Nagpur, Maharashtra (India)
Nagpur is located in central India in the state of Maharashtra. The city stands on the Nag River, hence its name. Nagpur was founded in the early 18th century and immediately became the capital of the Nagpur Marata region. Translated from the Hindi language, the name of the city means “city of snakes”, it is also known as the “capital of oranges”, because the local climate is very favorable for the cultivation of this fruit.
Nagpur has a very good ecological situation, all industrial enterprises are located outside the city. There are many forests here. Ambazari Lake is located not far from the city. It is surrounded by a beautiful park. The park has musical fountains and wide walking paths, and it is also possible to ride a boat on the lake.
The main attraction of Nagpur is the old fort of Sitabaldi. It was built in 1818. The fort is located in the center of the city on a hill. On its territory there is a memorial in memory of the battle of local soldiers with British troops. It is interesting to see the Cathedral of All Saints and the Dragon Mosque. The Maharajbag Zoo is popular among tourists and especially among children, where about 200 species of animals and 50 species of reptiles and birds are collected.
Patna, Bihar (India)
According to A2zgov, Patna is the capital of the state of Bihar with a population of 1.3 million. The city is located in the northeast of the country on the banks of the Ganges. In the 6th-4th centuries BC, this city, under the name of Pataliputura, was the capital of the Magadh Empire.
In the center of the city there is a large square – Maidan – which divides Patna into two parts. One district, Bankipur, is residential and administrative. There are many buildings of colonial times, the residence of the governor of the state, the palace of the Maharaja. Here you can visit the Patna Museum, which houses a collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures made of stone, terracotta and bronze. An interesting exhibit is a petrified tree, whose age is estimated at 2 million years!
Between the Maidan and the Ganges stands a beehive-shaped building. It is called Golkhar and was built in 1786 as a granary. From its roof you have a beautiful view of the city.
On the other side of the square lies old Patna, sometimes called the bazaar area. Among the interesting buildings here are the Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, which houses many Islamic manuscripts; built in 1775, the Church of St. Mary (Padri-ki-Haveli); Mosques Pattherki Masjid and Sher Shah Masjit. Here is Gurdwara Haramandirji – one of the most sacred places of the Sikhs, where their last guru Govind Singh was born and died. Now in this tall building of white marble is the Museum of Sikhism.
The private residence Quila House, which can be visited with the consent of the owner, has a collection of jade products, paintings by Chinese artists, silver filigree work and even a bed that once belonged to Napoleon.
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu (India)
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Until 1996, the city was called in the English manner – Madras. It is located on a flat lowland and stretches for 13 km along the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the fourth largest city in India, one of the main ports and industrial hubs of the country. In ancient times, the Dravidian civilization lived and flourished here. The city itself was founded by English merchants in 1639.
In the center of Chennai Fort St. George was located, from which the construction of the city began. Now the government of Tamil Nadu is sitting here, so there are no tours of the fort. You can visit the museum, which contains exhibits from the times of the British colony. Nearby is the Church of the Virgin Mary. This is the first Anglican church that was built in India.
Another trace of Christianity can be seen in Chennai – St. Thomas Cathedral. This Catholic cathedral was built in 1504, later, in 1893, it was reconstructed in neo-Gothic style. According to legend, Saint Thomas was the first Christian to set foot on holy Indian soil. It is believed that the remains of this apostle of Jesus Christ are buried here. The main shrines of Chennai the temples of Kapaleshwarar and Parthasaratha are considered. Kapaleshwarar was built in honor of Lord Shiva. Some inscriptions found here date back to 1250. This temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. The walls of Kapaleshwarar are painted with motifs from Indian mythology. Parthasaratha Temple was built in the 8th century in honor of Lord Krishna. This is one of the oldest temples in India.
Within the city, and along the coastline, stretches the sandy beach of Maria. So in addition to sightseeing, you can sunbathe and swim. Among tourists, and especially among children, the Snake Park is very popular. There is a large collection of reptiles here. Nearby is the Children’s Park.
The international airport is located 17 km from the city.