Akola is a city located in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. It is situated 250 km west of Nagpur, and 584 km east of Mumbai. Akola is now a developing city in the Vidarbha region. It is known for cotton production, oil mills, grain market and various types of dal. The IT sector is growing at a high rate in this region. It is the third biggest city in the region of Vidarbha.
Places to Stay
There are many budget as well as luxury hotels in Akola. Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Center Plaza Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Jasnagra Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1700) and Green Vallies Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some of the popular hotels of this city.
The official language is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also spoken.
Akola is known for theatre, literature, classical music and sports. It is a colourful city that celebrates Holi, Diwali and other festivals.
Places to Visit
Narnala (40 km away) has a fort and a wild life sanctuary, Raj Rajeshwari Temple, Ashok Vatika and Mount Carmel Church are popular tourist
attractions. There are many temples and mosques in the city that are all worth a visit.
How to Get There
Akola Airport is located in the city itself. The other nearby airports are at Nagpur and Aurangabad.
Akola Railway Station has good connectivity with major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi and many more.
Akola is connected to all the cities of Maharashtra and beyond. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.
Chikhali is a small village in the westernmost Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the Buldana district. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Aurangabad at distance of 63 km. The district headquarters of Buldana is located at a distance of 115 km. A cotton factory located in the village is the source of employment for most inhabitants.
Places to Stay
Aurangabad as a city has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Lemon Tree Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Panchwati Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ambassador Ajanta (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Aurangabad are Bibi-ka-Maqbara (burial place of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Dilras Banu Begum) , located at a distance of 3 km; the 12 Buddhist caves, popularly known as the Aurangabad Caves, located at a distance of 5 km from the city; Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary; Dattatreya Mandir and others.
How to Get There
Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 58 km.
The nearest railway station is the Aurangabad Railway Station at a distance of 68 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Dolphin Travel House is one such private operator. Buses to the area are available from Aurangabad. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.