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.
Formerly known as ‘Prabhavatinagar,’ Parbhani is a city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Perched at an average elevation of 347 metres above sea-level, it is situated around the centre of Maharashtra. Parbhani was under the reign of various Sultans under the Mughals and later the Nizams for around 650 years and so has a long history. It is the administrative headquarters of the Parbhani District. It is dotted with numerous temples and has also be called a pilgrim town.
Places to Stay
Some budget hotels in Parbhani are the Gulmohar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Niraj International (on Bus Stand road), Aditya Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Nilgiri.
The official language of Parbhani is Marathi.
Ganesh Chaturthi, which usually falls during the month of September, is celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Lord Narsimha temple (19 km from Parbhani), Mota Maruthi, the Jabreshwar temple and the Jain temple in Jintur (40 km from Parbhani) are some popular place that can be visited in Parbhani.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Parbhani is at Nanded which is located at a distance of roughly 67km away from Parbhani.
Parbhani has a railway station of its own that has trains connecting to the cities nearby.
Parbhani has a bus stand of its own from where one can catch buses to the nearby cities of Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai (among others.) Sanjay Travels and Raja Travels are popular private operators which ply their buses on these routes. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.