A small town situated on the banks of the River Krishna in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati is known the world over for Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The town also houses the Buddhist stupa, believed to have been built in pre-Mauryan times during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. Amaravathi town was supposed to have been an important location for Buddhists and the stupa, which was supposedly completed in 200BC, tells the story of Buddha’s life.
Places to Stay
Travellers can find very good and affordable accommodation in Amaravati itself. Places like Swati Lodge offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual temple festivals are celebrated with great zest.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The famous Amareshwara Temple, the 3rd Century BC India's biggest Buddhist Stupa biggest (27 meters in height and 50 meters in diameter) and the Archeological Museum that displays many restored carved sculptures from the region are very with a kilometre of the city centre.
How to Get There
Vijayawada (36kms) is the nearest airport.
The nearest railway station is at Peddakurapadu (19kms).
Amaravati Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like Morning Star Travels and Gurukrupa Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Booking bus tickets online is the easiest mode of getting your tickets.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The place, which has been in existence since 847 AD, is famous for its magnificent land and forts. This cultural city was actually the capital city of Shivaji. Today this city takes pride in its traditional Marathi culture, education and theatre. Pune city attracts a lot of tourists for its old world charm. The weather is warm and pleasant in this place because it is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Budget Hotels in Pune
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Pune
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include the Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
Places to See in Pune
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Aga Khan Palace (7kms from bus stand), David Synagogue (12kms from Railway station), Shinde Chatri (5km from Pune) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is located on the north-east of Pune. The airport has domestic and international flights. Two international flights Lufthansa and Air India Express provide Air transport services to Frankfurt and Dubai.
Pune railway station is the main railway station of Pune. It’s railway station is connected to the Mumbai and Chennai railway line. This railway junction is well connected to some of the major cities in the country.
Pune Bus Stand is the one of the busiest bus stations in Pune city. Buses from major cities and states operate from this city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Neeta Pragati Volvo, AR Tours and Travels and Natraj Travels. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.