Ever since I knew I was travelling to Nagpur to attend a friend’s wedding, I had started searching for activities and places for my free time.
I googled and googled until a small tiny mention in the wiki page caught my eye. Zero Milestone.
Every city has a zero milestone. It is the centre point of the city. The GPO is usually considered as the centre point. That is from where the distances to other cities are calulated
But this wasn’t any ordinary zero mile. It was the centre point of India. The Zero Milestone of India.
According to British calculations, Nagpur is bang in the middle of our country. It was their preferred choice as a capital city for smooth administration but lost to Delhi
But it wasn’t easy visiting the Stone. With the wedding keeping us busy, there was little time to actually go out and see. And plus, the Winter Session was in full swing which had many roads cordoned off.
Maybe I had desperation to visit it written all over me, or call it will power. I finally got the chance to visit it late at night, when most of the barricades had been removed.
The Zero Milestone
It was nothing what I had imagined it to be. Standing right in front of me. Tall. Simple. Fairly well kept. Maintaining its calm amongst the bustling main street. I walked up to it, clutching my camera tightly.
I felt what the Stone must have felt all these years. Being the centre of India. Being the centre of attention. The entire country dancing on its own tune. The entire country dancing around me. Neglected. Abandoned. Forgotten.
*A special mention to the lovely Pillai family who very kindly took me around the city and gave me a place to stay with super awesome food. And dropped me to the airport on time. Thank you Sonam for making this possible ❤