History and Culture

The Dragon Palace Temple, Kamptee , Nagpur: The Dragon Palace Temple is a Buddhist temple, situated in Kamptee, Nagpur. Dedicated to Lord Buddha, the temple is an exemplary peace of architecture and picturesque landscape, which was founded by Mother Noriko Ogawa Society of Japan.

One of the finest examples of superb architecture and scenic landscape, the Dragon Palace Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nagpur. Situated in Kamptee, Nagpur district, is considered as a landmark of Indo-Japan friendship as Madam Noriko Ogawa from Ogawa Society Japan financially contributed in the construction of this beautiful piece of architecture. Known as the ‘Lotus Temple of Nagpur’ the Dragon Palace Temple is surrounded by verdant green, skillfully landscaped gardens with colourful flowers that spread a pleasant fragrance in the environs. The walls of the temple have been painted in bright white colour that symbolizes peace, clarity and divinity.

The Dragon Palace Temple

The Dragon Palace Temple, Kamptee , Nagpur

Diksha Bhumi In Nagpur : Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism at the place where Babasaheb Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with his about 380,000 followers on October 14, 1956. Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism is still a guidance for the masses in India.

Deeksha literally means acceptance of religion. Bhoomi means land. So, literally Deekshabhoomi means the land where people get converted to Buddhism. Deekshabhoomi is one of the two places of great importance in the life of Ambedkar, another being Chaityabhoomi at Mumbai.

Deekshabhoomi is regarded as a pilgrimage center of Buddhism in India. Thousands of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year, especially on Ashok Vijaya Dashmi and the 14th of October (the day when Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism here). A great stupa is built at that place.

Deekshabhoomi is famous for its architectural beauty and historical importance. It is also one of the main centers of tourism in India.

Diksha Bhumi

Diksha Bhumi In Nagpur

Kalidas Festival : Kalidas Festival is celebrated annually at Ramtek and Nagpur for two days in the month of November. Organized by MTDC in association with the District Collectorate Office of Nagpur, this festival of Music, Dance and Drama is held to honour Kalidasa. Kalidas was a great Sanskrit poet and dramatist of India, renowned for his historical drama Shakuntalam, Kumaarasambhava , Ritusamhaara and for the epic poem Meghdoot alias Meghdootam. It is said that the picturesque Ramtek has inspired Kalidas to write his famous literary work, Meghdootam.

During Kalidas festival, celebrities of music, dance and drama gathered here to perform their talent. The festival brings back memories of the golden period of the Vidarbha region. People from different parts of India come here to attend the festival with full enthusiasm

Kalidas Memorial, Ramtek

Kalidas Memorial, Ramtek

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Reshimbag : The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also known as Sangh was founded in 1925 by K. B. Hedgewar, a revolutionary and doctor from Nagpur, as a socio-cultural group in British India.

RSS volunteers participated in various political and social movements. Its volunteers are also known for their efforts in relief and rehabilitation work during natural calamities and for helping with charities and educational /service programmes in the fields of education, health care, rural development, tribal emancipation, village self-sufficiency, rural farming and the rehabilitation of lepers and special needs children.

Kasturchand Park : One of the biggest meeting places in Nagpur city, Kasturchand Park is situated at about 1 km. from central railway station. It is the most popular place when it comes to holding big processions in the city. In fact, a lot of trade shows and fairs are also organized in the park owing to the space available here. The park is always thriving with all sorts of activities the entire year.

Kasturchand Park

Kasturchand Park

Nagardhan Fort , Ramtek : Nagardhan, situated 38 kms northeast of Nagpur and about 9kms south of Ramtek, is an old town founded by a Suryavanshi King. Main attraction of Nagardhan is the Nagardhan Fort, supposed to be built by Raja Raghuji Bhonsle, a maratha king of the Bhonsale dynasty. The square shaped palace inside the fort has an outer rampart with bastions and had an inner wall surrounding the buildings. The main gate of the fort on the north-west side is still in good condition.

Inside the fort, nearby the palace there is a well which has two levels underground for people to stay with proper rooms. It also houses an idol of goddess Durga.

Nagardhan Fort

Nagardhan Fort , Tq Ramtek

Sitabuldi Fort : Sitabuldi Fort in Nagpur Sitabuldi fort, site of the 1817 Battle of Sitabuldi, is located atop a small hillock in the middle of Nagpur. The fort was built by Appa Sahib or Mudhoji II Bhonsle of the Kingdom of Nagpur, just before he fought against the British East India Company during the Third Anglo-Maratha War. The area surrounding the hillock is now known as Sitabuldi and is an important commercial hub for Nagpur.

Inside the fort one can find graves of numerous British soldiers and a cell where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned. At present, Sitabuldi fort is the home to the office of the territorial army. The fort opens to the general public only on two national holidays- 26th January and 15th August.

The nearby attractions here are the temple of Ganesha (Tekdi Ganapati) at the back of the hillock, ancient temples of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, squash court, indoor swimming pool and the mausoleum of Nawab Kadar Ali (the great grandson of Tipu Sultan) near the eastern boundary wall of the fort.

Sitabuldi Fort

Sitabuldi Fort

Zero Mile : Zero Mile in Nagpur Nagpur lies precisely at the center of the country with the Zero Mile Marker indicating the geographical center of India. The Zero Mile Stone was erected by the British who used this point to measure all the distances. The Zero Mile Stone consists of four horses and a pillar made up of sandstone. It is located on the south east of Vidhan Bhavan, Nagpur.

The English rulers considered Nagpur as the centre of India and hence identified this point and constructed the Zero Mile Stone. Being at the center of the country, they also had a plan to make Nagpur the second capital city.

Zero Mile

Zero Mile

Marbat Festival : Marbat Festival held especially in the Nagpur city, is an important festival in this region which is celebrated to protect the city from evil spirits. During the festival, people of Nagpur venerate their God to save them from the evil spirits and they make statues of evil forces. These statues are taken to a vast ground as a procession, from all the areas of the city. They are burnt together on a belief that the city would be free from all types of evils. People purchase and wear new attires and ornaments on that day and women prepare delicious delicacies and distribute to everyone. Various cultural activities such as dance, drama etc are also organized during the festival.

Marbat Procession

Marbat Procession