Nagpur Travel Guide
Location : Northeastern Part
Area : 217.17 sq. kms
Attractions : Ambazari Lake, Sitabuldi Fort, Tekdi Ganapathi
Ideal Time to Visit : October to January
¤ Nagpur, The Second Capital
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.
was the capital of Madhya Pradesh state till 1956 before it became a
part of Maharashtra state. The best quality Teak plantations are the
highlight of the flora in Nagpur. Apart from the scenic beauty, there
is also a dominating British fort built in 1818 on the twin hills of
Sitabuldi in the center of the city. This fort is an outstanding
landmark of the city. Apart form this, there are many other
attractions in the region that draws innumerable tourists.
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.
¤ Attractions In Nagpur
Nagpur offers a lot options as far as tourist places is concerned.
The scenic beauty teemed with beautiful forts and temples make Nagpur
one of the most attractive travel destination.
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
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.
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.
Nagpur extends its beauty and glory
to the neighboring places also. These places are as lovely as the city
of Nagpur itself.
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
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
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 .
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.
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
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
Nagpur celebrates many festivals, some of the major community
festivals celebrated are Marbat, Ram Navami procession, Durga Devi
Exhibition, and Ganesh Puja.
¤ 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.