Nagpur is known as the orange city of India, because of its famous oranges. Besides being an important trade hub in Maharashtra, Nagpur is also known for its amazing tourist sites. It is home to iconic structures, beautiful natural lakes and hills, and amazing museums.
Rich in culture, Nagpur is also home numerous temples that are beautifully constructed. Each year, people from across India come here to visit these religious structures during the summer and winter vacations.
There is so much to do and see in Nagpur that setting up a travel itinerary can be tricky. We’ve drawn up a list of 15 of the best places to see in Nagpur. We hope this list helps you make optimal use of your time in Nagpur.
Quick Facts about Nagpur
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Nagpur is the winter period (November to February). You may want to avoid being here in the sweltering heat of the summer.
Travel Recommendation: A couple of days in Nagpur is enough for tourists to explore the orange city.
Nearest Railway Station: Nagpur Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport
Best Scenic Places to Visit in Nagpur
1. Ambazari Lake
The Ambazari Lake is the largest lake in Nagpur. It sits on the southern border of Nagpur and is frequented by locals who come here to unwind and for walks. The lake is flanked by a garden on one side. At the garden you’ll find locals on their morning or evening walks.
Some couples come here to spend quality time with each other. At the garden, there are a few vendors selling food items. The lake is a great place for fun outdoor activities and to relax.
Travel Tip: Across the river there is a bird-watching point. Go here during the winter to see migratory birds.
2. Sitabuldi Fort
The Sitabuldi Fort in Nagpur has great historical significance. Go here if you want to learn about the history of Nagpur. Those who love architecture and ancient buildings will love looking at the fort, too.
It is currently in the possession of the army and visitors are only allowed to take a look inside three times in a year: on Republic Day, Independence Day, and on Maharashtra Day. Since the fort belongs to the army, photography is not allowed.
Location: Madha Colony
Travel Tip: After you’ve done visiting the fort, head to the nearby Maharaja Baug to enjoy some quiet time.
3. Seminary Hill
Formerly the site of a seminary, today, the Seminary Hill is a vast open space of land that offers a panoramic view of Nagpur’s old city. This site is popular with trekkers, cyclists, and people who love walking. Budding photographers come here to click pictures as well.
While visiting the hill, you may have to keep a few things in mind; there is no food and drinking water available here, so do carry your own. There is a road going up to the peak of the hill, so traveling here is not a problem.
Location: 6 kilometres from Old Nagpur City
Travel Tip: Go here in the mornings when the weather is pleasant.
4. Khindsi Lake
Unlike the other lakes in Nagpur, Kindsi Lake is buzzing with activity. At the lake, you can take a boat ride, enjoy many rides in the park nearby, or even just sit by the river in peace. There’s something to do for everyone on the banks of the Khindsi Lake.
On the weekend, many families come by to have a picnic. Avoid going to the lake in the monsoon as it generally overflows. The lake is situated about 40 kilometres away from Nagpur city, so hiring a vehicle is a good idea.
Location: Near Ramtek
Travel Tip: There is an entry fee of Rs. 100. Boat rides cost extra.
5. Gorewada Lake
The Gorewada Lake is one of the more serene and calm places in Nagpur. The lake has scenic and beautiful greenery all around. Locals come here to watch the sunset and sunrise. In the lake you will see ducks and a few swans.
Near the lake, there is a tower from where you can see the entire stretch of the lake. The view from here is excellent and the tower is a great spot for nature photography.
Location: 10 kilometres from Nagpur
Travel Tip: This lake is one of the only places in Nagpur to visit during the monsoons. If you happen to be here when it’s raining, don’t miss it.
Best Religious Places to Visit in Nagpur
6. Nagpur Ramtek Temple
The Nagpur Ramtek Temple dates back to the 1400s. A historic place, legend has it that the temple is where Lord Rama vowed to defeat all the evil in the world.
Each year, thousands of devotees from across the world come here to seek Lord Rama’s blessings. In the temple, there is a belief that if one asks Lord Rama for something, that person’s wish will be granted.
Location: Ambala Village
Travel Tip: Avoid feeding the monkeys that come to the temple. It can be dangerous.
7. Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple
The Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple is a Buddhist religious place of worship that is an architectural marvel. The temple is located on the Nagpur-Jabalpur road and attracts thousands of visitors. Many people also come here to meditate.
The temple regularly conducts special meditation sessions in which special chants are said. Locals also call this place the Lotus Temple.
Location: 20 kilometres from Nagpur City
Travel Tip: Avoid taking photographs during the meditation sessions.
8. All Saints Cathedral
Well known for its choirs, the All Saints Cathedral is the biggest church in Nagpur. Situated amongst beautiful trees and dressed in white, the church has a splendid altar and beautiful statues and pictures of Catholic figures.
The church also has a pipe organ that dates back to the early 1900s. The atmosphere inside the church during festivals like Christmas is fantastic.
Location: Residency Road, Sadar.
Travel Tip: Visit the church on Sunday to hear the choir sing.
9. Telankhedi Hanuman Temple
Housed on the banks of the Telankhedi Lake, the Telankhedi Hanuman Temple was built in honour of Lord Hanuman. The temple offers scenic views of the lake and is an important place of worship for the locals. The locals in the area believe that the idol inside the temple has healing powers.
Location: Telankhedi Lake
Travel Tip: There are a few shops outside the temple that sell flowers and other religious items.
10. Koradi Temple
A well known religious site in Nagpur, the Koradi Temple is a popular religious tourist attraction amongst Hindus of South India. The temple is dedicated to Durga Maa and each year during Navratri, special pujas are conducted.
The best time to visit the temple is during the months of October and November when the Navratri festivities begin. During this time, there are many cultural programs held in and around the temple.
Location: Kamptee Taluka
Travel Tip: If you’re here in November, try visiting at night when the temple is lit up.
Places of Scientific and Cultural Significance in Nagpur
11. Central Museum
The Central Museum in Nagpur is a must visit for every tourist. It is one of the oldest museums in Nagpur and houses a great collection of coins, sculptures, and other ancient artifacts. A guided tour of the museum is suggested for those who like to learn about India’s art and history.
Location: Wardha Rd
Travel Tip: Head over on the weekdays when there isn’t any crowd.
11. The Tadoba Tiger Reserve
You will require an entire day to see the length and breadth of the tiger reserve. Inside the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, you’ll see tigers, deer, and plenty of other species. You cannot take your own vehicle inside the reserve. There are safari buses that leave from the entrance of the reserve that take you on a tour.
Travel Tip: The reserve is three hours away from Nagpur by road, so plan ahead.
13. Narrow Gauge Rail Museum
The museum is a great place to relive the glory days of India’s narrow gauge system. Inside the museum are train models and tracks from when India first developed the narrow gauge system.
At the museum, there is also a toy train that is popular with kids. While you’re at the museum, do not forget to have a meal at the revolving restaurant.
Location: Mohan Nagar
Travel Tip: Head over for a late breakfast, followed by a bit of trainspotting.
14. Numismatic Art Gallery
Not quite a museum, but this is one gallery you have to visit if you love coins. The Numismatic Art Gallery has a large collection of rare and ancient coins, stamps, and old Bollywood posters.
Location: Shriram Tower, Kingsway
Travel Tip: If you’re a coin collector, you can also find out the value of your own coins here.
A historic monument, the Deekshabhoomi is a must-see for any tourist visiting Nagpur. Constructed in 1978, this site holds the largest stupa in all of Asia. Go here during the festival Dhamma Chakra Pravartan and revel in the festivities.
Location: Central Nagpur
Travel Tip: Expect long lines if you arrive late in the day.
Although most places in Nagpur are a bit away from the city centre, it is worth visiting these sites to soak in the rich culture that Nagpur has to offer. What are some of the best places in Nagpur that you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments section below.