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Bhandara is a city, Municipal Council, and headquarters of Bhandara district in the state of Maharashtra, India.OverviewBhandara serves as an agricultural center for farmers in the region, who mostly grow rice. The city speaks the regional language of Marathi. Bhandara is split between two rivers, the Wainganga and the Sur Nadi and crossed by the National Highway No. 6. The city is surrounded by industries like Ashok Leyland, Sunflag steel and Ordnance Factory. The Wainganga is the principal river in the district and the only stream that does not dry up in the hot weather, its affluent within the district being the Bawanthari, Bagh, Kanhan, and Chulbund.The Norgyaling Tibetan Settlement, the only Tibetan community in Maharashtra, was established near Bhandara in 1972. About 1,000 Tibetans live in Norgyaling (also spelled Norgyeling or Norgaling).HistoryAccording to local interpretation the name Bhandara is a corruption of Bhanara. Reference to Bhanara is found in an inscription of 1100 A.D. traced at Ratanpur. The district was under regency administration from 1818 to 1830. Prior to 1820, the district was administered from Lanji, thereafter the headquarters of the district were shifted from Lanji to Bhandara in 1820-21. The area became British Territory in 1853. In 1881 there were only two tahsils viz., Tirora and Sakoli in the district. There were no major changes in the boundaries of the district or its talukas between 1911 and 1955 except that the headquarters of Tirora tahsil were shifted to Gondiya and name of the tahsil was changed to Gondiya tahsil in 1914. From 1947 to 1956 the district of Bhandara along with the other districts of Vidarbha region continued to form a part of the central provinces. With the reorganization of states in 1956, Bhandara district was transferred from Madhya Pradesh to the Bombay State, which came into existence in the same year. In 1960, with the formation of the state of Maharashtra it formed a part of the newly created State.Bhandara is in Bhandara District. Add Bhandara and other destinations to your itinerary using our India attractions planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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