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Amravati

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Best Time: October - February Read More

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Nearest Airport: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport Check Flights

"Amba Nagari, The Heart of Vidarbha, Land of the Immortals"

Amravati Tourism

Amravati, also known as Ambanagari, is a place of great religious significance. It is aptly called the Cultural Capital of Vidarbha. It is also known as the city of Lord Indra and is home to numerous temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Ambadevi. Apart from being known for its religious significance, Amravati is also known for its Varhadi cuisine and grand celebrations of prominent festivals. It is a must-visit destination for people who are looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Amravati is the second most populated city in the Vidarbha district, after Nagpur. Situated at a height of 1125 feet above the mean sea level, the city of Amravati is often referred to as the Land of the Immortals. It is a quaint place located amidst the lush greenery of the Vidarbha region. Amravati is fast emerging as an educational and industrial centre. Agriculture and its related activities form the primary source of income for the people in this region. It is also home to one of the largest sports complexes in India, Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal. The most famous tourist attraction of Amravati is the Ambadevi Temple. This ancient temple is located in the heart of the city and is known for the connected tunnel through which Lord Krishna had eloped with princess Rukmini on the eve of her wedding. The Melghat Tiger Reserve, located in the Satpura range, is famous for its unique mix of flora and fauna. Other popular tourist attractions of Amravati are Shri Ekvira Devi Temple, Kartik Pournami Mela, Kaundinyapur etc.

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Local Culture of Amravati

Amravati is a historically and culturally vibrant city, and an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus and hosts various festivals with great pomp and grandeur.

Local Religion and Festivities
A majority section of the population follows Hinduism and worships Goddess Ambadevi as their primary deity. Navratri is the most popular festival that is celebrated in this city. Navratri is celebrated over nine days and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Thousands of people flock to Amravati to attend the annual fair and to take part in the celebrations. Several events are held where people perform Garbha or Dandiya, the cultural dance form. Some of the other prominent festivals that are celebrated in Amravati are Holi, Makar Sankranti, Diwali, Eid, etc.

Language of the Region
The most commonly spoken and also official language in Amravati is Marathi. Hindu and Urdu are also widely spoken and understood. The people involved in the tourism industry are well versed with English as well.

Local Cultural Events and Activities
Amravati is rich in the culture of performing arts, dance and music. There are plenty of good institutions that offer training in fine arts and music. Lavani is a traditionally important dance form that is a significant part of the Maharashtrian culture. The Hindu culture primarily influences the traditional attire of the people of Amravati.

Traditional Attires
Men are known to wear dhotar, pyjamas and shirts while the women usually stick to sarees. Both genders are known to sport a variety of headgears. The men choose from pagdi, rumaal, patka or mundase while the women usually adorn mud, rakhdi or gonde-phul. The hilly regions in Amravati are occupied by tribal groups such as the Kolams.

Tribes of Amravati
Prevalent tribes inhabiting the city include Korku, Nihal, Gaoli, Balai and Rathya. Korkus are traditionally held by forest produce harvesting while the Gaolis stick to cattle rearing.

Food of the Region
Amravati is also famous for its Varhadi cuisine, comprising of Vidharbha style dishes. Some of the popular dishes of this region include Puranpoli, Nyahari, Basundi, vangi, bhindi etc.

Agriculture in Amravati

The Amravati district is a large agricultural sector, producing a variety of crops.

Irrigations and Dams
The community is covered by three rivers, Tapi, Wardha and Purna, making it a fertile region. The two main dams - Shahanur Dam and Chandrabagha Dam - help with the irrigation and water supply.

Main Cultivation Region
The largest area is dedicated to food grain cultivation, with Sorghum being the main cultivated crop. Other crops that are developed over here include wheat, gram, chickpea, Toor, jawar, moong and sugarcane.

Commercial Crops
Amravati is also known for producing a variety of cash crops. Cotton is the primary cash crop, grown in the Regur soil. Amravati is the third-highest cotton farming region in Maharashtra. Other cash crops of this area include groundnut, soybean, banana and chilli.

Itinerary

Day 1
Reach Amravati by morning. Check in to the accommodation. Allot this day to visit places of religious importance. You can start with Shri Ambadevi Temple. After lunch, you can head to the Shri Ekvira Devi Temple and the ISKCON Temple. If you are visiting during any major festival, you can head towards any of the fairs to witness the grand celebrations. Retire for the day.

Day 2
Head to the Melghat Tiger Reserve. It will take up a majority portion of your day. Interested folks can opt for treks in the surrounding areas. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the Chilkahrada Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 3
Visit the Bamboo Garden. Head towards Wadali Talao after lunch and spend the evening over there. Departure at night.

History of Amravati

Amravati and Umbravati
Amravati boasts of rich history, dating back to a period when it was referred to as Umbravati or Udumbravati. The present name of Amravati is said to have stemmed out from multiple iterations of misinterpretations and mispronouncing of Umbravati. Another theory regarding the city’s name is that it originated from the ancient Ambadevi temple.

The Backstory
The present-day city was a part of the Deogiri Kingdom during the 13th century. It was very sparsely populated, owing to the mountain ranges and dense forests. However, people would come from far to pay respects to Goddess Ambadevi in the ancient temple. Amravati eventually became a famous pilgrimage centre.

Historical Significance
A devastating famine struck the city in the fourteenth century, causing numerous casualties. The calamity was so severe that the region remained a barren land for more than two centuries. It was in the 16th century that it went under the Mughal rule. Aurangzeb constructed the Jama Masjid over here, after which people of Islamic faith began to settle here as well. After the death of emperor Aurangazeb, Amravati prospered under Maratha rule till the nineteenth century, when the Britishers finally took over.

Historical Highlights
The city of Amravati is the birthplace of famous freedom fighters like Sir Moropant Joshi, Shri Prahlad Pant Jog and Dadasaheb Khaparde. Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh is also believed to have taken refuge in Amravati as a part of his underground stint. The city has seen various rulers, dynasties and cultures.

Tips

  • Travellers are advised to avoid planning a trip to Amravati during summer or monsoon.
  • The extremely high temperatures and scorching heat make the conditions very harsh and uncomfortable.
  • During monsoons, Amravati receives hefty rainfall that disrupts everyday life, which heightens the chances of getting stranded if you visit during monsoons.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Amravati is a popular pilgrimage centre among Hindus. It offers ancient temples and grand fairs during festivals.

What's Not So Great?

The weather conditions during summer and monsoon are quite harsh. It is recommended to avoid visiting during those months.

For Whom?

Amravati is an excellent place for travellers looking to explore ancient temples and local culture. It is truly a fantastic experience to take part in the fairs, and melas held during major festivals.

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