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.
Yavatmal is a city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, near the border with Telangana. It is popular as the ‘Cotton City’. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Nagpur at a distance of 148 km to the north east. Those interested to take a look at the traditional Marathi way of life in smaller villages can come here.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Yavatmal. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Revati Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Dwarka Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 600), Gyanson Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Hotel Chintamani Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Arni is Marathi. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The Kambalposh Baba Shrine and Darga Mandir is situated on the bank of Arunavati river (in Arni, 44 km south-west) is a major attraction for devotees. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Yavatmal are mostly the famous Hindu fairs such as Maroti and Gajanan Maharaj Mela in Ghatanji as well as the Shri Chintamani Mela at Kalamb.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur at a distance of 140 km.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Yavatmal Railway Station.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Yavatmal to different cities in the region. Buses to the area are readily available from Nagpur. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations.