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.
Chikhli is a town in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Surat at a distance of 61 km north. The town is a part of mainland Gujarat and not the Kathiawar Peninsula or the Bhuj region. The picturesque Arabian Sea coast is also nearby at a distance of 20 km west. Those with an endeavour for watching over beach sunset, temples and Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
As the town lacks proper accommodations to fit in tourist and visitors, one will have to venture into Surat in search of good hotels. Being an important city in a strategically important state, Surat does not run out of lodging options. Some of the good hotels which are worth a try are Alfa Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Citizen Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Yadgar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Sarita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
As the place runs short of tourist destinations, the best places of interest are in Surat, among which are Chintamani Jain Temple, Sardar Patel Museum, Dumas Beach (21 km away from the main city), Dutch Cemetery, Suvali Beach (28 km away from the city), Blues Adventures (a recreational park-cum-centre designed to offer citizens water sports) and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Surat Airport in Surat city at a distance of 67 km.
The Bilimora Junction Railway Station is the closest major railway station at a distance of 10 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Shree Hari travels is one of the private operators in the region. Buses to the village can be found in Surat. Book online bus tickets through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of offers and discounts.