From oranges to aerospace research and wildlife conservation to fire services Nagpur has some startling facts up its sleeve.

The best time to visit Nagpur is from October to February during winter as the weather is pleasant. If you’re planning to visit Nagpur, just hop online and find cheap flights from Bangalore to Nagpur. It takes under two hours to reach Nagpur from Bangalore and there are numerous cheap flights from Bangalore to Nagpur. While Nagpur has many tourist attractions, we are going to explore some surprising facts about the city.

1. The Orange City

Nagpur is aptly known as the Orange City because it is the major trade centre of oranges grown in that region. There are numerous orange orchards in the city. Oranges are exported to different parts of the country as well as different parts of the world. One can get a variety of beverages from the oranges and one of them is called the Orange Barfi.

2. Double Diamond Crossing

When it comes to railway crossings, it is uncommon to find two railway lines crossing. One such ‘double diamond crossing’ is found at Nagpur Railway. Of the three major railway lines meeting at Nagpur junction, the one which comes from the East is known as Gondia. It is the Howrah-Rourkela-Raipur Line and this forms the diamond crossing.

3. Tiger Capital of India

Nagpur has also been referred to as the Tiger Capital of India or the Tiger Gateway of India as it provides a connection to many tiger reserves in India. Out of a total of 39 tiger reserves in India, 13 of them are to be found in Vidarbha.

4. National Fire Service College

The only fire service college in the country is situated in Nagpur at the Old Settlement Commissionate Building. It comes replete with a fire services training centre with ample space for conducting fire drills and demonstrations. The college is over sixty years old.

5. Zero Mile Marker Stone

Geographically, Nagpur is located at the absolute centre of India and the zero mile marker is located here. The zero mile marker stone was erected by the British.

6. Electric taxi and e-vehicle

Nagpurhas become the first city to have electric mass transportation and there are 200 e-vehicles. These include taxis, buses, e-rickshaws and autos. When you get off from one of the Bangalore to Nagpur cheap flights, you can take a ‘green ride’ on any of the numerous e-vehicles available.

7. Deekshabhoomi

This Buddhist centre is located where Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, along with five million people, embraced Buddhism in 1956. It resembles the Sanchi Stupa. There is a blue clad image of Buddha in the centre of the circular hall. It is the biggest stupa in Asia.

8. MRO Facility

The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility at Nagpur has been set up by Boeing and is the second such facility after Shanghai as part of MIHAN. In economic terms, it is the biggest project of its scale.

9. Air Traffic Control

With more than 300 flights a day, Nagpur has one of the busiest Air Traffic Controls in India. Nagpur Airport is the first to commission the INDRA system and also receive the ISO 27000 certificate. As a matter of fact, Nagpur is the first in the world to be certified as an air navigation service provider.

10. Gold Reserve

The majority of gold reserves of the Reserve Bank of India are held in the Nagpur Branch, as it is considered most secure. Some of the gold dates to the pre-Independence era. As far as location goes, Nagpur was the ‘geographical centre’ of British India.

11. Aerospace Park

This Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park will go into a partnership with Dassault Aviation for the biggest foreign direct investment in the Indian defence sector till date. The park will help develop the Indian aerospace sector. This will become a one stop shop for all aerospace requirements and help elevate Nagpur as a serious player in the global defence production map.

12. First textile Mill

Nagpur is home to the country’s first textile mill. The Central India Spinning and Weaving Company limited was also known as ‘The Empress Mill’ as it coincided with the day on which Queen Victoria took over as Empress of India. It was started by the famous industrialist Jamshedji Tata on the 1st of January, 1877.  The mill produced fabrics under the brand name of ‘Tata Textiles’ and was shipped to China, Korea and Japan. Sadly, after a hundred years of operation, it downed it shutters in the 1980s.

So if you’re willing to take the path less travelled in Nagpur, then get on to one of the Bangalore to Nagpur cheap flights and find out some really interesting facts about this wonderful city.