Nagpur, the third-largest city in Maharashtra, is also the state’s winter capital. It’s often referred to as the “Orange City.” From 2019 to 2035, Nagpur is predicted to be the fifth fastest-growing city globally, with an average growth rate of 8.41%. The city is part of the Smart City Project and stands among the top ten cities in India for this initiative.

Nagpur hosts the annual winter session of the Maharashtra state assembly and is a significant commercial and political center in the Vidarbha region. It holds special significance for the Dalit Buddhist movement and serves as the headquarters for the right-wing Hindu organization RSS. Deekshabhoomi, a large Buddhist stupa, is a prominent tourist and pilgrimage site in Nagpur.

The city gained recognition for its excellent livability, greenery, public transport, and healthcare in a survey by ABP News-Ipsos in 2013. It’s also known for being the 20th cleanest city in India according to Swachh Sarvekshan 2016. Nagpur excelled in innovation and best practices in Swachh Sarvekshan 2018, and it was declared open defecation free under the Swachh Bharat Mission in January 2018. Nagpur is considered one of the safest cities for women in India.

Nagpur is famous for its oranges, earning it the nickname “Orange City.” It’s also known as the Tiger Capital of India due to its proximity to tiger reserves and the presence of the regional office of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The city has a rich history, founded in 1702 by Gond King Bakht Buland Shah of Deogarh. It later became a part of the Maratha Empire under the Bhonsale dynasty. The British East India Company took control in the 19th century and made Nagpur the capital of the Central Provinces and Berar. Although it lost its capital status after a state reorganization, Nagpur continues to thrive as a vibrant and significant city.