Tour to Amaravati
The most highly populated state in southern India and the land simultaneously of the Telugu and the Charminar, Andhra Pradesh on the Bay of Bengal offers a plethora of the most diverse tourist experiences. From dilapidated fortresses to untamed wilderness, magnificent monuments to rustic tribal villages, Andhra Pradesh has it all. Home also to a bipolar communal environment, Tourism of Andhra Pradesh has always been a flourishing industry and still has not lost any of the attention due to it. Amaravati is an excavation site of an ancient Buddist Stupa. It was also the capital of Satavahanas, the first great Andhra kings who ruled from 2nd century B.C. to 3rd century A.D. Amaravati is a well known pilgrimage centre in Andhra Pradesh and thousands of pilgrims flock to Amaravati every year. However, a tour to Amaravati can be a rewarding experience for the not-so-devout as well.
How to Reach
Sightseeing on Tour to Amaravati
- By Rail:
Amaravati falls in the Hyderabad-Vijaywada and Hyderabad-Guntur line and is connected by numerous trains that pass over the station.
- By Road:
Amaravati is very well connected to Hyderabad. Ti takes about 7 hrs by road from Hyderabad to Amaravati.
- By Air:
Vijayawada domestic Airport.
Best time to Visit
- Buddhist Stupa-
The great stupa at Amaravati accidentally came under limelight in 1796, when a certain raja decided to build a new capital at a place called Amareswaram. While digging at this place, the workers hit upon some bricks and some white stone pieces which had carvings on them. These were remains of the ancient stupa. The site of Amaravati lies in the valley of the Krishna River in the modern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Like other important stupa sites, Amaravati also grew and changed. Over time, stone pillars and railings were added. Eventually, the surface of the stupa was covered with beautifully carved white limestone slabs, resembling marble. The railing around the stupa and the four gateways were also decorated with carved limestone slabs. While some of the carvings and sculptures were purely decorative, others had philosophical connotations and tried to tell the story of the Buddha's life. The railings and gateways of the stupa had many inscriptions carved on them.
- The Shiva Temple-
also known as 'Amareswaram' is considered sacred because of the Krishna River, an important region with 'Sthalamahatyam' and the Sri Mahalinga Murthy, the coexistence of which is hailed and worshipped as the rare coming together of three sacred principles.
The main festivals in the temple are the Maha Shivaratri, which comes in the 'Magha Bahula Dasami' (February) and the Navaratri (September-October) and the 'Kalyana Utsavas'.
Summers are uncomfortably hot and humid. The best time therefore to visit Amaravati as far as comfort is concerned is between October and March.
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