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Amaravathi is a small town located on the banks of the River Krishna in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It serves as quiet a familiar name for the Buddhists in India and is a prime hub for pilgrimage and sightseeing for tourists. Thus, Amaravathi is also called the Abode of God.

Pilgrims different religions visit this town almost throughout the year owing to the number of temples and shrines that adorn the little town in different parts. The town is also renowned for being a site of a great Buddhist Stupa, which is a mound-like or semi-hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics, typically the ashes of Buddhist monks, used by Buddhists as a place of meditation. However, it was during the reign of emperor Ashoka, that the original structure was established. Today, one can see the Stupa decorated with carvings of life and teachings of Buddha. The 95 ft tall structure is made of brick with a circular dome and platforms towards all four directions. It is decorated with carved panels which tell the story of Buddha's life. Art historians regard the Amaravathi art as one of the three major styles or schools of ancient Indian art, the other two being the Gandhara style and the Mathura style. Some of the Buddhist sculptures of Amaravathi betray a Greco-Roman influence that was the direct result of the close trade and diplomatic contacts between South India and the ancient Romans.

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Amaravathi, soon to be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is a bustling village near Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. Owing to the partition of the state of Andhra Pradesh, the remaining Andhra Pradesh had to choose a new capital, for the common capital of Hyderabad would be transferred to Telangana within 10 years of the formation, and hence, the new capital was chosen near the Buddhist pilgrimage of Amaravathi. Once a flourishing capital of the Satvahana dynasty, Amaravathi is now officially a village. However, destiny had something else in store for this place. This village is a pilgrimage to both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Amaravathi. Constructed during the late Mauryan era, this ruined Buddhist monument was actually a Buddhist stupa, which housed the relics of great Buddhist scholars and thinkers. Although most of the structure was ripped apart during an excavation in the 1800s by Major Colin Mackenzie, some engravings were carefully preserved and transferred to various museums, both in India and abroad. The preserved remains depict the history of the Mahachaitya, which was possibly an educational abode of its time, with some engravings depicting the life & teachings of Gautama Buddha on the same.

Though predominantly a Telugu speaking region, Amaravati also has some Tamil and Hindi speaking communities. Hindus form the religious majority, with the rest being made up of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. Amaravathi has two famous Hindu temples - the Amaralingeswara Temple, and the Amaravathi Mahachaitya.

Amaravathi derives its name from the Amaravati village which is a historic temple town located on the banks of the Krishna river in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It was the capital of the Satavahanas kingdom since the 3rd century BCE. Later it was ruled by several major dynasties like the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Chalukyas, the Delhi Sultanate and the Golconda empire. It was a part of the Nizam of Hyderabad’s kingdom when it was ceded to the French in 1750. It was briefly captured by Hyder Ali, but remained under British rule for the majority of time since the 1780s. Amaravati is currently the de-facto capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, following its bifurcation from Telangana.

Amaravathi is known for the deliciously spicy Andhra cuisine, and it is one of the richest and spiciest in the world. Rice is the staple food of the city, and it also has some savoury tangy chutneys and pickles made from a wide variety of ingredients like mangoes, shrimps, tomatoes and tamarinds. The city offers a range of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians and is also known for its great seafood.

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Day 1 - Reach Amaravathi, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go for a stroll at the small but interesting museum at Amaravathi, which houses some rare events of ancient India. 
 Day 2 - You should begin ideally with Amaravathi Mahachaitya, which is a popular Buddhist hotspot. For the Hindu pilgrims, not very far from here, is the holy AmareswaraTemple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Amareswara is incidentally the old name of Amaravathi as well.

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7 months ago by Surbhi Parashar

- Telugu is the commonly spoken language.- The common traditional clothing for women is a Saree and for men a Pancha or a Lungi and Uttariyam.- The airport at Vijaywada is the closest one to reach Amravati.



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A beautiful confluence of history and culture. Soon to be Andhra's new capital.

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Not easily accessible.

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Ideal for history lovers. Suitable for backpackers touring nearby sites like Nellore, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad etc.

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Amaravathi is well connected as a tourist hotspot only by road. Being the site of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, the main connectivity is yet to come up. However, the nearest railway station an... (Read More)

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