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.
Jalgaon is situated in Maharashtra and is known for Ajanta Caves situated nearby. The city of Jalgaon has all the facilities of a modern city with industrial areas, shopping malls, educational institutions, hospitals and entertainment centres. It is also known as ‘Banana City’ for its banana production and ‘Gold City’ because of its trustworthy gold market. Jalgaon happens to be one of the world's largest centres for pulse milling. It also has the largest number of pharmacies. Rail, road and air services provide good connectivity to Jalgaon.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Jalgaon. Some of them are Hotel Atithi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), Hotel Ramniwas (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Tirupati (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000).
The official language of Jalgaon is Marathi. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important event of Jalgaon is Shrirama Rathotsava Fair held between October and November every year.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Jalgaon. Some of the places include Mehrun Lake (5.5 km), Gandhi Teerth (10 km), Avchit Hanuman Temple (15 km), Manudevi Temple (30 km), Padmalaya Temple Reservoir (34 km) and Yaval Wildlife Sanctuary (32 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport is Aurangabad Airport which is approximately 150 km away.
Jalgaon railway station is located on the main railway line.
There are bus services to Jalgaon from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik, Indore and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Padmalaya Travels, and Shri Swaminarayan Travels. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.