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.
Nadiad is a small city forming a part of the Kheda district in Gujarat. Its neighbours are Anand (18 km) and Kheda (22 km). It is also called Natapadra or Natpur (City of Natas). The number 9 is of historical significance in Nadiad, as there are 9 routes into the city, 9 lakes and step wells around it and 9 villages near it. Mahatma Gandhi started his Satyagraha movement from Kheda, while staying at the alms house in Nadiad.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Nadiad: Hotel Comfort World (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Blue Room (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Nadiad are Gujarati and Hindi. A smattering of English is spoken here too.
Navratri, Krishna Janmashthami, and Ram Navami are celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Badhir Garden and the School for the Deaf and Mute are two places worth visiting. Santram Mandir, a 700 year old temple that is still served by a living Saint, and the Mahakali Mataji Mandir- approximately 255 years old, at the entrance to the city, are a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nadiad is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad located about 63 km away.
Nadiad has its own railway station that connects it to the rest of Gujarat through the Western Railways.
There are daily bus services to Bhilwara, Surat, Abu Road, Ahmedabad and other places in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Shrinath Travel Agency, Punjab Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility