Explore history in Vidarbha - Tour Forts and Archeological Excavations
The Chandankheda Excavations
The excavation on a mound near the periphery of Chandankheda was taken up by the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Nagpur University, State Archaeological Department and Chandrapur Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, to trace evidence regarding ancient civilization.
Several antique articles including gold coins belonging to Nal dynasty, a worship plaque revered in Buddhism, a punch marked silver coin, copper coins, coins belonging to British era apart from remains of Roman pottery, household articles made in earthenware and stoneware, beads of various size and qualities, iron-age tools, terracotta have been found.
There are in all 22 layers. The bottom most layer represents early Stone Age followed by Late Stone Age, Iron Age, Satavahana and so on till the top layer that represents British era.
Distance from Nagpur 90 km
NARNALA FORT AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The 700 year old Narnala fort has been built by the Raja of Achalpur at an altitude of 3112 feet above sea level. The fort is built on a spur of the Satpuda hills and is surrounded by dense forests and waterfalls of great scenic beauty.
This splendid fort are a combination of North Indian and South Indian architecture. The fort walls have 27 gates and a canon 27 feet long with a diameter of 2 feet. The fort is built on six tiers and has four water bodies with perennial water supply.
The wildlife sanctuary was noted in the year 1997 and occupies an area of 12.35 sq.km. Several species of Deer, Nilgai, Wild boar, Monitor lizard and Hares as well as Parakeet, Mynah, Wild hen, Koel and several species of Water fowl abound here.
Gavilgarh Fort is near Chikhaldara hill station in Amravati district. It is believed that the fort is 300 years old. Some beautiful idols, carved during the period of the Nizams, when Elichpur was their capital, are worth seeing. Elephants, bulls, tigers, lions and Hindi, Urdu and Arabic scripts comprise the carvings on the walls of the fort. Idols of Lord Hanuman and Lord Shankar are also seen in the fort. 10 cannons made of iron, copper and brass are housed inside the fort here.
Distance from Nagpur 240 km approx
The Mansar Finds
Archaeological excavations near the village of Mansar, on way to Ramtek, have brought to light an astonishing temple (Pravareśvara) and residential complex (Pravarapura) along with a collection of superb sculptures and other artifacts, which date to the first half of the 5th century CE when the Vākāţaka monarchs, Prabhāvatī Guptā and Pravarasena ruled the area. Altogether 5 sites have been excavated.
Distance from Nagpur 47 km
Nagardhan, near Ramtek was the ancient capital of Vidarbha during the Wakataka period (250 A.D. to 550 A.D). Then known as Nandivardhan, it has a splendid fort built by the Gond Kings in the 16th century A.D. The modern day Nagardhan is a quaint village worth a visit.
Distance from Nagpur 53 km
The recent finds of a seal belonging to the Asikajanapada during intensive archaeological excavations at Adam in Nagpur district, gives evidence of a highly prosperous city unearthed at Adam. Eminent archeologist Prof. A. M. Shastri is of the opinion that Adam itself represents the Asikanagara of Hathigumpha inscription. Terracotta sealing having a legend has been discovered from Adam, situated on the right bank of the river Wainganga, which reads as Asakajanapadasa.
Distance from Nagpur 60 km