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India is undoubtedly a country worth knowing and entering a fantastic world full of culture and tradition. Although many of its attractions revolve around religion, its beautiful temples will also draw your attention to its palaces and forts, worthy of a story.
So, today in our journey to this incredible country, we will know another fantastic city in this country. The city of Amravati is located in the central part of India in the State of Maharashtra. The origin of its name is connected with the heavenly city from Indian legends, which was the capital of the thunder god Indra. Modern Amravati inherited numerous historical and architectural monuments from past eras.
Amravati, the new administrative capital of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, came into existence following the redefinition of state borders between Andhra Pradesh and the newly created State of Telangana. The new town of Amravati takes its name from an ancient village some 10 kilometers away.
The British architecture firm Foster + Partners has been commissioned to design the master plan for the new government complex. There is the design of two key buildings: the legislative assembly and the high court complex and several secretariat buildings, where the state administration offices are located. The 217 square kilometers of farmland along the Krishna River is transformed into a city billed as an urban utopia. When complete, Amravati will not only be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, but they hope it will also be one of the most sustainable cities in the world. So, let’s go on the travel to Amravati.
The picturesque town of Amravati in Andhra Pradesh is rooted in a rich Buddhist culture. Dotted with various remains of ancient Buddhist settlements, Amravati is a haven for followers of Buddhism and lovers of history. Located about 35 km from Vijayawada, the city was an ancient Buddhist settlement called Chintapalli. During the reign of the Mauryan king Ashoka, the stupa built here in the 3rd century BC was more significant than the one at Sanchi and had an entrance gate at each compass point. Although all other structures no longer exist, one of the gates was rebuilt and can be seen. The life stories of Lord Buddha are carved on this door.
Tourists can also visit the village of Kondapalli, home to the famous toys made using a 500-year-old process and are known for their bright colors and distinctive features.
Amravati is one of the few places in the country where a river flows north instead of south or east. This is considered a good omen, and well over 2,000 years ago, the Satavahanas chose the site to build their capital in Dharanikota, two kilometers from the city of Amravati. It is located near two well-developed cities: 32 kilometers from Guntur and 39 kilometers from Vijayawada.
When the government of Andhra Pradesh decided to call the proposed new capital 'Amravati,' it was not only to resurrect the name of an ancient political, cultural, and Buddhist capital that was already ahead of its time but also with the hope that the new capital would acquire the name, fame, glory, and grandeur associated with it, retaining its historical significance but reflecting modernity.
The Amravati region is one of the few places in the State where such a large plot of land is available to construct a capital city. As it is close to Vijayawada and Guntur, connectivity is not an issue. Plenty of water is available from the Krishna River for the capital and its residents. The government plans to revive decades-old waterways and canals that connect the capital with many cities in Krishna's Delta.
It is the 7th most populous metropolitan area. It is also the seat of the administrative center of the Amravati district. Among the city's historical highlights are the temples of Amba, Shri Krishna, and Shri Venkateshwara. It has 650,000 inhabitants.
With so many extraordinary and not to be missed attractions, it can be challenging to plan an itinerary. With our guide's help: Here's a list of some of the best places to visit in Amravati that one must not miss.
Maharashtra is a vast and diverse territory in the central west of the Union, stretching from the misty Gaths Mountains to the Arabian Sea. Strong and proud, its vitality is expressed in great cultural diversity, with impressive festivals, silver sand beaches, and hundreds of temples and sculptures throughout the State.
There is so much to see and do here, like visiting the caves, forts, beaches and shrines, its major cities, learning about its arts and crafts, and enjoying its festivals. Still, today we are focusing on Amravati, one of its districts, during many centuries known as Udumbravati due to the existence of abundant trees called Audumber and cradle of essential leaders of the Independence, Mahatma Gandhi visited Amravati in 1928.
Guarded by the Pohara and Chirodi hills to the east, it has two lakes, Chhatri Talao and Talao Wadali. To know everything about this city, let's start our visit with the Shri Ambadevi Temple; it is in the city's heart, in Gandhi Square.
It is an ancient temple, and pilgrims come here from India. The Navaratri Festival is celebrated here, with joy and harmony for nine days, in a property 1.5 km from Amravati, which is very easy to reach by taxi or from the Badnera station, which is on the railway that connects Madrid. And Calcutta.
Another important temple close to the previous one is Shri Ekviradevi; it is believed that it was built around 1660. It is dedicated to the goddess Devi who incarnates in Shakti during the Naravatri celebration. That is why both temples are united during the festival.
There are other smaller temples like Bhakti, on the road between Badnera and Amravati, with a playground, or Sridham, with beautiful idols and the Janmashthami fair. Still, we must reserve some time to visit the Tigers of Melghat Project in Dharni Melghat, the main port of Maharashtra.
The tiger reserve is located south of the Satpura Hills, whose highest peak is Virat, at 1,178 meters above sea level. This is the primary habitat of the tiger: the dry tropical forest, with abundant water provided by five large rivers. Furthermore, Melghat has been declared the first repository of biodiversity in the State. The area was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1974 and covers 1,677 km2; its core is the Gugarnal National Park, and it is also home to impressive archaeological treasures, such as the Gavilgarh Fort on the plateau and the Chikhaldara Narnala Fort to the southeast, in the serene setting of teak forests.
