Nagpur is the winter capital of Maharashtra
and is known for the cultivation of juicy oranges. In addition to this, the
small town also has a rich cultural heritage which, in turn, fascinates the
travellers. Also, popularly referred to as “Orange City of India”, Nagpur is
packed with ancient temples, green landscapes, lakes and well-constructed road
connectivity. The city has beautiful orchards and the visit to the same is an
enjoyable experience. The region is an ideal weekend getaway for the majority
of residents of Pune and Mumbai. Nagpur is also known as the second capital of
Maharashtra and houses many important government offices. A few of the
important tourists’ spots here are Ambazri Lake, Deeksha Bhumi, Ramtek Fort
Temple, Futala Lake, Bohra Masjid and many beautiful orange orchards.
More on Nagpur
History of Nagpur
In ancient times, Nagpur was under the rule of
Gonds. In 1739, it was overtaken by Marathas. During the reign of Marathas,
Nagpur became the capital of Bhonsle’s Dynasty. Eventually, the region was
conquered by the British. Just after Independence, the district of Nagpur,
Vidharbha, was planned to be incorporated within the state of Madhya Pradesh.
However, the majority of the population of Nagpur speak Marathi, hence, it was
merged with Maharashtra.
Culture of Nagpur
In Nagpur, you will come across a perfect
fusion of various Indian cultures and it is believed that this city is the
least discriminatory region in the State. Here, all religions and traditions
are given importance and are respected. Moreover, all kinds of Indian festivals
are celebrated here with great enthusiasm. A visit to Nagpur is must during the
festive occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The State government has also founded the
South Central Cultural Zone with the aim to support and promote India’s
culture, tradition and heritage.
Ganesh Chaturthi especially is celebrated with
vigour and pomp. It is also the home to South Central Cultural Zone, which is
established by the government to promote India’s. Apart from Marathi, Hindi is
also spoken widely in this region.
Industrial town and political hotspot
In addition to Mumbai, Nagpur has now emerged
as the next commercial hub and metropolis in Maharashtra. Being a centre of
commercial activities, it is also home to several pharmaceuticals industries
like Baidyanath & Vicco, ice cream producer Dinshaw’a, snacks manufacturer
Haldiram’s and various other prominent brands.
Nagpur is also a hot seat for various
political activities. It is the place where Deekshabhoomi lives and also where
the famous politician Dr B. R. Ambedkar and thousands of his followers
converted into Buddhism. In addition to this, Nagpur also houses the
headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an outright Indic Nationalist
organization and also India’s largest NGO.
As the name suggests, Zero Mile is the
official geographical centre of India from where the distance to all the cities
in India is measured. This place is of unique importance not only to geologists
but also to the usual travellers.
This place was constructed by the British and
comprises of a Zero Mile Stone. The milestone is of historical importance as it
marks the exact point from where the distances to all other cities are
calculated. Zero Mile is now maintained by the Time of India.
Restaurants and Local Food in Nagpur
to the juicy oranges to savour in Nagpur, you will be surprised by the variety
of cuisines offered by the restaurants here. A must-try dish is the traditional
Maharashtrian thali. This thali is spicy, sweet and rich in flavours. You
should also try street food while in Nagpur. For non-veg lovers, try the famous
Saoji Mutton, which is known for its spiciness. People usually enjoy this
delicacy with Lammb Poli, which is a kind of locally made bread.
Few of the
must-have street food in Nagpur are Pani Puri, Indo-Chinese dishes, Pav Bhaji
and many more. Also, do not forget to visit the streets of Bajaj Nagar and
Dharampeth to savour some more fast food. If you are looking for something for
a dessert then do try the Orange Barfi, which is a speciality of Nagpur.
Day 1: Plan your trip in such a way that you reach
Nagpur by noon. Take a rest in your hotel and in the evening you can go out to
explore the city. Walk past various markets such as Dharampeth Shopping Street,
Sitabuldi Road and Sadar Bazar. These markets sell various handicrafts,
souvenirs, curios and other showpieces. You can also purchase a few dozens of
Nagpur oranges too.
Day 2: On the second day, you should travel to
magnificent Deekshabhoomi. It one of the major tourist attractions and also has
a religious significance. After exploring this place, you should head to
Ambazari Lake, which is situated at a distance of about 3.9 km from
Deekshabhoomi. It is one of the popular picnic spots in Nagpur. Alternatively,
you can visit Ramtek Fort and Khindsi Lake. here, you can also explore the
Hindu Temple situated inside the Fort.
Day 3: Allocate your third day for a trip to Bhure
Bhure Temple in Nagpur. Later in the day, you can visit the Raman Science
Center, which is a famous tourist known for its planetarium. You can also visit
the popular zoo which goes by the name Maharaj Bagh Zoo which was constructed
under the Bhosle dynasty. Alternatively, you can explore various lakes in the
city which will perhaps be the best way to end your trip to Orange City.