» Nagpur History
The City of Nagpur was created in the early 18th century by the Gond prince of Deogad kingdom, Bhakt Buland in Chhindwara district. As per the History, after noticing the well established civilized life of Delhi and its great advantage, the Gond prince tried to change the life of Nagpur and started to build Nagpur as his new capital. After his death, his successor, Chand Sultan continued his work very efficiently.
But later in 1739 with Chand Sultan’s death, some disputes regarding succession arose, which brought Raghuji Bhonsle (the Maratha governor of Berar) in picture. Raghuji Bhonsle helped to restore the elder son to the throne, but still the dissentions continued, so in 1743 Raghuji Bhonsle again mediated and slowly took up the control of Nagpur. This way, Nagpur came under the power of Marathas from Gonds and finally became Bhonsle’s capital. But later, Peshwas of Pune and the Nizam of Hyderabad won some territories from successors of Raghuji.
In 1811, Nagpur was attacked by Pindaris. Soon after that, in 1817, Bhonsles lost to the British and Nagpur came under the power of British. Later, after the death of Raghuji III in 1853, British entirely got control over Nagpur under the Doctrine of Lapse policy of Lord Dalhousie that eventually led to the Indian War of Independence.
In 1947, with the Independence of India, Nagpur was declared the capital of Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. But In 1960, Nagpur became the second capital of Maharashtra state due to the Marathi majority in the region.
Today, Nagpur is one of the most popular cities of India and also the major commercial and political center of the backward Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. The city of Nagpur is also called as "Orange City" as it is a major trade center of oranges. It is also popularly known for being the seat of annual winter session of Maharashtra state assembly "Vidhan Sabha". As Nagpur is the geographical center of India, it has gained much importance over the time. With a rich history, Nagpur is well known as one of the best tourist destinations too, housing number of beautiful tourist attractions. So, make your trip to Nagpur and explore the best, Nagpur has for you.