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.
Navapur is a municipality in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. It is the last town in Maharashtra, and shares its borders with Gujarat. Situated 100 km from Dhule as well as Surat, Navapur thrives well on agro based industries such as tuvar daal mills, sugar factories, poultry farming and animal husbandry. As per census 2001, the total population of Navapur is 29,979. The community mix of Navapur comprises of Gujarati, Maharashtrians, and Marwaris.
Places to Stay
Being a small city, Navapur does not have many hotels. Local home stays are available. However, 2 Star hotels are available in nearby Navapur such as Hotel Akash (Tariff – Rs. 800).
The official language of Navapur is Marathi. The alternate languages spoken here are English and Hindi.
Some of the annual festivals celebrated in Navapur are Ganesh Chaturthi in September, Dussehra in October, and Deepavali in November.
Places of Interest
Navapur is popular for Shabri Mata’s Mandir located in the Subir village which is 35 km away from Navapur. Other tourist venues are Girmal Falls and Ukai Dam.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Navapur is in Surat.
The railway station at Navapur lies on the Surat-Bhusaval broad gauge line. Sawantwadi is the nearest major railway station 16.6 km away.
Road transport is a vital source of connectivity in Navapur. There are frequent bus services plying from Navapur to Ahmedabad, Akola, Amravati, Dhulia, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Pune, and Vadodara. Uchchhal bus stand is a prominent bus stand from where buses are available. Few bus operators that run good frequency buses to Navapur are Disha Tours & Travels, Gurukrupa Travels, and Shreenath Travellers. Booking bus tickets is very easy these days through various bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com.