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Nagpur is the largest city in the central India and the third largest city in the Maharashtra state. The central India is a hub of multiple tribes and one of them is the Nag people who are the aboriginals of the place, and after whom the city has been named. A river Nag, named after the same also flows through the city. The city was earlier known as Fanindrapura, after the hood of the cobra that is also known as “fana” in the local language. Anyways, the name is not the only one that holds and the city has been famous as many other names such as the “Winter Capital of Maharashtra” or the “Tiger Capital” or most famously as the “Orange City of India”, for being a major producer and trade centre for oranges in the state as well as the whole country. Nagpur oranges are known to be famous all over India. The place is also a very important cultural region, being notably the headquarters of the Hindu organisation RSS and well known for Deekshabhoomi, the largest of all the hollow Buddhist stupas in the world. It lies in the Vidarbha region. The city is one of the smart cities of Maharashtra and is a big education as well as institutional hub of the state. It scores well on most of the indices of the best cities to live in India, and is one of the top ones in terms of quality of life, cleanliness and other opportunities. The city mainly enjoys three major seasons as monsoon, winters and summers. The monsoon starts from June and reaches its peak in July and August and the last two months are a good time to enjoy the Nagpur rains. Winters begin from October and November to January is the best time to visit Nagpur. The weather is cool and dry and a pleasant breeze blows in the region. The summers are harsh and on the extreme side however, and they are not the ideal time to visit Nagpur as temperatures can go as high as touching 50 degrees at peak with hot winds blowing and dry afternoons.
How to reach:
By road: Nagpur is very well connected from every part of the country by roads being in the centre. There are two National Highways that pass through- NH-6 connecting the East-West from Mumbai to Kolkata and NH-7 connecting the North-South from Kanyakumari to Varanasi.
By rail: Again, there are regular trains to and from the region to all parts of India. Important routes include Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Indore, Kolhapur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Gorakhpur, Jammu, Amritsar, Lucknow, Trivandrum, Cochin, Vizag, Hyderabad, Mangaluru and Patna.
By plane: Sonegaon airport connects Nagpur to Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhubaneshwar and Raipur. International flights are available to places like Sharjah, Bangkok and Doha.
Inside the city, autos at very nominal costs and a bus service by the name Star Bus Service is also very popular with the locals.
Nagpur is a heaven for food lovers and enthusiasts and has a lot of variety to offer. For non- vegetarians, Momin pura, a Muslim neighbourhood which is a must visit during the month of Ramzan offers a feast to the taste buds with delicious Biriyanis and kebabs. Sadar is a popular place for the same. Some of the well-known hotels include Babbu Hotel, M.L.A Canteen, Tanveer Hotel, Babban Hotel and AlZam-Zam. Also, great continental food is available at Ashoka, Chinese at Nanking, Indian Punjabi food at Barbecue and Veeraswamy’s and Kamat are the popular joints for South Indian food. You can also find amazing authentic Italian food at a restro-lounge named Zinq. There is a special cuisine almost exclusive to Nagpur namely Saoji Chicken, which is a special spicy recipe of chicken from the place that is a must try. For vegetarians, Haldiram’s offers a range of options. There is also Tuli’s Frontier Post, a place known for Afghani food.
Places to visit:
When you’re done with a hearty meal at this lovely food paradise of the country, a peaceful walk at Telenkedi Lake will only add to your pleasure. There are a lot of temples too in the city known for its religious devotion. Ganesh Tekdi, Shri Balaji Temple, Shri Ramdeobaba Temple, Sarveshwar Temple, Kashibai Temple are a notable few amongst them. For people with a taste for history, there sre Stabuldi Fort, RBI building, Vidhan Bhavan, Deekshabhoomi and the High Court building to capture, which are built on the old architectural > For people who enjoy living wild, there is Pench reserve forest 85 km from the city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, where an entire weekend could be spent spotting wild wonders ike Gaurs, Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai and the Wild Pig. There are tigers and leopards too, which can also be seen if you are lucky enough. Other animals in the area include Sloth Bear, Jackal, Fox, Barking Deer, Chousingha, Chinkara, Indian and Palm Civets, Jungle Cat, Hyena and Porcupine. The place is also very common among the bird watchers and is considered one of the best. There is also Tadoba National Park located in the Chandrapur district 3 to 4 hours away from Nagpur. For other activities, Khindsi and Ramtek are frequented for water sports on motor boats and water bikes. You can also swim in the lake or watch the beautiful sunset from the banks. Khekranala is another quiet place to visit around 2 hours from Nagpur which is a dam site surrounded by thick forest on two sides. The area is covered in green and the breeze is one to definitely experience.
Marbat is a festival which is celebrated only in the Nagpur region. During this festival, statues of evil forces are taken out on procession to be burned on later, symbolising the death of evil. Ramjanam is another important festival that is celebrated to mark the birth of Shri Ramchandra. A Rath yatra is taken out from the Ram Mandir to different parts of the city and around 200,000 devotees gather with great enthusiasm and brotherhood to mark the occasion. Tribal dances are performed in front of the chariot and young children wearing traditional dresses skate in front. Children also wear masks of different gods like Lord Ganesha and Hanuman and dance around.
Where to stay:
Accommodation is not at all a worry in the place with a multitude of options available for stay in all the price and quality categories. There are plenty of resorts, hotels and jungle houses catering to the popular tourism of the place. So if you haven’t chalked out a plan for your next holidays yet, Nagpur might just be the place for you as it doesn’t at all need a worked out plan. Just set out to the place and it will take you in with lots of hospitality.
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