Nagpur is the largest city in central India and the winter capital of the state of Maharashtra. It is a fast growing metropolis and is the third most populous city in Maharashtra after Mumbai and Pune, and also one of the country’s most industrialized cities. With a population of 2,405,421, Nagpur is the 13th most populous city and 13th largest urban agglomeration in India. It is the 154th largest agglomeration and 164th largest contiguous urban areas in the world.
Nagpur is the seat of the annual winter session of the Maharashtra state assembly, “Vidhan Sabha”. Nagpur is a major commercial and political center of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. In addition, the city derives political importance from being the headquarters for the Hindu nationalist organisation RSS and an important location for the Dalit Buddhist movement.
Nagpur is the geographical centre of India and one of India’s most important railway junctions. The Nagpur railways constitute a very significant part of the transport and communication system in Nagpur. Many people from the rest of the country and abroad visit Nagpur to spend a vacation or on a work-related tour. For these frequent visitors to the city, the railways of Nagpur along with the airways and the roadways are of immense importance.
The original railway station of Nagpur was previously located towards the east of its current site. The present-day railway station of Nagpur was also put up in the pre-independence days. being established in 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 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.
Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism at the place where the architect of the Indian Constitution, Babasaheb Ambedkar, converted to Buddhism along with his about 380,000 followers on October 14, 1956. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism is still an important matter for many in India.
Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, a location regarded as a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Millions of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year, especially on Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din (Mass Conversation Ceremony Day) and the 14th of October, the memorial day when Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism here. Now, the biggest stupa in Asia is erected in his memory at this divine point.
Deeksha literally means ‘act of ordaining’, Bhoomi means the ‘ground’. So, literally Deekshabhoomi means the ground where people got ordained as Buddhist.This religious mass conversion at one place was first ever in the history. Deekshabhoomi is one of the two places of great importance in the life of Dr.Ambedkar, another being Chaityabhoomi at Mumbai.
It is known by the names Shukravari Talao (lake), Gandhi Sagar Lake and Jumma lake. It is located in Nagpur near Raman Science Center. The lake which is said to be exists for more than 275 years, was established as a source of water supply by Chand Sultan, the then ruler of Nagpur. He created the water body in the form of streams being diverted to the Nag River, which was connected to the water reservoir and named it as ‘Jumma Talab’. Subsequently it came to be known as ‘Shukrawari Talao’ during the Bhonsla and British periods when the first Raghuji declared Nagpur as the capital of his domain in 1742.
Futala Lake: Futala Lake is one of the lakes in Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Built by Bhosle kings of Nagpur, the lake is known for its coloured fountains. In the evenings the place is illuminated with halogen lights. The lake is surrounded on three sides by forest and a landscaped Chowpatty on one side.
Ambazari Lake: Ambazari Lake is situated near the western border of Nagpur. It is one of the 11 lakes in Nagpur. It is the largest and the most beautiful lake in the city. Nag River of Nagpur originates from this lake. The beauty of the lake is complemented by a well-kept garden, which is situated close to the lake. Created in 1958, it covers an area of approximately 20 acres (8.1 ha). The garden is called the Ambazari Garden. There is a musical fountain and a replica of a dinosaur, which are of much interest to the children who visit the place.People can take part in a variety of fun activities like boating and riding in the toy train. One of the most preferred games of the place is the Swinging Columbus Boat.