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About Nagpur

Nagpur is one of the most important cities of Maharashtra and is considered as its second capital. It also serves as the commercial & political center of the Vidarbha region in the state. Infact, every year, the 'Winter Session' of the Maharashtra Legislature takes place in Nagpur only. This makes the city quite significant from business point of view and many people travel here on a frequent basis for business purposes. It also serves as the headquarters of the respective administrations of Nagpur District and Nagpur Division.

Along with that, Nagpur is also important from tourism point of view. It has a number of tourist attractions to offer to its visitors, coming from various parts of India as well as abroad. They include Balaji Mandir, Ambazari Lake, Sitabuldi Fort, Maharaja Baug, etc. Along with that, it serves as the base for the nature lovers, looking to visit the numerous wildlife sanctuaries and natural parks situated in and around the Nagpur district. The strategic location of the city, almost in the heart of the India, further adds to its importance.

Nagpur is also known throughout the world for being a major production as well as trade center of excellent, high-quality oranges. This has resulted in it being given the name of Santra Nagari ('Orange City' or the 'City of Oranges'). From tourism point of view, the best time to visit the city comprises of the months of October to march. During this time, the weather conditions are at their very best. So, come and explore the tourist treasures offered by the 'Orange City' of and you can easily roam around the city India.

Nagpur, being one of the second-most important cities of Maharashtra, is at times called its 'Second Capital'. Founded by the Gond King of Deogad, the city once served as the capital of the Bhosle rulers in the central India. The royal era has resulted in enrichment of the city, as far as its monumental heritage is concerned. There are a number of tourist attractions in Nagpur, which will keep you busy on sightseeing tours of the city. Given below is information on the major places to be visited on a tour of Nagpur.

Climate of Nagpur

The climate of Nagpur follows a typical seasonal monsoon weather pattern. The peak temperature are usually reached in May – June and can be as high as 48°C, The onset of monsoon is usually from July and the season extends upto September, with monsoon peaking during July and August. After monsoon, the average temperature varies between 27°C and approx. 6 to 7°C right through December – January.  


Deekshabhoomi

Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism in Nagpur the City of Oranges. Deekshabhoomi is a place where Dr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar converted into Buddhism and so did his thousands of followers. This conversion of religion took place on October 14th 1956. In the present scenario thousands of people come to Deekshabhoomi and convert into Buddhism.

Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Nagpur is the largest city in the state of Maharashtra and is also very famous for “Zero Milestone”. The centre is regarded as the pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Thousands of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year on the occasion of Ashok Vijaya Dashmi and on 14th October. Pilgrims from across the world come and visit Deekshabhoomi.

It was indeed a historic event which has no parallel in the history of the world as far as religion and change of faith is concerned. On a single day, Dr.Ambedkar’s 500,000 followers embraced Buddhism following in the footsteps of their leader. No religious leader, preacher has ever been successful in convincing so many people on a single occasion to change religious faith. This happened 51 years ago. Further it set the ball rolling for the Buddhist movement in India. It was the homecoming for Buddhism back to the country of its birth in the true sense.

This conversion ceremony was conducted at the place which is now called as “Deeksha Bhoomi” in the heart of Nagpur. It is spread over an area of 14 acres. A large stupa is constructed at Deeksha Bhoomi as a memorial to Dr. Ambedkar’s services to the untouchable community in particular and the 70% Shudra population in India. Ever since the conversion ceremony of 14th October 1956, the Deeksha Bhoomi has become a pilgrimage for the newly convert Buddhists. It has become a rallying point a place to show their strength. Every year more than 2 million people assemble at Deeksha Bhoomi. In the early years, it is only the people from all over Maharashtra used to visit Deeksha Bhoomi. Now it has taken a national outlook. People from all states visit this historic place.

