Nagpur is not an ancient city by Indian standards but it is the second most important city in Maharashtra after Mumbai. This lovely city was established by Bhakt Buland in the year 1702, a Gond prince of the kingdom of Deogad in the Chhindwara district, Nagpur. In the latter half of the 18th century this city was ruled by the Bhonsles of the Maratha Confederacy who established their capital here. Later, the city came under the control of the British under Doctrine of Lapse publicized by Lord Dalhousie.
Nagpur is located in northeastern part of Maharashtra state, in southwestern India. It is situated almost at the geographical center of India. Nagpur is regarded as the second capital of Maharashtra. It is also called the orange-growing capital of India, since it is the largest Orange producer in India. Nagpur is named after the river Nag, on the banks of which the city is situated.
Nagpur celebrates many festivals, some of the major community festivals celebrated are Marbat, Ram Navami procession, Durga Devi Exhibition, and Ganesh Puja.
Nagpur faces extreme variations in temperature with very hot summers and very cold winters and a relative humidity of 60 per cent.
Totladoh: Totladoh is situated about 75-km from Nagpur and is an ideal spot for picnic. There is a Dam over here, which is a major attraction of this place.
Ambakhori: Another important travel excursion destination is Ambakhori situated around 80-km from Nagpur. This place is at its best in the winter season. Water falls and forests are the main attractions of this scenic spot.
Pench: The Pench National Park is situated on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. This place is famous for its rich flora and fauna. It was named after the river that flows nearby and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1983.
Located around 70-km from Nagpur, this park is the 25th Tiger Reserve in the country. It owns a wide variety of wildlife apart from the ferocious Tigers. The total area under the Pench Tiger Reserve comes to about 758-km, out of which a core area of 299-sq-km is the National Park and a buffer area of 464 kms .
Waki Woods: The Waki woods are located just 30-km away from Nagpur on Saoner Road near Waki Dargha. It is considered as an ideal place for those interested in trekking. The resort present here, offers bird watching and a wide range of activities like boating, archery, riding.
Ambazari Lake , Nagpur
Sitabuldi Fort , Nagpur
Sewagram: Sewagram is an important village in Wardha district, situated around 88-km from Nagpur. This place was earlier called Shegaon but when Gandhi made it headquarter for his social service work, its name was changed to Sewagram. A Gandhi Ashram and Gyan Mandir is also located here.
Ramtek: Ramtek is one of the important pilgrim centers of Maharashtra located about 57-km from Nagpur. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman, situated on the top of the hill. This land has been mentioned as Ramgiri, in "Meghdootam", which is written by great Sanskrit poet Kalidas.
Navegoan National Park: The Navegaon National Park is located in Navegoan. Spread over an area of 135-sq-km, there is a beautiful lake with crystal clear water. This lake stretches over an area of 11 sq. kms. set in the midst of hill ranges. The watchtowers located at strategic locations enable the visitors to catch a glance of varied wildlife of this national park. It consists of a Deer Park, an aviary and three beautifully landscaped gardens.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Nagpur
Ambazari Lake: The Ambazari lake is situated 6-km west of Nagpur. It is the largest and the most beautiful lake in the city. This place is very well managed and preserved by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. The lake also has a garden located just beside it and is a model garden. It was established in 1958 on an area of 20 acres of land.
The musical fountain, various electric rides and amusement games make this garden an ideal place to travel and children to enjoy. The garden also offers boating facilities and good walking trails as an enjoying outdoor activity.
Nagpur Specialty: The Oranges of Nagpur are famous throughout the world for their superior quality. These Oranges are arranged in a "Mondha". It is an arrangement unique to Nagpur markets. The Nagpur Oranges are cultivated in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. The orange is cultivated in 80000 hectares area in Vidarbha with a total production of nearly 5 lakh tons. A major part of the Oranges produced here is exported to the other countries of the world. Thus, contributing to the growth of the country's economy.
Sitabuldi Fort: The Sitabuldi fort is an important landmark of Nagpur, located on top of a hill, right in the center of the city. This fort was built by a British officer in the year 1857. It is one of the oldest attractions of the city. One can view this park from the twin hills of Sitabuldi.
The fort now houses the office of the Territorial Army, and is open to the public on National holidays.
Tekdi Ganapathi Temple: This temple is one of the most ancient and popular temples of Nagpur. It is located near the railway station. The temple is called Tekdi Ganapati as it is constructed on a hill and in Marathi Language a hill is called as a "Tekdi". It is believed to be approximately 250 years old. Earlier, the temple was not more than a tin shaded temple but later it was constructed as one of the most respected temple. The construction of Ganesh temple was started in 1978 and completed in 1984.
Tadoba National Park: The Tadoba National Park is a small park, sprawled over an area of 120 sq. kms at an altitude of 200 m. It is located 100-km south of Nagpur and 45-kms north of the district headquarter.
Taboda is also known as "The Jewel of Vidarbha". It is one of the oldest parks in Maharashtra and is also a Project Tiger reserve since 1993. The area around Tadoba was once highly populated by the Gond tribals. The park is named after their local deity 'Taru', who, according to a legend, was killed in a fight with a tiger. He is still worshiped by the local villagers as the deity of 'Tadoba'.
Shri Vyankatesh Temple: This temple is located on Dharaskar Road in Itwari, Nagpur. The idea of building a Vyankatesh Temple here was given by respected chief venerable Swamiji Shri Dharacharyaji. The construction of the temple was started in 1963 and completed in 1968.
The statue of the God Vyankatesh is extremely beautiful, made of black stone and adorned with beautiful gold ornaments. There are three festival statues located below the main idol and all three of them are purely made of gold by the skilled artist from Chennai. The main idol of God Vyankatesh had been brought from South India.
How to Reach Nagpur
By Air : The Sonegaon Airport is the nearest airport from Nagpur, situated around 8-km south of Nagpur City. It has regular flights connecting Mumbai, Kolkatta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhubaneswar, and Raipur.
By Rail : Nagpur is connected to all four metro cities through electrified broad gauge railway track. Regular trains connect Nagpur to different destinations in India that includes Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Kolhapur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jammu, Amritsar, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Trivendrum, Cochin, Gorakhpur, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Mangalore, Patna, and Indore.
By Road : Nagpur can be easily accessed by roadways as all major highways NH-7 (Varanasi - Kanyakumari) and NH-6 (Mumbai - Sambalpur - Calcutta) pass through the city.