Nagpur Heritage Walks
by Orange Odyssey
Nagpur is the ‘Tiger capital of the world’ or famously known as the ‘Orange city’. This story of becoming the orange city dates back to almost 250 years back to a Bhosale king of Nagpur. Once the geographical center of undivided India, Nagpur has a plethora of history to it, with the various rulers ruling Nagpur kingdom and a colonial past.
With the advent of all the rulers, the development of the kingdom happened with the settlement of many communities, artisans, etc. The weaver’s community, the formation of various Olis (lanes), the murtikars (sculptors and artists) of Chitaroli, the beautiful and magnificent lakes and gardens, architectural edifices of all the eras are testimony to the tangible and intangible heritage of our city Nagpur.
We at Orange Odyssey intend for this intangible and tangible heritage of Nagpur to be known by all the locals and the tourists, for which we consistently organize and conduct the heritage walks showcasing the heritage buildings, museums, the weavers, and various other interesting facts, localities, etc. while experiencing the traditional food, textile, and hands-on experiences.
Our walks are well researched and designed hierarchically keeping in mind the storyline/ timeline and the layout of the places, thus enabling people to understand, grasp, and recollect easily. We discuss the structures' history, building technology, and the folklore associated with them.
We regularly organize and conduct walks for the public which are open to all. We also provide tailor-made and on-demand private walks.
Heritage Walks on-Demand
NAGPUR DURING GOND & BHONSALE PERIOD
The ‘Kingdom of Nagpur’ was founded by the Gond rulers of Deogarh and later came under the rule of the Nagpur Bhonsles. The empire of the Nagpur Bhonsles covered the eastern part of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. This walk covers the heritage structures form the Gond and Bhonsle periods located in the old city
WEAVERS OF MOMINPURA
The nine-yard long Kashta saree is a traditional Maharashtrian attire. Women have fought wars in the past wearing it, and even today, it’s a part of their daily attire in rural areas. Mominpura in Nagpur is home to weavers who specialise in this kind of saree. Not only that but the area has old food joints including Gulgula & the famous Doodh Dabba.
DAWN OF BRITISH RAJ IN NAGPUR
The British conquests of the Marathas in central India earmarked the dawn of the British Raj in Central India. Nagpur, geographically located at the centre, was the capital of the Central Provinces & Berar. Like many cities of the subcontinent, Civil Lines was developed in Nagpur as well. This walk covers the grand and beautiful colonial-style buildings of Nagpur.