Amravati Travel Guide

 

 

get there and around

Transport
Road

The NH6, which runs through City, is an important National Highway, which runs from Hazira (Surat) to Kolkata. NH6 is a part of Asian Highway 46. Maharashtra state transport buses are most commonly used by people to travel to rural parts of the region. They are the cheapest means of transport. These bus frequency is extremely good.

Railway

Amravati is situated on the branch line from Badnera on Bhusawal - Badnera - Wardha - Nagpur section of Mumbai(CSTM) - Howrah main railway line.

President Pratibha Patil had laid foundation stone for New Amravati model railway station building has been laid on 7 September 2008. Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav announced the decision to set up a divisional railway office in Amravati which will be housed in the model railway station building. This will be the sixth divisional railway office of central Railways, the other five being in Mumbai, Nagpur, Solapur, Bhusawal and Pune.

Also three new trains,Amravati-Nagpur Intercity Express,Amravati-Mumbai Superfast Express and Amravati-Surat Fast Passenger have been started from Amravati.

Air

Amravati has an aerodrome which is about 15 km off NH-6 towards Akola. It is in the area called Belora. The aerodrome is not used for commercial purposes. It is used only by the politicians and other people with private jets. It has a 1.5 km runway and also has a helipad. The overall facility is not worth much talking about. The control tower lies in shabby state. There are talks that Amravati would be getting an International Airport but there is not a surety whether this aerodrome would be the one

 

 

 

Old Amravati

Amravati was once surrounded by four gates of Jawahar Gate, Kholapuri Gate, Nagpuri Gate and Amba Gate. The famous jewellery market (also known as Sarafa Bazaar) is also located inside Jawahar Gate with famous jewellery and first of its kind showroom in the state of Maharashtra, named, MANGALAM

Amravati  is a city in the state of Maharashtra in India and the headquatres of the Amravati district. The city boasts of historical temples of Goddess Amba, Lord Shri Krishna and Shri Venkateshwara.

Amravati is also the headquarter of "Amravati Division" which is one of the six divisions of the state of Maharashtra. ( Vidarbha region). Following four districts come under Amravati Division Akola,



History

Amravati means ‘abode of immortals’. Amravati was the capital of Berar, which was part of present-day Vidharbha. Berar was part of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka's empire. In 1833 Berar was handed over to the British East India Company. It was divided into two districts, South Berar or Balaghat and North Berar. In 1956, with the reorganisation of the states, Amravati was transferred from Madhya Pradesh to Bombay state, and in 1960 with the creation of Maharashtra, Amravati became one of its districts. Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was hiding for 3 days in Amravati during his underground tenure and he frequently visited Hanuman Akhada (Gym) during that time. There were many other freedom fighters who laid their lives seeking Indian Independence.This place is also quite famous for being land of social activist as well as political icons like Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh, Mr. Gulabrao Honade and many more. In old times Amravati was business centre and to protect business from robbers and dacoit the tatabandi was built around the city, called old city now.the old amravati has 5 gates and 3 windows.

Spirituality

The Temple of Goddess Amba is a famous example of spiritual architecture in the Vidharbha Region. There's a legend that when Lord Krishna ran away with Goddess Rukhamini from her wedding ceremony, he used a tunnel laying from Ambadevi temple to Koundinyapur (another spiritual place near Amravati). This tunnel is still in existence but is now closed. Many research teams over the years have tried to investigate about the length of the tunnel but all their efforts were in vain. In Navaratri, there's a fair which goes on for 9 days where people from nearby towns and villages participate and dance Garba/Dandiya until late in the evening. The city is also known for the Sai Temple along with Bhaktidham situated in Sai Nagar. Other major Indian festivals like Diwali and Holi are also celebrated with lots of enthusiasm.