Nagpur is a city in the west Indian state of Maharashtra, and is also the winter capital of this state. Is the third largest city in Maharashtra and the 13th largest city in India by population.
Nagpur has many religious, historical and ecological attractions.
Nagpur’s population consists of more Hindus than people of other religions; so there are many Hindu temples in this city, such as:
- Shree Ganesh Mandir Tekdi
- Nagpur Ramtek Temple
- Swaminarayan Temple
- Adasa Ganapati Temple
- Koradi Temple
LAKES & PARKS
- Khindsi Lake
- Gorewada Lake
- Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pench Tiger Reserve
- Ambazari Lake & Garden
- Zilpi Lake
- Futala Lake
Some of the best museums to visit in the city are:
- Raman Science Centre
- Nagpur Central Museum
- Deeksha Bhoomi (Historical Monument)
- Narrow Gauge Rail Museum
- Sachee Art Gallery
Nagpur consists of a majority of Maharashtrians and Hindus. So, most Hindu festivals
and few others are celebrated grandly in this city. These include:
- Maha Shivratri – People worship Lord Shiva and fast for long hours).
- Makar Sankranti – An auspicious harvest festival celebrated in the month of January.
- Holi – Festival of colours; celebrated in the month of March.
- Marbat – A festival locally hosted in Nagpur with dances, plays and rituals; It is believed by the locals here that through this festival, all evil forces giving troubles to people here are eliminated.
- Gudi padwa – Marathi New Year Day (celebrated all over Maharashtra state).
- Navrathri & Dussehra – A 10-day festival, where Goddess Durga is revered).
- Ganesh Chaturthi – A major festival in the state of Maharashtra, this is celebrated in all cites and town in this state, to worship Lord Ganesha (who is also the son of Lord Shiva).
Nagpur has many markets and malls and shopping spots where people can shop for oranges and orange products (like orange jams, jellies, sweets, candies, marmalades and fruit squash), cheap clothes, footwear and accessories and home décor items. Here are some great shopping places in Nagpur to check out and get these things from:
- Sitabuldi Main Road
- Sarafa Bazaar
- Dharmpeth Shopping Street
- Haldirams Sweet Shops
- Telipura Market
- Phule Market
- Lakadganj Market
- Nagpur Central mall
- Eternity Mall
- Millenium Mall
- Empress City Mall
The construction of a rapid transit system for Nagpur city, called Nagpur Metro began after being approved by Indian government in the year 2014, in February with an estimated total cost of ₹8,260 crore. In 2019, 2 lines – Orange line and Aqua line, began operating partially between some areas within Nagpur like Sitabuldi, Khapri and Lokamanya Nagar, and a few other areas. Hence this metro can be taken by people when travelling between any of these stations which are connected on wither of these lines.
Nagpur is known for being one of the largest producers of oranges in India. Apart from oranges and dishes made with them, various delicious foods can be found in Nagpur’s eateries and homes. Here are some local delicacies to try in Nagpur:
- Tarri Poha – A spicy flat rice dish made with onions, tomatoes spices and peanuts, and served with a special local gravy called “Tarri”).
- Orange Burfi – A special Burfi (fudge/sweet) flavored with fresh local oranges; a special at Haldiram’s hotel – which is the main outlet of one of the biggest snack brands in India, and situated in Nagpur.
- Param ki Daal – a special lentil dish that is exclusively available at an eatery called “Param ki Dhaba” in Nagpur.
- Patodi – A Maharashtrian dish, made with Besan (chickpea flour) shaped into flat squares and cooked in a red, spicy curry/gravy.
- Matka Biryani – A rice dish cooked (with vegetables, spices and meat, and served) in a terracotta pot.
Some of the best restaurants in Nagpur are:
- Haldiram’s Restaurant
- Param ki Dhaba
- Thaat Baat Restaurant
- Ashoka Restaurant
- Kasbaa Hill Restobar
- Ru-oo-fh 180
- Pablo – The Art Cafe Lounge
- Mintleaf Restaurant
Nagpur has many good hotels for people to have comfortable stays. Some of the good hotels to stay at (or dine at) in Nagpur are as follows:
- Urban Hermitage
- Radisson Blu Hotel Nagpur
- The Pride Hotel
- Hotel Hardeo
- Hotel Legend Inn
- Treebo Trend Chalets
- The Majestic Manor
- Hotel Flora Inn
- The Travotel Suites
- Hotel Dwarkamai
Nagpur has many pubs and bars that are open late hours in the evenings; and most of these serve finger foods, meals as well as non-alcoholic beverages along with alcoholic ones:
- Fiona Lounge and Bar
- Ice Lounge
- House of Beers
- Rhythm and Blues
- The Atmosphere
- 10 Downing Street Nagpur
- Royal Lancers
- Nagpur STD Code – 0712 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police helpline – 100
- Fire emergency – 101
- Accident helpline (Government ambulance) – 102/108
- Women Helpline - 1091
Marathi is the main language of Nagpur. But, Hindi is spoken as well.
- Welcome - Tumcha svagat aso
- How are you? - Tu kas ahes
- What's your name? - Tujha nav kay ahe
- Where are you from? - Apaṇ kothale ahat?
- Good morning - Su-prabhat
- Have a nice day - Sukhi raha
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad