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Nagpur

  Introduction :
 

Situated on Nagpurthe River Nag, Nagpur is the orange-growing capital of India. It was once the capital of the central province, but was later incorporated into Maharashtra. Long ago it was a centre for the aboriginal Gond tribes who remained in power until the early 18th century, and many Gonds still live in the region.

In the recent years there has been some desultory agitation for a separate Indian stateof Vidarbha, which would have Nagpur as its capital. On 18 October each year the town is host to the thousands of Buddhists who come to celebrate the anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhists in 1956. Dr. Ambedkar, a low-caste Hindu, was an important figure during the fight for independence, and was Law Minister and leader of the Scheduled Castes. An estimated three million low caste hindus followed him in converting to Buddhism.

There is a little of interest to attrach travellers, except those heading for Gandhi Ashram at sevagram or taking a break on the long journey across the subcontinent.

   History :
 

The site on the banks of the River Nag, was first occupied in the 10th century by aboriginal Gonds, but Nagpur itself was founded by a family of militaristic local Hindu rulers, the Bonsais, midway through the 18th century. In 1853, the Bhonsals fell foul of Lord Dalhousie's "Principal of Lapse" (a grossly iniquitous law which gave the British the right to take over any native state whose ruler died without a male heir), and Nagpur became the capital of the Central Provinces. Today it's a thriving industrial and commercial centre, with a surprisingly affluent, easy going and uncontested feel for a city of more than a million people

   
   How to get there :
 

Air  : Nagpur air port is known by "Sonegaon" air port. It is nearly 6 Kms from Nagpur Central.
Road : The district is well connected by roads with all industrial centres of the Country. National Highways passing through Nagpur are Bombay Calcutta NH-6 & Kanyakumari Varanasi NH-7.
Rail : Electrified broad gauge railway track connects Nagpur to all four major metros. The length of broad gauge railway line is 266.06 kms and that of narrow gauge railway line is 134.32 kms

   
   Best Season to Visit :
 

The best time to visit Nagpur is September - April

   
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