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Nagpur Tourism Guide

The Orange city is the second largest city and second capital of Maharashtra. Centrally located in India, it has vivid wildlife sanctuaries, forts, temples and geological sites. The green city has rich cultural heritage which is evident from various festivals, handicrafts exhibitions and folk art programs. The major tourist places of Nagpur are Ambazari Lake, Diksha Bhumi, Ramtek, Ramdham, Dragon Palace Temple, Hemalkasa, Khindsi Lake, Nagardhan Fort, Zero Mile Stone, Raman Science Centre, Kalidas Memorial, Railway Museum and many more. The wildlife sanctuaries around Nagpur are Pench National Park, Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and Satpura Botanical Garden. The important religious places are Gad Ram Mandir, Tekdi Ganesh Mandir, Mahalaxmi Devasthan Temple, Balaji Mandir and Diksha Bhumi.

Tourist Places in Nagpur

Ambazari Lake, Nagpur

It is good picnic spot for taking children for weekend. It has boat rides, musical fountain and children rides. More Information

Diksha Bhumi, Nagpur

Diksha Bhumi in Nagpur is regarded as a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Diksha Bhumi is famous for its architectural beauty and historical importance. More Information

Sitabuldi Fort

Sitabuldi Fort was built by Mudhoji II Bhonsle, also known as Appa Sahib Bhosle, in the centre of Nagpur city and later extended by British. The fort is now home to the Indian Army's 118th infantry battalion (Territorial Army) Grenadiers. The fort was witness to the third Anglo-Maratha war known as Battle of Sitabuldi. The fort now houses war memorial that fell during the colonial period and prison cell where Gandhiji was kept during 1923.

The fort is opened for public on three days of the year: 26 January, 1 May and 15 August.

Ramdham, Ramtek (http://oliveresorts.com/)

Ramdham is located in Ramtek at 35 km from Nagpur has the distinction of being first and only spiritual-religious-tourism park of its kind in India. Ramdham is a place one can look forward to, for solace and peace from worldly cares. All the teerths of the country under one roof- namely the Ashtavinayaks of Vidarbha and Maharashtra, the twelve Jyotirlingas of India and the auspicious Vaishnoo Devi temple can be seen together and sought the blessings of in an artificially constructed hill or 'Chandra Parvat'.The world's biggest structure of 'OM' measuring 350 feet long marks the beauty of Ramdham. Inside the OM is a picturesque through Ramayana through fourteen episodes, while on the outer side is the picturesque description of Krishna Leela and idols of Lord Hanuman, Sai baba, and Gajanan Maharaj. The cave of Baba Amarnath has been recently added which has a Shivlinga made of ice. Every evening you can enjoy Rajasthani folk dances, magic show and puppet show in artificial caves.

Dragon Palace Temple, Ramtek

Dedicated to Lord Buddha, Dragon Palace temple was built by Mother Noriko Ogawa Society of Japan. The temple is located in picturesque surrounding of Kamptee town in Nagpur over an area of approximately 10 acres. The brilliant structure of the temple has large Buddhist prayer centre and the Meditation Hall of the temple. The idol is said to have been carved out of a single block of sandalwood.

Mansar Excavation, Ramtek

Mansar Excavation site is located at Mansar village with 5 km from Ramtek and 45 km from Nagpur. The site has outstanding structures Pravaresvara temple, Pravarapura (residential complex) and other superb sculptures/artefacts dating back to 5th century.

Khindsi Lake, Ramtek

Kindsi Lake is large and popular lake in greenery area of Ramtek. The place is ideal spot for weekend for relaxation and recreation activities. The water sports available at the lake are water scooter, water zorbing, banana boat, speed boat, rowing boat, paddle boat, adventure rides. One can also do trekking and nature trails in this area.

Zero Mile Stone

Nagpur is precisely at the geographical centre-point of India and the zero mile marker is located here. The Zero Mile Stone was erected by the British who used this point to measure all the distances. The Zero Mile Stone consists of four horses and a pillar made up of sandstone. The distances of various major cities which are measured from here are carved on the pillar erected at this zero mile site.

Nagardhan Fort, Ramtek

Also known as Nandivardhan fort, it is located at 5 km from Ramtek and 40 km from Nagpur. It was the first capital of the Vakatakas. The present structure of the fort was built Raje Raghuji Bhonsle. The fort is square in shape with outer rampart with bastions and an inner wall surrounding the buildings. The inner structures of the fort are in ruined damaged condition but its remnants show its past grandeur. In the fort there is a temple below the ground level and the idol of Goddess Durga is placed on a ledge of a well like structure.

Kasturchand Park

Located just one km from Nagpur railway station, Kasturchand Park is the biggest meeting place of Nagpur city. The place has been venue for expo, fairs, political rallies and other big events.

Kalidas Memorial, Ramtek (Timings: 8.00 am to 8.30 pm)

Kalidas Memorial is built in the memory of Great Sanskrit Poet Kalidasa. The memorial is located near Ramtek temple complex and is said that it was at this place where Kalidasa wrote Meghdoot. The memorial exhibits paintings of scenes from different plays of Kalidasa.