Chikhaldara is a hill station and municipal council in the Amravati district of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The only mountain resort in the Vidarbha region is at an altitude of 1118 m above sea level. This is the area where a lot of coffee is growing in Maharashtra. Chikhaldara is full of deep valleys with velvet mist and majestic trees. Having a wildlife sanctuary with an abundance of wildlife, lookouts, lakes, and waterfalls, it is a top-rated summer destination. Featured in the Mahabharata epic, this is where Bheema killed the evil Keechaka in a Herculean encounter and then threw him into the valley. He thus became known as Keechaka Dara: Chikhaldara is the corruption of him.
The only hilltop location in the Vidarbha region sits at 1118 meters. The highest point of the variant is 1188 meters and has the added dimension of being the only coffee-growing area in Maharashtra. If you want to go to Amravati, October to June is the best month to visit.
It abounds in wildlife, such as tigers, panthers, sloth bears, sambars, wild boars, and rarely seen wild dogs. Nearby is the famous Melghat Tiger Project, which counts 82 tigers. From Devi Point, Hurricane Point, and Prospect Point, the scenic beauty of Chikhaldara can be enjoyed. Other exciting excursions include Gavilgad and Narnala Fort, Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museum, and Semadoh Lake.
Events and Festivals in Chikhaldara
As the area is heavily forested and the number of inhabitants is low, there are no large parties in Chikhaldara like in the rest of India. Only in the Jain temples in the area are pujas held regularly.
Located near the Chandur railroad, the quaint suburban reservoir is a picture-postcard oasis for residents and travelers alike. Built initially to supply fresh water to the nearby neighborhoods, the water body is a perfect spot for weekend family picnics. Come for a relaxing setting, water sports, sightseeing, or admire the quiet landscape. There is a small garden with a beautiful zoo. People usually come here on weekends and love to ride a boat.
The Undavalli Caves, carved from single sandstone, are an excellent example of India's cave architectural heritage. The attractive design of the caves speaks volumes about the advanced architectural skills of the ancient architects and temple builders of Viswakarma. The caves are said to have been associated with the influential Vishnukundina dynasty, which ruled over significant parts of India between 420 and 620 AD. These caves are an excellent example of Gupta architecture, and the detailed design of the second floor reflects Chalukyan architecture.
The largest cave is four stories high and houses a massive statue of Lord Vishnu in a reclining posture. The first floor of the caves houses sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras (saints), suggesting that they once served as a home for Jain monks. The first floor walls are covered with fabulous frescoes depicting scenes from mythological stories—the front of the third-floor houses various sculptures, including representations of lions and elephants. Nearby, another cave is exclusively dedicated to Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. The architecture and green spaces around the Undavalli caves will remind you of the Udaygiri caves of Bhubaneswar.
1 km from Dasturnagar Square on the Malhed Railway. Built-in 1888 on a small spring called Kali Nadi; this small reservoir was built to supply drinking water to the city of Amravati. However, Amravati is now receiving water from the Upper Wardha Dam. There is also a small garden and a boating area.
It is on the Badner road. There is a very calm environment here. So, travel in this region and gives peace of mind and relief yourself.
It is located in the heart of the city on Rallies Plot. This temple has beautiful idols of Lord Ram and Sita, Lord Krishna and Radha, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, and Rani Satiji. On the occasion of Janmashthami, a fair is held here every year. Huge devotees visit the fair.
This temple has the beautiful idols of Lord Krishna and Radha. There is also an idol of Sri Sant Jalaram Bappa. Behind the temple is a small children's park.
Van Sanctuary. In the Melghat district of the Amravati district, this sanctuary is an extension of the Melghat sanctuary in the southeastern part. This is floral and faunal diversity riched area. Dry tropical deciduous forests grow on this hilly, rugged terrain.
Amravati has a tropical wet and dry atmosphere, with hot, dry summers and mild to cool winters. Summer continues from March to June, storm season from July to October, and winter from November to March.
Vijayawada, about 80 km away, is the nearest airport connected to all major cities in India. At Bellora Amravati Airport is located, and is operated by the Maharashtra Airport Development Company. There are no scheduled commercial flights. Nagpur Flying Club has applied to the DGCA for permission to relocate its flights to Amravati Airport. There is also a helipad here.
A good network of passable highways connects the city with other towns and cities in the State and the country. The Municipal Corporation of Amravati operates a city Bus. Cycle rickshaws and private auto-rickshaws are also popular. Amravati has also launched a special city bus for women, the first in the Vidarbha region.
Road Transport Corporation provides transportation services for intercity and interstate travel. National Highway, which runs from Hazira to Kolkata, passes through Amravati. The city has launched Star City buses, which replace the old city buses.
The city is located on the Hyderabad-Guntur and Hyderabad-Vijayawada lines. The nearest railway station is Vijayawada Junction, 64 km away. There are three railway stations in Amravati. Amravati railway station, located in the city's heart, is the terminus. For it was impossible to extend the railway line. Therefore, a new station was built outside the city when a new railway line connected the Badner junction with Narkhed on the main Nagpur-Itarsi railway line.
Amravati railway station is located on a branch from Badner on the Nagpur-Bhusawal section of the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai Central Railways line. The new Amravati railway station building was inaugurated on December 10, 2011. Amravati railway station provides several scheduled services to Badner during the day. Badnera Junction railway station serves the Badnera area of ??Amravati. There is a wide track going to Narhed.
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The paradisiacal beaches and the spectacular views will please everyone and allow you a moment of relaxation and admiration for so much beauty. Visiting India is an experience worth living. The travel to Amravati is also best for the calm and peaceful places. Just dare to leave behind any prejudice and go with an open mind and a willingness to be amazed by every place you have the chance to see on your sightseeing tour in India.
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