CHANDRAPUR

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Location: 150-km From Nagpur, Maharashtra
Formerly Known As: Chanda
Historical Significance: Former Capital Of Gond Dynasty


Chandrapur City, formerly known as Chanda, is located in the south central region of India and lies along a tributary of the Wardha River. It is 150-km away from Nagpur City. Chandrapur is also the district headquarter of the Chandrapur district and it is the largest town in the district with ancient history. Chandrapur means "settlement of the Moon".

The city is surrounded with four historical fort gates and lies particularly in the angle formed by the junction of the Erai and Jharpat rivers and is surrounded by a battlement of over 7 miles in length, which constitutes the most striking example of Gond methods of fortifications that has come down to the present age.

A Fascinating Feature

The most attractive feature of the city are the walls that arm the town. A heavy looking crenellated parapet surmounts the walls; they are 10-ft thickness and within run a broad rampart broken down in places. In addition to the walls there are number of temples that attract the tourists.

Viewed from within the city presents a pleasing appearance giving general impression of the space and verdure. The town occupies a site that is underlain by coal bearing rock formation and a number of collieries dot the surface with the waste mounds along the rim of the town.

A History Filled With Legends

The ancient history of the district earlier known as Chanda and now Chandrapur is shrouded in mystery. Tradition and legends tell that the name of this place was "Lokapura", which was first changed to "Indupur" and subsequently to Chandrapur. Chandrapur was the capital of the Gond dynasty from 12th to the 18th century.

The Maratha Bhosle of Nagpur later conquered it and it was a part of the British Central Provinces from 1854 until Indian independence in 1947. During the period of the British Raj, Chandrapur came to be called as "Chanda", which was again changed to original name Chadrapur in 1964.

EXCURSIONS

Tadoba National Park
Leapord in Tadoba National Park , Chandrapur - MaharashtraTadoba National Park is a compact 120-sq-kms park, perched at an altitude of 200m and is placed 100-kms south of Nagpur and 45-kms north of the district headquarter and industrial town of Chandrapur. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, Tadoba is also referred to as 'The Jewel of Vidarbha". The oldest National Park in the state of Maharashtra, it is also a Project Tiger reserve, since 1993.

Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is located in Chandrapur district in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra covering an area of 104.38-sq-km. Majority of the area is under thick forest that is wood land, with small patches of grass lands distributed over the entire protected area.

Ramala Talav Garden is newly developed place for all ages, especially for kids. Sri Mahakali Temple, Jain Temple at Bhadrawati, and Somnath are famous worship places of this city.

Mul
Mul is the largest village in Chandrapur Tehsil, which is picturesquely situated near Mul hills and on the banks of a river, called Huma, which flows in a shallow bed, a mile or two to the east of the village site.

Ballarpur
Ballarpur is a rapidly developing municipal town situated on the Chandrapur-Chennai railway route. It was a royal city in ancient times and signs of its splendour glory are still seen scattered in its environs. Today it is known for its collieries having nearly 2000 million tonnes of coal deposits and large quantities of fine teak and other varieties of timber that are brought from the surrounding forest and sold at Ballarpur.

Bhadrawati Or Bhandak
Bhadrawati or Bhandak is a flourishing ancient village in Waroda Tehsil, which is today better known to the general public as a place of Jain religious importance for majestic temple of Parsvanatha than for its historical importance or archaeological remains. The architectural remains in and around the village are of remote antiquity and great interest.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Nearest airport is at Nagpur, 150-kms away.

Rail: Chandrapur is approachable by train on Delhi-Chennai route via Nagpur, which takes about two and half-hours to reach.

Road: Located on major rail and road routes Chandrapur is well connected with all the places in the state. There are also regular private and government buses from Nagpur to Chandrapur.

WHERE TO STAY

Chandrapur is well equipped with small budgeted hotels, which offer a comfortable stay at reasonable prices.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Population (1991): City 226,105
Area: 1560 sq. km
Climate: Tropical
Clothing: Cotton Clothes
STD code: 07172

NEARBY CITIES

Nagpur: 150-km



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