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.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.