(Last Updated on : 27/10/2014)
Leisure tourism in Wardha district focuses quite a lot on Indian history. There are a number of structures and sites found here which bear testimony to the country's great past, especially the freedom struggle of the nation. Bajajwadi for instance has played host to a number of our famous Indian freedom fighters, such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan and Dr. Subhash Chandra Bose among many others. Mahatma Gandhi is greatly venerated in the place as can be seen the Bapu Kuti, Gandhi Gyan Mandir and the Magan Sangrahalaya. Other places of tourist interest here in the district include the picturesque spots of the Bor Dam and Pothra Dam Sonegaon and Pohana. The various places of leisure tourism in Wardha district are discussed below.
Gandhi Gyan Mandir
It is a public library opposite to Bajajwadi. Various books written by Mahatma Gandhi
and books written on him are available here. In addition to this, the library houses a valuable collection of Literature, Economics, Politics, Social Sciences and other subjects. The foundation stone of the Gyan Mandir was laid by Dr. Rajendra Prasad
in 1950, and it was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Sewagram - Bapu Kuti
Mahatma Gandhi came to Wardha in the year 1934. On being requested by the late Jamnalalji Bajaj, he selected the Segaon village for his Ashram or Kuti. Later, this village was renamed as Sewagram. Mahatma Gandhi continued his freedom movement from this ashram. A number of articles used by the Mahatma are kept here. A permanent photo exhibition of Mahatma Gandhi is also maintained near the ashram. Many of the original historical places within the ashram have been maintained in their original form. These include the Adi Niwas, Ba Kuti (Shelter of Kasturba Gandhi), Akhri Niwas, Mahadeo Kuti, Kishor Kuti among others. A guest house has been set up beside the ashram by the Tourism and Development Department of the Government of India, for the visitors who wish to stay here.
This museum is located in the centre of Wardha city. It was inaugurated on 30th December 1938 by Mahatma Gandhi. It has been developed by the well known expert of Gandhian economic system, Dr. J.C. Kumarappa and Aaryanayakam whose extensive efforts brought forward the village industries and village development concept.
This place has great historical worth. It is the residence of the late Shri Jamnalal Bajaj who played host to all the national leaders during the freedom struggle, more specifically, at the time of the Congress Working Committee meetings at Wardha. In the Guest House attached to Bajajwadi, Dr. Rajendra Prasad
, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
, Sarojini Naidu
, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Subhash Chandra Bose
used to stay during their visits to Wardha for meeting Gandhiji. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru generally stayed in the main Bajajwadi bungalow during the pre-Independence period. Lunches and dinners were arranged in the open space behind the main building. All the national leaders used to take food in the Indian style, sitting on the floor.
Sonegaon is 7 Kms away from Dahegaon on the Nagpur
railway line. Some interesting places of visit can be seen here at Sonegaon. Here one can find the articles of old houses, temples of Lord Krishna
, Laxmi-Narayana, monument of Abaji Maharaj in memory of which huge fair is held on Ashadhi and Kartiki Ekadashi
Pohana is on the bank of the Wardha River
in Hinganghat. It has been said that Prithvi Sen, the son of Rudrasen and grandson of Pravarsen had settled here at Pohana. An old temple of Rudrasen can still be found here. It is belived that Prithvisen had built this temple in memory of his father.
The Bor dam has been constructed over the Bor river
in Bori village. The premises of the Dam have a beautiful garden and there is a reserve forest here which is being developed as a tourist place. Flora and fauna abound in this place making for a rather picturesque sight.
Pothra Dam in is 65 kms away from Wardha. The premises of the dam is very beautiful and full of natural beauty. The water reservoir is level with the land. Various types of birds can be seen here.
These are the various places of leisure tourism located in the district of Wardha.