Ramtek is one of the important pilgrim centres and tourist attractions of Maharashtra State. It has both mythological and historic importance. It is about 45 kms from Nagpur and is well connected by road and rail. It is a serene town abounding in scenic beauty and is free from noise and air pollution. Tourists from all over India come to visit Ramtek. It is hallowed by the feet of Lord Rama when he visited the ashram of the great sage Agastya on the hill nearby.
It is at this holy place that Lord Rama took a vow to destroy the demons. Hence the place came to be known as Ramgiri or Ramtek. During the reign of Vakataka King in Vidarbha around 400 A.D the great poet Kalidasa visited Ramtek on a royal mission. Captivated by the idyllic atmosphere in and around Ramgiri, he gave expression to his famous epic Meghdootam.
This fact is suitably commemorated by the Maharashtra State Government by erecting a monument on the hill where Kalidasa sat and concieved the great epic. Ramtek is basically a taposthala from time immemorial where great souls engaged themselves in the quest of enlightenment. The greatest of Buddhist philosophers and Indian alchemists Acharya Nagarjuna lived here. Chakradharaswamy of Mahanobhava Panth lived and meditated here about 600 years back. A famous Jain Temple is also erected at Ramtek.
A natural waterfall at Totladoh and an artificial lake at Khindsi are the chief tourist attractions around Ramtek. Industrial estates are also setup in and around Ramtek which are attracting leading organisations to setup their industries here. DCL Polysters, Pennar Aluminium, Suryalaxmi Group and Visakha Industries have already commenced production. Asia's biggest industrial estate is being setup at Butibori which is 80 km away and has a vast potential to offer ready employment opportunities.