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Wardha Tourism Guide

Wardha and its Sister City Sevagram has been the major centre of Independence Movement of India. Wardha district is situated at Western side of Wardha-Vainganga valley in South - East Maharashtra. Earlier part of Nagpur, the district is covered with Satpuda Hills at the north whereas Western side is occupied by the valley of river Purna. The important tourist places of Wardha are Sevagram Ashram, Vishwa Shanti Stup, Bajajwadi, The Gandhi Gyan Mandir, Magan Sangrahalaya, Bor Wildlife Sanctuary and many more. The religious places of Wardha are Varad Vinayak Temple, Gitai Mandir, Paramdham Ashram and Shri Lakshminarayan Mandir.

Tourist Places in Wardha

Sevagram Ashram, Wardha

(Timings: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm)

Sevagram Ashram was the Gandhiji’s headquarters and he lived here from 1934 to 1940. The first hut built in the ashram was Adi Nivas around which was a prayer ground. Ba Kuti and Bapu Kuti, were residences of Kasturba and Gandhiji respectively. Better known as Gandhiji's work place, all items used by Mahatma Gandhiji are kept for exhibit. Other structures in the ashram complex are Akhiri Nivas, Parchure Kuti, Mahadev Kuti, Kishor Nivas, Rustom Bhavan and Yatri Nivas for the benefit of visitors. The newly developed Gandhi Photo Exhibition, exhibiting the life and works of Gandhiji, is on the western side of the road.

Vishwa Shanti Stup

In 1935, Fuji Guruji from Japan wished to Gandhiji to set up the Stupas (Prayer Place for of Buddha Community) in India. Gandhi agreed his desire and then after Stanti Stupas were built at eight different places in India. One of such stupa is Vishwa Shanti Stup in Wardha. The carving on stupa depicts the life of Lord Gautama Buddha.

Gramopayogi Vigyan Kendra

Gramopayogi Vigyan Kendra is established for the development of the rural areas through the use of Science and technology. Trainings and awareness programs are arranged for the benefit and well-being of farmers and villagers.

Bajajwadi

Bajajwadi is known for the residence of Jamnalalji Bajaj for serving as National Guest House for national leaders of Independence Movement. The first draft of the resolution of the ‘Quit India’ Movement of 1942 was prepared, discussed and passed here. For more information about Jamnalalji, visit http://www.jamnalalbajajfoundation.org.

The Gandhi Gyan Mandir

Located opposite to Bajajwadi, Gandhi Gyan Mandir has a rich library of Gandhian literature, studies and research and an auditorium. The stepping-stone was laid by the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1950 and inaugurated by the Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1954. It organises lectures, seminars and discussions from time to time.

Gandhi Chowk

Gandhi Chowk of Wardha is significant place which witnessed many important events of Independence Movement. Now, it is venue for cultural, religious and social events.

Cultural and Art Galleries in Wardha

Magan Sangrahalaya (Timings: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Closed on Saturday and Sunday, www.gandhifootprints.org/)

This Ashram is named after Maganlal Gandhi, his close associate and a rural scientist who had been his right hand in all the earlier three Ashrams but who suddenly died while working, at his behest, in Bihar in 1928. The historical museum of rural industries is the only museum in India founded by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1938, dedicated to the artisans of India. The museum has different wings such as Village Industries Wing, Khadi Wing, Mahatma Gandhi Wing, Rural Technology Wing, Gandhi Chitra Pradarshani, Organic Food Shop, Documentation Center, Nature Care Centre and Publications Counter.

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Wardha

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, Wardha

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary covers the Southern boundary of Nagpur district and Northern boundary of Wardha district of Maharashtra. It represents the floral and faunal wealth of Satpuda-Maikal Landscape. Wild animals of the sanctuary includes tigers, panthers, nilgai, sambars, barking deer, chinkaras, wild boars, bears, wild dogs and wild cats.

Pilgrimages / Religious Places in Wardha

Varad Vinayak Temple, Kelzer

Varad Vinayak Temple at Kelzer is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and one of the Ganesh temples from Ashtavinayaka in Vidarbha region. The shrine of Ganesha is believed to be found during Arya period. On northern side there is a stepped well of the temple which was built during the period of Vakataka dynasty.

Gitai Mandir

Gitai Mandir is unique temple with no deity, no roof located near Vishwa Shanti Stupa. The walls of the temple are built of granite and have 18 chapters engraved of Gitai. Gitai is Marathi translation of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita by Vinobaji Bhave as per the wish of his mother and first published in 1932. This temple was inaugurated by Acharya Vinoba Bhave in 1980. The permanent exhibition is arranged in Shanti Kuti in memory of Mahatma Gandhi and Jamnalal Bajaj.

Paramdham Ashram (Paunar Ashram) (Timings: 8.00 am to 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm)

Paramdham Ashram was established by Acharya Vinoba Bhave in 1934 on bank of river Dham with spiritual purpose. He started Bhoodan Movement and Bharat Chhodo Andolan from this ashram. Paunar (Pravarpur) was the capital of Vakataka dynasty during the reign of King Pravarsena. During excavation for construction of ashram, many sculptures and idols were found which are kept at ashram and open to visitors.The sculptures of Ganga, Ram- Bharat Bhet and other numerous sculptures depicting the scenes of Ramayana and Mahabharatas can be seen at Ashram. Lord Vishnu Temple and Hanuman temple are located on the way to Ashram and worth of visit.

Brahma Vidya Mandir is located within Punar Ashram. The mandir was established by Vinoba Bhave and now run by woman from different states of India for common spiritual commitment.

Shri Lakshminarayan Mandir

Shri Lakshminarayan Mandir was the first temple which was opened to Harijans under the appeal of Mahatma Gandhi and at the initiation of Jamnalalji. The first group with Vinobaji Bhave entered the temple in 1928.

Nearby Places

Nagpur Tourist Places (80 km from Wardha)

Gondia Tourist Places (240 km from Wardha)

Other Important Tourist Information about Wardha

How to Reach Wardha:

Nearest airport is at Nagpur with 70 km, nearest railway station is Wardha Junction (WR). Wardha is well connected by road transport to other cities.

Best Time to Visit Wardha: October to February

Wardha District Website: http://wardha.nic.in

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