Situated on the 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.