A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...
Nagpur is the third largest city in the Indian state of Maharashstra and is famous throughout the country as ‘Orange City’ for being a major trade centre of oranges that are cultivated in the region. The city lies precisely at the centre of the country and India’s geographical centre is designated with the Zero Mile Marker in Nagpur. The name of the city can be roughly translated as the ‘City of the Cobra’, a reference to the Nag River that flows in a serpentine path through Nagpur.
The city was originally founded by the Gonds but later claimed by the Bhosles under the Maratha Empire. In the 19th century Nagpur was made the capital of the Central Provinces by the British East India Company. Today, Nagpur is home to one of the largest hollow stupas in the world – the sacred Buddhist monument of Deekshabhomi, famous for its architectural beauty and historical importance. The name Deekshabhomi can be interpreted as the land where people convert to Buddhism as it is the site where the Indian political leader Babasaheb Ambedker converted to Buddhism with 380,000 followers in 1956. The location is now regarded as a pilgrimage centre for Buddhism in India.
Another moniker given to Nagpur is the ‘Tiger Capital of the World’, so called due to the city’s proximity and easy access to a number of popular tiger and wildlife sanctuaries, including the national parks of Panna, Bandhavgarh and Kanha.