Nagpur – The Geographical Center of India

Time and distance play very important role on every human activity. Every moment is precious because time once gone, never comes back. Similarly, the accuracy of distance determines the human effort that is required to be put for reaching a particular distance. Distance is a relative term and can be measured from any place to any place.

In order to streamline the administrative activities, the British rulers earmarked a particular geographical point as ‘Zero’ from which distances of other relevant places were measured. The Zero Milestone was erected by them at Nagpur. The Zero Mile Stone consists of four horses and a pillar made of sandstone. From the Zero Point at Nagpur, Delhi is 1029 Kilometers and Kolkata is 1118 kilometer.

Nagpur has rich heritage and is renowned as a cultural, commercial, political and industrial center. With a strong historical Maratha background, Nagpur is one of the important power centers in India. Because of the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Nagpur is the hub of political activities.

Lexixally, Nagpur means, the Abode of Naag, the Serpent God. This is symbolized by a serpentine path running across the city. As per B.R Ambedkar, the Naag dynasty followed Buddhism.

Nagpur is a city in the state of Maharashtra, best known for its Nagpur oranges. The name orange has become synonymous with Nagpur. It is the headquarters of the Vidarbha division. It is also the partial capital of Maharashtra because three sessions of the Legislative Assembly are conducted here. Certain specific administrative activities of the state are also carried out at Nagpur.

Places of historical and cultural importance have lot to offer to the visitors. At Dhamma Chakra Stupa, thousands of Dalits accepted Buddhism, on 1956, initiated by Dr B.R.Ambedkar.

Ramtek Fort Temple
Constructed on a hill top has its legend that before going to invade the Lanka of Ravana, Lord Rama took at this place and the temple was built to enshrine Lord Rama as the main deity. The Nagoba Mandir at Bhamti, Nagpur exhibits the rare enshrinement of nag Devta. Other temples worth visiting are Gajanan Temple at Nagalwadi Hingna, Bhure Buwa ganesh mandir, Terlankhedi Hanuman Temple, Mata mandir in Koradi and Dragon.

Bohra Masjid
Is meant for a specific sect of Muslims known as Dawood Bohra community. The architecturally rich mosque in Shantinagar draws huge crowds on Friday prayers and auspicious occasions.

The Futula Lake, Ambzari Lake and Telankadi Lake
Offers facilities to vacationers for enjoying picnic with family on the soft sandy bank of a lake. Other attractions include a children’s park, walking trails and playing fields. Sukrawari Lake, also known as Gandhi Sagar has enclosed walls and boating facilities. The Lata Mangeshkar Musical Garden offers a pleasant ambience for sojourning. Maharaj Bagh Botanical Garden exhibits wide variety of flora and fauna. Other lakes are the lake Garden at Skkardara, Ambazari Lake and Khindsi Watersports.

Narrow Gauge Rail Museum
Has special attraction for visitors with the exhibits that include old and heritage articles of Indian Railway. Nagpur offers tourist locations having diverse themes and therefore suits to the choice and budget of every category of visitor.