Kamptee is a cantonment situated on the southern bank of the Kanhan River, a broad & beautiful river. The mall in the Cantt stretches from the Military Hospital in the west to the Kanhan bridge in the East, a distance of about 5 kms. Old fashioned tiled bungalows, huge trees like Mango, the Tamarind & the Teak, along with wild flowery creepers & variety of birds give the place a picturesque and serene appearance. The old Gora Bazar still retains its old world charm. In 1821, a contingent of 14,000 British & Indian army persons along with Camel corps, Cavalry & Artillery moved in from Secundarabad under the command of a Brigadier General. They camped on the southern bank of the Kanhan & the Cantonment began to take shape. In 1823,the Bhosales gifted to the British three nearby village's, Yerkheda, Desada and Wagholl, as well as some land along the Kanhan river. Very soon Kamptee developed into a full fledged cantonment where many famous British and Indian regiments have been stationed from time to time. The Brigade of The Guards Regimental Center, Military Hospital, The Army Postal Service Training Center, NCC OTS, and Institute Of Indian Military Law as well as other troops are garrisoned here. Geographical Position : 21.10'N 79'E. It is 16.093 kms from Nagpur on the main Mumbai-Kolkata railway. Distances to Mumbai & Kolkata are 853,34 & 1113.478 kms respectively. The highest point in Kamptee is 302.581 meters above MSL. The Kamptee Cantonment board is an autonomous body functioning under the overall control of the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, Supervision and Control over the working of the Cantonment Board is exercised by the Principal Director, Defence Estates, SC, Pune and by the Central Government through the Director General, Defence Estates, New Delhi / Ministry of Defence at the Apex level.
There are 62 Cantonments in the Country. Kamptee is one of the 7 Cantonments in the state of Maharashtra. The Cantonment Board is a local self government body constituted under the Cantonments Act 1924, under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. The Kamptee Cantonment Board Caters to the Civic needs of the population, both Army & Civil residing therein, & is engaged in improving the quality of their life.