The city of Nagpur boasts of being home to eleven magnificent and scenic lakes, and the Futala Lake is one them. Also known as the Telankhedi Lake, it is located in the western part of Nagpur, about 6 kilometres away from the city centre, and is believed to be more than 200 years old. The Futala Lake was built by Raja Bhosle and is spread over 60 acres. The lake is well known not only in Nagpur but also all across the state of Maharashtra for its charming atmosphere and beauty. Perhaps the best attraction at this lake is the coloured fountains, which when lit up, are a sight to behold, and are enjoyed by people of all age groups.
Situated at a distance of about 30 kms from Nagpur, Waki Woods is a sight to behold. The luscious greens provide you with a plethora of activities, other than a scintillating natural landscape for a picnic day out. Life in these 'woods' is a perfect mix of modernity and nature, as you will find fully furnished tents with facilities like electricity and phones. What's more? Indulge in the pleasure of boating, archery, go on a trekking adventure, or unleash the inner wildlife photographer in you-thanks to the bird sanctuaries at Waki. Pay a visit to the While in the woods, do not forget to treat your taste buds with lip-smacking delicacies at the Waki Woods Dhaba.
Located on the southwest border of Nagpur in Maharashtra in India, the Ambazari Lake is one of the eleven lakes that the city of Nagpur houses. Boating facilities in rowboats, as well as self-driven paddleboats, are also available to the visitors, which add to the fun and excitement of visiting the lake and help them to explore the surrounding scenic beauty. The Ambazari Lake is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy along with friends and family members.
Adasa is a quaint village situated at a distance of 35 kms from Nagpur. Besides the numerous temples and ancient monuments, the place also boasts of immense natural beauty. It is one of the offbeat weekend getaways from Nagpur as well and has many beautiful picnic spots near Nagpur.
Renowned as an ideal trekking destination, Khrekanala is situated at a distance of about 60 kilometres from the city of Nagpur. A perfect spot to enjoy nature, Khekranala has a beautiful dam on a picturesque blue lake, along with a wide variety of fauna. This place is also famous for various water sporting activities, and when all of the exertions leaves you hungry, check into the MTDC guest house for a marvellous meal. The awes trucking display of nature makes Khrekanla one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Nagpur.
Remember that scene from your favorite movie, where the hero and heroine dance to a romantic song by a waterfall? Well, a visit to Amba Khori, at about 80 kilometer from Nagpur, will make this scene come to life. Situated close to the banks of River Pench, this location is nothing short of an exotic foreign location. Sitting in the lap of Mother Nature, Amba Khori has more than just a waterfall to attract. The mesmerizing Totladoh Lake Dam, which is said to resemble the teary eyes of Kalidasa's renowned heroine, Shakuntala is a sight to behold.
At a distance of 123 kms from Nagpur, this fantastic picnic spot near Nagpur is among the top pick among picnickers for day outings. You can stroll your way through the verdant woods and watch the birds through your binoculars or you can opt for the jungle safaris that the park offers.
Best Time: October to June
Ramtek is situated around 50 kms from Nagpur and is believed to have been the place where Lord Rama stayed during his exile. Besides the historical and architectural significance, the place is a popular place for a day trip from Nagpur.
The small district of Dhapewada, at about 35 kilometer from Nagpur, is famous for the Dhapewada lake and nearby attractions. A major tourist point near Dhapewada is the Vithoba Temple, situated on the banks of river Chandrabhanga. Officially known as the Shri Vitthal- Rukmini Mandir, this temple is dedicated to the devotion of Vithoba, a form of Lord Vishnu and his companion Rakhumai. You can also pay a visit to Lake Khindsy, which resides in the Ramtek Hill nearby.
One of the most famous tourist destinations near Nagpur, Navegaon National Park is located at a distance of about 140 kilometres from Nagpur. Apart from providing for a jeep safari and housing a huge variety of wildlife species, there are various other attractions to visit Navegaon. Right at the centre is the Navegaon Dam, which is said to have been built around the eighteenth century. Catch a panoramic view of the entire park, atop the watchtower in the middle of the lake. You can also enjoy a boat ride in the lake. If you are a bird lover, do pay a visit to Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The library and museum contain the entire history and whereabouts of this place.
Known For : Bhimkund Melghat Tiger Reserve Narnala Fort
The scent of coffee enchants you as you enter the hill station city of Chikhaldara in the state of Maharashtra. Being the only coffee growing area in the region, Chikhaldara also boasts of beautiful lakes, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints and exotic wildlife.
Best Time: July to February
This beautiful picnic spot near Nagpur on the banks of the Sakkardara lake is a famous gateway for the local families of Nagpur. The lake engages you in its beauty and calm atmosphere.
Once known as the Jumma Talab, is also referred to as Gandhi sagar lake in the present times. With boating facilities, A Ganesh temple, Huge stone walls around, tall lustrous trees makes for a wholesome experience.
Situated at a distance of about 50 kilometers from Nagpur, this picnic spot near Nagpur was the first capital of the ancient dynasty of Vakatakas. A small fort, this place is said to have been built for the purpose of defending Nagpur's easternmost provinces from a possible enemy attack. Nagardhan fort is square in shape with an outer battlement and an inner wall that surrounds the fort. Interestingly, this place has an underground temple, where an Idol of Goddess Durga is placed on what appears to be a sill of a structure shaped like a well.
Sitabuldi Fort is a popular tourist site in Nagpur which also holds significant historical importance. The fort is situated atop a hill and is the site of the Battle of Sitabuldi, 1817. The highlight of the fort has a cell where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned. Besides, it has a war memorial dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.
Ramdham is a cultural theme park situated on Jabalpur road in Nagpur. Among the various activities and attractions of the park, the highlight is the gigantic Om statue- the largest of its kind in the world. The place has a cluster of tiny temples replicating the famous ones in the country. It also holds folk dances and other cultural activities.
While at Nagpur, one will never be short of locations for a fun and amusing picnic day out. You may choose scenic beauty, wildlife, activities offered, mythological origins (or simply all of them!) and visit your preferred destination to spend some unforgettable quality time with your loved ones.
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