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.
Dharva is a small village in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh, which lies at a distance of 32 km north-west. Those seeking to ride in to Nepal from Varanasi may stop by in the village for refreshments. Other major urban areas nearby are Ayodhya and Varanasi at the distances of 124 and 191 km respectively.
Places to Stay
Dharva as a village is not really a tourist hotspot. The neighbouring Gorakhpur has plenty of options. Some of the hotels worth a try are Avantika Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Grand Chaudhary Platino (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Ganges Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel San Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official languages of the area are Hindi and Urdu. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Ram Navami in April, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Gorakhpur are Gorakhnath Temple, Leela Chitra Mandir, Geeta Press, Vishnu Mandir, Suraj Kund, Imambara (a Shi’ite Muslim structure), Believer's Church India, Saint Andrew's Church and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Goarakhpur Airport at a distance of 37 km.
The nearest major railway station is the Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station at a distance of 32 km.
The city has one of the busiest bus depots in the region with services connecting to almost all district headquarters. Mostly state-run UPSRTC buses serve the local populace here. Buses for the village are available from Gorakhpur. If you are travelling long distance by a Volvo bus you will have a comfortable journey with ample leg space.