Gond prince of Deogad kingdom, Bhakt Buland, founded Nagpur in the early 18th century in the
Chhindwara district. He tried to change the life of Nagpur as his new capital after seeing the
advantage of civilized life of Delhi. His successor Chand Sultan too continued the work of Bhakt
Buland. Disputes regarding succession arose with the death of Chand Sultan in 1739. Maratha
governor of Berar, Raghuji Bhonsle, tried to restore his elder son to the throne, and the
control of Nagpur slowly passed on from the Gonds to the Marathas. Later Nagpur became the
capital of the Bhonsles. Bhonsles lost to the British and Nagpur came under British influence
in 1817. Raghuji III died without leaving any heir in 1853. As a result, the city came under
the full control of British under Lord Dalhousie's Doctrine of Lapse. Nagpur became the capital
of the Central Provinces of India in 1861. With the advent of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway
(GIP) in 1867, its development spurred as a trade centre.
Dragon Palace Buddhist
Leartigiano Art Store
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
The Seminary Hill
Seminary Hill is the perfect place to begin your tour of Nagpur. Once you reach the peak of
the hillock, which is just 6 km away from the city’s north-west, you will be awe-struck by
the breathtaking view of Nagpur. The hill is named after St. Charles’s seminary. The Japanese
garden at the foothills and the Satpura Botanical garden on the hill attract tourists in
great numbers. You would love the trek along the lush greenery enjoying the panoramic view
of the surroundings. Walking paths make it easy for you to climb up and hence you are going
to enjoy every minute of your journey to the top of the hill.
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Satpura Mountain range. It is divided into old
Nagzira and new Nagzira and both entertain you with rich wildlife. Safari rides take you
to both old and new Nagzira and it is best to book your rides from Pithezari Gate. All
gates do offer to book tickets but they are too far away. Some of the animals found here
include tiger, leopard, hyena, langur, sambar and wild boars. The sanctuary attracts bird
watchers too as there over 160 species of birds here including grey jungle fowl, crested
serpent eagle, golden backed woodpecker and grey fish eagle.
History lovers are sure to be pained to see Markanda, a town, now in ruins. Located on
Wainganga River banks, the town is believed to have got the name from Sage Markandeya.
The site had 24 temples in the past out of which only 18 temples exist and only 4 in
good condition. The fact that the temples find mention in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata,
highlight how ancient the temples are and about their historical importance. The paintings
and sculptures found in Markanda are amazing.
If you would love some action, drive straight to Khindsi Lake. The picturesque lake offers
amazing water sport activities. The boating activities here are so wonderful that they
find mention in the LIMCA Book of records as India’s biggest boating center. With more
than 50 types of boats here, you can choose from pedal boats to houseboats. You can also
go rock climbing and trekking in the hill.
Sitabuldi Fort, which lies on two hillocks, is witness to fiercely fought battles and
cruel killings. The fort built by a British officer at the time of war was attacked by
Appa Sahib’s forces. The war ultimately ended when the British overpowered Appa Sahib’s
army. Following the victory, British converted the structure into a formidable fort.
It was here that Nawab Kadar Ali, the grandson of Tipu Sultan was hanged along with eight
aides for fighting the British.
Ramtek, a small town in Nagpur, attracts Hindu pilgrims in great numbers as it houses an
ancient temple of Lord Rama. It is said that this was where Rama halted when he went on
exile with his wife and brother. The 27 Brahmanical style temple at the top of the hill
attracts everyone who visits the place. Ramtek has yet another historic importance. It was
here that poet Kalidasa wrote the famous ‘Meghdoot’.
Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple
A visit to Dragon palace Buddhist Temple, which is also called as the ‘Lotus Temple of Nagpur’,
would be a great source of inspiration for those who have a keen eye for architecture.
Covering a sprawling 10 acre of land, the temple attracts you on your first sight. The
temple was built by Mother Noriko Ogawa Society, Japan and inaugurated in 1999. The idol
of Buddha in the temple is considered to be carved off a single sandalwood block. The lush
gardens and the serene atmosphere elevate your spirits.
Maharajbagh Zoo is situated in the city’s center. Built on the gardens of the rulers of the
18th century, the zoo attracts nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The picturesque garden
is a treat to your eyes and the views from here are stunning. The zoo houses rare wild
animals that are hardly found in other parts of the country. The botanical garden here is
equally impressive. So is the herbal garden that gives you an insight into the curative
powers of herbs. With play area for children in the zoo, the place is a perfect holiday
destination for families.
Japanese Rose Garden
On the foothills of Seminary Hill lies the famous Japanese Rose Garden. The garden is home
to rare species of roses. The place is an absolute delight for nature lovers as the garden
is full of beautiful roses in various colors, tall trees and an ocean of green bushes
everywhere. The iron structures highlight the influence of Japanese architecture. Birdwatchers
can have a great time too as the garden attracts a wide range of birds. Japanese Rose Garden
is a great place to have a feel of fresh air and enjoy the immense beauty of nature.
Leartigiano Art Gallery
If you would like to shift your focus from nature and man made wonders in the form of forts
and monuments to man’s creation on canvas, stop at LeArtigiano Art Gallery. The gallery
being the first of its kind in the city displays a stunning range of paintings by artists
in and around Nagpur. The price would very much fit in the budget as the price of paintings
range from Rs.1000 to Rs.20000. The gallery is well maintained with polite staff to guide
you around. If you are an art lover, you would sure love your session here.