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Preface

Nagpur is one of the most happening cities in today's times. Strategically located in the Deccan Plateau, this magnificent city has been termed as the winter capital of Maharashtra. The neighbours of this district are Bhandardara on the east, Amaravati and Wardha to the west and Chandrapur to the south. To the north, this district shares boundaries with the state of Madhya Pradesh. Nagpur forms the second capital of Maharashtra and is also termed as the orange city.

Nagpur is one of the key industrial and business city, today, as it plays abode to many coal mines, thermal power plants. It has a lion's share in producing cotton. The city gets its name from the river Nag that flows through this land. It is a famous land amongst the Buddhists. Believed to be the geographical and logical hub of India, it also forms an important railway junction.


Ramtek

Ramtek...Called so because it was graced by the holy feet of Lord Rama and Sita, his consort. The Ramnavami festival forms the grandeur of the region, but obviously at the Rama Temple that stands proudly atop a hill. The land has been mentioned as Ramgiri, in Meghdootam, one of the fascinating works of Sanskrit poet Kalidas. The Kalidas Smarak, which adorns the hill too, is worth a dekko. Ramtek is 57 km from Nagpur and is well connected by rail and road to major places in Nagpur. Maharashtra State Transport has daily service with good frequency between Ramtek and Nagpur. The Ramasagar Lake, located close to Ramtek, forms yet another attraction. The main town of Nagpur is distanced by 50 kms from this place. Ramtek is a station that appears on South Central Railway. Regular trains ply between Nagpur and Ramtek. 

Pavnar

Pavnar, of extreme historical importance, is strategically located in the district of Wardha on the verge of the Dham river. It forms one of the most prehistoric colonies in the district and gets its name from a renowned Rajput King by name Pawan. Of the few attractions that can be found here, are the Gandhi Kuti and the Paramdham Ashram of Vinobaji. The latter is situated at a distance of 13 kms from the main land of Wardha. Nearest airport seems to be Nagpur, which is at a distance of 65 kms. Wardha forms the nearest rail head, at a distance of 12 kms. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur, Wardha to Pavnar


Sevagram

Sevagram, again from the Wardha district, bore the name Shegaon earlier. It is believed that this place had the honour of being the headquarters of the social service programmes that Gandhiji conducted. It gets its name thus. Sewa means service and Gram means village. There also exists a Gandhi Ashram and a Gyan Mandir. Nagpur is 88 kms from here. Wardha, which also incidentally forms the nearest railhead to this place, is 9 kms. Mumbai is placed at a distance of 830 kms from Sevagram. Accommodation is also available at Yatri Niwas, MTDC also has a beautiful resort at Wardha. 


Chikhaldara

Chikhaldara, featured in the epic, the Mahabharata, this is the place where Bheema killed the villainous Keechaka in a herculean bout and then threw him into the valley. It thus came to be known as Keechakadara -- Chikhaldara is its corruption.  But there's more to Chikhaldara. It abounds in wildlife -- panthers, sloth bears, sambar, wild boar, and even the rarely seen wild dogs. Close by is the famous Melghat Tiger Project which has 82 tigers.The scenic beauty of Chikhaldara can be enjoyed from Hurricane Point, Prospect Point, and Devi Point. Other interesting excursions include Gavilgad and Narnala Fort, the Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, the Tribal Museum and the Semadoh Lake.  The Melghat Tiger Reserve houses around 120 tigers and is a must-see.

Adasa

Adasa is a tiny village in the district of Nagpur, a village that houses a plethora of ancient and magnificent temples. The Ganapati temple, that exists here lodges an idol of the Lord, which is a single stone, set up to facilitate easy worship for the devotees. The place lies at a distance of 45 kms from Nagpur and the latter incidentally forms the nearest place housing an airport and a railhead. Access to this place is easy with many buses plying from Nagpur, Kalmeshwar and Saoner. Close to Adasa, is a hill, enlapped in which, is a temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeo with three lingas. The surprising thing about the lingas is that, it is believed that they have emerged from the ground by themselves. 


Khekranala

Khekranala is where a beautiful dam is located. It is situated in the Khapra range forest. The land displays a fine harmony of lush greenery and fascinating surroundings along with healthy environment. Dense foliage blankets the water reservoir. Khekranala is situated at a distance of 55 kms from the main city of Nagpur. Nagpur plays platform to air and rail routes that are closest to Khekranala. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur, Khapra, Saoner. Ambhora, situated on the verge of river Vainganga, is a tiny place that houses a well known temple of Chaitanyesvara. Also placed here is the tomb of a Hindu Saint named Har Har Swami. Three main fairs are held here in a year. Ambhora is 74 kms from Nagpur. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur. 


