Ahmednagar is a city in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. It’s situated about 120 km northeast of Pune and 114 km from Aurangabad, serving as the seat of its corresponding district. The city’s name comes from Ahmad Nizam Shah I, who established it in 1494 after winning a battle against Bahamani forces. With the decline of the Bahmani Sultanate, Ahmednagar became a significant hub known as Nizam Shahi dynasty.

In July 2023, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis announced that the city’s name would change to Ahilya Nagar. Ahmednagar boasts numerous historic buildings and sites from the Nizam Shahi era. The formidable Ahmednagar Fort, once housing Jawaharlal Nehru and other Indian Nationalists during British rule, now features a museum. The city is home to military institutions like the Indian Armoured Corps Centre & School, the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, and more.

Ahmednagar, although smaller than nearby Mumbai and Pune, has 19 sugar factories and holds significance as the birthplace of the cooperative movement. Facing drought due to limited rainfall, the city mainly communicates in Marathi. A development plan for the city by 2031 has been published by the city administration.

The largest district in the state, Ahmednagar is also known for its vibrant street food culture. Various popular Maharashtrian fast foods are sold by street vendors. Notable places to visit in Ahmednagar include Bhandardara Lake, Siddhivinayak Temple, and Sandhan Valley.