Nagpur

About Nagpur (
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Nagpur District forms the north-eastern part of the present state of Maharashtra. The district is roughly triangular in shape and is rich in geological and mineral wealth. Along with minerals, fossils of flora and fauna both have been reported from this area in large numbers. It is interesting to note that the veins of semi precious stones, agate, and rock crystal forms were used to make beads in the prehistoric times. The easy availability of natural resources and climate might have attracted human settlement from the pre-historic era. A good number of lithic tools left behind lend credibility to this theory. Hundreds of Megalithic burials of various types have been documented and important remains have also been unearthed. An iron-smelting furnace belonging to the megalithic period was found at Naikund providing important clues to understand the material culture of the megalithic period.

Nagpur is situated in the area of Vidarbha Janapada which in turn was part of the great forest traditionally known as the Dandakaranya in the Ramayana and other classical Sanskrit sources. The region was subsequently under the Mauryan, Shunga and Satavahana dynasties from 4th century BCE to around the 2nd and 3rd century CE. The excavated sites are testimony to this.

The Chalukyas of Kalyani extended their political dominion in the north, holding sway over some eastern and southern parts of Vidarbha.  The Yadavas also ruled over this part and during their reign, artistic and literary activities flourished. Several structural stone temples were constructed, some of which still exist. The Kalika Devi Temple at Katol, the Trigarbha (triple shrine) temple and sculptures of Vishnu and Mahalakshmi of Parseoni, the Karpura and Sendura Bavadis, the Ram temples, along with the famous Shiva temple of Adasa Lakshman, and the fort at Ramtek are some of the architectural marvels of the period.

Distance from Mumbai: 841 km

How To Reach

Air
The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is one of the busiest airports in India, being well-connected to most Indian cities. It has recently begun international services to the Gulf countries.

Rail
Nagpur Junction is equally well-connected with most major long-distance trains passing through it.

Road
The NH 6 running north-south from Varanasi to Kanyakumari and NH 7 going east-west from Surat to Kolkata both pass through Nagpur. It’s central location means most cities within overnight distance are connected by bus services.

Hotels in Nagpur (Source: India The Journey Edition-2005)

Sr No Name & Contact Details (STD Code: 0712)
1 Airports Centre Point – Airport, Somalwada. Tel-2284041(6).
2 Blue Diamond, Tel 2727461
3 Blue Moon, Central Avenue Road , Tel-2726061
4 Central Point-24 Central Bazaar Road Tel-2420910. Website: www.centrepointgroup.org
5 Chanakya , Modi Line Sitabuldi, Tel-2522915
6 Darshan Tower, C.A.Road. Tel-2726845
7 Dua Cotinental, Tel-2520801
8 Grand, Bac Central Avenue Rd Tel-6617850/54
9 Gomati, Kalamana Market Rd Tel-2681974/44
10 Hardeo, Dr.Munje Marg,Sitabuldi, Tel-529116/8,54101922/22 Fax-531885
11 Heritage,Nr,VCA Ground Tel-2520240-45
12 Jagsons , 30 Back Central Avenue-Tel-2728611
13 LB Hotel 2-A Mount Road Tel-661601/20
14 Midland , Central Avenue Rd Tel-2726131
15 Orange City - Mahajan Market Tel-2542796
16 Rajkamal Resort , Tel-07114202761
17 Pal Places , 25 2tral Avenue Rd-Tel-6616444
18 Pride, Wardha Road Opp, Airport Tel-2291102. Website: www.pridgehotel.com
19 Prittam, C.A.Gandhibagh, Tel-2766105 to 108
20 Radhika , Wardha Road,Tel-2522011
21 Rawell Cont’l,Tel-2525611
22 Royal Palace,Central Bazar Rd Tel-2535454
23 Saurabh Int’l Tel-2525611
24 Skylark,Central Avenue Rd-Tel-2724654/58
25 The Pridge Nr,Airport,Wardha Rd Tel-6622555 Fax-2290440
26 Tuli Int’l Residency Rd Sadar Tel-25347894
27 Upvan ,Mount Road Tel-2534704
28 Woodlands,Central Avenue Tel-2726223
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Top Attractions
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    Museums, some say, are for those who have a fascination for history. That is true to a certain extent but there also are museums which are delightful for the curiosity they generate and the way in which they offer a window to how people before our times lived. One such place is the Central Museum at Nagpur which is 150 years’ old. And what makes it a perfect tourist draw is the huge and priceless collection of memorabilia it holds.
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    Nagzira is on the Eastern part of Maharashtra, which borders Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. This area of the country comprises some of the last remaining pristine forests of India – other than of course the Western Ghats, North East and widely distributed and unconnected patches. 
     
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    Going back in times to around 1300 CE, this area was under the rule of the Gond tribal kings. King Dalpatshah and his visionary queen Durgavati saw the importance of agriculture for supporting the livelihood of the local communities. However, they realised that they couldn’t depend on the erratic rain fall alone for irrigation. They thus started the process of building innumerable water bodies and lakes all around.  What we see today is a Gondia district that can easily be called the lake district of India. All these lakes today are excellent habitats for migratory and resident water birds. Many also support diverse animal life too. In fact the lakes of Gondia district are also the home to a strong population of the elegant saras crane, the largest member of the crane family.
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    Tadoba is probably one of India’s finest Tiger Reserves. The success of protection and conservation mechanism has meant the number of Tigers in this reserve have increased close to the optimal holding capacity. This has meant that the herbivore population has been maintained in balance and thus the flora too is able to grow and regenerate continuously. In other words, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve boasts of a healthy forest. Interestingly, new monitoring technologies available have also shown a steady movement and an exchange of population of animals like the tiger with other neighbouring forests – some even in the neighbouring states. This has meant a genetically healthy population of animals too. 
     
