Popularly called the ‘Orange City’, Nagpur is an important city in Maharashtra. It is the state’s 3rd largest city, following Mumbai and Pune. It is also known as the ‘Tiger Capital of India’. Found by the Gonds Dynasty, Nagpur was later taken over by the Bhonsles under the Maratha Empire. It was followed by the Britishers, who made Nagpur the capital of Central Province.
Nagpur interestingly got its name from the Nag River that has a serpentine course, and ‘Pur’ a common suffix associated with cities in Sanskrit and Hindi. The city’s postal stamp still carries the image of a snake on it. This place is located on the Deccan Plateau at a height of 310 metres and covers an expanse of close to 10,000 sq. km. Nagpur is revered for its green environment and comes second to Chandigarh in being the greenest place in India. It is the second capital of Maharashtra after Mumbai.
Nagapur - A Mix Of History, Nature And Pleasure - Tourist places in and around Nagpur
Nawegaon Banhd, the Sitabuldi Fort and Pench National Park are a few major attractions in this place. Diksha Bhoomi is the iconic place where a thousand Dalits followed Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and converted to Buddhism.
The National Centre of Nagpur accommodates the Zero Mile – a stone pillar that has the distance of all the major cities engraved over it. It was constructed during the British rule.
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Nagpur is dotted with a host of lakes – manmade and natural – that are a must watch. The Ambazari Lake, for instance, is a delight for small children and families vying to spend a relaxing yet rejuvenating evening.
The Balaji Mandir is a huge Temple located in the Seminary Hills – a small hillock that allows you a spectacular view of the entire city. Trekkers will love this place, as the journey to the top of the hillock is pretty challenging. The Sri Poddareshwar Temple and Shri Vyankatesh Temple are two other religious places that you must check out while you are there. The Dragon Palace Temple is another temple, dedicated to Lord Buddha.
The Maharaja Baug is a well made Garden that also houses a Zoo. It was established by the Bhonsle rulers. The Sitabuldi Fort, on the other hand, was built in the memorial of the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the English-Maratha war. Meanwhile, the Gavilgadh Fort is an enormous, gigantic fort which is almost 300 years old.
Nagpur transforms into a bustling tourist place during the festivals of Navrathri, Dasshera, Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Moharram and many more. All these festivals are celebrated with much aplomb and warmth.
A Few ‘Must - Try's There
Tourists who have been to Nagpur can not afford to miss out on the oranges that the city is uber-famous for. There are several shopping places in the vicinity as well where you can collect various cultural artefacts, memorabilia, and souvenirs for you loved ones back home. Try out the delectable Varhadi cuisine while at Nagpur. The food maybe a tad too spicy for foreigners whose taste buds aren’t as well acquainted as our pungent senses.
Due to its location on the Deccan Plateau with no nearby major water body, Nagpur experiences extremes in temperature for both summers and winters. The summers here can get extremely hot, with the temperature soaring to a close 50°C, while the winters are much cooler and bearable.
Monsoons are not an ideal time to visit this place, while the winters are the best bet for travelling.
Being a major city, Nagpur is very well linked by all modes of transport including air, rail and road. If travelling by air, opt for flights that connect your city to the Sonegaon Airport at Nagpur. The Nagpur Railway station is a central junction for all the major railway lines throughout India. Hence, travelling by train poses as a good option too. By road, Bagpur serves as a junction for two National Highways. Therefore, there is no dearth of buses – state transport and private tourist ones – to help you reach the city of Nagpur.
Nagpur - An Important Central Hub
Nagpur is almost centrally located, making it equidistant from most of the major cities from all corners of India. One of the India’s primary industrial centres, Nagpur draws a lot of revenue from its tourism industry. The influx of culture, history, tradition, spirituality and nature is deeply seeped in this city’s roots and a pride to experience. Grow closer to our nation’s past and let this nostalgic city drive you back through those magical eras.