About 350 kilometers from Hyderabad, Amravati is also known as Amareshvaram. The erstwhile capital of the Satavahana Dynasty, it is believed to be one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. As a tourist destination Amravati is especially famous for housing the largest Stupa in the country, known as the Mahachaitya Stupa, which was built in the 2nd century. Discovered by a British archeologist, Colonel Collin Mackenzie in 1797 the Stupa is now a must visit attraction during a tour to Amravati.
Tourist Attractions :
A tour to Amravati will offer a wide selection of tourist attractions like many famous Buddhist carvings, murals and panels.
The Stupa found in this region dates back to the times of Emperor Ashoka is another important tourist site in Amravati.
The Amreswara Temple in Amravati houses a massive lingam. This temple is considered extremely sacred by the locals and is an important site to visit during a tour to Amravati.
The mounds of Dharankota, on the west of Amravati, Nagarjunakonda and Amravati together form the popular Golden Triangle of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh.
How to get there :
Amravati is well connected from different parts of the country by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is at Vijayawada, which is about 80 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is at Guntur and Vijayawada. Buses and taxis are available to travel to Amravati by road.