Nagpur brings to mind a variety of juicy oranges and it is not surprisingly known as the “orange city”. The city is located in Maharashtra and is the winter capital of the state. In Nagpur, you will find many temples, green gardens and lakes and it is the perfect place for an ideal holiday destination. From historic sites to cultural attractions, explore this exhaustive list of all the local attractions, in Nagpur.
1. Shankar Bhojnalaya
At Shankar Bhojnalaya, you can get perfectly cooked food, without any trace of bitter or raw spices. If you don’t want to cook after a busy day of sightseeing, then Shankar Bhojnalaya is the place to be and you can either order online or visit it in person, to enjoy its delicious food. You can find a menu of many traditional dishes, which are all perfect.
Address: Amravati Rd, Near Eternity Mall, Variety Square, Sitabuldi, Nagpur, Maharashtra
Website: Shankar Bhojnalaya
2. Seminary Hill
Seminary Hill is one of the most popular hangouts, in Nagpur. It is located 5 km (3.1 miles) northwest of the city. The popular hill is named after the seminary of St. Charles. You should visit the main attractions like the Japanese garden at its base, as well as the St. Charles Seminary and the S.F.S. College at the top. Because of its dense, wooded and green environment, it is described as the lungs of Nagpur. Its walking paths that carve through the woods give immense pleasure to morning walkers. You can see a panoramic view of the whole city from its top and there are many important institutes here, like the Veterinary College, LAD College of Architecture for Women, Maharashtra Animal, KV Ajni and Center Point School.
Address: Seminary Hills, Nagpur, Maharashtra
3. Dhamma Chakra Stupa
The Dhamma Chakra Stupa or Deekshabhoomi is a sacred Buddhist monument and a marvelous piece of architecture. It can accommodate more than 5000 people and it is the place where B.R. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism, along with his 380,000 Dalit followers. It is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and millions of people from around the world visit Deekshabhoomi, every year. Deeksha means the “act of ordaining” and Bhoomi means “ground”, so Deekshabhoomi means the ground where people are ordained as Buddhists. This place is considered one of the great important places of Doctor Ambedkar’s life.
Dhamma Chakra Stupa
Address: Nagpur Centre, Nagpur
4. Ambazari Lake
Ambazari Lake is one of the 11 lakes in Nagpur and is also the largest in the city. The beautiful lake is situated near the southwest border of the city and it covers an area of around 15.4 square kilometers (5.9 square miles). It is the point from where the Nag River originates and you will find many sweet mango trees surrounding the lake - Amba means mango in Marathi. The lake also has a garden located near to it, called the Ambazari Garden. Apart from a morning walk, you can also enjoy the musical fountain, amusement park games and various rides.
Address: Ambazari Lake, Nagpur, Maharashtra
5. Ramtek Fort Temple
Ramtek Fort Temple is located away from the city crowds and inside a fort, on a hilltop. The temple is associated with a rich mythological history. It is said that Ramtek is the place where the Hindu god, Ram, rested while he was in exile. It is also said to be the site of the ashram of the great Hindu sage, Agastya. This holy place is also associated with the popular Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa.
Ramtek Fort Temple
Website: Ramtek Fort Temple
6. Maharaj Bagh and Zoo
If you are a nature enthusiast then you will definitely love this place. The Maharaja Bagh and Zoo of Nagpur was instituted by Bhonsle kings, during their rule. It is a botanical garden and the home of a very rare collection of different birds and species of flora and fauna. Some of these birds cannot be seen in any other zoo.
Maharaj Bagh and Zoo
Address: Amravati Road, Maharaja Bagh, Gorepeth, Nagpur, Maharashtra
7. Futala Lake
Futala Lake, also known as Telankhedi Lake, is located 6 km (3.7 miles) outside Nagpur. The beautiful lake was built by Raje Bhosle, around 200 years ago. Futala Lake is famous for its alluring, calm atmosphere and colored fountains which are a favorite hangout for all age groups. Its pleasant and picturesque surroundings make this lake a wonderful picnic spot and it is visited by numerous people daily.
Address: Juna Futala, Chowpati Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra
8. Lata Mangeshkar Musical Garden
Lata Mangeshkar Musical Garden was built under the direction of Jaiprakash Gupta, a trustee of NIIT. This beautiful musical garden is located 7.5 km (4.7 miles) east of Nagpur. An amphitheater can be found here, which can accommodate more than 2,500 people. This place is filled with musical fountains that warm the scene with their different themes and tunes. They will definitely soothe your soul.
Lata Mangeshkar Musical Garden
Address: Ring Road, Surya Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
9. Shukrawari Lake
Shukrawari Lake is also known as Jumma Lake or Gandhi Sagar Lake. The lake is said to be 275 years old and was built as a water supply source by Chand Sultan, who created the reservoir, complete with streams, that directly connect to the Nag River. Apart from the lake itself, you can also enjoy boating facilities, a Ganesh temple, the huge stone walls and tall trees. You should also visit the small island, located in the middle of the lake, with a Shiva temple.
Website: Shukrawari Lake
Markanda is a small village located on the bank of the Vainganga River. It was named after the popular sage, Markandeya and it is a historical place, famous for its temple which houses a Shiva Linga, or abstract representation of the god, Shiva. Earlier, there were 24 temples in total, but now only 18 temples remain and out of them, four are in good condition. You can visit during the grand festival of Mahashivratri, which celebrates the god, Shiva.
Address: Nagpur, Maharashtra
A peaceful journey...
Don’t miss out on any of the above listed amazing sights, in Nagpur. Nagpur is a city with everything from historical sites to cultural attractions. You can also enjoy some of the best restaurants here, including the Pride Hotel and Sanjha Chullah. I enjoyed my time in beautiful Nagpur and I am sure if you visit it once, you will definitely want to explore it even further.
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