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Tourist places in Nagpur City - What to see in Nagpur

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Zero Mile

A majestic stone obelisk marks the geographical centre of the country (undivided India). This obelisk, installed by the British has distances to important cities in the country engraved on it, with quaint spellings used during the British regime; example current day Jabalpur is spelt Jubbulpore. This landmark, long ignored, has been spruced up in recent years with addition of some more stone sculptures and pretty landscaping.

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CENTRAL MUSEUM

The Central Museum, which is located close to the Zero Mile, was established in 1863. The museum has 10 galleries, devoted to Weaponry, Arts and Culture, Taxidermy, Birds, Paintings, Archaeology, Geology, Bhonsla and Gond period, and Numismatics.
The museum houses a large collection of artifacts, statues, and other objects of antiquity from the region of Central India dating from pre-historic to modern times. It is a must visit for lovers of antiquity. The taxidermy section is a delight for naturalists, biologists and wildlife enthusiasts.

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SITABULDI FORT

In close proximity to the Zero Mile Stone are two hillocks on which the Sitabuldi Fort is located. This historic fort was the scene of a battle in 1817, between the Bhonsla soldiers and the British army. The British won the battle and that marked the end of the Bhonsla kingdom in Nagpur. In present day, the fort is occupied by the Territorial Army and is thrown open to the public on 26th January (Republic Day) and 15th August (Independence Day) every year.

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OLD SECRETARIAT BUILDING AND GENERAL POST OFFICE

The Old Secretariat Building made from black basalt and local sandstone and the General Post Office building, made from exposed bricks, are fine examples of colonial architecture. Both structures are well worth a look from outside.

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HIGH COURT BUILDING

This is another grand stone monument made from local sandstone which houses the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court.

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RESERVE BANK BUILDING

Located in the very centre of the city, in close proximity to the Zero Mile Stone, this magnificent edifice stands on the intersection of three National Highways (Nos. 6, 7 and 69). This grand colonial structure is also constructed from local sandstone and is reputed to house most of the gold reserves of the Government of India.

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VIDHAN SABHA

This imposing building is yet another tribute to British colonial architecture. It is made from exposed bricks and is located just opposite the Reserve Bank Building. The Maharashtra state legislature meets here for its winter sessions, continuing a tradition that dates back to the British Raj.

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JAPANESE GARDEN AND SEMINARY HILLS

The densely wooded green stretch of the Seminary Hills can be justifiably called the lungs of Nagpur city. A beautiful landscaped garden with Japanese styling at the foot of the hills is a popular outing for localites. Situated on the hill are the St. Charles Seminary and the S.F.S. College. The Lady of Lourdes grotto is also located on the undulating plains of this hill. In recent years, many lovely walking paths have been carved out in the woods, making it a paradise for early morning walkers and joggers.

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TELANKHEDI HANUMAN MANDIR (TEMPLE) AND SHIV MANDIR (TEMPLE)

These are two ancient temples situated near the Telankhedi Lake and gardens. They attract throngs of devotees on particular days of the week, on which these deities are worshipped. The Shiv Mandir called Kalyaneshwar has carved stone pillars and the atmosphere is serene.

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TELANKHEDI LAKE AND GARDENS

The Lake and Gardens were built by the Bhonsla rulers of Nagpur. The gardens still have an old-world charm about them. The lake has been cleaned up in recent times and a beautiful promenade has been added replete with eateries and benches for people to sit and take in the majestic view of the lake. Both the lake and the gardens are popular with the locals, particularly the youth, for an evening out.

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SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE (SCZCC)

The Centre promotes cultural activities from the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. It organises workshops, cultural programs, handicraft exhibitions and is located in the Civil Lines area.

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SATPUDA BOTANICAL GARDEN

This beautiful lake was once the main source of water supply to the city of Nagpur. Pretty gardens on the periphery of the lake make it popular with picnickers in the evenings and on holidays. Boat rides and water sports facilities are available on the lake.

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AMBAZARI LAKE

This beautiful lake was once the main source of water supply to the city of Nagpur. Pretty gardens on the periphery of the lake make it popular with picnickers in the evenings and on holidays. Boat rides and water sports facilities are available on the lake.

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CHURCH COUNCIL BUILDING

Situated in the Civil Lines area, close to the Central Provinces club, this impressive colonial style building is the office of the National Church Council of India, the headquarters of all Protestant sects of India.

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KARTIKEYA AND BALAJI TEMPLES

Located on Seminary Hills, these temples dedicated to Lord Kartikeya and Lord Balaji, are fine examples of South Indian temple architecture.

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ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM

This museum located opposite the Balaji temples on Seminary Hills, is housed in a colonial British bungalow. It contains exhibits depicting lifestyle, arts and artifacts of the tribes of Central India.

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BUDDHIST STUPA AT DIKSHABHUMI

This beautiful Stupa modeled on the famous Stupas of Sanchi and Amravati, is worth a visit. It is located at Dikshabhumi where Babasaheb Ambedkar converted, along with thousands of his Dalit followers, to Buddhism on Dussehra day in the year 1956. Every Dussera day, followers converge upon Nagpur at Dikshabhumi to commemorate that occasion.

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GURUDWARA RAMDASPETH

This imposing monument devoted to the memory of the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ramdas, and located coincidentally in the Ramdaspeth area of Nagpur, is a fine example of Sikh religious architecture.

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RAMAN SCIENCE CENTRE

Located on the banks of the pretty Gandhi Sagar lake, it houses working models of scientific instruments and a modest planetarium and is very popular with students.

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GANDHI SAGAR LAKE

Located in the old city, this lake is also known as Jumma Talao or Shukrawari Talao. There is a small island in the middle of the lake with a quaint Shiv Temple and a garden. The lake is bordered by another pretty garden on the north bank and the Raman Science Centre on the West bank.

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RUKHMINI TEMPLES

These 18th Century Temples, devoted to Lord Vithoba, Rukhmini and Shiva, are located near Gandhi Gate in Mahal area (old city), and belong to the ex-rulers of Nagpur –The Bhosalas. The temples have excellent carved marble panels and pillars.

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MUNSHI MANDIR

Situated in a crowded locality near Natraj Talkies in Mahal area, this private temple devoted to Laxmi Narayan was built over 125 years ago. The temple is adorned with exquisite carvings in stone brought from Rajasthan. The carvings have been done by artisans from Rajasthan and house small statues in black basalt in its hollows and niches.

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TAJBAGH

The mausoleum of Baba Tajuddin, a revered muslim pir, is visited by people of all religions. The mausoleum is located on Umred Road.

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SAKKARDARA LAKE

This beautiful lake in Eastern Nagpur, dating back to the 18th century, was made during the Bhonsla rule. In recent years, the lake has been cleaned up and a beautiful garden has been built by the Nagpur Improvement Trust.

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HEDGEWAR SMRITI MANDIR

The Samadhi of Shri Hedgewar, the founder of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (R.S.S.) is located at Reshimbagh and is visited by thousands of Sevaks every year.

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PODDARESHWAR RAM MANDIR

Located near the Main Railway Station on Central Avenue, this temple was consecrated in 1923. On Ramnavmi day every year, the Shobha Yatra (a grand parade) is taken out with beautifully decorated ‘Jhankis’ (tableaus) depicting events from the life of Lord Ram. There is a Dharamshala in the temple premises where the faithful can stay free of cost.