- The ‘City of Oranges’ regarded as the geographical centre of India, is a metropolis-in-the-making.
- It was founded on the banks of Nag River during the early 18th century, by the Gond Raja Bakht Buland and later flourished under the Bhonsle’s.
- Due to its prime location, the British developed it as an important administrative, judicial and revenue collection centre.
- The city is studded with several antiquities, which includes a splendid fort and several mausoleums.
- It is also an important commercial and educational centre.
- Nagpur is a convenient base for visiting various sanctuaries like Tadoba, Nagzira, Nawegaon and Pench.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur (NAG), 8 kms away from Nagpur city centre.
- Rail: Nagpur Railway Station, Nagpur, 1 km away from Nagpur city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary Nawegaon National Park Pench National Park Tadoba National Park Dhakna – Kolkaz Wildlife Sanctuary
ATTRACTIONS AROUND NAGPUR
- 58 kms away from Nagpur city.
- This legendary pilgrim centre has numerous temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Sita and Laxmana, who tarried awhile here.
- Kalidasa, the famous poet is also believed to have stayed here and wrote his masterpieces.
- A major 15-day fair is held in November.
- 67 kms away from Nagpur city.
- It is a convenient base for visiting the two most famous centres of modern pilgrimage, Gandhiji’s Sewagram and Vinobha Bhave’s Paunar.
- Wardha is a railway junction on Central Railway.
- Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary:
- 170 kms away from Nagpur city.
- Scenic sanctuary sprawls amidst the Tirora range of Bhandara Forest Division.
- It is home to tiger, panther bison, sloth bear, sambar, antelope, chital etc.
- Best time to visit is during April and May.
- Nawegaon National Park:
- 132 kms away from Nagpur city.
- It is inhabited by a rich and varied wildlife.
- Nawegaon lake id believed to have been built by Kolu Patel Koli in the 18th century.
- Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Nawegaon is home to almost 60% of the bird species found in entire Maharashtra.
- Every winter beautiful migratory birds visit the lake.
- Pench National Park:
- It is just 35 kms from Ramtek and 70 kms away from Nagpur city.
- Park covers an area of 257.26 sq. kms and comprises of tropical dry deciduous forests, which are home to tiger, panther, gaur, sambar, chital, barking deer, blue bull, macaque, languor, wild boar, bear, wild dogs and civet cat.
- Best time to visit is from February to April.
- Tadoba National Park:
- 127 kms away from Nagpur city.
- It is the best known game sanctuary of Maharashtra.
- The forest here teems with animals like panthers, sambars, bisons, deers etc.
- Bird life too is diverse and colourful.
- The lake in the middle of the park is held sacred by the tribes and is a haven for crocodiles.
- Best time to visit is from March to May.
- Dhakna – Kolkaz Wildlife Sanctuary:
- 279 kms away from Nagpur city.
- This unique sanctuary in Amravati district is located amidst the verdant valleys of the rivers Sipna and Dolar.
- Dhakna is 29 kms ahead of Kolkaz.
- This is the Melghat Tiger Reserve, even richer in other animal and bird life.