Deeksha Bhoomi holds more than 1000 stalls of book sellers, sellers of Dr.Ambedkar’s photos, Buddha’s photos, statues. Most of the SC/ST office employee organization put up their stalls and provide services of different nature to make the 2 day stay of the visiting rural people as comfortable as possible. Many a stalls are put up to provide guidance and advise to the needy people in terms of their health needs, their career needs. Then there are numerous food stalls providing free food to the people who travel with minimum resources. Doctors, from the Ambedkarite community, put up 5-6 stalls, not just to provide on the spot medical services, but provide check ups through specialist services. Hence people look forward to 14th October, for receiving specialist services free of cost. It is indeed a place for a researcher, an observer, an analyzer to visit and convince himself/herself the vitality and vibrancy of Dr.Ambedkar’s movement. The event passes very peacefully without any need for patrolling by police. This is yet another feature of this event.

Why did Dr.Ambedkar select Nagpur for this historic conversion to Buddhism? Nagpur and its surrounding area has always been a stronghold of Dr. Ambedkar’s movement. Whenever Dr. Ambedkar looked for strength, he always looked towards Nagpur. Hence to make his religious conversion to Buddhism as successful event, the choice obviously fell for Nagpur as Dr. Ambedkar knew that he could easily show a strong strength for conversion at Nagpur. Conversion to Buddhism was a commitment which Dr.Ambedkar made 21 years ago, in 1935, when he declared at Yeola that “He was born as a Hindu, which he had no control on, but he will not die as a Hindu”. On 14th October 1956, Dr. Ambedkar fulfilled his long standing vow. The question, people do raise, “Why Dr. Ambedkar did took so long to fulfill this vow of converting from Hinduism?” Dr. Ambedkar basically wanted to make this leaving Hinduism a mass activity and not just a personal activity. As a personal activity, it would have been easy for Dr. Ambedkar; but for the religious conversion a successful mass conversion, he needed to study different religions, make their comparison. Also study these religions as to what are its basic tenets as well as its current practice. To convince himself before Dr. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism, he undertook journey to neighboring Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar etc. He even made a visit to Rome to discuss the pros and cons of conversion to Christianity. So his conversion to Buddhism was a well-thought-of act. As he says, “

"------Question of religion is the most difficult and a very serious question. It is a matter of enormous responsibility, really to educate the people in regard to the merits of this religion and to inculcate in the people the habit of behaving according to the principles of the Dhamma. There is no other person who had to shoulder so grave a responsibility, nor do I think will anybody be called upon to shoulder such a heavy responsibility in future.”

Then one of the salient aspects of Dr.Ambedkar’s scheme of conversion to Buddhism was to write a bible like concise book for the people to follow. Just few days prior to his death, Dr.Ambedkar did fulfil this requirement by completing his magnus opem, “Buddha and His Dhamma”. This book indeed provided a much needed relief and clarity to the people to follow Buddha’s Dhamma. Over 2500 years of its history, Buddhism was spread into different cultures of world. Hence Buddhist principles, its beliefs, and practises have undergone changes which varied from place to place. Dr.Ambedkar has the tremendous task to find out what is the local culture superimposed on Buddhist principles and what are the actual tenets of Buddhism. He then reviewed and accepted for his people and for himself the original principles/philosophy of Buddhism without the rituals; so much so that the traditional Buddhists took it as yet another school of thought of Buddhism as propounded by Dr.Ambedkar – something close to Dr.Ambedkar’s Buddhism.

Dr.Ambedkar’s revival of original Buddhism definitely opened up lot of debate and criticism from traditional Buddhism. It did indeed make the traditional Buddhist world to introspect and think what is Buddhism and what is local culture.


Dragon Palace Temple

Dragon Palace Temple is a Buddhist temple, situated in Kamptee, a satellite township of Nagpur district. It is dedicated to Lord Buddha and boasts of striking architecture and picturesque landscape. The temple was founded by Mother Noriko Ogawa Society of Japan.

It comprises a magnificent Buddhist prayer center, colossal statute of Lord Budha carved out of a single block of sandalwood.


Seminary Hill

Seminary Hill is a small hillock, situated at a distance of approximately 6 km from the old city of Nagpur. The hill has been named after the Seminary of St. Charles, which is located on the hill only. The hillock is known for providing some of the most beautiful views of the city situated below.

