In the heart of India’s orange country, Nagpur is located way off the main tourist routes. Apart from being at its festive best during Dussehra, the city – as such – is hopelessly devoid of sites. Nonetheless, it makes a good base for venturing out to the far eastern corner of Maharashtra. First up, it’s close to the temples of Ramtek and the ashrams of Sevagram. Besides, Nagpur is also a convenient stop for those looking for tigers in the isolated Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, 150km south of Nagpur, as well as Pench National Park, just across the border in Madyha Pradesh.
If you have some time to kill in the evening, take a stroll in the city’s Civil Lines area, dotted with majestic buildings and mansions dating back to the Raj, now used as government offices. Summer is the best time to sample the famed oranges.