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"The Orange City"

Nagpur Tourism

Commonly associated with its delectable juicy varieties of oranges, Nagpur is also the winter capital of Maharashtra. With temples, lush green gardens, lakes and connectivity with main cities along with the rich cultural heritage enchant its visitors.

Located at the geographical centre of India, Nagpur has plateaus, flat tablelands with rivers and streams flowing through it.

Nagpur, also known as the 'Orange city' of India because of the juiciest varieties of oranges found here. Deekshabhumi - the largest hollow Buddhist stupa in the world,  Ambazari Lake, Futala Lake, Ramtek fort temple, Bohra Masjid and orange orchards are a must-visit in Nagpur.


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Culture of Nagpur

Also widely known as the Orange City, Nagpur has assimilation of all the cultures around India. This city is said to be the least discriminatory city in Maharashtra. All cultures and religions are treated equally and given respect. Festivals from all Indian cultures are observed here. 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 tradition, culture and heritage. The language natively spoken here is Marathi but Hindi too is widely understood and spoken in throughout the city.

History of Nagpur

Nagpur is the second capital of Maharashtra. Initially, Nagpur was ruled by the Gonds, but then province started slipping to the Marathas in 1739. After being acquired by the Marathas, the city was declared to be the capital by the Bhonsles. Eventually, it came under the influence of the British. After Independence, Vidharbha, the district that Nagpur lies in, was planned to be a part of Madhya Pradesh. But because of its Marathi speaking population, Vidharbha was merged with Maharashtra.

Industrial Town and Political Hotspot

Nagpur is a major commercial hub, home to some of the famous pharmaceutical firms like Baidyanath & Vicco, snacks manufacturer Haldiram's, ice cream maker Dinshaw's as the list goes on. Besides the above, Nagpur is also a hotbed of politics, being the site of Deekshabhoomi, where the eminent lawyer and politician Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with thousands of followers, along with being the official headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, India's largest NGO and an outright Indic Nationalist organisation. However, what makes Nagpur the most popular of all cities in India is its oranges, which are famous all over the world.

Zero Mile

Nagpur is officially the geographical centre of India, from where all the distances of all the cities of India are calculated. Erected by the British, who considered Nagpur to be the geographical centre of India, the Zero Mile Stone is a historical monument demarcating the exact point from where all the distances are calculated. Nowadays, this site is maintained by an eminent news daily, the Times of India.

Restaurants and Local Food in Nagpur

Nagpur gets its definition from a huge variety of freshest and juiciest mangoes that you can savour here and take some home too. An authentic and rich Maharashtrian thali is a must have in Nagpur other than the numerous options of cuisine that the restaurants offer. Other than the restaurants, do step out and experience the vibrant street food culture. 
Saoji Mutton is a very famous delicacy here which is known for its extremely spicy taste. It is often enjoyed with Lammb Poli which is a type of bread made especially in this region. You can also enjoy the taste of an authentic Maharashtrian Thali served in the many local restaurants here.
Street food in Nagpur is very famous. You can savour delicious Pav Bhaji, Indo-Chinese dishes, Pani Puri and several chat items on the streets of Dharampeth and Bajaj Nagar. For the ones with an active sweet tooth can enjoy the Orange Barfi, which too happens to be a speciality of Nagpur.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Nagpur, preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll on the city side, particularly among the famous markets from the range of Sitabuldi Road, Dharampeth Shopping Street, or Sadar Bazaar, where you can pick from the choicest of curios, handicrafts or souvenirs for your own personal collection. Don't forget to have the famous Nagpur Oranges too.
Day 2: The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the glorious Deekshabhoomi, which is a popular religious and tourist attraction. Not very far from here, at a distance of nearly 3.9 km., is the beautiful Ambazari Lake, which is a popular picnic hotspot as well in Nagpur. If you don't wish to visit the lake, you can also choose to visit Ramtek Fort, which is adjacent to the beautiful Khindsi lake. Hindu devotees can also visit the Ramtek Fort Temple.
Day 3: The final day can start with blessings from Bhure Bhura Ganesh Mandir or the Shiva Temple in Nagpur. Then, you can proceed to Raman Science Center, which is a popular tourist hotspot, especially in the context of the adjacent planetarium, or if you prefer something else, you can choose to visit the famous Maharaj Bagh and Zoo, built by the Bhonsale dynasty of Nagpur. If you don't prefer any of them above, a refreshing retreat around one of the many lakes of Nagpur is the best way to end the charming trip around the Orange City.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A historical hotspot. A major commercial hub in Maharashtra. Famous for oranges.

What's Not So Great?

Crowded in peak seasons.

For Whom?

Nagpur is mostly a place for business travellers. It can also be visited by people from nearby cities or people travelling to nearby cities of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

How To Reach Nagpur

Nagpur, like major cities in Maharashtra, is well connected to the rest of India by rail, road, and air. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro Nagpur. Baba Sahab Ambedkar International Airport is the nearest airport that serves the city of Nagpur. Regular flights, operated by domestic carriers like Air India, Spicejet etc., operate on a regular basis from Nagpur. Also known as the 'Zero Milestone', Nagpur is in the central part of India and is relatively not so far from any place in India.

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Q. Where is open space to visit tourist place near Nagpur city?

Pratik Agrawal 2 weeks ago
Ramtek is an open space which gives great experience in Monsoon. It is a 1 and half hour "Link Hidden" from Nagpur. You can also visit Pench or Tadoba. They have amazing Jungle Safari and a great experience.

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