made up of 36 islands.

How many union territories are there in India in 2023? ›

India has 8 Union Territories. With the exception of Delhi and Pondicherry, union territories have no representatives in the Rajya Sabha. The administration of the Union Territories of India is independent of the administration of the other areas.

Is Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu merged? ›

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu is a union territory in India. The territory was constituted through the merger of the former territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

How many states and union territories are there in India 2022 PDF? ›

A total of 28 states are there in India and 8 union territories are there in India in 2022.

Which are the 9 union territories of India and their capitals? ›

What are the union territories of India and their capitals?
Union TerritoriesTheir capital
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & DiuDaman
National Capital Territory of DelhiDelhi
Jammu & KashmirSummer – Srinagar Winter – Jammu
LadakhLeh
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Was Goa a union territory? ›

Goa was liberated from Portugal and annexed to the Union of India on 19 December 1961. The Constitution (Twelfth Amendment) Act, 1962, and the Government of Union Territory Act, 1963 conferred the status of a Union Territory on the territories of Goa, Daman and Diu with retrospective effect from 20 December 1961.

Is Ladakh the largest union territory of India? ›

Ladakh is the largest and the second least populous union territory of India.

Which is the largest union territory of India 2021? ›

The area of Andaman and Nicobar is 8249 sq km and it is the largest union territory in terms of area.

Why Silvassa is union territory? ›

It was a part of the former Portuguese Goa and Damaon, and is today the largest city in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
...
Silvassa.
Silvassa Vila de Paço d'Arcos (Indo-Portuguese)
Coordinates:20.27°N 73.02°E
CountryIndia
Union territoryDadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
DistrictDadra and Nagar Haveli
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Why Diu is union territory? ›

Daman and Diu survived as outposts of Portuguese overseas territory until 1961, when they became part of India along with Goa. When Goa attained statehood in 1987, Daman and Diu became a separate union territory, and in 2020 that union territory was combined with Dadra and Nagar Haveli union territory.

Is Daman a state? ›

Daman, formerly (Portuguese) Damão, town, capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu union territory, western India. The town, together with numerous villages in the surrounding area, forms an enclave in southeastern Gujarat state and is situated on the Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay) of the Arabian Sea.

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