Welcome to this travel blog which is inspired by the wandering clouds effortlessly gliding through distant lands. Sometimes almost still as if watching the beauty of the earth below and at times rushing to some place far away – as if on an endless travel mission. This is where I share my observations, experiences and thoughts gathered during my travels

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Zero Mile Marker at Nagpur

The geographical centre of India is located at Nagpur, Maharashtra and the ‘zero mile marker’ located in the heart of the city is considered to be the central-most point in the country. This stone pillar is supposed to have been erected during the British period although it is not clear for what purpose they thought of building it. We can see the old names of cities marked on different sides of the pillar indicating the direction and the distance between the city and the zero mile marker. Located adjacent to a busy road junction on a small patch of a green lawn, one can just pass by it without even recognizing its importance.

Next to the pillar stands a sculpture with running horses. Although the sculpture is nice per se, it simply does not go well with the old stone zero mile marker (hence it has been smartly cut off from this picture). I would have rather appreciated the tourism department putting up a small board indicating the significance of the place and a little bit of its history. I am not even sure if all the local autorickshaw drivers know about the place because we had to ask many people on the way for directions and not all knew what we were looking for. But if you are in Nagpur, you should certainly check it out at least. Whatever said, it is a nice feeling to be standing at the centre of our vast country.


  1. Beautiful piece of info. Should check it out. I agree, not many people know about this.

  2. My friend Srinath also went hunting for the Geographical centre or middle ground. See what he found: http://travel.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?267525

  3. @ Kirklops - yes, not many people know about it and that actually got me wondering why.
    @ Swagata - Thanks for dropping by.
    @Mumbai Paused -Thanks a ton for sharing this brilliant article. I too wondered why the centre should not be in 'Madhya' Pradesh, but thought perhaps the Brits had made a mistake. Or the map of India looked different to the colonisers. The fact that its history is not easily available makes it worse. But Srinath is bang on in his observation about this being a needless pursuit.

  4. Thank You, very informative