India’s ‘Orange City’, the winter capital of Maharashtra, Nagpur is not only a rambling Metropolis but also a vibrant tourist destination. Enriched with heritage buildings, sacred religious points, natural beauties and interesting cuisines the geographical centre of India is must visit for tourists.
The’ Orange City’ is undoubtedly famous for Oranges and Orange by-products like jam, jelly, marmalade, Santra Barfi and fruit squash. For foodies, A culinary tradition that evolved in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region (where Nagpur is), the typically fiery Saoji food (of the Halba Koshti tribe) is a must try.
STD Code: 0712
Climate: Nagpur has a tropical mildly humid and dry climate throughout the year. Summer is immensely hot when temperature rises up to 49°C. Monsoon extends from July to September with medium to heavy rainfall. Winter is pleasant with average temperature of 10°C.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Nagpur
Road: The NH-6 is running north-south from Varanasi to Kanyakumari and NH-7 going east-west from Surat to Kolkata both pass through Nagpur. As a consequence of it’s central location, major cities are ranged within overnight distance bus/ train services.
Rail: Nagpur Junction railway station is one of the oldest and busiest stations of central India. Ajni is also another important railhead.
Air: The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is one of the busiest airports in India. It also provides international services to the Middle East countries.
Tourist Attractions in Nagpur
Zero Mile Stone: The unique monument constructed by the British govt to measure the East-West-North-South distance considering this spot as a Zero Mile Point of India. It is marked by four horse & a sandstone pillar. It is situated in close vicinity of the Nagpur Railway Station, famous Lord Ganesh Temple & the Sitalbuldi Fort. It feels great to stand at the centre point of India.
Ajab Bungla: Nagpur city museum, popularly known as Ajab Bungla, is situated near Zero Mile Area. Established in 1863, it is one of the oldest museums with a wide & curious collection of articles which are displayed in six galleries: Art, Archaeology, Anthrpology, Geology, Industry & Natural History. Managed by the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, it also houses a Library and occasional informational film shows, lectures are also conducted.
Seminary Hills: A preferred destination for the nature loving adventure tourist across Maharashtra. It is a seminary of St. Charles situated on the hill at outskirts of Nagpur city. A pleasure to walk around with the adventure lovers in a pure natural habitat.
Diksha Bhoomi: The word means the ground where people got ordained as Buddhist. Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din – 14th October 1956 as it is widely known, witnessed the biggest religious conversion of Dalit people to Buddhism, motivated by Dr. B R Ambedkar. The biggest Stupa in Asia proudly radiates the message of Buddhism to the followers round the globe. The huge stupa is worth appreciation due to its magnificent beauty. Visit to Nagpur is incomplete without a visit to this National Monument.
Ganesh Tekdi: A tekdi is a hillock & situated on its top is the temple with a magnificent idol of Lord Ganesh. Just a few minute of walk from the Nagpur Railway SWtation the temple is situated. A pious place of worship. When at Nagpur, even the celebrity figure like Sachin Tendulkar never misses the visit to Ganesh Tekdi to seek blessings. How could one resist the divine temptation?
Taj-ud-Din Baba Dargah: Claimed to belong to the family of Hazrat Imam Hussain & Hazrat Imam Hassan – the forefathers of Baba who migrated from Mecca to Madras & later to Kamptee, being employed in Military. The Dargah attracts innumerable devotees from Hindu & Muslim religion as well & the worship place at Nagpur serves as a excellent example of Sarva-Dharma-Satbhavna i.e. World Brotherhood.
Raman Science Centre: An affiliate of Nehru Science Centre-Mumbai, it is a modern centre of learning science at work. The centre is named after the famous Nobel Laureate, Indian Physicist Sir C V Raman. It was developed to promote a scientific temperament, present the growth of science & technology & also to conduct various science exhibitions for the visitors. The chief attraction is the Hi-Tech Planetarium & the Jurassic Park Area.
Tiger Tourism: Surrounded by following Reserve Forests and National Parks, Nagpur, also known as ‘Baghpur or Tigerland’ can be ideal point to taste some wildness. The nearby forests & national parks are Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Pench National Park, Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Bor Tiger Reserve and Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary.