The vast region of Vidarbha stretches across north-eastern Maharashtra, with Nagpur as its main city. Rich in its biodiversity, mineral wealth and ethnicity, this verdant land with its undulating hills and lazy winding rivers, has many wildlife sanctuaries, forts, temples and geological sites. Indeed, Vidarbha is a veritable cornucopia of Nature's bounty; a lavish feast that's sure to fill up your senses.
Nagpur City has many distinctions. Popularly called the Orange City, it is the second largest city in Maharashtra. It is also the second greenest in India and is located at the very center of the heartland, almost equidistant from Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi and Mumbai.
Nagpur is a sprawling, seemingly infinite metropolis and is India's primary transport hub with all the nation's main highways intersecting there. And at the very centre of this national center is Zero Mile, marked by the stone obelisk that the British placed there, on whose surface is an engraved list of cities (spelt the old-fashioned way) with distances to each of them.
This city of wide, lush gardens and religious sites is culturally alive, and regularly hosts handicrafts exhibitions, tribal dances, and folk-art programmes. Many festivals are celebrated here, including the Kalidas Mahotsav, the Ganesh Utsav and Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din.
Indeed, there's no better springboard to the wonders of Vidarbha.