Weekend Getaways From Nagpur
Nagpur city, located at the exact centre of the Indian Peninsula, lies on the Deccan Plateau at a height of about 310.5 metres above sea level. With a tropical savanna climate, this city has a dry climate for most of the year. The summers from March to June are extremely hot, with May being the hottest month, light to moderate rainfall occurs between June to September and the winter season extends from November to January, with temperatures going down to below 10 degree centigrade.
Nagpur is well known for its refreshing greenery and in the year 2010, was even voted as the cleanest and second greenest in India after Chandigarh. Ever since it has been conferred with various titles after several surveys and identified as one of the best cities in India in terms of livability, greenery, public transport and health care services. The city is also interspersed with several natural and man-made lakes created by historical rulers over time. Famous for its huge production of Nagpur oranges, the city has earned the nickname of ‘Orange City’ and is also the home city of Haldiram, the snack producers.
Once in Nagpur, people can enjoy the various charms of the Vidharbha region and quick getaways close to the city which can be reached by Buses, taxis, trains or private cabs from Nagpur. Listed below are a few places for a short break.
Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary
The Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary is about 58 kms from Nagpur and 40 kms north of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, to which it is connected through the forest along the Wainganga river. One of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries after Pench in Nagpur area, the Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of fauna like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, bisons, deers, sambars, reptiles like snakes, chequered keelback and monitor lizards. The sanctuary is also a haven for over 90 species of birds, including migratory birds as well as endangered species. The best period to visit is from February to June.
Ramtek Fort Temple
Ramtek is a city, located at a distance of about 50 km from Nagpur and can be easily reached using public transport from there. History reveals that Ramtek city was the resting place of Lord Rama, while in exile. The city is now famous for the historic temple of Lord Rama, where his padukas have been worshipped for centuries. The locals believe that all vows made at this 400 year old temple, are definitely blessed for its fulfillment. The Khindasi Lake at Ramtek is another famous tourist attraction
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
The Tadoba Andhari Reserve, including the Tadoba National Park and the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary, is the largest National Park in Maharashtra, which is located in the Chandrapur district, about 2 ½ hours from Nagpur. This magnificent park is covered with lush, green forests, eased off by meadows and deep valleys with cliffs and caves which provide shelter for various animals. Home to many species of wildlife, including tigers, leopards, nilgais, sambars, sloth bears, deers, porcupines etc, this park also contains the Tadoba lake which is a great place for animal sightings, especially during summer. The best time to visit the park is from February to May.
The Markanda Mahadev Temple Complex, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated on the banks of the Wainganga River near Chamorshi town at a distance of about 190 km from Nagpur. This temple complex is spread over 40 acres of land and though many temples are in ruins, one cannot overlook the beauty of this place, which is also called Mini Khajuraho. Many intricate idols adorn the outer walls of the temple complex and the temple itself has many tantrik images dedicated to the Shaivaite cult.
Located at a driving distance of about 4 1/2 hours away from Nagpur, the hill station of Pachmarhi is situated in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh state and consists of five caves atop the mountain, presumed to be built during the Mahabharata era. The forests around the town is home to several rare species of plants. This beautiful hill station is much sought after for its greenery, scenic views, mountain streams, waterfalls and rare wildlife.
The Bhimbetka rock shelters, situated in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh and at a distance of about 325 kms from Nagpur, are an extremely interesting archaeological site, consisting of seven hills and over 750 rock shelters scattered across over 10 kms. This UNESCO World Heritage Site gives visitors a good glimpse of how human settlement, who used these caves and shelters over 100,000 years ago, have evolved from hunter-gatherers to agriculture and further. The Bhimbetka site is one of the largest prehistoric complexes and the rock shelters exhibit some wonderful prehistoric cave paintings which depict themes of animals, hunting and dance from those times.
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