Named after the Seminary of St.Charles, this hillock is about 6 Kms. west of the old city giving a captivating panoramic view of the city.


Sitabuldi Fort

Sitabuldi Fort is a magnificent structure built by a British officer, in the year 1857. It stands perched on the Twin Mountains and is visited on a frequent basis by tourists in large numbers.

A visit to Nagpur is not complete without a visit to this important landmark of Sitabuldi Fort, nestled on the Twin Mountains and situated in the heart of the city. In the year 1857, a British Officer built this fort.


Maharaj Baug and Zoo

Maharaj Baug was a wonderful park, which was later converted into a botanical garden. It was laid down by the Bhonsle rulers of the erstwhile Nagpur State and today, it also houses a zoo, which serves as home to some rare species of birds and animals.


Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir

Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, which dates backs to the year 1923. Constructed out of marble and adorned with sandstone carving work, this temple enshrines the idols of Lord Rama, Sita Mata and Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama.


Balaji Mandir

Balaji Mandir is a temple situated amidst the tranquil and awesome environs of the Seminary Hill. The temple, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Shri Balaji, who is its presiding deity. Balaji Mandir also enshrines the idols of Lord Kartikeya, regarded as the Commander of the Army of Gods.


Ambazari Lake

Ambazari Lake of Nagpur is known not only for its own beauty, but also the lush green gardens situated in its vicinity. One of the most popular attractions of the city, the garden was developed as a model garden by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation.

Ambazari is a famous lake and spread over an area of 15.4 Kms. on the western outskirts of the city. It is surrounded by a picturesque garden. Boating facilities are available.


Nagpur Railway Station

Nagpur is the largest city in central India (2001 Census) and the second capital of the state of Maharashtra. It is headquarter of Nagpur district and Nagpur division. Nagpur UA population 2,420,000; is 13th largest urban conglomeration in India and 114th largest city in world. It ranks as 143rd largest urban area in world in terms of population.It is the seat of annual winter session of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha. The city is the commercial and political center of the state's eastern Vidarbha region. Nagpur lies in central India with Zero mile marker located here. Nagpur is famous for growing oranges from which it derives it's nickname Orange city.

Nagpur Central is an important junction on Mumbai-Howrah and Delhi-Chennai routes. With 7 platforms, Nagpur is a worldclass station, and all the trains stop here for minimum 15 minutes. Daily around 80,000 (2006 figure) passengers use this station for boarding various local, passenger, express trains. It caters to daily around 110 trains. 5 locals, 10 InterCity, 10 passenger, and 20 express trains terminate/originate here! It also has a railway coaching factory which is one of the 5 stars of the Indian Railway.

It also caters to daily mail and cargo which is uploaded on various trains and freight trains and sent to various destinations all over the country.

Nagpur Central is connected to all the 4 metros and other 4 cosmo cities of the country. It is 837kms from Mumbai CST, 1104kms from Howrah, 512kms from Hyderabad, 1150kms from Chennai and Bengaluru, 1120Kms from New Delhi, 820Kms from Pune and 1020Kms from Ahemadabad with direct railway connectivity.

Some important trains that are available at the Nagpur railway station are the Vishakapatnam Nizamudin Samta Express, the Banglore Nizamudin Rajdhani Express, the Mumbai Howrah Mail, the Bangalore Gorakpur Express and the Howrah Mumbai Mail.

The railways at Nagpur were established a long time back well before the independence of India, as Nagpur used to be an important city of India even in those days. The year 1867 marks the beginning of the Nagpur railways. In the year 1881, the city of Nagpur was linked up with another important city of India, that is, Kolkata, via the railways of the state of Chhattisgarh.

The railway station of Nagpur was previously housed towards the east of the place where the current station has been constructed. The present-day railway station of Nagpur was also put up in the pre-independence days. The year of its establishment is 1924.

The railways in Nagpur are important not only because the city is one of the tourist destinations of the country and the second capital of the significant state of Maharashtra, but also because of its prime location. The railway station of Nagpur has a central location in the entire country and hence is strategically very important not only in the state but in the entire subcontinent of India.