Raman Science Centre (http://www.rscnagpur.gov.in, Timings: For March to October - 11.30 am to 7.00 pm, For November to February – 10.30 am to 6.00 pm, Closed on Holy and Diwali)

The Raman Science Centre of Nagpur is integral unit of National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata, under the support of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. The centre is established in the year 1989 for popularisation of Science among masses and students in particular of Vidarbha region. The centre is named after Sir C. V. Raman, first Indian Nobel laureate in Physics, who was associated with Auditor general's office in Nagpur. Daily Shows of Planetarium, 3D show and Light & Sound Show on Pre-historic Animal Park are arranged by the centre. Different sections of the centre are Information & Communication Technology gallery, Inventions gallery, Fun Science gallery, Science Park, Pre-historic Animal Park, Planetarium, Mobile Science Exhibition and many more. It also hosts Science Demonstration Lecture, Sky Observation Programme and other science programs.

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (Timings: 12.00 am to 6.00 pm Monday Closed)

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum was inaugurated by the then railway minister, Shri Nitish Kumar on 14 December 2002. It is located in Kadbi Chowk on Kamptee Road and unique of its kind. The museum exhibits many old and heritage items of Indian Railway. It includes static models of locomotives and carriages, old steam engines, signalling equipment, hand-lamps, old telephone sets and other related items. It also has collection of rare stamps, important documents, diagrams, designs and manuals. The important collection of the museum is 5 Bagnall 0-6-4 narrow gauge tank loco weighing 15 tons and having a maximum speed of 25 kmph, built by Bagnall Limited, Stafford, England, in 1916. Other attractions of the museum are amusement section with slides, swings, toy train for children, old style benches, Revolving Restaurant on wheels, auditorium, etc.

Lok Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa (More information at http://lokbiradariprakalp.org)

Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP), a project of the Maharogi Sewa Samiti(MSS), Warora, was started by the legendary social worker Baba Amte in 1973 for integrated development of Madia-Gond, the primitive tribal of Bhamragad in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra, India. Baba’s younger son Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte are running the project since 1974, forfeiting the opportunity of lucrative medical practice. The activities of LBP are primary health care of tribal people, educational development of tribal and preservation of wildlife. A small sheltered enclosure has been formed at Hemalkasa to keep orphaned babies of wild animals, thereby protecting them from merciless killing.

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Nagpur

Pench National Park, Gondia

Pench Tiger Reserve comprises of Pench River (from which derived its name), the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and surrounding area. The national park has been an inspiration for writers like Rudyard Kipling's most famous work, The Jungle Book. More Information

Satpura Botanical Garden, Nagpur

Located in the heart of the city, it is botanical garden and zoo and has rare species of plant and animals/birds. More Information

Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagpur

Spread over 150 km of the forest, it covers Nagpur district and Bhandara district divided by the Maru River. The animal species of this sanctuary includes tiger, sloth bear, leopard, wild dog, ratel, fox, wolf, jackal, jungle cat, gaur, blue bull, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boars, and spotted deers. More information

VNIT Rose Garden, Nagpur

The rose garden is a treat for nature lovers and bird watching. Also, full of red and yellow roses is a major attraction of the green patch. Several carefully painted iron structures scattered around the garden hint at its being a Japanese garden. More Information

Maharaj Bagh and Zoo (Timings: 8.00 am to 5.30 pm)

Maharaj Bagh and Zoo is one of the popular attractions of Nagpur and ideal for refreshment and relation on weekend. The part was set up by Bhosale rules of the region and has botanical garden, small zoo, bamboo museum, plant nursery and waterfall. The park has important plant species and zoo has rare bird life.

Cultural and Art Galleries

Nagpur Central Museum (Ajab Bungalow) (Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Closed on Monday and Public Holidays)

Located in Civil Lines of Nagpur, Nagpur Central Museum is one of the oldest museums founded in 1863. The museum has six galleries namely art, archaeology, anthropology, geology, industry, natural history and a library. It holds coins, ancient inscriptions, sculptures, inscriptions and pre-historic artifacts.

Pilgrimages / Religious Places in Nagpur

Gad Mandir (Ram Mandir), Ramtek

Ramtek is famous for historical temple of Lord Rama. It is said that Lord Rama stayed at Ramtek along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman. It is also belived that Great Poet Kalidas written Meghdootam at this place. The temple is built by the King of Nagpur Raghuji Bhonsale, after his victory over fort of Deogarh in Chindwara. More Information

Mahalaxmi Devasthan Temple (Timings: 6.00 am to 1.00 pm, 4.00 pm to 9.30 pm, http://www.mahalaxmidevasthan.com)

The Mahalaxmi Devasthan Temple is important religious place of Nagpur and the temple is 100 years old. Many devotees visit daily for divine blessings.

Mahalakshmi Jagadamba Mata Mandir, Koradi

Located on the banks of Koradi Lake, it is ancient temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi. This religious is with 17 km from Nagpur. The main festival of the temple is Sharadiya Navaratra’is celebrated with full vigour and enthusiasm.

