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.
Pandharkawada is a small village in the Yawatmal district of Maharashtra. It is located about 965 km south of New Delhi. Pandharkawada is also called as Kelapur. Majority of the people in the village are engaged in trading and farming. Pandharkawada municipality is one of the best municipalities in Maharashtra.
Places to Stay
There are many good hotels close to Pandharkawada. Some of them are Hotel Mansarovar (Tariff - Rs. 900) and Hotel Siddhartha Inn, Nagpur (Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Pandharkawada is Marathi. Other languages spoken are Banjari, Kolami and Gondi.
Pandharkawada is very famous for its Jagadamba Bhavani Mata Temple. The temple attracts huge crowds during Navratri, which is in the month of October. The festival attracts many pilgrims from the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh states.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Pandharkawada. Some of the places include Kalpur Fort, Lord Krishna's Temple (in Old City), Durga Mata Temple, Gajanan Maharaj Temple (close to Tekdi hill), Buddhist Vihar, Ram Mandir (situated near Khuni Nadi) and Jagadamba Mata Mandir (3 km away from Pandharkawada).
How to Get There
Sonegaon Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 67 km from Pandharkawada.
Pandharkawada has no major railway station within a 10 km range. However, Wardha Jn RailWay Station is situated at a distance of 120 km away.
The village is placed on Nagpur-Hyderabad National Highway 7. All bus operators run buses between Pandharkawada and Nagpur, Chandrapur, Nanded, Yavatmal, Amravati, Ghatanji, Aurangabad, Akola, Adilabad and Hyderabad. Avail of bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com and get a number of discounts