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Shri Ganesh Tekdi Temple

Shri Ganesh Tekdi Temple is one of the most popular and famous temple in Nagpur City. It’s name is given as Tekdi Ganapati because it is constructed on a hill and in marathi language, a hill is called as Tekdi. It is believed to be approximately 250 years old.


Zero Mile

Zero Mile Stone is said to be the exact middle point or center of India. This important place has beautiful statutes of horses. Because of this zero mile stone, Nagpur city has got the importance of being located in the heart of the country/centrally located place. It is a matter of great proud that BSNL, Nagpur Administrative Office is situated just adjacent to this great land mark statute.


High Court

Nagpur is an industrial and commercial city situated in the centre of India.Formerly, it was the capital of the former State of Madhya Pradesh and now it is the sub-capital of the State of Maharashtra.

A full fledged High Court was established at Nagpur on 9-1-1936. Sir Gilbert Stone,a Judge of the Madras High Court was appointed as first Chief Justice. The foundation stone of the new building (present High Court building) was laid by late Sir Hyde Gowan on 9-1-1937. The building was designed by Mr.H.A.N. Medd, Resident Architect. It was constructed at a cost of Rs.7,37,746/-.The building consisted of two stories with a garden courtyard in the centre. The outside dimensions are 400 ft x 230ft. The original design provided for a main central dome rising 109 feet above ground land, the remainder of thebuilding being approximately 52 feet in height. The building has been constructed with sandstone. The building has Ashlar stone facing and brick hearting. The flooring in the corridors and offices is of Sikosa and Shahabad flag stones. The building is declared open on 6th January, 1940. On the opening ceremony the Viceroy of India described this building as a poem in stone. The High Court has a fairly well planned garden on the eastern as well as western sides.

The High Court of Judicature at Nagpur continued to be housed in this building till thereorganisation of States in 1956. With effect from 1-11-1956, eight Marathi speaking districts of Vidarbha formed part of the greater bi-lingual State of Bombay which came into existence. Remaining fourteen Hindi speaking districts of the former State of Madhya Pradesh became part of the newly constituted State of Madhya Pradesh with the capital at Bhopal. The High Court of Madhya Pradesh was treated as successor of the former High Court at Nagpur.

A Bench of the High Court at Bombay began to sit in this building at Nagpur with effect from 1-11-1956 and continues to do so even after the formation of the State of Maharashtra on 1-5-1960. During year 1960 the strength of this Bench consisted of four Honourable Judges.

The extension of High Court building consists of two annex buildings on both sides of theexisting building viz., North and South Wings. For this Government of Maharashtra has sanctioned Rs.1,29,26,605/- on dated 21st March, 1983. `South Wing' houses various utilities for public, i.e. litigants and the Bar as well as High Court Government Pleader's Establishment including Standing Coursel for Central Government and `A Panel Counsels, and also for the establishment. In the North Wing, it is proposed to accommodate additional Court Halls, Chambers of the Hob'ble Judges, Judges' Liabrary and the office.

Presently, the strength of this Bench consists of 10 Honourable Judges and total employees are 412.


Mihan

Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) PROJECT has put Nagpur instantly on the international business map. Nagpur is ranked to be among the top 5 business destinations of the future. The city lies on one of world’s busiest air trade routes connecting East & West and also home to Asia’s largest industrial estate at Butibori.

When fully operational, MIHAN is projected to handle an annual flow of 14 million passengers and 80 million tons of air cargo besides rail\road cargo of 20,000million tons. The cargo hub along with several Special Economic Zones is expected to generate over 30 lakh new jobs.

Already ,Nagpur is abuzz with big time business activities, having attracted over 50,000crore worth investment from leading world players such as IBM, Microsoft, Boeing Int., Tata, Dell, Hexaware, Ascendas, Max Aerostate, Ispat Industries , Wipro, Satyam etc to name a few. Thus , whether you are looking for a smart home or a smart investment, JIP Ltd. is your top choice.