About Amravati City
Quick Facts about AmravatiCoordinates: 20º56’N 77º45’E/20.93ºN 77.75ºE
Area (Metropolitan City): 270 km2 (100 sq mi)
Elevation: 343 m (1,125 ft)
Population (recorded as of 2011): 646,801
Density: 2,395/km2 (6,200/sq mi)
Time zone: IST (UTC +5:30)
PIN: 444 60X
Telephone code: 0721
Vehicle registration: MH 27
Official Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Amidst the lush greenery of the Vidarbha region in the state of Maharashtra lies a quaint little town known as Amravati. Widely known for its Ambadevi Temple and mythological connections, the city is quite popular among many. Today Amravati is a rapidly growing educational and industrial centre being the seventh most populous city in the state of Maharashtra. Apart from being a pilgrimage town, the city has played a crucial role in the freedom movement as well. And today it also serves as the headquarters of the Amravati district in Maharashtra.
History of AmravatiIf the stone inscriptions at the base of the statue of Lord Adinath Rishabhnath are to be believed then Amravati has been into existence for several thousands of years. However, nothing much is known about the city before the year 1097 till 13th century. During the 13th century it is said to have been under the rule of Yadava Dynasty after which the drought and famine that affected the city during the 14th century led to the relocation of the people. Later in the year 1722 the city developed under the guidance of Shri Ranoji Bhonsle and also came to be known as Bhonsle ki Amravati.
After Bhonsle, Amravati came under the rule of the Nizams and finally into the hands of the British. Under their rule the city saw massive developments like the construction of schools, jails, offices, rest houses and cotton markets. Amravati’s pride also lies in the fact that it has played a major role in the various freedom movements organized by the great leaders of India then.
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Geography of AmravatiAmravati is far from the coastline and rests at an elevation of 343 metres above sea level. The city is located almost midway between the cotton growing regions and thus separates the region into the West known as Purna basin and the East known as the Wardha basin. The city is also blessed with two beautiful lakes known as the Chhatri Talao and the Wadali Talao. Amravati is also surrounded by hills to its east called the Pohara and Chirodi Hills and also has a 60 meters high Maltekdi hill inside its boundaries.
ClimateLike most of the towns that are situated far from the coastline at an elevation, Amravati too enjoys a tropical wet and dry climate. Extreme climates are common in the city with the winters being really cool and the summers being unbearably hot. The summer starts from the month of March and continues for four months to end in the month of June after which the monsoon sets in and continues till the month of October. And from November to March it’s time for winters in Amravati.
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Art and Culture in AmravatiThe quaint old town is not just about pilgrimage; it has given a good share of great personalities to the field of art and culture in Maharashtra. Personalities like Suresh Bhat, a well-known poet and Ghazal Samrat of his time and Gopal Nilkanth Dandekar, a well-known Marathi writer hails from this lovely town. Besides them the city has also been the birthplace of many saints, social and political activists, artists and even the freedom fighters.
Festivals in AmravatiJust like the rest of the cities in India, most of the festivals such as the Holi, Diwali, Eid and Christmas are all celebrated here with great enthusiasm. Of all the festivals celebrated in Amravati, the celebration of Navratri, the worship of Goddess Durga for nine nights and ten days, stands out. A mela or fair is organized on this occasion, which is pretty huge, and thousands of people gather here to celebrate the much loved festival. The world wide famous dance associated with this festival, the Garbha dance or the Dandiya is also organized for the young and the old to take part in it.
Some of the major tourist attractions in and around AmravatiAmravati has a number of mythologically important temples some lakes, wildlife sanctuaries and hill stations in its vicinity. Here’s a list of major tourist spots that one can visit while holidaying in Amravati:
- Ambadevi Temple
- Shri Ekviradevi Temple
- Balkrishna Temple
- Someshwar Temple
- Satidham or Sridham Temple
- Bhakti Dham Temple
- ISKCON Amravati, Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadhish
- Sri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan
- Murlidhar and Bhramachari Maharaj Temple
- The Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Jain Shwetamber Temple
- Kala Maroti Temple
- Nilkanth Temple
- Gavilgarh Fort
- Chhatri Talao
- Wadali Talao
- Gugarnal National Park
- Melghat Tiger Reserve
- Balkrishna Temple
- Someshwar Temple
- Wan Sanctuary
- Chikhaldara Hill Station
- Chikaldhara Wildlife Sanctuary
Business and Economy of AmravatiThe local people of Amravati have agriculture and its related activities as their primary source of income. However, with the recent rise in the number of industries in the city other opportunities of livelihood are also being created. The city is also home to a number of popular colleges and schools.
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Cuisines of AmravatiAmravati being a part of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, the cuisine of this area is referred to as the Varadi cuisine. The food here is much spicier than the coastal and southern parts of the Maharashtra. Most of the dishes in Amravati, like the Zunka Bhakar and Pathawadi, are made using besan or gram flour. Another difference from the rest of the Maharashtra in its cuisine is the use of chicken and mutton rather than seafood.
Entertainment and NightlifeDespite being a pilgrimage town, Amravati doesn’t disappoint in the entertainment and nightlife front within the city. It has a decent number of pubs, bars, multi cuisine restaurants, coffee houses and multiplexes. The younger crowd of the city is most likely to be seen hanging out in these places. Read more
How to reach AmravatiThe city of Amravati is very well connected by all means of transport being the district city. Click here to know more about it in depth.
By Road: There are plenty of bus services from both the private and the state players to take you to and from Amravati. This is because of its positioning on the route of Mumbai-Kolkatta National Highway, NH6. Therefore, it is very easy to access this city by a bus or a cab. Private vehicles can also enjoy a good ride to the city from most places due to the National Highway.
By Rail: The Amravati Railway Station comes under the Central Railways. It is also very close to Badnera city, which is just 20 km away, forming the terminus of the branch line of the Central Railway. The Badnera Railway Station is a part of the Mumbai - Kolkata line and thus it is easy to commute to and from Amravati. There is also another station in the city of Amravati known as the New Amravati Railway Station.
By Air: Although the city doesn’t have its own airport, commuters can visit the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur, which is just 135 km from the city. Another airport close to Amravati is the airport at Akola at a distance of about 77.27 Km from the city. Recently, the airport at Belora, 15Km from Amravati, has been given to Airport Authority of India for further development of the airport into a commercial one.