Ramtek gets its name from Lord Rama who, with Sita and Laxmana, is said to have rested here. The Taluka, which is situated along the north and north-eastern areas of Nagpur District, covering an area of 1129 sq. miles, is famous for its Ram Mandir and the Kalidas memorial to the celebrated playwright, which grace the top of a hill.
A fascinating aspect of the place is that the stones of the hill, when newly fractured, take on a blood red colour in sunlight, apparently refl ecting the blood of the demon Hiranyya Kashapu when he was slain by Lord Vishnu in the avatar of Narsimha. Legends has it that, after his victory, Lord Vishnu threw his cudgel down with such force that it made a crater, which now forms the Ambala tank at the foot of the hill. Around the tank are a number of temples, including two to Narsimha as well as a number of Jain ones.
A trip to Ramtek, especially during the Ramnavami festival, will prove a uniquely fascinating journey, where history, geography nd spiritually blend seamlessly to provide an unforgettable travel experience.
STD Code: 07114
Climate: Tropical climate with dry conditions. Summers are extremely hot and Winter is moderate. July is the wettest month with an average rainfall of 300 mm. One should dress in light woolen in Winter and cool cottons in summer. A pair of strong trekking shoes can be of great help. The best time to visit Ramtek is during the winter months, December to February.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Ramtek
Road: Mumbai-Ramtek via Nagpur is 913 Km. State Transport busese are available from Nagpur to Ramtek. Rental Taxis are also easily available.
Rail: Ramtek station lies on the South Central Railway, 50 Km away from Nagpur.
Air: Nearest Airport is Nagpur at 60 Km away.
Tourist Attractions in Ramtek
Khindsi Lake: Located just 5 Km from Ramtek, this beautiful lake, surrounded on all sides by verdant6 forests, is a must-see. Treekking aside, the big attraction here is water sports. Choose from motor boats, pedal boats, rowing boats or even water scooters. There is really no better way to take in the scenic beauty of the place.
Mansar: Located on the Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway, Mansar’s pride is an expansive lake bordered by Hidimba hill, the site of an archeological excavation. To date, antiquities from our different civilizations have been unearthed here, including many Jain idols. Those with a fascination for ancient cultures would do well to visit the site and watch history being revealed right before their eyes.
Nagardhan: The historic town of Nagardhan is said to have been founded by Nandvardhan, a king of the Shail Dynasty. The land houses a fort, supposedly built by the Bhonsles, with walls made of brick.