Markanda

Markanda, a small parish, located on the left bank of Vainganga river, is famous as a religious site. The land gets its name from Sage Markandeya. A cluster of temples up of temples exists here housing Shiva Linga which Markandeya is believed to have worshipped. The cluster has an approximate 24 temples... and the architecture strongly resembles that of the Khajuraho temples. The nearest airport is Nagpur at a distance of 177 kms. The nearest railhead is Chandrapur, 91 kms from here.
Dhapewada

Dhapewada, lies peacefully on the banks of the Chandrabhaga river, and plays dwelling to a small temple of Vithoba. The temple was the brainchild of Umaji Aba, Diwan to Raja Baji Rao Bhonsle. This place is affectionately termed as the Pandharpur of Vidarbha. The nearest airport and rail head is at Nagpur, 36 kms from here. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur, Kalmeshwar, Saoner. Khindsey Lake is a gorgeous water body set amidst the green stretch, placed beneath the Ramtek hill. It forms an ideal picnic spot. Eight kms from Ramtek and 60 kms from Nagpur, this lake has a variety of water sports to offer. Fascinating greens and crystal clear waters are set in the backdrop. Regular bus services are available Khindsey lake to Nagpur / Ramtek and vice-versa.


Nagardhan

Nagardhan, a majorly prehistoric town, has been of great importance since ages. The town came into existence because of a Suryavanshi king. There are tales that mention that the real founder of this land was Nandvardhan, A king of the Shail Dynasty. The land houses a fort, supposedly built by the Bhonsles comprising of brick walls. Nagzira has a wildlife sanctuary, gifted with an abundance of wild beasts resting in natural domains, that are a harmonious combination of lush greens and water bodies. The gaur is the star attraction here, along with sambar, deer, and many others from the vicious clan. Nearest railhead is Tiroda 19 kms, nearest airport is Nagpur, 122 kms from here.
Bhadravati

Bhadravati also called Bhandak, is a historical village covering a great span of area, and is well known as a religious place for the Jains. There are various temples here that have been well maintained and possess paved marble flooring. Nagpur has the nearest airport, at a distance of 123 kms, whereas the nearest railhead is Chandrapur 26 kms. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur, Chandrapur, Warora. 


Nawegaon Dam

Nawegaon Dam is termed as Vidarbha's most famous popular forest resort. The resort provides for a hoard of adventure sports to those who expect a thrilling experience to come their way from the place they visit. The dam was built by Kolu Patel Kohli at the start of the 18th century. A picturesque lake adorns the hub of the hill ranges. Watch towers have also been provided to catch the wildlife in action. There exists a deer park nearby called Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, along with three fascinating gardens and children's park. Nearest airport is Nagpur at a distance of 142 kms and the nearest rail head is Devalgaon, 1 km on South Eastern Railway. The place is 995 kms from Mumbai and 132 kms from Nagpur. State Transport buses ply from Bhandara, Nagpur and Devalgaon to Nawegaon.


Nawegaon Khairi

Nawegaon Khairi is again a dam site located in Parseoni range forest and forms an ideal picnic retreat. Surrounding the area from three sides is a dense forest. Nearest airport is Nagpur at a distance of 65 kms. The nearest railhead is Nagpur again. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur, Ramtek, Parseoni. Pauni is well placed on the Vainganga river and gets its name the mythical king Pawan. The land was a famous Buddhist centre from prehistoric times. The town envelops an ancient fort with walls of stones, that are of a humungous size. The Murlidhara temple here holds great significance. Nagpur is 116 kms from here, the nearest railhead being Bhandara, which is at a distance of 61 kms from here. State Transport buses ply from Nagpur, Bhandara.

Nearby is the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Park, enlapped in the Satpura hills, housing a plethora of predators and the florals. Trekking, bird-watching and many such activities are best suited to this region. 85 kms from here is Nagpur, which forms the nearest airport as well as the nearest railhead. Yet another must-see is Tadoba National Park, that falls in the Chandrapur district area. Located in the hub of the reserved area, it is believed to be an ideal picnic spot for those who need a desperate break form the routine hassles. Commonly spotted here are tigers, panthers, bisons, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, blue bulls, sambar, cheetahs, barking deer and a variety of other animals. 205 kms from here is Nagpur. The nearest railhead is Chandrapur, at a distance of 45 kms. Reservation facilities are available with Dy, Conservator of Forest (Wild Life) Chandrapur.


Wardha

Wardha, an important district, is placed at a distance of 67 kms from Nagpur and houses a museum at Maganwadi. The Ambadevi Temple at Amaravati is worth a dekko. Close to this place is the Bor Sanctuary, which is to the north of Wardha, in the Hingna range. Kanhadevi is 30 kms from Nagpur, and the beauty of the place is worth a mention. 


Muktagiri

Muktagiri is near Achalpur. Of prehistoric significance, there exists a temple here housing the idols of Jain deities. A magnificent fort on display is Balapur in the Akola District which is a beautiful tourist spot. Located between the two rivers Mana and Mhais, it is placed at a distance of six kms form the railway station. Lonar Lake is another attraction and takes pride in being the third natural salt-water lake in the world, with a diameter of 1800 meter. The Naranala Fort is also worth giving a shot. Located in the Akola district, it has been well maintained, possessing a fortress wall and beautiful bastions. Bhure Gajanan Devasthan is a very ancient temple constructed around 250 years back by Bhure Maharaj. Few of the other attractions here are the Shri Saibaba Temple and the Tekdi Ganapati Temple. The latter is located near the Nagpur railway station.


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