Nagpur is the winter capital of Maharashtra and the third largest city too. It is also proposed as one of the country's smart cities and the Tiger Capital. What makes the town popular in India is its extensive production of oranges, which earned Nagpur the title "Orange city" as well. Dotted with several historical and religious sites and a few modern-day lures, Nagpur makes a nice place to spend a holiday in Maharashtra.
Being one of the most critical places in Maharashtra, Nagpur contributes a lot to Maharashtra's primary travel destinations. Various tourist interests of Nagpur mainly lie in the Chota Nagpur Plateau region. Among the prominent places in Nagpur is Ramtek, a small town associated with Lord Rama. It also has a hill located near it. It is also said that famous sage Maharshi Kalidas composed his Meghdootam in Ramtek. Other than this, Ramsagar Lake is also an important place to visit. Nagardhan, situated 38km northeast of Nagpur, is yet another attraction; the Nagardhan Fort, built during the Bhonsle dynasty, is the central place to visit here.
Nagpur's history is reflected in Sitabuldi Fort, built as early as 1757 during the British dominance. This pre-British Fort is made to celebrate the death of the Maratha soldiers in the battle of Plassey. Nagpur also boasts of a sacred monument for the Buddhists, Deekshabhoomi. It is believed to be the giant sculpture in Asia and is the place where Dr B.R Ambedkar adopted Buddhism. Maharajbhag Zoo is another significant sightseeing place in Nagpur. It was made in medieval India by the Bhonsle dynasty. It is a beautiful place with a garden, which is now maintained as a zoo with rare species of birds and animals.
Another place that makes Nagpur a place to be seen is the Raman Science Centre, which was introduced to promote the development and growth of science and technology in the industry. To seek the blessings of the Supreme, you can head to Balaji Temple. The place's ambience is peaceful, and it is located in the Seminary Hills. Also, you may want to witness the unique Narrow Gauge Rail Museum situated at Kemptee road and managed by the South Eastern Railway. This museum displays various locomotives, steam engines, royal carriages, tools and gauges etc. Apart from these sites, Nagpur is full of greenery, beautiful gardens, and lakes.
Orange City has a few attractions that can keep you engaged during your holiday here. History lovers can relish seeing the Sitabuldi Fort and Narrow Gauge Rail Museum, where as the religious might relish their visit to Balaji Temple. Nagpur is also dotted with gorgeous gardens and lakes, and thus is excellent for nature lovers.
A religious monument for Buddhism, the Deekshabhoomi is one of the most famous pilgrimage centres for Buddhists in India. Undoubtedly an important tourist attraction of the City of Oranges, the Deekshabhoomi was built where Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution, went back to Buddhism on October 14, 1956, with his 60,000 followers.
Millions of Buddhist pilgrims visit this place yearly, and the number is more on Mass Conversion Ceremony Day or Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din and, of course, on October 14, when Ambedkar embraced Buddhism as his religion. Deekshabhoomi is the biggest stupa in Asia and is visited by Buddhists from other countries.
'Deekshabhoomi' originated from two words, 'Deeksha' and 'Bhoomi'. Deeksha means the act of decreeing, while Bhoomi means ground. This means Deekshabhoomi is the ground on which people got decreed to Buddhism. Such a mass conversion in one place was the first of its kind in the entire history of humanity.
Ram Dham is a lovely garden which is only 2.0 km from Deekshabhoomi. The Ambazari Lake and Garden are the other places of attraction nearby that you can visit. The Maharaj Baug and Zoo and the Krazy Castle Aqua Park are places where you can bring your kids to.
A major spiritual tourist attraction of Nagpur city, Balaji Temple is located atop the beautiful Seminary Hills and is a shrine dedicated to Lord Balaji. It is one of the most prominent cultural hubs of the city, and it arranges spiritual and cultural activities that attract people from near and far.
An architectural marvel, the Balaji Temple offers a beautiful blend of both Southern and Northern styles of architecture and is a treat to the eyes. A Rajagopuram serves as the main entrance, an imposing structure commonly seen in temples in South India derived from the South Indian style of architecture. The well-ventilated halls are a memory of temples of North India.
This is the only Vishnu-Shiva temple in Maharashtra, and merchants and Abhishek aims are performed daily.
The Rajagopuram adds an air of grace to the temple. If thinkers and seers are to be believed, it also enhances the spirituality and devotion of the person who enters the temple through it.
There is also a library, residential quarters for priests, and a community hall inside the temple's compound. The community hall is given on rent to the public for spiritual ceremonies.
The Balaji Temple at Nagpur is an old temple, and one reason people visit it during their holidays is its picturesque location. It is seen after by Motibagh Sri Skandan Samaj. It houses the idols of Lord Balaji and Lord Kartikeya, the Hindu God's arm commander according to Hindu mythology.
The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium is one of the best locations that you can visit. The Poddareshwar Ram Temple is also nearby. If you are on holiday in Nagpur, Krazy Castle and Amusement Park are some other places you can see on your tour to the Balaji Temple. If you like shopping, the Sadar Bazaar area is a good choice.
The ideal place for mental and soulful relaxation is the Japanese rose garden which derived its name from the design and layout of the area. The Japanese rose garden is built so that the people in Japan grow roses or any flowers; hence, it is called the Japanese rose garden. The scenic beauty leaves you in awe and is the perfect place to take beautiful pictures while truly admiring nature's beauty in India. This means that the area is pollution free and you can admire the purity and beauty of nature in a better way out of the city's dirt, pollution and noise.
Many hotels and other astonishing sites around the area allow you to find accommodation easily. The Japanese rose garden has become Nagpur's most popular tourist attraction recently. The park is the perfect place for a morning walk or a stroll in the evening to calm your mind and refresh your body. It is an artificial garden designed for the pleasure of the human mind through the beautiful placements and arrangements of nature's flowers and plants. The flowers and the paths have been arranged perfectly to facilitate beauty for the people who visit the park.
During summers, don't forget to buy oranges. Nagpur is occasionally called the "Orange City" of India. If you visit during another season, try orange burfi, a milk-based sweet with orange flavour.
Itwari, Sitabuldi, Sadar and Dharampeth areas are primarily known as shopping areas due to the many shops and pavement hawkers. Bargaining is a must. Sunday Foot Path Market is a perfect market at Sitabuldi for shopping for household things.
Nagpur has a lot of suitable places to eat. During summers, the best place is Khindsi lake, with huts around the lake serving veg and non-veg food.
For Non-Veg, many restaurants in Momin Pura serve things like Biryani.
The best continental can be enjoyed at 10 Downing Street in Ramdas Peth, while Fountain Sizzlers & Bistro serves amazing sizzlers.
Zinc for Italian food, Masala for Indian, China for Chinese. V5, a group of 5 various restaurants including a bar, a family restaurant and a disco, is a neat establishment. Village Tadka on the outer ring road serves excellent Saoji cuisine, and Saoji Chicken is a must-try. And if you like Saoji taste, you can take home Saoji Curry of Actchawa, which can be used in the easy one-step preparation of Saoji food.
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