Tekdi Ganesh Mandir (http://www.ganeshmandirtekdi.org, Timings: 6.00 am to 12.00 pm)

Tekdi Ganesh Mandir is one of the important pilgrimages of Nagpur and the temple is said to be 250 years old. It is called as Tekdi Ganpati as it is located on hill which is called as Tekdi in Marathi language. The shrine of Lord Ganesha is believed to be self-existent and its size is increasing over period of time. Around 5000 devotees visit the temple daily showing the importance of the Mandir among devotees. The waving of a lamp “Aarti“ is done 4 times a day and a sweet called “Modaka” is distributed as a divine gift. Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of August/September is major festival of the temple.

Sri Balaji Karthikeyan Mandir (Timings: 6.00 am to 11.00 am, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm)

Sri Balaji Karthikeyan Mandir is located on atop scenic Seminary hills which 6 km from Nagpur city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Balaji and Lord Kartikeya. The temple has brilliant architecture in South Indian style with Ekadala Vimana. The shrine of Lord Kartikeya is places in the upper altar part along with Valli and Deivanai and the idol of Lord Balaji is in the lower altar part. The shrines of other Gods are also placed in the temple. Well maintained Tulsi Garden surrounds the temple and creates pleasing atmosphere.

Water Parks and Amusement Centres in Nagpur

Highland Park

Located on Nagpur Amravati road, Highland Park is located 15 km from Nagpur city. Highland Park with its exciting rides provide wonderful break from Nagpur city. Contact with park for current offers and group discounts. More Information

Fun N Food Village

Fun N Food Village is amusement park at Nagpur owned by Polo Group who has many other parks in India and overseas. The best amusement and water park in Nagpur offers the longest water channel known as ‘Lazy River’, Adventure rides, water slides, kids’ water play area, cultural performances and much more. More Information

Krazy Castle Aqua Park

Located close to Ambajhari Lake in Nagpur, Krazy Castle Aqua Park is one of the happening points in Nagpur. Stuffed with various water games and amusement rides attract the people of all age. Haldiram restaurant in the complex is also one of the added attractions for food delicious persons. More Information

Oliver Resorts (http://oliveresorts.com)

Ramdham is one of the largest cultural tourism parks with amusement park and Agro Park. It also has biggest OM of the world, Shivlinga made of ice, Free Fall ride, temples of Ashtavinayaks of Vidarbha and Maharashtra, Dwadesh jyotirlinga and Vaishnodevi. The cultural theme park feature folk dance shows, magic show, puppet show, stone museum, artificial caves at 2.00 pm every day. Agro Park is spread over 6 acres and has beetle leaf plantation, medicinal herbs, fruits and flower garden, sugarcane, corn etc. along with an artificial lake for rain water harvesting and drip irrigation. The Amusement centre at Khindsi Lake offers various water sports like water scooter, speed boat, paddle boat, rowing boat, banana boat, water zorbing. The park has been registered in Limca Book of Records in 2008 and 2011. Located close to the historic Gadh Mandir of the beautiful Satpuda Range, Olive Resorts are the ideal spot to get acquainted with nature in its serene beauty. Pench Tiger Reserve Totladoh is just 25kms and Karmajhiri is just 35 kms from the resort and the above parks, and special forest safari visits in open Gypsy can be arranged for the tourists.

Adventure Centres in Nagpur

Himalayan Excursions

Himalayan Excursion Pvt. Ltd conducts various adventure tours and activities around Nagpur and all over India, especially Himalayan regions. Contact with Himalayan excursions for detailed schedules and packages of adventure tours.

Nearby Places

Ø Gondia Tourist Places

Ø Chandrapur Tourist Places

Ø Wardha Tourist Places

Eating Spots in Nagpur

Ø Haldiram Foods International Ltd.

Ø The Breakfast Story,

Ø Pestro’s Shack, Futala

Ø Khichadiwala, Gayatri Nagar

Ø Elements Lounge & Restaurant, Poonam Mall

Ø 10 Downing Street, Ramdaspeth

Ø Anand Veg Treat, Civil Lines

Ø Vishnuji Ki Rasoi, Bajaj Nagar

Ø Village, Empress Mall

Shopping in Nagpur

Nagpur is fast growing city and one of top ten cities of India. The emerging infrastructure has boosting many shopping mall which offers shopping as well as recreation facilities. Famous shopping malls of the city are as follows.

Ø Empress Mall, Nagpur

Ø Eternity Mall, Nagpur

Ø Jaswant Tuli Mall, Nagpur

Ø Nagpur Central Mall, Nagpur

Best Season to Visit Nagpur is October to February. The summer season from March to June is very hot and should be avoided for trip. During monsoon, wildlife sanctuaries remains closed.

How to Reach Nagpur

Nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at Nagpur. Nagpur is a major junction on Central Railway. It is well connected by road transport to other cities.

Other Important Information about Nagpur

· Government Website of Nagpur- http://nagpur.nic.in

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