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.
Gujarat, the forefront of progress and development, known for its rich history and culture also boasts of many small towns like Songadh. The town is divided into two parts, Junagam or the old town and Navagam-new town. Surrounded by hills and greenery, this places makes for a visual delight for any tourist.
Places to Stay
Songadh is a small town and one many not find hotels there but there are lodges and dharamshalas that one can look up.
Gujarati is the official language of the region; however Hindi and English are also spoken and understood by some.
Diwali and Dushhera are popular festivals and so is Makar Sankranti-the kite flying festival. There is a local festival called Gurjarvani, where around 7,000 tribesmen and women gather annually. Local festivals unique to the region bring out the finer nuances of the people in a cultural sense and that is what sets it apart from the rest of the country.
Places of Interest
Apart from the pristine beauty of the surrounding area, there are many places one can visit in Songadh like the Shri Sai Baba Temple, the Vrajeshwar Mahadev Temple, and the Songadh Fort. The Ukai Dam is around 11 km away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Songadh is in Surat around 95 km away.
Songadh has its own railway station. One can always check IRCTC for the same.
There are several local and private company that run regular buses here. Operators such as Shubham Travels (Tariff-Rs.300 onwards) and Hari Hara Travels offer good and reliable bus services. The town is well connected to the major parts of India. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.