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    There is no greater thrill than spotting a tiger in its natural surroundings. And this can become a real life experience when you go to the Pench Tiger Reserve which shares its borders with both Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. And the tiger apart, you can also have a wonderful time exploring the other flora and fauna while going on long treks through the woods.

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    A town in the Ramtek tehsil of Nagpur district, Mansar is one of the prime archaeological sites in the country, known for many interesting excavations that have resulted in the discovery of various shrines, a palace complex identified as Pravarapura which was the capital of the Vakataka king Pravarasena II and an extensive temple complex. It’s a place that beckons historians, the curious and the tourists in equally large numbers.

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    Ramtek is a fine confluence of devotion, literature and history. Shri Ram, Seeta maai and Laxman who were living in self-imposed exile in the forest, had halted at Ramtek for a while for rest. Ramtek has an air of devotion. In 'Meghadoota', the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa's play, the protagonist of the play – the Angel or the Yaksha was living a lonely life away from his dear wife here. The Yaksha invited a cloud as his messenger – a 'meghadoot' – to convey his sad state of mind to his estranged wife. That great epic play is said to have taken place in this Marathi region of Varhad. Kalidasa's 'Meghadoota' occupied a prominent place in Sanskrit literature. The region then witnessed the glorious dynasty of the Vakatakas, the remarkable tenure of Rajamata Prabhavati Gupta, and later, the historic dynasty of Nagpurkar Bhosale. The region of Ramtek, which is around 57 kilometers from Nagpur, the central city of India, is replete with ancient tradition and exploits of bravery. The Ramgiri hill is of just moderate height (113 m) perhaps in its attempt to compete a little with the ranges of the Satpudas. The temple of Shri Ram, Laxman and Seeta which is located on the hill-top is a pride of perch of the entire Vidarbha. 

Things to Do
  • Kamthi
  • Following the Nagpur-Jabalpur road, one can reach Kamthi where a majestic Buddhist stupa and the Dragon palace can be seen. These monuments were created as a sign of Indo-Japanese friendship. 

  • Mansar
  • Ramtek is a hill to the east of Mansar and at about 7 km from Mansar. It was called ‘Ramagiri’ during the Vakataka period. There are some early temples constructed there with inscriptions of the Vakataka period and images of Nrisinha, Varahaetc of the Vakataka age and of the mediaeval period too. The most famous temple here is that of Lord Ram. There are many Jain temples constructed at Ramtek, making it an important pilgrim place for the Jains too. The Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya was established here to commemorate the great Sanskrit poet Kalidas, the composer of Meghdoot, Malavikagnimitra etc. Thus Ramtek has a variety of important structures making it a very popular tourist spot in the region.

  • Khindsi
  • This is a large water reservoir situated within the Satpura hill ranges. It was originally built during the Vakataka period and was known as Sudarshana Tadaga. A contemporary Vakataka inscription found on the wall of the Kevala Narasinha temple at Ramtek suggests this. Today it is a very popular spot for water sports and attracts a good number of tourists.

  • Nagardhan
  • Known as Nandivardhana in ancient times, the capital of the Vakatakas, and its extension Hamalpuri, ancient Yamalapuri meaning ‘the twin city’, are situated 34 km north-east of Nagpur. The current land fort at Nagardhan was probably built by the Bhonsale rulers. A number of sculptures, bronzes and copper plates have been found from these two places.

  • Totaladoh
  • The Totaladoh dam stands on the river Pench and houses a hydroelectricity project, jointly installed by the Governments of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. 

  • National Parks and Tiger Reserves
  • Nagpur is situated in the heart of the tiger belt with parks like Bandhavgadh, Kanha Kesali, Pench National Park, Tadoba –Andhari, Navegaon, Melghat, Bor etc. nearby. The region has four stunning National Parks and thirteen beautiful wild life sanctuaries. 

  • Ramtek
  • Ramtek is a hill to the east of Mansar and at about 7 km from Mansar. It was called ‘Ramagiri’ during the Vakataka period. There are some early temples constructed there with inscriptions of the Vakataka period and images of Nrisinha, Varahaetc of the Vakataka age and of the mediaeval period too. The most famous temple here is that of Lord Ram. There are many Jain temples constructed at Ramtek, making it an important pilgrim place for the Jains too. The Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya was established here to commemorate the great Sanskrit poet Kalidas, the composer of Meghdoot, Malavikagnimitra etc. Thus Ramtek has a variety of important structures making it a very popular tourist spot in the region.

Places to Stay
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  • Nagpur Tourist Resort

    Nagpur Tourist Resort (Nagpur city), West High Court Road, Near Gramin Tahasil office,
    Civil Lines, Nagpur 440001

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    Tadoba (Jungle Resort), post-mohorli(Tadoba),, Tal -Bhadravati Dist . Chandrapur.

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  • Markandi

    If unique art motifs in temples are what attract you, the group of temples of Markandi or Markanda Deva in Gadchiroli district of Vidarbha would be worth a visit for they certainly stand as an embodiment of the finest traditions of sculptural and architectural art of the Vidarbha region. Also, the surrounding landscape of small hillocks and the river flowing below have made Markandi a pleasing tourist attraction.

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  • Amravati

    Literally meaning 'the city of immortals', Amravati has long had its place of honour in both legend and history. Tradition links it to the abode of the goddess Amba (mother), whose shrine is located here. It was the capital of the legendary Vidarbha Janapada and the name of the capital city, Kundinapura, is still preserved in the form of a place called Kaundinyapur. We turn the spotlight on the long heritage of Amravati and its many tourist attractions.

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