Hawkers selling oranges in any Indian city try to attract passersby by shouting, "Nagpur ke Santre le lo" (Buy Nagpur Oranges). Yes! That's what Nagpur is famous for and that's why we call it as the 'Orange City'. Nagpur farmers produce, sell and export sweet and juicy oranges. I am born and brought up in Nagpur and have never seen it from a tourist's perspective. Come to think of it, I can say that some of the popular places in Nagpur are MIHAN (SEZ Project), Crazy Castle (amusement park), Fun N Food (Amusement Park), VCA Cricket stadium and shopping areas like Sitaburdi and Sadar Bazar.
Nagpur is definitely not a tourist place where people come to spend their holidays. If you happen to visit Nagpur for personal or professional reasons then here is the 'to do' list of things for Nagpur city.
1. Enjoy the sunset at Futala Lake - If you have been to Nagpur and didn't visit Futala Lake then you have not really seen Nagpur. Futala Lake is a beautiful place to spend the evening with your spouse or friends. The street food stalls on one side and the lake on the other makes this place a must visit every time you go to Nagpur. Feel the cool breeze, relax and watch the beautiful sunset and try delicious street food. Spend a prefect evening at Futala!
2. Visit Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Shri Swaminarayan Temple at Nagpur is an attempt to replicate the famous Akshardham. The temple architecture, the carvings on pillars and the inlay work on the floor is remarkable. The temple is well maintained, clean and a quiet place. You can buy spiritual products and books in the temple shop. Toddlers can play in the Garden and you can enjoy the food at the stalls. The best time to visit is from 7 pm - 8 pm.