Nagpur is located in Central India upon Nag river, the third largest city in state of Maharashtra, with height above sea level 310m. Its population is around 2,5 million residents. Nagpur is a clean city with fresh air, because of the plenty of vegetation. The city is surrounded by forests and is popular with its beautiful parks and gardens. Besides, all industrial companies are situated outside the city, in order to be preserved the ecological cleanness of city of Nagpur. The most appropriate time for visit of this remarkable city is the months from September until April, when the day temperatures are around 28 degrees. Nagpur is situated in the exact center of the Indian peninsula, which was used by the British for measuring all distances in the Indian subcontinent.
There is data for life on these lands as early as 3000 B.C., but the establishment of kingdom of Nagpur dates from 18 century. Nagpur became 300 years old from its establishment in year 2002, which was celebrated with a big festival in this so green city.
Nowadays Nagpur is one of the most intelligent cities in India. According to statistical data the average literacy in Nagpur is 92%. Here are located one of the oldest institutes in the country – A governmental institute of arts and social sciences since 1885, a College in agriculture and livestock breeding, established in 1906 by the British government. Nagpur is the best city in India for health services. An institute in medicine, many hospitals, in which the servicing is at good level.
The government of city of Nagpur pays a great attention to the sport. In the city there are two stadiums for cricket, a popular sport in India. The newer of them seats 45 thousand people. Here took place the World championships in cricket in 2011 and 2016. The light show at the opening was exceptionally beautiful. Some of the matches from the Indian Premier League are played on the stadiums.
The main landmark of Nagpur is the ancient Sitabuldi fort. It was built on a hill in the center of the city in 1818 and until nowadays in it is accommodated 118-th infantry regiment of the Indian army. The citizen can visit this place in specified days. Here is built a monument in honour of the passed away local residents in the battle with British soldiers.
In the center of the city there is an impressive monument – a tank in honour of the people who passed away in Pakistan.
The zoo in Nagpur is a desired place for visits by the children. Here can be seen 200 species of animals and around 50 species of birds. Nearby is located an interesting planetarium.
In Nagpur deserves to be seen also the All Saints Cathedral temple, which is situated in the center of the city. This is an architectural miracle of 19 century, designed by general-lieutenant Sir Richard Hiram Sanki in 1851. Later, in 1879 the English architect Barkley introduced small changes in this beautiful temple – he lengthened the corridor, increased the dimensions of the transept, added a bell and an organ chamber. The All Saints Church in Nagpur distinguishes not only as architecture, but also with its striking interior. The beautiful windows are with exceptional stained glasses, and the altar is also wonderful and deserves to be seen.
Deekshabhoomi is a Buddhist temple, situated in the heart of Nagpur, with a beautiful white cupola, surrounded by a beautiful garden. It was built in honour of doctor Ambedkar, who dedicated himself to Buddhism at this place in 1956. Inside the stupa (a Buddhist temple with a characteristic pyramidal or conical silhouette), in the center of a big hall there is an enormous statue of Buddha, where can be meditated. As well as here there is an exhibition, showing significant events from the life of doctor Ambedkar. Every year on 14 October in Dekshabhoomi gather thousands of followers of Buddhism, according to which everyone is equal in front of the religious purpose, despite his/her belonging. The admission is free.
In the central archeological museum from 1863 can be seen exhibits, connected with the history of the region.
One of the famous temples in Nagpur is Tekdi Ganesh Mandir, which is one of the temples of „Suvambahu“ or the Self-eminent. Thousands of tourists and native people visit this place, in order to look for a blessing for happiness.
Nagardhan Fort is situated at 38 km from Nagpur and is built by raja Bhonsale from the dynasty Bhonsale. The palace, which is situated in the fort, has a square shape, surrounded by one more wall. And the main gate in the North Western part of the fort is with imposing dimensions and is very well preserved.
Not far from the city is located the Ambazari lake, called not by an accident “magical”. Only at 6 km from Nagpur, it is the biggest and the most beautiful lake in the vicinity. Near the lake is located a picturesque park, established in 1958 on area of 20 decares. The alleys are wide, with plenty of vegetation and flowers around them. The entertainments for children are the most. Right at the entrance of the garden they are welcomed by a model of an enormous dinosaur. A mini-train, electrical cars, swinging boats, slides and many others – all these are entertainments for the little visitors.
The greatest attraction of the Ambazari park is the musical fountain, in which the water “dances“ according to the rhythm of the music and the lighting. The musical show of the fountain is performed every Saturday and Sunday of the month. After the wonderful walk, the visitor can sit in one of the numerous cafes or restaurants and to taste of the delicious delicacies of this unpredictable region of India.
The Dragon palace temple is dedicated to Buddha. It is situated at 20 km from Nagpur on 10 acres land, this temple is unique with its striking architecture. It was established in 1999 with the collaboration of a Japanese association, which honours Buddha. The temple is surrounded by green parks with many flowers. The bright white walls of the Dragon palace temple symbolize peace, clarity and divinity. On the first floor, in an enormous hall is put a huge statue of Buddha, carved by sandalwood. The temple is an ideal place for these, who are looking for peace and quiet.
There are many holidays and festivals in Nagpur. The annually organized Marbat festival is unique. On this day the residents of the city make different figures of evil powers, with which they pass in a procession through the whole city. After this all these “dolls” are burnt, as people believe, that their city have released from all evils. On this festival women prepare sweetmeats and give them away for prosperity. Within the framework of the festival are organized different dances, theatre performances and other games.
The shopping in Nagpur is a wonderful experience, especially for the lovers of the food. Nagpur is called „the Orange city“, because it is famous for its oranges of world class. Sitabuldi market, located in the center of the city and the biggest trade center, offers a lot of clothes of silk and cotton, souvenirs, jewelries and many others.
The cuisine of Nagpur includes many sauces with spices as clove, black pepper, laurel leave, cinnamon, clove, poppy seeds and etc., and the sweetmeats – they are excellent.
There are two international airports in Nagpur. So the visit in Nagpur is one challenge.